Quotes About Pain In Life

There are two ways to view the purpose of pain in life.  Some believe pain is unavoidable in life and therefore can only be escaped through death.
Others believe pain is a part of life to teach us lessons that will help us grow as a person and make us stronger.
Whether you believe the pessimistic view or the optimistic view of the purpose of pain, it is fact that emotional and physical pain is a part of life.
But how you choose to view the pain brought on by life is up to you.
What’s most important is to keep moving forward through the pain and know you are not alone in your suffering.
Everyone experiences pain!  These quotes about pain in life will help you understand that your pain can become your strength.

Quotes About Pain In Life


“Without pain, without sacrifice, we would have nothing”

~Fight Club

“It is always by way of pain one arrives at pleasure”

~Marquis de Sade

“One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: that word is love”


“Be patient and tough; someday this pain will be useful to you”


“New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings”

~Lao Tzu

quotes about pain in life

“If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment”

~Marcus Aurelius

“Too many people believe that everything must be pleasurable in life, which makes them constantly search for distractions and short-circuits the learning process”

~Robert Greene

“Change happens when the pain of staying the same is greater than the pain of change”

~Tony Robbins

“Pain makes me grow. Growing is what I want. Therefore, for me pain is pleasure”

~Arnold Schwarzenegger

“The pain will leave once it has finished teaching you”

~Bruce Lee

quotes about pain in life

“Remember anything you want that’s valuable requires you to break through short-term pain in order to gain long-term pleasure”

~Tony Robbins

“Pain nourishes courage. You can’t be brave if you’ve only had wonderful things happen to you”

~Mary Tyler Moore

“The more you reject the past, the more pain lasts”

~Maxime Lagacé

“Smile, though your heart is aching. Smile, even though it’s breaking. When there are clouds in the sky, you’ll get by if you smile through your pain and sorrow. Smile and maybe tomorrow, you’ll see the sun come shining through for you”

~Charlie Chaplin

“It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage, that we move on to better things”

~Theodore Roosevelt

quotes about pain in life

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you”

~Maya Angelou

“Our strength grows out of our weaknesses”

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

“We can ignore even pleasure. But pain insists upon being attended to”

~C.S. Lewis

“Fear is pain arising from the anticipation of evil”


“Face your life, its pain, its pleasure, leave no path untaken”

~Neil Gaiman

“Don’t let pain define you, let it refine you”

~Tim Fargo

quotes about pain in life

“Learn to wait and embrace your pain. Fleeing it will simply bring more confusion. Facing it will bring clarity”

~Maxime Lagacé

“You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, who had ever been alive”

~James Baldwin

“Growth in painful. Change is painful. But nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don’t belong”


“Following a path is easy. Creating a new one can be painful but it will lead you to new places”

~Maxime Lagacé

“After the rain, the sun will reappear. There is life. After the pain, the joy will still be here”

~Walt Disney

“The worst wounds, the deadliest of them, aren’t the ones people see on the outside. They’re the ones that make us bleed internally”

~Sherrilyn Kenyon

“Sacrifice today for tomorrows betterment, you are willing to pay those payments with pain, because pain is just a message when you are fixing something that’s insufficient in your life”

~Greg Plitt

“If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment”

~Marcus Aurelius

“I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain”

~James Baldwin

“The damage was permanent; there would always be scars. But even the angriest scars faded over time until it was difficult to see them written on the skin at all, and the only thing that remained was the memory of how painful it had been”

~Jodi Picoult

“Our wounds are often the openings into the best and most beautiful part of us”

~David Richo

“Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers, but to be fearless in facing them. Let me not beg for the stilling of my pain, but for the heart to conquer it”

~Rabindranath Tagore

“We can never judge the lives of others, because each person knows only their own pain and renunciation”

~Paulo Coelho

“I suppose that since most of our hurts come through relationships so will our healing, and I know that grace rarely makes sense for those looking in from the outside”

~Paul Young

“Some old wounds never truly heal, and bleed again at the slightest word”

~George R.R. Martin

“It has been said, ‘time heals all wounds.’ I do not agree. The wounds remain. In time, the mind, protecting its sanity, covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessens. But it is never gone”

~Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy

“The most painful thing is losing yourself in the process of loving someone too much, and forgetting that you are special too”

~Ernest Hemingway

“Behind every beautiful thing, there’s some kind of pain”

~Bob Dylan

“Waiting hurts. Forgetting hurts. But not knowing which decision to take can sometimes be the most painful”

~José N. Harris

“You need to spend time crawling alone through shadows to truly appreciate what it is to stand in the sun”

~Shaun Hick

“Most people carry that pain around inside them their whole lives, until they kill the pain by other means, or until it kills them. But you, my friends, you found another way: a way to use the pain. To burn it as fuel, for light and warmth. You have learned to break the world that has tried to break you” –

~Lev Grossman

“Without pain, there would be no suffering, without suffering we would never learn from our mistakes. To make it right, pain and suffering is the key to all windows, without it, there is no way of life”

~Angelina Jolie

“When I planted my pain in the field of patience it bore fruit of happiness”

~Kahlil Gibran

“I think that humans have a huge capacity to carry pain and sadness. There are things that haunt us our entire lives; we are unable to let them go. The good times seem almost effervescent and dreamlike in comparison with the times that didn’t go so well”

~Henry Rollins

“The practice of love offers no place of safety. We risk loss, hurt, pain. We risk being acted upon by forces outside our control”

~Bell Hooks

“Take chances, make mistakes. That’s how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail in order to practice being brave”

~Mary Tyler Moore

“If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment”

~Marcus Aurelius

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