100 Quotes About Pain That Will Help You Boast Up Your Morale

Pain is an inherent part of life. While no one in the world would want to go through the suffering, agony, sadness, and heartbreak pain brings, there is no denying of this uncomfortable fact—pain is not something you can escape from in this life. Each one of us on this Earth, irrespective of the species, has to go through some painful situations in life. Some pains are physical, some are mental, while certain others hurt you on the spiritual level. Painful incidents, whoever unbearable they might seem, play a major role in shaping you as a human being.

Now that you can’t escape pain, why not turn your traumatic experiences and distress into a spiritual lesson which teaches you how to overcome your grief and loss and emerge stronger from the experience? As a popular saying goes, with time some of your greatest pains become your greatest strengths. While physical injuries hurt, it is the mental pains which cause the maximum agony. If one learns how to harness their emotional pains into a spiritual gift, they emerge truly stronger from their heartbreaking experiences.

We have compiled a list of quotes on pain for you, to provide you with the motivation you need to keep going during stressful times.

The marks humans leave are too often scars.

- The Fault in Our Stars, John Green

Numbing the pain for a while will make it worse when you finally feel it.

- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J.K. Rowling

It's so hard to forget pain, but it's even harder to remember sweetness. We have no scar to show for happiness. We learn so little from peace.

- Diary, Chuck Palahniuk

Life is pain, highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something.

- William Goldman: Four Screenplays, William Goldman

Turn your wounds into wisdom.

- Oprah Winfrey

The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It's the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared.

- The Giver, Lois Lowry

Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever.

- Every Second Counts, Lance Armstrong

There are wounds that never show on the body that are deeper and more hurtful than anything that bleeds.

- Mistral's Kiss, Laurell K. Hamilton

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

- A Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin

Imagine smiling after a slap in the face. Then think of doing it twenty-four hours a day.

- The Book Thief, Markus Zusak

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

One thing you can't hide - is when you're crippled inside.

- John Lennon

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

- Men Without Women, Ernest Hemingway

Pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.

- C.S. Lewis

Tears shed for another person are not a sign of weakness. They are a sign of a pure heart.

- MI VIDA: A Story of Faith, José N. Harris

One word Frees us of all the weight and pain of life: That word is love.

- Sophocles

Time was passing like a hand waving from a train I wanted to be on. I hope you never have to think about anything as much as I think about you.

- Jonathan Safran Foer

There is a saying in Tibetan, 'Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength.' No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that's our real disaster.

- Dalai Lama

Behind every beautiful thing, there's some kind of pain.

- Bob Dylan

Did you really want to die?" "No one commits suicide because they want to die." "Then why do they do it?" "Because they want to stop the pain.

- How to Kill a Rock Star, Tiffanie DeBartolo

You care so much you feel as though you will bleed to death with the pain of it.

- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, J.K. Rowling

Face your life, its pain, its pleasure, leave no path untaken.

- The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman

Do you not see how necessary a world of pains and troubles is to school an intelligence and make it a soul?

- Letters of John Keats, John Keats

You," he said, "are a terribly real thing in a terribly false world, and that, I believe, is why you are in so much pain.

- The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls, Emilie Autumn

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.

- The Fire Next Time, James Baldwin

Since I was young, I have always known this: Life damages us, every one. We can't escape that damage. But now, I am also learning this: We can be mended. We mend each other

- Veronica Roth

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

- David Richo

Another secret of the universe: Sometimes pain was like a storm that came out of nowhere. The clearest summer could end in a downpour. Could end in lightning and thunder.

- Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, Benjamin Alire Sáenz

The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again.

- Nicholas Nickleby, Charles Dickens

But who can remember pain, once it's over? All that remains of it is a shadow, not in the mind even, in the flesh. Pain marks you, but too deep to see. Out of sight, out of mind.

- The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood

Don't be scared...Women can handle the worst kind of pain. You'll find out one day.

- If I Stay, Gayle Forman

The unendurable is the beginning of the curve of joy.

- Nightwood, Djuna Barnes

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.

- Meditations, Marcus Aurelius

We don't even ask happiness, just a little less pain.

- Charles Bukowski

I can bear any pain as long as it has meaning.

- 1Q84, Haruki Murakami

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.

- Collected Poems and Plays of Rabindranath Tagore, Rabindranath Tagore

If you spend your time hoping someone will suffer the consequences for what they did to your heart, then you're allowing them to hurt you a second time in your mind.

- Shannon L. Alder

There are ships sailing to many ports, but not a single one goes where life is not painful.

- The Book of Disquiet, Fernando Pessoa

There is a thin line that separates laughter and pain, comedy and tragedy, humor and hurt.

- Erma Bombeck

He took his pain and turned it into something beautiful. Into something that people connect to. And that's what good music does. It speaks to you. It changes you.

- Saving June, Hannah Harrington

I always hated when my scars started to fade, because as long as I could still see them, I knew why I was hurting.

- Handle with Care, Jodi Picoult

Never hide things from hardcore thinkers. They get more aggravated, more provoked by confusion than the most painful truths.

- Criss Jami

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

- MI VIDA: A Story of Faith, José N. Harris

If I can see pain in your eyes then share with me your tears. If I can see joy in your eyes then share with me your smile.

- Santosh Kalwar

Moral wounds have this peculiarity - they may be hidden, but they never close; always painful, always ready to bleed when touched, they remain fresh and open in the heart.

- The Count of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas

Listen to God with a broken heart. He is not only the doctor who mends it, but also the father who wipes away the tears.

- Criss Jami

The pain I feel now is the happiness I had before. That's the deal.

- C.S. Lewis

I could never hurt him enough to make his betrayal stop hurting. And it hurts, in every part of my body.

- Insurgent, Veronica Roth

The cure for pain is in the pain.

- Rumi

It isn't right to wish pain on other people just because they hurt me first.

- Divergent, Veronica Roth

Memories are bullets. Some whiz by and only spook you. Others tear you open and leave you in pieces.

- Kill the Dead, Richard Kadrey

Anger, resentment and jealousy doesn't change the heart of others-- it only changes yours.

- 300 Questions to Ask Your Parents Before It's Too Late, Shannon L. Alder

Most misunderstandings in the world could be avoided if people would simply take the time to ask, "What else could this mean?

- Shannon L. Alder

Take it from me: If you hear the past speaking to you, feel it tugging up your back and runing its fingers up your spine, the best thing to do-the only thing-is run.

- Delirium, Lauren Oliver

Why is there ever this perverse cruelty in humankind, that makes us hurt most those we love best?

- Kushiel's Chosen, Jacqueline Carey

Pain is only what you allow it to be

- City of Ashes, Cassandra Clare

These pains you feel are messengers. Listen to them.

- The Essential Rumi, Rumi

If a man cannot understand the beauty of life, it is probably because life never understood the beauty in him.

- Killosophy, Criss Jami

Adventures are all very well in their place, but there's a lot to be said for regular meals and freedom from pain.

- Stardust, Neil Gaiman

When you feel someone else's pain and joy as powerfully as if it were your own, then you know you really loved them.

- Girls in Pants: The Third Summer of the Sisterhood, Ann Brashares

If you love deeply, you're going to get hurt badly. But it's still worth it.

- C.S. Lewis

The unending paradox is that we do learn through pain.

- Madeleine L'Engle

When pain brings you down, don't be silly, don't close your eyes and cry, you just might be in the best position to see the sun shine.

- Alanis Morissette

Just like there's always time for pain, there's always time for healing.

- Hate List, Jennifer Brown

A void in my chest was beginning to fill with anger. Quiet, defeated anger that guaranteed me the right to my hurt, that believed no one could possibly understand that hurt.

- House Rules, Rachel Sontag

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

- By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept, Paulo Coelho

I think about the meaning of pain. Pain is personal. It really belongs to the one feeling it. Probably the only thing that is your own. I like mine.

- Henry Rollins

In order to rise from its own ashes, a Phoenix first must burn.

- Octavia E. Butler

If you are silent about your pain, they'll kill you and say you enjoyed it.

- Zora Neale Hurston

Everyone always wants to know how you can tell when it's true love, and the answer is this: when the pain doesn't fade and the scars don't heal, and it's too damned late.

- The Book of Joe, Jonathan Tropper

When you compare the sorrows of real life to the pleasures of the imaginary one, you will never want to live again, only to dream forever.

- The Count of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas

He was a mystery to her, and every time she tried to solve him it caused her a little more pain. But when she tired to give him up he pursued her in her thoughts, stronger each time.

- Envy, Anna Godbersen

If you desire healing, let yourself fall ill let yourself fall ill.

- Rumi

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.

- Infamous, Sherrilyn Kenyon

Warriors should suffer their pain silently.

- Into the Wild, Erin Hunter

Kiss a lover, Dance a measure, Find your name And buried treasure. Face your life, It's pain, It's pleasure, Leave no path untaken.

- The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman

Rejection, though--it could make the loss of someone you weren't even that crazy about feel gut wrenching and world ending.

- The Secret Life of Prince Charming, Deb Caletti

I just looked at her, feeling utterly empty. I didn't know what I was supposed to say to her. My life is in that bed. Please let me stay.

- Linger, Maggie Stiefvater

You get use to someone—start to like them, even—and they leave. In the end, everyone leaves.

- Numbers, Rachel Ward

We can ignore even pleasure. But pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.

- The Problem of Pain, C.S. Lewis

A best friend is the only one that walks into your life when the world has walked out.

- Shannon L. Alder

I think sometimes when we find love we pretend it away, or ignore it, or tell ourselves we're imagining it. Because it is the most painful kind of hope there is.

- The Bitter Kingdom, Rae Carson

Excruciating agony makes me cranky.

- Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary, Brandon Mull

If you try to cure evil with evil you will add more pain to your fate.

- Ajax, Sophocles

When a poet digs himself into a hole, he doesn't climb out. He digs deeper, enjoys the scenery, and comes out the other side enlightened.

- Venus in Arms, Criss Jami

Forgetting about our mistakes and our wounds isn't enough to make them disappear.

- Ai Yazawa

And so I wait. I wait for time to heal the pain and raise me to me feet once again - so that I can start a new path, my own path, the one that will make me whole again.

- Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul II, Jack Canfield

We look before and after, And pine for what is not; Our sincerest laughter With some pain is fraught; Our sweetest songs are those that tell Of saddest thought.

- The Complete Poems, Percy Bysshe Shelley

Wisdom comes through suffering. Trouble, with its memories of pain, Drips in our hearts as we try to sleep, So men against their will Learn to practice moderation. Favours come to us from gods.

- Agamemnon, Aeschylus

It hurts too much so I don't want to talk about it.

- Beastly, Alex Flinn

For this moment, this one moment, we are together. I press you to me. Come, pain, feed on me. Bury your fangs in my flesh. Tear me asunder. I sob, I sob.

- The Waves, Virginia Woolf

When no one you know tells the truth, you learn to see under the surface.

- Lady Midnight, Cassandra Clare

Some are born virtuous, some become virtuous. To be good by nature is indeed fortunate but to become good is like walking on a double-edged sword; it takes a longer time and is more painful.

- Umera Ahmed

I know that it's easier to look at death than it is to look at pain, because while death is irrevocable, and the grief will lessen in time, pain is too often merely relentless and irreversible.

- The End of the World as We Know It: Scenes from a Life, Robert Goolrick

To experience real agony is something hard to write about, impossible to understand while it grips you; you're frightened out of your wits, can't sit still, move, or even go decently insane.

- The People Look Like Flowers at Last, Charles Bukowski

Nothing hurts a good soul and a kind heart more than to live amongst people who cannot understand it.

- Hazrat Ali Ibn Abu-Talib A.S

There are so many ways of being despicable it quite makes one's head spin. But the way to be really despicable is to be contemptuous of other people's pain.

- Giovanni's Room, James Baldwin

Don't make it worse by thinking it's more painful than it actually is.

- The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, John Boyne

Sometimes a little discomfort in the beginning can save a whole lot of pain down the road.

- Flipped, Wendelin Van Draanen

Your heart literally hurts when it's breaking. You can feel it, every beat another ache, and nothing you can do will stop it, either from beating or breaking.

- All Rivers Flow To The Sea, Alison McGhee

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