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Quotations About / On: PAIN

  • 1.
    One of the greatest pains to human nature is the pain of a new idea.
    (Walter Bagehot (1826-1877), British economist, critic. Physics and Politics, ch. 5 (1872).)
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  • 2.
    A doctor is fascinated by death, and pain. And how much pain a man can endure.
    (David Boehm, and Louis Friedlander. Dr. Richard Vollin (Bela Lugosi), The Raven, to a man he is about to torture (1935). Suggested by the Edgar Allan Poe story; the director is better known as Lew Landers.)
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  • 3.
    Anesthesia: wounds without pain. Neurasthenia: pain without wounds.
    (Karl Kraus (1874-1936), Austrian writer. Trans. by Harry Zohn, originally published in Beim Wort genommen (1955). Half-Truths and One-and-a-Half Truths, University of Chicago Press (1990).)
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  • 4.
    Sympathy with joy intensifies the sum of sympathy in the world, sympathy with pain does not really diminish the amount of pain.
    (Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. "The Soul of Man Under Socialism," Fortnightly Review.)
  • 5.
    Pain pays no attention to moans or excuses.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fourteenth Selection, New York (1994).)
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  • 6.
    Pain has its reasons, pleasure is totally indifferent.
    (Francis Picabia (1878-1953), French painter, poet. Who Knows: Poems and Aphorisms, p. 50 (1950, repr. 1986).)
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  • 7.
    Pleasures are always children, pains always have wrinkles.
    (Joseph Joubert (1754-1824), French essayist, moralist. Notebooks, entry recorded in 1796 (1938) trans. 1983.)
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  • 8.
    Pain makes hens and poets cackle.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 4, p. 362, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980); Thus Spoke Zarathustra, p. 291, trans. by Walter Kaufmann, New York, Viking Press (1966). Zarathustra, in Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Fourth and Last Part, "On the Higher Man," section 12 (issued privately in 1885, publication in 1892).)
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  • 9.
    There is nothing heavier than compassion. Not even one's own pain weighs so heavy as the pain one feels with someone, for someone, a pain intensified by the imagination and prolonged by a hundred echoes.
    (Milan Kundera (b. 1929), Czechoslovakian author, critic. The Unbearable Lightness of Being, pt. 1, ch. 15 (1984).)
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  • 10.
    A father's pride, laid on thick, has always made me wish that the fellow had at least experienced some pain during procreation.
    (Karl Kraus (1874-1936), Austrian writer. Trans. by Harry Zohn, originally published in Beim Wort genommen (1955). Half-Truths and One-and-a-Half Truths, University of Chicago Press (1990).)
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