is pain arising from the anticipation of evil.
despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but
if faced with courage, need not be lived again.
-- Maya Angelou
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
man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful
is the man who will win."
-- Roger Bannister
is one of the severest tests of friendship to tell your
friend his faults. So to love a man that you cannot
bear to see a stain upon him, and to speak painful truth
through loving words, that is friendship.
-- Henry Ward Beecher
family. We were a strange little band of characters
trudging through life sharing diseases and toothpaste,
coveting one another's desserts, hiding shampoo, borrowing
money, locking each other out of our rooms, inflicting
pain and kissing to heal it in the same instant, loving,
laughing, defending, and trying to figure out the common
thread that bound us all together.
is painful. Forgetting is painful.
But not knowing which to do is the worse kind of suffering.
-- Paulo Coelho
of us have become Ecozombies, desensitized, environmental
deadheads. On average, society conditions us to spend
over 95% of our time and 99.9% of our thinking disconnected
from nature. Nature's extreme absence in our lives
leaves us abandoned and wanting. We feel we never
have enough. We greedily, destructively, consume and,
can't stop. Nature's loss in our psyche produces a
hurt, hungering, void within us that bullies us into
~ Michael J. Cohen
You can turn painful situations around through laughter.
If you can find humor in anything, even poverty, you
can survive it.
-- Bill Cosby
prime purpose in this life is to help others. And
if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them.
act of love, a voluntary taking on oneself of some of
the pain of the world, increases the courage and love
and hope of all.
-- Dorothy Day
I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain:
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain."
-- Emily Dickinson
I live in that solitude which is painful in youth,
but delicious in the years of maturity.
-- Albert Einstein
my life I had been looking for something, and everywhere
I turned someone tried to tell me what it was. I accepted
their answers too, though they were often in contradiction
and even self-contradictory. I was naïve. I was looking
for myself and asking everyone except myself questions
which I, and only I, could answer. It took me a long
time and much painful boomeranging of my expectations
to achieve a realization everyone else appears to
have been born with: that I am nobody but myself.
violence causes far more pain than the visible marks
of bruises and scars. It is devastating to be abused
by someone that you love and think loves you in return.
It is estimated that approximately 3 million incidents
of domestic violence are reported each year in the
-- Dianne Feinstein
is the absence of war, but beyond that peace is a
commodity unlike any other. Peace is security. Peace
is a mindset. Peace is a way of living. Peace is the
capacity to transcend past hurts -- to break cycles
of violence and forge new pathways that say, “I would
like to make sure we live as a community where there
is justice, security, and development for all members.”
At the end of the day, peace is an investment; it
is something you create by investing in a way of life
and monitoring where your resources go."
-- Noeleen Heyzer
most of us remain ignorant of ourselves, it is because
self-knowledge is painful and we prefer the pleasures
~ Aldous Huxley
is the one human activity of any importance in which
laughter and pleasure preponderate, if ever so slightly,
over misery and pain.
~ Aldous Huxley
has been able to abolish human sadness,
no political system can deliver us from the pain of living,
from our fear of death, our thirst for the absolute.
It is the human condition that directs the social condition,
not vice versa.
-- Eugene Ionesco
dont have to hold on to the pain, to hold on to the
-- Janet Jackson
is an act of the imagination. It dares you to imagine
a better future, one that is based on the blessed possibility
that your hurt will not be the final word on the matter.
It challenges you to give up your destructive thoughts
about the situation and to believe in the possibility
of a better future. It builds confidence that you can
survive the pain and grow from it. "
-- Larry James
“I find the pain of a little censure, even when it
is unfounded, is more acute than the pleasure of much
~ Thomas Jefferson
when you are most unhappy, that there is something
for you to do in the world. So long as you can sweeten
another's pain, life is not in vain.
want simply to live in peace
We want to raise up our children
And save our brothers and sisters...
We want our families to remain whole.
Let us walk out of our isolation and join one another.
Let us walk out of our tears and screams of pain."
on to anger, resentment and hurt only gives you tense muscles,
a headache and a sore jaw from clenching your teeth. Forgiveness
gives you back the laughter and the lightness in your life.
-- Joan Lunden
be brave is to love someone unconditionally, without
expecting anything in return. To just give. That takes
courage, because we don’t want to fall on our faces
or leave ourselves open to hurt.
good thing about music,
when it hits you, you feel no pain.
-- Bob Marley
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
must choose one of two pains: The pain of discipline or
the pain of regret.
-- Jim Rohn
science it often happens that scientists say, "You
know that's a really good argument; my position
is mistaken," and then they actually change their
minds and you never hear that old view from them
again. They really do it. It doesn't happen as often
as it should, because scientists are human and change
is sometimes painful. But it happens every day.
I cannot recall the last time something like that
happened in politics or religion. -- Carl
you experience Third World poverty, you're really
changed forever, if you're at all open to it, because
we're all united in our common humanity. And we
are so made as to feel something for people who
are in pain. It's not possible to be human and to
be unaffected by what you see in the third world.
-- Martin Sheen
of the most liberating tools for peacebuilders is
learning to let go. We carry so many burdens with
us, from our childhood throughout our lives. We
carry hurts about wrongs that were done to us. We
carry regrets about things we wish we had or hadn't
done. We hide these memories, but the anger and
hurt and regret can influence the way we think and
interact without our even knowing it.
-- Robert Alan Silverstein
I know what it feels like to be hurt, and I don't
want to cause that pain to any other person or creature.
But somehow, in society, we numb ourselves in order
to make money or to feel better about ourselves...
-- Alicia Silverstone
I want to remind people that in the Indigenous Traditions,
women are very important. Not because we are told
we are important but because we know that since
forever and always, we have had the power and the
capacity to give birth, raise women and men and
to take care of the earth. It is today that I thusly
give celebration to all the women on Earth. I would
like to ask my sisters to give up the thoughts and
actions of the word victim. We are no longer Victims
& We are strong! I would like to address an acknowledgement
to each woman here today. We have the power and
that power is rising. Use it to preserve, teach,
share, and raise our voices, to save our children,
our planet, our people, and our earth mother. Don't
share the things that have hurt us but share what
can save us. Turn our scars into Stars! Come together
and reclaim what is inherently ours, the power to
bring forth nurturing Peace! May Peace Prevail!"
-- Mary Thunder
"Dance like no one is watching. Sing like no one
is listening. Love like you've never been hurt and
live like it's heaven on Earth."
-- Mark Twain
is the weapon of unarmed people: it helps people
who are oppressed to smile at the situation that
-- Simon Wiesenthal
is not always easy. At times, it feels more painful
than the wound we suffered, to forgive the one that
inflicted it. And yet, there is no peace without
-- Marianne Williamson
struggle of my life created empathy - I could relate
to pain, being abandoned, having people not love
I see brokenness, poverty and crime in inner cities,
I also see the enormous potential and readiness
for transformation and rebirth. We are creating
an art form that comes from the heart and reflects
the pain and sorrow of people's lives. It also expresses
joy, beauty, and love. This process lays the foundation
of building a genuine community in which people
are reconnected with their families, sustained by
meaningful work, nurtured by the care of each other
and will together raise and educate their children.
Then we witness social change in action.”
-- Lily Yeh