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Fear is pain arising from the anticipation of evil.
-- Aristotle

History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.
-- Maya Angelou

"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 man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win."
-- Roger Bannister

* It 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

The 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.
--Erma Bombeck

Waiting is painful. Forgetting is painful.
But not knowing which to do is the worse kind of suffering.
-- Paulo Coelho

"Most 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 our dilemmas."
~ 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

* Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them.
-- The Dalai Lama

* An 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

"If 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

All 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. –Ralph Ellison

“Domestic 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 United States.”
-- Dianne Feinstein

"Peace 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

If most of us remain ignorant of ourselves, it is because self-knowledge is painful and we prefer the pleasures of illusion.
~ Aldous Huxley

Amour is the one human activity of any importance in which laughter and pleasure preponderate, if ever so slightly, over misery and pain.
~ Aldous Huxley

No society 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

* “You dont have to hold on to the pain, to hold on to the memory.”
-- Janet Jackson

"Forgiveness 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 praise.”
~ Thomas Jefferson

* Believe, 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.
-- Helen Keller

"We 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."
-- Imane Khalifeh

 

Nothing pains some people more than having to think.
-- Martin Luther King, Jr

Holding 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

To 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.
-- Madonna

One good thing about music,
when it hits you, you feel no pain.
-- Bob Marley

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

"Pain hurts. Sometimes important things come from sitting with your own pain."
-- Lynne Namka (AngriesOut.com)

"Pain hurts. Sometimes important things come from sitting with your own pain."
-- Lynne Namka (AngriesOut.com)

Everyone must choose one of two pains: The pain of discipline or the pain of regret.
-- Jim Rohn

In 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 Sagan

Once 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

One 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

"Yes, 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

* Humor is the weapon of unarmed people: it helps people who are oppressed to smile at the situation that pains them.
-- Simon Wiesenthal

Forgiveness 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 forgiveness.
-- Marianne Williamson

The struggle of my life created empathy - I could relate to pain, being abandoned, having people not love me.
-- Oprah Winfrey

“When 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

 

 

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