C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


Pain is an outcry of sin.


Pain pays the income of each precious thing.


There is no mortal whom pain and disease do not reach.


Sweet the pleasure after pain.


Other men’s pains are easily borne.


A man of pleasure is a man of pains.


There is a pleasure that is born of pain.

Owen Meredith.

Nature knows best, and she says, roar!

Maria Edgeworth.

The same refinement which brings us new pleasures exposes us to new pains.


The pain of the mind is worse than the pain of the body.

Publius Syrus.

Pain and pleasure, like light and darkness, succeed each other.


Pain is the great teacher of mankind. Beneath its breath souls develop.

Marie Ebner-Eschenbach.

There is purpose in pain; otherwise it were devilish.

Owen Meredith.

Pain and disease awaken us to convictions which are necessary to our moral condition.

Dr. Johnson.

  • Why, all delights are vain; but that most vain,
  • Which, with pain purchas’d doth inherit pain.
  • Shakespeare.

    Long pains, with use of bearing, are half eased.


    Patience alleviates, as impatience augments, pain; thus persons of strong will suffer less than those who give way to irritation.


    Pain addeth zest unto pleasure, and teacheth the luxury of health.


    Pain may be said to follow pleasure as its shadow.


    Nature has placed mankind under the government of two sovereign masters,—pain and pleasure.

    Jeremy Bentham.

    Pain is the deepest thing we have in our nature, and union through pain has always seemed more real and holy than any other.


  • World’s use is cold, world’s love is vain,
  • World’s cruelty is bitter bane
  • But pain is not the fruit of pain.
  • E. B. Browning.

    Phychical pain is more easily borne than physical; and if I had my choice between a bad conscience and a bad tooth, I should choose the former.

    Heinrich Heine.

    God has scattered several degrees of pleasure and pain in all the things that environ and affect us, and blended them together in almost all our thoughts.


    The most painful part of our bodily pain is that which is bodiless or immaterial,—namely, our impatience, and the delusion that it will last forever.


  • Nothing begins, and nothing ends,
  • That is not paid with moan;
  • For we are born in others’ pain,
  • And perish in our own.
  • Francis Thompson.

  • They talk of short-lived pleasures—be it so—
  • Pain dies as quickly; stern, hard-featur’d pain
  • Expires, and lets her weary prisoner go.
  • The fiercest agonies have shortest reign.
  • Bryant.

    Pain itself is not without its alleviations. It may be violent and frequent, but it is seldom both violent and long-continued; and its pauses and intermissions become positive pleasures. It has the power of shedding a satisfaction over intervals of ease, which, I believe, few enjoyments exceed.


    The brute animals have all the same sensations of pain as human beings, and consequently endure as much pain when their body is hurt; but in their case the cruelty of torment is greater, because they have no mind to bear them up against their sufferings, and no hope to look forward to when enduring the last extreme pain. Their happiness consists entirely in present enjoyment.


  • Sense of pleasure we may well
  • Spare out of life perhaps, and not repine,
  • But live content, which is the calmest life;
  • But pain is perfect misery, the worst
  • Of evils, and excessive, overturns
  • All patience.
  • Milton.