Inspirational Quotes on the purpose of suffering

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It’s a fact that no one wants or enjoys suffering and pain. Both of them, however, are an inevitable part of our temporary life on earth. Suffering and pain both combined can be a catalyst in our way of achieving goals and new heights. It is in the time of suffering we turn towards God. I know it may sound funny but suffering can be blessing in disguise.
If everything were always wonderful, do you think we would need God or seek Him? Probably not. C.S. Lewis once noted, “God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks to us in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: It is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”
We think pain as some burden or as something that is inflicted on us as a matter of ill fate or sickness. We consider it as punishment for nothing. The true purpose of pain is to make you stronger. It is a calling signal. It is you pressing up against a block standing between what you and what you want to be. Pain has only one purpose that is to make you strong and help you grow. It is a process through which we can understand life better. It is a gift from God to get you back in shape. It is a sign that you are doing something great. Your suffering is not a punishment, it is a tool to help you move forward.
To help you understand the purpose of suffering, we have collected a list of inspirational quotes from some of the brilliant minds.

List of Inspirational Quotes on the Purpose of Suffering

“The wound is the place where the Light enters you.”


“I think that we are like stars. Something happens to burst us open; but when we burst open and think we are dying; we’re actually turning into a supernova. And then when we look at ourselves again, we see that we’re suddenly more beautiful than we ever were before!”

C. JoyBell C.

“The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.”

Marcus Aurelius

“Sometimes we must undergo hardships, breakups, and narcissistic wounds, which shatter the flattering image that we had of ourselves, in order to discover two truths: that we are not who we thought we were; and that the loss of a cherished pleasure is not necessarily the loss of true happiness and well-being.”

Jean-Yves Leloup

“Pain is the feeling. Suffering is the effect the pain inflicts. If one can endure pain, one can live without suffering. If one can withstand pain, one can withstand anything. If one can learn to control pain, one can learn to control oneself. ”

James J. Frey, My Friend Leonard

“There is a LIGHT in this world. A healing spirit more powerful than any darkness we may encounter. We sometime lose sight of this force when there is suffering, and too much pain. Then suddenly, the spirit will emerge through the lives of ordinary people who hear a call and answer in extraordinary ways.”

Richard Attenborough

“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.”

Kahlil Gibran

We do not suffer by accident.

“We do not suffer by accident.”

Jane Austen

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”

Anaïs Nin

“We do not grow absolutely, chronologically. We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another; unevenly. We grow partially. We are relative. We are mature in one realm, childish in another. The past, present, and future mingle and pull us backward, forward, or fix us in the present. We are made up of layers, cells, constellations.”

Anaïs Nin

“Suffering has been stronger than all other teaching, and has taught me to understand what your heart used to be. I have been bent and broken, but – I hope – into a better shape.”

Charles Dickens

“I began to understand that suffering and disappointments and melancholy are there not to vex us or cheapen us or deprive us of our dignity but to mature and transfigure us.”

Hermann Hesse, Peter Camenzind

“Never stop just because you feel defeated. The journey to the other side is attainable only after great suffering.”

Santosh Kalwar, Quote Me Everyday

“Contrary to what we may have been taught to think, unnecessary and unchosen suffering wounds us but need not scar us for life. It does mark us. What we allow the mark of our suffering to become is in our own hands.”

bell hooks, All About Love: New Visions

“My destination is no longer a place, rather a new way of seeing.”

Marcel Proust

“No pain that we suffer, no trial that we experience is wasted. It ministers to our education, to the development of such qualities as patience, faith, fortitude and humility. All that we suffer and all that we endure, especially when we endure it patiently, builds up our characters, purifies our hearts, expands our souls, and makes us more tender and charitable, more worthy to be called the children of God . . . and it is through sorrow and suffering, toil and tribulation, that we gain the education that we come here to acquire and which will make us more like our Father and Mother in heaven.”

Orson F. Whitney

“I beg you, to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.”

Rainer Maria Rilke

“The only antidote to mental suffering is physical pain. ”

Karl Marx


“Each of us has his own rhythm of suffering.”

Roland Barthes

“The measure of a man is not how much he suffers in the test, but how he comes out at the end.”

Neal Shusterman, UnWholly

“Don’t look forward to the day you stop suffering, because when it comes you’ll know you’re dead.”

Tennessee Williams

“As long as one suffers one lives.”

Graham Greene, The End of the Affair

“The only way that we can live, is if we grow. The only way that we can grow is if we change. The only way that we can change is if we learn. The only way we can learn is if we are exposed. And the only way that we can become exposed is if we throw ourselves out into the open. Do it. Throw yourself.”

C. JoyBell C.

“Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength.”

Sigmund Freud

“Suffering teaches joy.”

Sonia Rumzi

“Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.”

Andy Rooney

“One cannot grow without pain. One cannot improve without it. Suffering drives us to achieve great things.”

Joe Abercrombie, Best Served Cold


“Since the beginning of time, people have been trying to change the world so that they can be happy. This hasn’t ever worked, because it approaches the problem backward. What The Work gives us is a way to change the projector—mind—rather than the projected. It’s like when there’s a piece of lint on a projector’s lens. We think there’s a flaw on the screen, and we try to change this person and that person, whomever the flaw appears on next. But it’s futile to try to change the projected images. Once we realize where the lint is, we can clear the lens itself. This is the end of suffering, and the beginning of a little joy in paradise.”

Byron Katie

“I think the function of suffering is to let me know that my perception is skewed; what I’m doing is judging natural events in such a way that I am creating suffering within myself. For instance, you have pain over certain conditions, certain situations that occur. And if you just say ‘ok, here I am, I’m going to experience the pain,’ you don’t suffer. The resistance and the degree of the resistance to the natural phenomenon of life causes tremendous suffering.”

Hubert Selby Jr.

“In suffering we find our truest selves.”

Jessie Burton, The Miniaturist

“Fire tests gold, suffering tests brave men.”


“Glory follows afflictions, not as the day follows the night but as the spring follows the winter; for the winter prepares the earth for the spring, so do afflictions sanctified prepare the soul for glory.”

Richard Sibbes

“Sometimes it takes great suffering to pierce the soul and open it up to greatness.”

Jocelyn Murray

“Man cannot remake himself without suffering, for he is both the marble and the sculptor.”

Alexis Carrel

“Suffering is a part of real life lesson.”

Toba Beta, Master of Stupidity

“If you have the courage to love, then you should have the courage to suffer, too.”

E.H. Majaw

“Pain and suffering are always inevitable for a large intelligence and a deep heart.”

Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

“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.”

Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo

“But a mermaid has no tears, and therefore she suffers so much more.”

Hans Christian Andersen


“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”

Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

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