Quotes about suffering

In a sense, [Christianity] creates, rather than solves the problem of pain, for pain would be no problem unless, side by side with our experience of this painful world, we had received what we think is a good assurance that ultimate reality is righteous and loving.

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If we are seeking glory, honor, and immortality before God, daily and quiet persistence, faithfulness and obedience is the road to get there. Anonymous sufferings are actually the best kind, Jesus tells us—otherwise, others might recognize us and compliment us and that, alone, will be our reward.

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It ought to be clear that the real problem is not why some humble, pious, believing people suffer, but why some do not

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Creatures cause pain by being born, and live by inflicting pain, and in pain they mostly die.

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I believe like a child that suffering will be healed and made up for, that all the humiliating absurdity of human contradictions will vanish like a pitiful mirage, like the despicable fabrication of the impotent and infinitely small Euclidean mind of man, that in the world’s finale, at the moment of eternal harmony, something so precious w... read more


If we again ask the question: ‘Why does God allow evil and suffering to continue?’ and we look at the cross of Jesus, we still do not know what the answer is. However, we now know what the answer isn’t. It can’t be that he doesn’t love us. It can’t be that he is indifferent or detached from our condition. God takes mi... read more


We must never make the problem of pain worse than it is by vague talk about the ‘unimaginable sum of human misery’. Suppose that I have a toothache of intensity x: and suppose that you, who are seated beside me, also begin to have a toothache of intensity x. You may, if you choose, say that the total amount of pain in the r... read more


Pain is unmasked, unmistakable evil; every man knows something is wrong when he is being hurt

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