150 Pain Quotes That Will Make You Feel Stronger

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Here are 150 of the best pain quotes I could find. The goal? To inspire you to keep pushing and make you feel stronger. Enjoy!

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Sit with the pain until it passes, and you will be calmer for the next one. Naval Ravikant

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Without pain, without sacrifice, we would have nothing. Fight Club

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Let go of the past. Robert Greene

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Adversity is the first path to truth. Lord Byron

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Great things never came from comfort zones. Neil Strauss


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Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it. Helen Keller

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It is always by way of pain one arrives at pleasure. Marquis de Sade

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True self-discovery begins where your comfort zone ends. Adam Braun

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One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: that word is love. Sophocles

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Be patient and tough; someday this pain will be useful to you. Ovid


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Turn your wounds into wisdom. Oprah Winfrey

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New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings. Lao Tzu

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If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment. Marcus Aurelius

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You never know how strong you are until being strong is your only choice. Bob Marley

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Every pain is a gift. Every pain is an opportunity. Maxime Lagacé

See also: positive quotes, patience quotes, zen quotes

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The Best Pain Quotes

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The root of all suffering is attachment. Buddha Click to tweet

What hurts us is what heals us. Paulo Coelho

I can bear any pain as long as it has meaning. Haruki Murakami (1Q84)

Change happens when the pain of staying the same is greater than the pain of change. Tony Robbins

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

People go through so much pain trying to avoid pain. Neil Strauss

Too many people believe that everything must be pleasurable in life, which makes them constantly search for distractions and short-circuits the learning process. Robert Greene

Most of the gains in life come from suffering in the short term, so you can get paid in the long term. Naval Ravikant

Pain makes me grow. Growing is what I want. Therefore, for me pain is pleasure. Arnold Schwarzenegger

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Life begins at the end of your comfort zone. Neale Donald Walsch

It is when I struggle that I strengthen. It is when challenged to my core that I learn the depth of who I am. Steve Maraboli

Be master of your petty annoyances and conserve your energies for the big, worthwhile things. It isn’t the mountain ahead that wears you out – it’s the grain of sand in your shoe. Robert Service

The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection. Thomas Paine (See also: smile quotes)

The pain will leave once it has finished teaching you. Unknown

I’ve learned more from pain than I could’ve ever learned from pleasure. Unknown

Failure gave me strength. Pain was my motivation. Michael Jordan Click to tweet

Remember anything you want that’s valuable requires you to break through short-term pain in order to gain long-term pleasure. Tony Robbins

Pain nourishes courage. You can’t be brave if you’ve only had wonderful things happen to you. Mary Tyler Moore

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You can’t run away from trouble. There ain’t no place that far. Uncle Remus Click to tweet

You must go through that short-term pain to reach long-term gains. A meaningful life is about growth, not comfort. Maxime Lagacé

The more you reject the past, the more your suffering lasts. Maxime Lagacé

We do survive every moment, after all, except the last one. John Updike

The aim of the wise is not to secure pleasure but to avoid pain. Aristotle

We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey. Kenji Miyazawa

Pain is a fact. Suffering is a choice. Naval Ravikant

You may have had unfair things happen to you, but the depth of your pain is an indication of the height of your future. Joel Osteen

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The Most Famous Pain Quotes

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There is no education like adversity. Benjamin Disraeli Click to tweet

Behind every beautiful thing, there’s been some kind of pain. Bob Dylan

Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional. Buddha

If you’re going through hell, keep going. Winston Churchill

Nobody can hurt me without my permission. Mahatma Gandhi

We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons. Jim Rohn

Laugher is the tonic, the relief, the surcease for pain. Charlie Chaplin

The only thing that’s the end of the world is the end of the world. Barack Obama

It is easier to find men who will volunteer to die, than to find those who are willing to endure pain with patience. Julius Caesar

Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened. Ludwig Jacobowski

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

There is a saying in Tibetan, ‘Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength’. No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that’s our real disaster. Dalai Lama

One thing you can’t hide – is when you’re crippled inside. John Lennon

Life is pain, so live it up while you can. Ernest Hemingway

There are no gains without pains. Benjamin Franklin Click to tweet

Smile, though your heart is aching. Smile, even though it’s breaking. When there are clouds in the sky, you’ll get by if you smile through your pain and sorrow. Smile and maybe tomorrow, you’ll see the sun come shining through for you. Charlie Chaplin

It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage, that we move on to better things. Theodore Roosevelt

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. Maya Angelou

My pain may be the reason for somebody’s laugh. But my laugh must never be the reason for somebody’s pain. Charlie Chaplin

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

Better bread with water than cake with trouble. Russian proverb

Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors. African proverb

The art of life is the art of avoiding pain. Thomas Jefferson

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Short Pain Sayings

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The cost of failure is learning. Neil Strauss

It hurts because it matters. John Green Click to tweet

That’s the thing about pain, it demands to be felt. John Green

Our strength grows out of our weaknesses. Ralph Waldo Emerson

We can ignore even pleasure. But pain insists upon being attended to. C.S. Lewis

Much of your pain is self-chosen. Kahlil Gibran

I ask not for a lighter burden, but for broader shoulders. Jewish proverb

The pain I feel now is the happiness I had before. That’s the deal. C.S. Lewis

Embrace the feeling. Start the healing. Maxime Lagacé

Pain is a great motivator. Naval Ravikant

It’s better to feel pain than nothing at all. Unknown

Two barrels of tears will not heal a bruise. Chinese proverb

Strange how we decorate pain. Margaret Atwood

Fear is pain arising from the anticipation of evil. Aristotle

To hurt is as human as to breathe. J.K. Rowling

Life is pain and the enjoyment of love is an anesthetic. Cesare Pavese

The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again. Charles Dickens Click to tweet

Face your life, its pain, its pleasure, leave no path untaken. Neil Gaiman

Move toward resistance and pain. Robert Greene

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Inspirational Pain Sayings

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True discovery happens when you embrace the obstacle. Truth is for the patient, the enduring. Maxime Lagacé

Don’t let pain define you, let it refine you. Tim Fargo Click to tweet

Passion is the bridge that takes you from pain to change. Frida Kahlo

Stay focused on your purpose, not your pain. Ranal Currie (See also: simplicity quotes)

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

Frustration, although quite painful at times, is a very positive and essential part of success. Bo Bennett

Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have – life itself. Walter Anderson

First, having the larger goal will lift your mind out of the moment and help you endure the hard work and drudgery. Second, as you become better at this task or craft, it becomes increasingly pleasurable. Robert Greene

You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, who had ever been alive. James Baldwin

Growth in painful. Change is painful. But nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don’t belong. Unknown

Often it’s the deepest pain which empowers you to grow into your highest self. Unknown

Stop saying “I wish” and start saying “I will”. Unknown

Every flower must grow through dirt. Unknown

Problems are the price you pay for progress. Branch Rickey Click to tweet

After the rain, the sun will reappear. There is life. After the pain, the joy will still be here. Walt Disney

Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place. Iain Thomas

It’s so hard to forget pain, but it’s even harder to remember sweetness. We have no scar to show for happiness. We learn so little from peace. Chuck Palahniuk

Sacrifice today for tomorrows betterment, you are willing to pay those payments with pain, because pain is just a message when you are fixing something that’s insufficient in your life. Greg Plitt

I don’t believe there is pleasure in life. I believe there is only relief of pain… We have to suffer to be on top. Georges St-Pierre

Don’t get lost in your pain, know that one day your pain will become your cure. Rumi

Some days, we’re just looking for a soft place to land. Dr. SunWolf

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Deep Pain Sayings

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Nothing prevents happiness like the memory of happiness. Andre Gide

Forget about winning and losing, forget about pride and pain. Bruce Lee

We don’t even ask happiness, just a little less pain. Charles Bukowski

What matters most is how well you walk through the fire. Charles Bukowski

You have to die a few times before you can really live. Charles Bukowski (See also: sad love quotes)

The real problem is not why some pious, humble, believing people suffer, but why some do not. C.S. Lewis

Along with pain comes satisfaction and with satisfaction comes relief. Maxime Lagacé

Are you facing or avoiding your pain? Are you caring for your emotions or are you making yourself busy? Learn to wait and embrace your suffering. Fleeing it will simply bring more confusion. Facing it will bring clarity. Maxime Lagacé

The tragedy of life is in what dies inside a man while he lives – the death of genuine feeling, the death of inspired response, the awareness that makes it possible to feel the pain or the glory of other men in yourself. Norman Cousins

The prettiest smile hides the deepest secrets. The prettiest eyes have cried the most tears. And the kindest hearts have felt the most pain. Unknown

When the clouds get too heavy, it rains. When your pain gets too bad, you cry. Unknown

There is no greater sorrow than to recall happiness in times of misery. Dante Alighieri

He who makes a beast out of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man. Dr. Seuss

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The cure for pain is in the pain. Rumi Click to tweet

Pain is meant to wake us up. People try to hide their pain. But they’re wrong. Pain is something to carry, like a radio. You feel your strength in the experience of pain. It’s all in how you carry it. That’s what matters. Pain is a feeling. Your feelings are a part of you. Your own reality. If you feel ashamed of them, and hide them, you’re letting society destroy your reality. You should stand up for your right to feel your pain. Jim Morrison

I think that humans have a huge capacity to carry pain and sadness. There are things that haunt us our entire lives; we are unable to let them go. The good times seem almost effervescent and dreamlike in comparison with the times that didn’t go so well. Henry Rollins

Sooner or later, you will need to make friends with disappointment. Dr. SunWolf

Humility, after the first shock, is a cheerful virtue. C.S. Lewis

God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world. C.S. Lewis

I have absolutely no pleasure in the stimulants in which I sometimes so madly indulge. It has not been in the pursuit of pleasure that I have periled life and reputation and reason. It has been the desperate attempt to escape from torturing memories, from a sense of insupportable loneliness and a dread of some strange impending doom. Edgar Allan Poe

Some old wounds never truly heal, and bleed again at the slightest word. George R.R (Game of Thrones)

God brings men into deep waters, not to drown them, but to cleanse them. John Aughey Click to tweet

Some of God’s greatest gifts are unanswered prayers. Garth Brooks

Life swings like a pendulum backward and forward between pain and boredom. Arthur Schopenhauer

Neurosis is the natural by-product of pain avoidance. Carl Jung

Life didn’t promise to be wonderful. Teddy Pendergrass

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Wise Pain Sayings

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Wisdom is nothing more than healed pain. Robert Gary Lee Click to tweet

If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. Thomas Paine

If experience is the mother of wisdom, pain is the father. Thibaut

We can learn and change in a state of pain and suffering, or we can evolve in a state of joy and inspiration. Joe Dispenza

When I planted my pain in the field of patience it bore fruit of happiness. Kahlil Gibran

We are more often frightened than hurt; and we suffer more from imagination than from reality. Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Following a path is easy. Creating a new one is tough but it will lead you to new places. Maxime Lagacé

Sometimes you must hurt in order to know, fall in order to grow, lose in order to gain, because life’s greatest lessons are learnt through pain. Nagato

Handling our suffering is an art. If we know how to suffer, we suffer much less, and we’re no longer afraid of being overwhelmed by the suffering inside. Thich Nhat Hanh

Acceptance doesn’t mean resignation; it means understanding that something is what it is and that there’s got to be a way through it. Michael J. Fox

When it hurts – observe. Life is trying to teach you something. Anita Krizzan

Trying to build a life where you never experience bad feelings is like building a ship that can’t handle a storm. Neil Strauss

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. Sarah Frances Brown

Try to exclude the possibility of suffering which the order of nature and the existence of free wills involve, and you find that you have excluded life itself. C.S. Lewis

The pain that you create now is always some form of nonacceptance, some form of unconscious resistance to what is. Eckhart Tolle

Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes, and adversity is not without comforts and hopes. Francis Bacon

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There is a thin line that separates laughter and pain, comedy and tragedy, humor and hurt. Erma Bombeck

The pain you feel today will be the strength you feel tomorrow. Unknown Click to tweet

Pain can change you, but that doesn’t mean it has to be a bad change. Take that pain and turn it into wisdom. Unknown

Pain is constant. You either suffer the pain of discipline, or the pain of regret. Yvan Byeajee

Every negative situation contains the possibility for something positive, an opportunity. It is how you look at it that matters. Robert Greene

Be the silent watcher of your thoughts and behavior. You are beneath the thinker. You are the stillness beneath the mental noise. You are the love and joy beneath the pain. Eckhart Tolle

There is no coming to consciousness without pain. People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own Soul. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious. Carl Jung

Pain introduces you to your highest self. Paul Domenick

Where the wound has been given, there must the cure be found, if anywhere. Jane Austen

We cannot be more sensitive to pleasure without being more sensitive to pain. Alan Watts

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See also: 12 Lessons Life Will Teach You (Sometimes the Hard Way) (huffpost.com)

Part 3. Conclusion

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If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment. Henry David Thoreau

Call to action: Read How to Sit with Painful Emotions (psychcentral.com)

Author Bio

maxime lagace

Maxime Lagacé started collecting quotes in 2004 after he lost his girlfriend in a car accident.

In search of meaning, he dived in the self-improvement world, psychology and trail running. His goal was to understand his pain, his depression, his fears, his lack of motivation and inspiration.

Books, blogs, quotes and nature became his guide.

He finished his software engineering degree in 2007 at the École de Technologie Supérieure de Montréal. He also studied at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. A few years later, he started his first website to share his passion for quotes.

Maxime is a father of two, INFJ and also loves running. His best 5k is 17 minutes 41 seconds and his best marathon (42k) is in 3 hours 33 minutes 11 seconds (with 1800 meters of elevation gain).

Other notable interests of Maxime are health (mental and physical), meditation, nutrition, bananas, SEO, human potential, education, learning, productivity and minimalism.

Finally, he is (very) far from being perfect.

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15 comments

    1. Hi Craig,
      I’ve searched for it but can’t find any source.
      I’ll write you back if I do.

      Best,
      Maxime

  1. I accidentally opened this post but I found to be lucky to get into this post. Amazing collection. Thank you for sharing. Inspiring one.

    1. Hi Stella,
      Glad you stumbled upon something good! 🙂

      I know some topics seem dark or negative here on Wisdom Quotes, but I always try to make the article either useful, helpful or simply positive.

      Regards,
      Maxime

  2. Hey Maxime, I would like to take some time and thank you for sharing these amazing pain quotes for different scenarios. I was looking for the quotes to overcome the pain and that is how I found this article of yours. I am glad I found it and will definitely share this with my friends.

  3. Has this ever been quoted I said it to a friend the other night and I’m not sure where I got it (I’m unsure if I’m being clever or if I’m just repeating it).
    “Don’t drown your sorrows they’ll come back stronger, but if you embrace and challenge your sorrows they’ll make you stronger.”

    1. It’s a beautiful quote, Beau.
      Thanks for that.

      It makes me think of this quote by Eckhart Tolle:
      “Do not resist the pain. Allow it to be there. Surrender to the grief, despair, fear, loneliness, or whatever form the suffering takes. Witness it without labeling it mentally. Embrace it.”

      Regards,
      Maxime

    1. Yes, we always have the choice of accepting that pain, as part of life, and moving forward.
      But it’s our natural tendency to avoid it.
      Let’s move forward.

      Thanks for your comment Ricardo,
      Maxime

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