100 Pain Quotes To Help You Stay Calm And Hopeful

By Maxime Lagacé maxime lagace

Maxime is the founder and chief editor of WisdomQuotes. He has been writing, journaling and collecting quotes since 2004. He's also into personal development and productivity. Most of all, he's dedicated to help you live a simpler, better and more peaceful life. Learn more about him on his about page.

Here are 100 of the best pain quotes I could find. And the goal is simple: To inspire you to stay calm, strong and hopeful. You’ll discover quotes by Buddha, Lao Tzu, Gandhi, and more. 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 failure is a gift. Every pain is an opportunity. Maxime Lagacé

Related: positive, patience, suffering, Zen, acceptance

The Best Pain Quotes

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The root of all suffering is attachment. Buddha

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

The pain will leave once it has finished teaching you. Bruce Lee

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

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

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 pain lasts. Maxime Lagacé

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

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

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

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

Part 2. Pain Quotes That Are…

The Most Famous Pain Quotes

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Searching a famous quote about pain or a famous author? Check out those sayings by Buddha, John Lennon, Shakespeare, Maya Angelou, etc.
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There is no education like adversity. Benjamin Disraeli

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

Nobody can hurt me without my permission. Mahatma Gandhi

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

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

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

There are no gains without pains. Benjamin Franklin

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

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Nothing prevents happiness like the memory of happiness. Andre Gide

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

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

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

Short Pain Sayings

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One-liners, short pain quotes, sayings, thoughts and captions for your bio, social status, self-talk, motto, mantra, signs, posters, wallpapers, backgrounds.
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The cost of failure is learning. Neil Strauss

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

Make friends with pain and you’ll never be alone. Ken Chlouber

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

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

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

Much of your pain is self-chosen. Kahlil Gibran

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

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Wisdom is nothing more than healed pain. Robert Gary Lee

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

Strange how we decorate pain. Margaret Atwood

Fear is pain arising from the anticipation of evil. Aristotle

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

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

Stay focused on your purpose, not your pain. Ranal Currie (Related quote topic: simplicity)

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

Learn to wait and embrace your pain. Fleeing it will simply bring more confusion. Facing it will bring clarity. Maxime Lagacé

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

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

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

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

Every flower must grow through dirt. Unknown

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

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

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

Pain Quotes: The Conclusion

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

Let’s recap:

  • Pain is fine. Don’t fight it. Don’t rush it. Let it teach you gently.
  • Pain is a gift. It gives meaning and ultimately makes you stronger.
  • The road to inner peace is painful but it’s worth it.
  • Who are the most successful people? The ones who don’t mind pain and simply do what needs to be done.
  • Who are the wisest people? The ones who know pain is useful.

 

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

or 100 Mental Health Quotes To Comfort, Encourage, Inspire

or The Power Of Words – 3 Ways They Can Change Your Life

 

Hope you liked these inspiring pain quotes. If you did, please share them with a friend today!

Are you in pain right now? What was your favorite quote? Please let us know in the comment section below!

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.

Books, blogs, quotes and nature became his guide.

He started journaling, reflecting, writing his thoughts, feelings and quotes.

His goal was to understand his pain, his depression, his fears, his lack of motivation and inspiration.

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.

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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Last update

February 20, 2022

Originally published

September 10, 2018

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17 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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