Seneca on Suffering

“Two elements must therefore be rooted out once for all — the fear of future suffering, and the recollection of past suffering; since the latter no longer concerns me, and the former concerns me not yet.”
(Letters to Lucilius, LXXVIII.14)

~ Seneca

Hannah Arendt on Spectating

As citizens, we must prevent wrongdoing because the world in which we all live, wrong-doer, wrong sufferer and spectator, is at stake.

~ Hannah Arendt

Cicero on Memory

“We forget our pleasures and remember our sufferings.”

~ Cicero

Aristotle on Suffering

“Suffering becomes beautiful when anyone bears great calamities with cheerfulness, not through insensibility but through greatness of mind.”

~ Aristotle

Plutarch on Success

“Those who aim at great deeds must also suffer greatly.”

~ Plutarch

Buddha on Suffering

“Have compassion for all beings, rich and poor alike; each has their suffering. Some suffer too much, others too little.”

~ Buddha

Carl Jung on Patience

“The greatest, most important problems of life are all fundamentally insoluble. They can never be solved but only outgrown.”

~ Carl Jung

Seamus Heaney on Suffering

“Human beings suffer.
They torture one another
They get hurt and get hard.
No poem or play or song
Can fully right a wrong
Inflicted and endured.”

~ Seamus Heaney

Seneca on Worrying

“A man who suffers before it is necessary, suffers more than is necessary.”

~ Seneca