Viktor Frankl on Decisions

“…in the final analysis, it becomes clear that the sort of person the prisoner became was the result of an inner decision, and not the result of camp influences alone.”

~ Viktor Frankl / Psychology Today

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