We are always in a hurry to be happy; for when we have suffered a long time, we have great difficulty in believing in good fortune.
There would be far less suffering amongst mankind, if men—and God knows why they are so fashioned—did not employ their imaginations so assiduously in recalling the memory of past sorrow, instead of bearing their present lot with equanimity.
Nothing is more seductive for a man than his freedom of conscience, but nothing is a greater cause of suffering.
What actually arouses indignation over suffering is not the suffering itself, but the senselessness of suffering.
We are healed of a suffering only by experiencing it to the full.[On ne guérit d’une souffrance qu’à condition de l’éprouver pleinement.]