Perhaps I know best why man is the only animal that laughs: he alone suffers so excruciatingly that he was compelled to invent laughter.[Vielleicht weiß ich am besten, warum der Mensch allein lacht: er allein leidet so tief, daß er das Lachen erfinden mußte.]
Pain and suffering are always inevitable for a large intelligence and a deep heart.[Страдание и боль всегда обязательны для широкого сознания и глубокого сердца.]
One does not love a place the less for having suffered in it, unless it has been all suffering, nothing but suffering.
Nothing is so stifling as symmetry. Symmetry is boredom, the quintessence of mourning. Despair yawns. There is something more terrible than a hell of suffering – a hell of boredom.
No matter how ugly the manner in which a man dies, it’s only the presence of a suffering human soul that is horrifying; once gone, what is left is only an object.
Nature shows that with the growth of intelligence comes increased capacity for pain, and it is only with the highest degree of intelligence that suffering reaches its supreme point.
Love and suffering are the same thing and that the value of love is the sum of what you have to pay for it and any time you get it cheap you have cheated yourself.
It matters little that you suffer, so long as you feel alive with a sense of the close bond that connects all living things, so long as love does not die!