One does not ask of one who suffers: What is your country and what is your religion? One merely says: You suffer, that is enough for me…
I am utterly convinced that Science and Peace will triumph over Ignorance and War, that nations will eventually unite not to destroy but to edify, and that the future will belong to those who have done the most for the sake of suffering humanity.
You have to hold yourself back from the sufferings of the world: this is something you are free to do and is in accord with your nature, but perhaps precisely this holding back is the only suffering that you might be able to avoid.
The soul expands with suffering, thus enormously increasing its capacity; what formerly filled it to the point of bursting now barely covers the bottom.[À force de s’élargir pour la souffrance, l’âme en arrive à des capacités prodigieuses; ce qui la comblait naguère à la faire crever en couvre à peine le fond maintenant.]
Suffering is the positive element in this world, indeed it is the only link between this world and the positive.