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150 Pain Quotes For When You Need Motivation, Empathy, and Understanding

Last Updated: October 30, 2022 by Team

Pain is a distressing feeling often caused by intense or damaging stimuli. There are two kinds of pain, emotional and physical pain. Physical pain is a person’s suffering or discomfort from injury or sickness, while pain caused by emotional distress can last longer and more deeply felt.

Pain and suffering are part of human life. As much as people try to avoid pain, the reality is that there can be no gain without pain. We cannot know happiness without experiencing pain. Painful experiences like break-ups, losing a loved one, or losing a job make us more potent because we learn to survive these challenging times.

Below you’ll find a collection of inspirational, wise, and uplifting pain quotes, pain sayings, and pain proverbs. May these quotes about pain help you acquire more ideas about being hurt and how to deal with it; through that experience, you will make wiser decisions in the future.

150 Pain Quotes Honoring Your Strength and Power

Top 10 Pain Quotes

“When pain is over, the remembrance of it often becomes a pleasure.” – Jane Austen

“This is a tough game. There are times when you’ve got to play hurt, when you’ve got to block out the pain.” – Shaquille O’Neal

“The greater your capacity to love, the greater your capacity to feel the pain.” – Jennifer Aniston

“My story is a freedom song from within my soul. It is a guide to discovery, a vision of how even the worst pain and heartaches can be channeled into human monuments, impenetrable and everlasting.” – Coretta Scott King

“It is easier to find men who will volunteer to die, than to find those who are willing to endure pain with patience.” – Julius Caesar

“I am God’s vessel. But my greatest pain in life is that I will never be able to see myself perform live.” – Kanye West

“Failure gave me strength. Pain was my motivation.” – Michael Jordan

“Don’t get lost in your pain, know that one day your pain will become your cure.” – Rumi

“Be patient and tough; someday this pain will be useful to you.” – Ovid


Best Pain Quotes

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“Wisdom is nothing more than healed pain.” – Robert Gary Lee

“Numbing the pain for a while will make it worse when you finally feel it.” – J.K. Rowling

“Pain, like time, is a backdrop to running.” – Hal Higdon

“Much of your pain is self-chosen.” – Khalil Gibran

“Pain, unlike pleasure, wears no mask.” – Oscar Wilde

“Pain is not the ultimate mode of perfection. It is merely provisional and a protest.” – Oscar Wilde

“Pleasure is the source of pain; pain is the source of pleasure.” – Jon R. Stone

“Joy and pain are like sunshine and rain.” – Ronan Keating

“There is no coming to consciousness without pain.” – Carl Jung

“One of the greatest pains to human nature is the pain of a new idea.” – Walter Bagehot

“Find a place inside where there’s joy and the joy will burn out the pain.” – Joseph Campbell

“Pain is filtered in a poem so that it becomes finally, in the end, pleasure.” – Mark Strand

“Pain nourishes courage. You can’t be brave if you’ve only had wonderful things happen to you.” – Mary Tyler Moore

“Pain has its own noble joy, when it starts a strong consciousness of life, from a stagnant one.” – John Sterling

“No pain, no palm; no thorns, no throne; no gall, no glory; no cross, no crown.” – William Penn

“The marks humans leave are too often scars.” – John Green

“Turn your wounds into wisdom.” – Oprah Winfrey

“Pain is the universe unguarded.” – Steve Aylett

“Men are more sensitive to pain than to pleasures.” – Tito Livio

“Even pain has its joy.” – Russian Proverb

“Pain is the only evil I know about. It’s the only one I can fight.” – Walter M. Miller

“Sometimes pain can drive a man harder than pleasure.” – Don Ingalls

“People in pain are like the wandering minstrels of the Renaissance. Any occupied space becomes their court. If the story’s told often enough, perhaps the demons will become manifest. Made visible and mastered though words.” – Barbara Lazear Ascher

“God gave us pain to remind us we are alive, so we will learn to value the joys and beauty of the world.” – Tom Corr

“Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.” – Khalil Gibran

“Some are born virtuous, some become virtuous. To be good by nature is indeed fortunate but to become good is like walking on a double-edged sword; it takes a longer time and is more painful.” – Umera Ahmed

Sometimes |'m not angry, I'm hurt and there's a big difference.

“Behind every beautiful thing, there’s been some kind of pain.” – Bob Dylan

“Life is pain, so live it up while you can.” – Ernest Hemingway

“It is always by way of pain one arrives at pleasure.” – Marquis de Sade

“I’m willing to accept any kind of pain to win a race.” – Rick Wohlhutter

“Out of pain and problems have come the sweetest songs, and the most gripping stories.” – Billy Graham

“Pain can be controlled, you just disconnect it.” – James Cameron

“The best way of handling pain was to study it objectively.” – Arthur C. Clarke

“Anybody can laugh in joy, but the bold ones also smile in pain…knowing that pain is just like a zooming train, that will soon pass by.” – RVM

“Just like there’s always time for pain, there’s always time for healing.” – Jennifer Brown

“Pain has a way of clipping our wings and keeping us from being able to fly … and if left unresolved for very long, you can almost forget that you were ever created to fly in the first place.” – WM. Paul Young

“People go through so much pain trying to avoid pain.” – Neil Strauss

“Pain pays the income of each precious thing.” – William Shakespeare

“Sit with the pain until it passes, and you will be calmer for the next one.” – Naval Ravikant

“The great art of life is sensation, to feel that we exist, even in pain.” – George Gordon Noel Byron

“These pains you feel are messengers. Listen to them.” – Rumi

“We can never judge the lives of others, because each person knows only their own pain and renunciation.” – Paulo Coelho

“You may have had unfair things happen to you, but the depth of your pain is an indication of the height of your future.” – Joel Osteen

“I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.” – James Baldwin

“Who, except the gods, can live time through forever without any pain?” – Aeschylus

“I know there is pain when sawmills close and people lose jobs, but we have to make a choice. We need water and we need these forests.” – Wangari Maathai

“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.” – Bob Marley

I've been changed a lot by pain. Today, I'm asking to be changed by love instead. J.LYNN

Inspirational Pain Quotes

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“Great things never came from comfort zones.” – Neil Strauss

“I can bear any pain as long as it has meaning.” – Haruki Murakam

“Pain is a part of growing up. It’s how we learn.” – Dan Brown

“Pain and pleasure like light and darkness, succeed each other.” – Lawrence Stone

“There are no gains without pains.” – Benjamin Franklin

“An hour of pain is as long as a day of pleasure.” – English Proverb

“We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.” – Kenji Miyazawa

“All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me…. You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.” – Walt Disney

“Challenges are part of life; We weaken our spirit, when we act in fear and lose hope. But we strengthen our spirit, when we fearlessly with faith and hope, rise up to meet and conquer the challenges.” – Lailah Gifty Akita

“Change happens when the pain of staying the same is greater than the pain of change.” – Tony Robbins

“Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.” – Joseph Campbell

“Frustration, although quite painful at times, is a very positive and essential part of success.” – Bo Bennett

“He took his pain and turned it into something beautiful. Into something that people connect to. And that’s what good music does. It speaks to you. It changes you.” – Hannah Harrington

My heart is tired of getting hurt.

“I have no regrets in my life. I think that everything happens to you for a reason. The hard times that you go through build character, making you a much stronger person.” – Rita Mero

“Pain makes me grow. Growing is what I want. Therefore, for me pain is pleasure.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

“Remember anything you want that’s valuable requires you to break through short-term pain in order to gain long-term pleasure.” – Tony Robbins

“Sacrifice today for tomorrows betterment, you are willing to pay those payments with pain, because pain is just a message when you are fixing something that’s insufficient in your life.” – Greg Plitt

“When I planted my pain in the field of patience it bore fruit of happiness.” – Kahlil Gibran

“Without pain, without sacrifice, we would have nothing.” – Fight Club

“You never know how strong you are until being strong is your only choice.” – Bob Marley

“You need to spend time crawling alone through shadows to truly appreciate what it is to stand in the sun.” – Shaun Hick

“Sometimes pain was like a storm that came out of nowhere. The clearest summer could end in a downpour. Could end in lightning and thunder.” – Benjamin Alire Sáenz

“Most people carry that pain around inside them their whole lives, until they kill the pain by other means, or until it kills them. But you, my friends, you found another way: a way to use the pain. To burn it as fuel, for light and warmth. You have learned to break the world that has tried to break you.” – Lev Grossman

There is always some truth behind just kidding, knowledge behind I don't know, emotion behind I don't care, and pain behind It's ok.

Pain Of Love Quotes

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“Pain is like a love affair. When it’s over it’s over.” – Elyse Sommer

“One word will free us of all the weight and pain of life, that word is love.” – Sophocles

“If you can learn to endure pain, you can survive anything. Some people learn to embrace it, to love it. Some endure it through drowning it in sorrow, or by making themselves forget. Others turn it into anger.” – Sarah J. Maas

“Pain is immune to empathy…like love.” – Barbara Lazear Ascher

“Pain without love. Pain, I can’t get enough. Pain, I like it rough. ‘Cause I’d rather feel pain than nothing at all.” – Neil Sanderson

“Pain is love and love is pain.” – Tobias Gad

If you've ever laid in bed and cried so hard, to the point you've had to cover your mouth so you didn't make any noise... I'm so sorry. You did not deserve to feel that way.

Pain And Suffering Quotes

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“Transformation without work and pain, without suffering, without a sense of loss is just an illusion of true change.” – Wm. Paul Young

“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.” – Khalil Gibran

“Suffering is an extraordinary teacher.” – Ryan Hall

“We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons.” – Jim Rohn

“Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.” – Buddhist proverb

“Pain is what the world inflicts upon us. Suffering is our emotional reaction when we fail to make the difficult conscious choice to choose Joy.” – Jonathan Lockwood Huie

“It is our suffering that brings us together. It is not love. Love does not obey the mind, and turns to hate when forced. The bond that binds us is beyond choice. We are brothers. We are brothers in what we share. In pain, which each of us must suffer alone, in hunger, in poverty, in hope, we know our brotherhood.” – Ursula K. Le Guin

it's sad how someone can go from being the reason you smiled to be the reason you cry yourself to sleep.

“Pain is the substance of life and the root of personality, because only suffering is a person.” – Miguel de Unamuno y Jugo

“There is nothing more suitable for the purposes of the universe than pain; never a day when you suffer is a lost day.” – Amado Nervo

“Pain, like other sensations, can be our teacher. Approach pain with respect and an attitude of inquiry. Much of our suffering is a result of our avoidance of pain.” – Josh Bartok

“The beginning of all pain and suffering in the world started with one act of disobedience.” – Billy Graham

“Many of us spend our whole lives running from feeling with the mistaken belief that you can not bear the pain. But you have already borne the pain. What you have not done is feel all you are beyond that pain.” – Kahlil Gibran

“Without pain, there would be no suffering, without suffering we would never learn from our mistakes. To make it right, pain and suffering is the key to all windows, without it, there is no way of life.” – Angelina Jolie

“All pain is either severe or slight, if slight, it is easily endured; if severe, it will without doubt be brief.” – Cicero


Pain In Heart Quotes

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“Smile, though your heart is aching. Smile, even though it’s breaking. When there are clouds in the sky, you’ll get by if you smile through your pain and sorrow. Smile and maybe tomorrow, you’ll see the sun come shining through for you.” – Charlie Chaplin

“Never Apologize For Being Sensitive Or Emotional. Let This Be A Sign That You’ve Got A Big Heart And Aren’t Afraid To Let Others See It. Showing Your Emotions Is A Sign Of Strength.”

“The broken heart. You think you will die, but you keep living, day after day after terrible day.” – Charles Dickens

“One of the most courageous decision you’ll ever make is to finally let go of what is hurting your heart and soul.”

“Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers, but to be fearless in facing them. Let me not beg for the stilling of my pain, but for the heart to conquer it.” – Rabindranath Tagore

“The prettiest smile hides the deepest secrets. The prettiest eyes have cried the most tears. And the kindest hearts have felt the most pain.” – Anonymous

It hurts when someone makes you feel special and then suddenly leaves you hanging, and you have to act like you don't care at all.

“The pain of love. Lives in our heart. It’s deeper than the ocean.” – Guy Chambers

“A little pain in my heart. Just won’t let me be. Wake up restless nights. Lord, and I can’t even sleep.” – Naomi Neville

“After great pain, a formal feeling comes. The Nerves sit ceremonious, like Tombs. The stiff Heart questions, was it He, that bore. And Yesterday, or Centuries before?” – Emily Dickinson

“Replacing this pain with something numb. It’s so much easier to go. Than face all this pain here all alone.” – Robert G. Bourdon

“I got the pain, going insane. Pain in my brain, always insane.” – Gavin Blakely

“The human soul is ashamed of itself when it is overcome by pleasure or pain.” – Marco Aurelio Antonino

“The pain of the mind is worse than the pain of the body.” – Publilius Syrus

When in pain, create something more useful than noise.

Pain And Hurt Quotes

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“Sometimes you must hurt in order to know, fall in order to grow, lose in order to gain, because life’s greatest lessons are learnt through pain.” – Nagato

“No matter how far life pushes you down, no matter how much you hurt, you can always bounce back.” – Sheryl Swoopes

“You will never know the power of yourself until someone hurts you badly.”

“I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.” – Mother Teresa

“I suppose that since most of our hurts come through relationships so will our healing, and I know that grace rarely makes sense for those looking in from the outside.” – Wm. Paul Young

“There are wounds that never show on the body that are deeper and more hurtful than anything that bleeds.” – Laurell K. Hamilton

“What comes out when life squeezes you? When someone hurts or offends you? If anger, pain and fear come out of you, it’s because that’s what’s inside.” – Wayne Dyer

“Waiting hurts. Forgetting hurts. But not knowing which decision to take can sometimes be the most painful.” – José N. Harris

“I always hated when my scars started to fade, because as long as I could still see them, I knew why I was hurting.” – Jodi Picoult

“The damage was permanent; there would always be scars. But even the angriest scars faded over time until it was difficult to see them written on the skin at all, and the only thing that remained was the memory of how painful it had been.” – Jodi Picoult

“No matter how far life pushes you down, no matter how much you hurt, you can always bounce back.” – Anonymous

“The practice of love offers no place of safety. We risk loss, hurt, pain. We risk being acted upon by forces outside our control.” – Bell Hooks

“When you can’t remember why you’re hurt, that’s when you’re healed.” – Jane Fonda

“I have learned now that while those who speak about one’s miseries usually hurt, those who keep silence hurt more.” – C. S. Lewis

“Nobody can hurt me without my permission.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“Fear is the major ingredient of pain. It is what makes pain hurt.” – Josh Bartok

“Pain is such an uncomfortable feeling that even a tiny amount of it is enough to ruin every enjoyment.” – Will Rogers

“The most painful thing is losing yourself in the process of loving someone too much, and forgetting that you are special too.” – Ernest Hemingway

for the pain you choose to hide, for the sadness you feel, inside, for all the times you fake a smile; i hope for you, there will be a time, when your happiness is also on the inside.

Pain And Struggle Quotes

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“It is when I struggle that I strengthen. It is when challenged to my core that I learn the depth of who I am.” – Steve Maraboli

“There are no mistakes in life, only lessons. There is no such thing as a negative experience, only opportunities to grow, learn and advance along the road of self-mastery. From struggle comes strength. Even pain can be a wonderful teacher.” – Robin S. Sharma

“The wings of transformation are born of patience and struggle.” – Janet S. Dickens

“If you can sit with your pain, listen to your pain and respect your pain—in time you will move through your pain.” – Bryant McGill

“If you’re never able to tolerate a little bit of pain and discomfort, you’ll never get better.” – Angela Duckworth

“I wish this pain, would go away. The kind of pain that makes you feel like you can’t go on no more.” – Nashiem Sa-Allah Myrick

“The pain started years ago, but I’d lived with it for so long at that point that I’d accepted it as an inevitable part of me.” – Diwakar Sharma

“Chronic pain or other challenges are invitations; gifts that challenge us to learn how to manage the mind.” – Cheryl Richardson

“Chronic pain can be very lonely. It can have a shame-based quality.” – Jennifer Grey

“If you can go through the pain period, you make it to be a champion. If you can’t go through it, forget it. And that’s what most people lack: having the guts – the guts to go in and just say… ‘I don’t care what happens’.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

“Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.” – Lance Armstrong

“It has been said, ‘time heals all wounds.’ I do not agree. The wounds remain. In time, the mind, protecting its sanity, covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessens. But it is never gone.” – Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy

Sometimes the pain we hold is more than any can take.

Emotional Pain Quotes

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“Time doesn’t heal emotional pain, you need to learn how to let go.” – Roy T. Bennett

“If danger arises in the present moment, there may be an emotion. There may even be pain. But that’s a challenge, not a problem. For a problem to exist, you need time and repetitive mind activity.” – Eckhart Tolle

“Some old wounds never truly heal, and bleed again at the slightest word.” – George R.R. Martin

“Pain is a great motivator.” – Naval Ravikant

“Sometimes pain can drive a man harder than pleasure.” – Don Ingall

“The worst wounds, the deadliest of them, aren’t the ones people see on the outside. They’re the ones that make us bleed internally.” – Sherrilyn Kenyon

“When pain brings you down, don’t be silly, don’t close your eyes and cry, you just might be in the best position to see the sun shine.” – Alanis Morissette

“I think that humans have a huge capacity to carry pain and sadness. There are things that haunt us our entire lives; we are unable to let them go. The good times seem almost effervescent and dreamlike in comparison with the times that didn’t go so well.” – Henry Rollins

You can't forgive something but you can try to forget.

Physical Pain Quotes

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“Of pain you could wish only one thing: that it should stop. Nothing in the world was so bad as physical pain. In the face of pain there are no heroes.” – George Orwell

“Much of your pain is the bitter potion by which the physician within you heals your sick self.” – Khalil Gibran

“Pain is weakness leaving the body.” – Chesty Puller

“The last three or four reps is what makes the muscle grow. This area of pain divides the champion from someone else who is not a champion. That’s what most people lack, having the guts to go on and just say they’ll go through the pain no matter what happens.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

“Who can remember pain, once it’s over? All that remains of it is a shadow, not in the mind even, in the flesh. Pain larks you, but too deep to see.” – Margaret Atwood

“The pain of the little finger is felt by the whole body.” – Filipino Proverb

Sometimes the pain we hold is more than any can take.

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