Inter -  Faiths  Dialogue

Others > Suffering

19  quote(s)  | Page 1 / 1

A n old, sad woman talked to Mahna's Sheikh:
"Teach me to pray for joy, for pity's sake -
I've suffered so much that I cannot bear
To think of future grief - give me some prayer
To murmur every day." The sheikh replied:
"How many years I wondered far and wide
Until I found the fortress that you seek -
It is the knee, bend it, accept, be meek;
I found no other way - this remedy,
And only this, will cure you of your misery."

Islam / Sufism Quote n°4525 | 
The Conference of the Birds, p123 


O pposite of life is not death. The suffering is.

Others Beliefs / Litterature Quote n°4510 | 


I n God, there is no sorrow or suffering or affliction. If you want to be free of all affliction and suffering, hold fast to God, and turn wholly to Him, and to no one else. Indeed, all your suffering comes from this: that you do not turn toward God and no one else.

Christianity Quote n°3813 | 
Treatise A. 1, Colledge & McGinn, 1982, p. 211 


B lessed is he who bears affliction with thankfulness.

Christianity Quote n°3341 | 
Abba Copres: The sayings of the Desert Fathers : the alphabetical collection. Trans. Benedicta Ward, SLG. Kalamazoo, Michigan: Cistercian Publications Inc., 1984, 1975, p. 118, Copres 2 


B rother, stand the pain. Escape the poison of your impulses. The sky will bow to your beauty, if you do.

Islam / Sufism Quote n°3313 | 
The Essential Rumi, p. 62, Trans. Coleman Barks with John Moyne. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 1995 


T he source of my suffering and loneliness is deep in my heart.
This is a disease no doctor can cure.
Only Union with the Friend can cure it.

Islam / Sufism Quote n°3147 | 
translation by Andrew Harvey and Eryk Hanut - 'Perfume of the Desert' 


T he deeper your involvement here,
the harsher your pain and suffering.

Islam / Sufism Quote n°3130 | 


H is Majesty couldn't grant us a greater favor than to give us a life that would be an imitation of the life his beloved Son lived. Thus I hold for certain that these favors are meant to fortify our weakness, that we may be able to imitate him in his great sufferings.

Christianity / Catholicism Quote n°2843 | 
Saint Teresa of Avila, from The Interior Castle, translated by Kieran Kavanaugh and Otilio Rodriguez (Mahwah, N.J.: Paulist Press, 1979). 


N one can come to the sublime heights of the divinity”, said the Eternal Wisdom, "or taste its ineffable sweetness, if first they have not experienced the bitterness and lowliness of my humanity. The higher they climb without passing by my humanity, the lower afterward shall be their fall. My humanity is the road which all must tread who would come to that which you seek: my sufferings are the door by which all must come in.

Christianity Quote n°2827 | 
Heinrich Suso, adapted from the translation by Frank Tobin in Heinrich Suso: The Exemplar, with Two German Sermons (Mahwah, N.J.: Paulist Press, 1985). 


T he Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and join theirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may also be glorified together.
For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

Christianity Quote n°2789 | 
St. Paul, Romans 8:16-23 (AV), taken from the 1611 King James Version of the Bible 


O n Delusion (aviija) depend the (life-affirming) Activities (sankhara).
On the Activities depends Consciousness (nana: here, rebirth-consciousness in the womb of the mother).
On consciousness depends the Psycho-physical Combination (nama-rupa).
On the psycho-physical combination depends the Sixfold Sense-activity (chal-ayatana).
On the sixfold sense activity depends the Sensorial Impression (phassa).
On the sensorial impression depends Feeling (vedana).
On feeling depends Craving (tanha).
On craving depends Clinging to Existence (upadana).
On clinging to existence depends the Process of Becoming (bhava; here: kamma-bhava, or action process).
On the process of becoming depends Rebirth (jati).
On rebirth depends Decay and Death (jara-marana), sorrow, lamentation, pain, grief and despair. Thus arises this whole mass of suffering. This is called the noble truth of the origin of suffering.


Thus, through the entire fading away and extinction of this Delusion, the (life-affirming) Activities are extinguished. Through the extinction of the activities Consciousness (rebirth) is extinguished. Through the extinction of consciousness, the Psycho-physical combination is extinguished. Through the extinction of the psycho-physical combination, the sixfold Sense activity is extinguished. Through the extinction of the sixfold scnse-activity, the Sensorial Impression is extinguished. Through the extinction of the sensorial impression, Feeling is extinguished. Through the extinction of feeling, Craving is extinguished. Through the extinction of craving, Clinging to Existence is extinguished. Through the extinction of clinging to existence, the Process of Becoming is extinguished. Through the extinction of the process of becoming, Rebirth is extinguished. Through the extinction of rebirth, decay and death, sorrow, lamentation, pain, grief and despair are extinguished. Thus takes place the extinction of this whole mass of suffering This is called the noble truth of the extinction of suffering.

Buddhism Quote n°2485 | 
Anguttara Nikaya, III, 61 


H ence, the annihilation, cessation and overcoming of bodily form, feeling, perception, mental formations and consciousness, this is the extinction of suffering, the end of disease, the overcoming of old age and death.

Buddhism Quote n°2467 | 
Samyutta Nikaya, 12 


T here will come a time, when the mighty ocean will dry up, vanish, and be no more. There will come a time, when the mighty earth will be devoured by fire, perish, and be no more. But yet there will be no end to the suffering of beings, who, obstructed by ignorance and ensnared by craving, are hurrying and hastening through this round of rebirths.

Buddhism Quote n°2466 | 
Samyutta Nikaya, 21 (10) 


T hus, whatever kind of Feeling one experiences,-pleasant, unpleasant or indifferent-one approves of and cherishes the feeling and clings to it; and while doing so, lust springs up; but lust for feelings means clinging to existence (upadana); and on clinging to existence depends the (action-) Process of Becoming (bhava, here kamma-bhava); on the process of becoming depends (future) Birth (jati); and dependent on birth are Decay and Death, sorrow, lamentation, pain, grief and despair. Thus arises this whole mass of suffering.

Buddhism Quote n°2463 | 
Majjhima Nikaya, 38 


W hat now is the Noble Truth of the Origin of Suffering? It is that craving which gives rise to fresh rebirth, and, bound up with pleasure and lust, now here, now there, finds ever-fresh delight.
There is the Sensual Craving, the Craving for Eternal Existence, the Craving for Temporal Happiness.
But where does this craving arise and take root? Wherever in the world there is the delightful and pleasurable, there this craving arises and takes root. Eye, ear, nose, tongue, body and mind are delightful and pleasurable; there this craving arises and takes root.
Forms, sounds, smells, tastes, bodily touches and ideas are delightful and pleasurable: there this craving arises and takes root.
Consciousness, sense contact, the feeling born of sense contact, perception, will, craving, thinking and reflecting are delightful and pleasurable: there this craving arises and takes root.

Buddhism Quote n°2462 | 
Digha Nikaya, 22 


W hoso delights in bodily form, or feeling, or perception, or mental formations, or consciousness, he delights in suffering; and whoso delights in suffering will not be freed from suffering. Thus I say.

Buddhism Quote n°2461 | 
Samyutta Nikaya, 21 


B irth is suffering; Decay is suffering; Death is suffering; Sorrow, Lamentation, Pain, Grief and Despair are suffering; no to get what one desires is suffering; in short: the Five Aggregates of Existence are suffering.

Buddhism Quote n°2456 | 
Digha Nikaya, 22 


A ll formations are `subject to suffering' (dukkha);

Buddhism Quote n°2366 | 
Anguttara Nikaya, III. 134 


A nd through the total fading away and extinction of Craving (tanhaa), Clinging (upaadaana) is extinguished; through the extinction of clinging, the Process of Becoming (bhava) is extinguished; through the extinction of the (karmic) process of becoming, Rebirth (jaati) is extinguished; and through the extinction of rebirth, Decay and Death, sorrow, lamentation, suffering, grief and despair are extinguished. Thus comes about the extinction of this whole mass of suffering.

Buddhism Quote n°2119 | 
Samyutta Nikaya, XII. 43 


Page:  1

Share this Webpage on social media


Reading options
By registering for free with the link below you will be able to:

While reading the sacred books :
- Bookmark Add a bookmark at any time to find your last page read.
- Cut/paste Copy / paste and save in a few clicks the passages you like in your quote collection.
- Bookmark Save your reading plan

While reading the quotes:
- Add your favorite quotes to your collection
- Vote for your favorite quotes
- Email you a quote
- Bookmark Share your thoughts, beliefs or readings by adding quotes

But also
- Keep your reading preferences (font style, background, font size, etc.)

Subscribe for free

World Sacred Scriptures

The Dhammapada
The Diamond sutra and the Heart Sutra
The Bible
Corpus Hermetica
The Bhagavad Gita
The Laws of Manu
The Upanishads
The Holy Koran (External Link)
The Zohar (External Link)
Shri Guru Granth Sahib
The Avesta
The Writings of Bahá’u’lláh
Apocrypha of the Bible
The Dao De Jing
Tibetan Book of the Dead

Quotes from the World Religion

God Love All Beings

Scriptures 360

Bahai 360
Buddhism 360
Christianity 360
Hinduism 360
Islam 360
Jainism 360
Judaism 360
Sickhim 360
Taoism 360
Zoroastrism 360

Quotes by sacred scriptures

The Epistle to the Son of the Wolf
The Hidden Words
The Kitáb-i-Aqdas
The Kitáb-i-Íqán
The Proclamation of Bahá’u’lláh
The Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh
The Writings of Bahá’u’lláh

Brahma Net Sutra
Buddha Speaks the Mahayana, Infinite Life, Adornment, Purity, Impartiality, and Enlightenment Sutra
The Amitayurbhavana Sutra
The Avatamsaka Sutra
The Bodhisattva Dwelling in the Womb Sutra
The Buddha Expounding Amitabha Sutra
The Cultivation Guidelines for Pure Land School Practitioners
The Dhammapada
The Discourse on the Ten Wholesome Ways of Action
The Eight Great Awakenings Sutra
The Heart of Prajna Paramita Sutra
The Lankavatara Sutra
The Lotus Sutra
The Maha Prajna Paramita
The Maha-Vaipulya Tathagata’s Unimaginable State Sutra
The Platform Sutra
The Seng-ts’an
The Shobo Genzo
The Sigalovada Sutta: The Discourse to Sigala The Layperson’s Code of Discipline
The Surangama Sutra
The Sutra in Forty-Two Sections
The Sutra of Immeasurable Life
The Sutra of the Past Vows of Earth Store Bodhisattva
The Sutra of Visualization of the Buddha of Infinite Life
The Sutra on Generating the Supreme Aspiration of Bodhisattvas
The Sutra on Praise of the Pure Land and Protection by Shakyamuni
The Sutra on the Buddha’s Bequeathed Teaching
The Vajra Prajna Paramita Sutra
The Vajradhvaha Sutra
Upasaka Precepts Sutra
Various Sutras

The Bible
The Corpus Hermetica
The Philokalia

Guidelines for Being a Good Person
The Bai Hu Tong
The Book of Etiquette & Ceremonial
The Book of Ode
The Book of Ritual
The Books of Changes
The Doctrine of Filial Piety
The Imperial Edict of Emperor Yong Zheng
The Luxuriant Dew of the Spring and Autumn Annals
The Zhongyong

The 100 Diseases & Medicines
The Annals of Lu Buwei
The Huai-Nan Tzu
The Jade Emperor’s Mind Seal
The Liezi
The Qing Jing Jing
The Su Shu
The Tai Shang Lao Jun Jie Jing
The Tai Shang Sheng Xuan Xiao Zai Hu Ming Miao Jing
The Tai Shang Xu hang tian Zun Si Shi Jui Zhang Jing
The Tai Shang Xuan Ling Bei Dou Ben Ming Yan Sheng Zhen Jing
The treatise on the unseen merits
The Yellow Emperor’s scripture of the Unconscious Unification
Treatise of the Most Exalted One on Cause and Effect

Bhagavata Purana
Gautama Smriti
Samkhya Sutra
Tantric scriptures
The Ashtavakra Gita
The Atharva Veda
The Avadhuta Gita
The Bhagavat Gita
The Bhakti Sutras
The Devi Gita
The Law of Manu
The Mahabarata
The Panchadasi
The Ramayana
The Rig Veda
The Sama Veda
The Thirrukkural
The Upanishads
The Vishnu Purana
The Vishnu Sahasranam
The Yajur Veda
The Yoga vasishtha
Yajnavalkya Smriti
Yoga Sutra

The Quran

The Acaranga Sutra
The Bhagavati Aradhana
The Khamemi Savve Jiva Sutra
The Mulachara
The Namokar Mantra
The Saman Suttam
The Shivmastu Sarva Jagatah Sutra
The Tattvartha Sutra
The Uttaradhyayana

The Bava Kamma
The Beth Middot
The Book of Proverbs
The Chofetz Chaim
The Ecclesiastes
The Imré binah
The Ketuvim
The Ma’alat Hamiddot
The Misdrashs
The Mivchar Hapeninim
The Moré Névoukhim
The Nevi'im
The No’am Hamiddot
The Pirkei Avot
The Proverbs
The Psalm
The Sayings of the Fathers
The Talmud
The Tanchuma
The Torah
The Tosefta
The Wisdom of Salomon
The Zohar

Guru Gobind Singh Ji
The Sri Dasam Granth Ji
The Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji

The Nihong
The Tibetan Book of the Dead

The Avesta
The Menok i Khrat

Quotes by authors


Bassui Zenji
Buddha Sakyamuni
Huang Po
Hui Neng
Yung-chia Ta-shih

Abbot Vasilios of Iveron Monastery
Angela of Foligno
Desert Fathers
Diadochos of Photiki
Dionysius the Areopagite
Jacob Boehme
Jean Pierre de Caussade
Jesus Christ
John Ruusbroec
Martin Luther King
Meister Eckhart
Mother Teresa
Nicephorus the Solitary
Nicholas of Cusa
Saint Evagrios the Solitary
Saint Francis of Assisi
Saint Gregory of Nyssa
Saint Hesychios the Priest
Saint Isaac the Syrian
Saint John of the Cross
Saint Macarius of Egypt
Saint Mark the Ascetic
Saint Paul
Saint Symeon the New Theologian
Saint Teresa of Avila
Thomas a Kempis

Chang Tsai
Chow Tun-i
Lu Hsiang Shan
Shao Yong
Wang Yangming

Ho Shang Gong
Kuo Hsiang
Lao Tzu
Tchuang Tzu
Wang Bi
Zhang Bo Duan

Aurobindo Ghose
Jiddu Krishnamurti
Meher Baba
Paramhansa Yogananda
Ramana Maharshi
Satya Sai Baba
Shirdi Sai Baba
Shri Yukteswar

Abd el-Kader
Abou Bakr As-Siddiq
Abu Sa'id
Ali Ibn Abou Talib
Ibn 'Arabi
Ibn' Ata' Allah
Others Sufis Teaching
Rabia al-Adawiyya
Sheikh Badruddin
Sheikh Muzaffer
Umar al-Khattab
Uthman ibn Affan

Acharya Kundkund
Jinendra Varni
Pandit Daulat Ram

Achad Ha’am
Agur ben Jakeh
Avraham Ben Ezra
Chaim Nahman Bialik
Chaim of Valozhin
Jeshua ben Sirach
Jewish Proverb
Martin Buber
Mishle Yehoshua
MOCHČ bčn Maďmone
Moshe Ben Ezra
Rabbi Nathan
Rabbi Shimeon Yal?u? Shim'oni
Rabbin Nachman of Bratslav
Rebbe Menachem Schneerson
Salomon Ibn Gabirol
The Kotzker Rabbi
Yochanan Tversky

Others Beliefs

Marcus Aurelius

Bhai Gurdas Ji Vaaran
Guru Nanak

African Culture
African Proverb
Arabic Proverbs
Japanese Proverb
Native American Culture
Native Americans Proverb
Pacific Islands Culture


Quotes by schools of thought


   ‣Zen (Chan)


  ‣Neo Confucianism

  ‣Neo Daoism

  ‣Kriya Yoga




 Others Beliefs



  ‣Middle East
  ‣Native American
  ‣Pacific Islands


Quotes by subjects

Illusion ?
Qi, Prana, Pneuma
Spiritual worlds
Yin & Yang

The Absolute
The One
The Self
Undifferentiated & Unborn
Universal Mind & Conciousness

The Saints
Goals and Emotions
Mystical life
Non Action
Revelation & Intuition
Surrendering your will to God

Spiritual Practice
About practicing
Dhikr, Nembutsu, Mantra & Jesus Prayer
Yoga & Breath techniques

The Ways
About the Way
Developing one's Nature
Know yourself
Love & Devotion
Moral and Virtue
Practice what you know
The Eightfold Path

The Man
About Man
Man's True Nature
Mind & Soul

About detachement
from body senses
from desires
from discrimination
from dogmatism
from Ego, I and mine
from hight spiritual state
from intellect
from thoughts
from words
from yourself

Accepting your Fate
Being & Non Being
Causation & Karma
Desirs & Temptation
Ignorance & Knowledge
Realizing God Presence
Returning to the Source
Spiritual Advices
Spiritual Guides

Good & Evil

Search quotes by keywords



Other tools

World Religion Chronology

Free Online Divination

World Religion Sacred Picture Library

God Love All Beings

Best Of quotes

♥ Our Project ♥ ⇄ ♥ Your project ♥

♥ Follow the daily quotes on