Although the world is very full of suffering it is also full of the overcoming of it.

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I cannot afford the luxury of despair.

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An artist needs a certain amount of turmoil and confusion.

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Illness is the great confessional . . . Things are said. Truths blurted out which the cautious respectability of health conceals.

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I don’t envy those who live ‘better’ lives than me. I won’t resign to adversity.

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Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.

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There is one way and one way only. Down the banks of Labour, through the water of suffering.

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So when you experience pain, whether physical or mental, you have to recognize it just as it is and not exaggerate it ... When you can make peace with it, you won’t suffer as much.

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A true direction will come from overcoming adversity. Everyone — think deeply, fight harder and obtain splendid direction for your life. I wish for you to gain guidance from your deep thinking and spread your ideas all over the world in order to establish a wonderful life and world. I think that it is very important. Let’s fight together for it. It is my strongest wish as an artist.

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Mental pain is less dramatic than physical pain, but it is more common and also more hard to bear. The frequent attempt to conceal mental pain increases the burden: it is easier to say “My tooth is aching” than to say “My heart is broken.”

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I want people to see the real me, with a smiling face, not someone who lost her sight and completely lost herself. Everyone has challenges. This is mine. Life is a celebration, I still believe that. You just have to make the best use of it.

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Do not be dismayed by the brokenness of the world. All things break. And all things can be mended. Not with time, as they say, but with intention. So go. Love intentionally, extravagantly, unconditionally. The broken world waits in darkness for the light that is you.

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A great deal of poetic work has arisen from various despairs.

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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.

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Some grief is not meant to be resolved and set aside. Sometimes grief helps us hold what must be carried by a people so that they never have to endure such pain again.

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Embrace your grief, for there your soul will grow.

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Thank God I had cancer. It caused me to stay at home and experience the Spirit inside myself through the love of my family and the courage and beauty of Isaac. I believe – with greater compassion and love and sense of peace than ever – in the Spirit in me.

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One must go to the depths of human sorrow, discover its strange capacities in order to salute the similarly limitless gift that makes life worth living.

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We ought to recognize that our greatest battle is not with one another but with our pain, our problems, and our flaws. To be hurt, yet forgive. To do wrong, but forgive yourself. To depart from this world leaving only love. This is the reason you walk.”

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When I despair, I remember that throughout history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they can seem invincible. But in the end they always fall. Think of it always...whenever you are in doubt that that is God's way - the way the world is meant to be. Think of that and then try to do His way.

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If necessity is the mother of invention then desire is the father of innovation.

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The deeper our faith, the more doubt we must endure; the deeper our hope, the more prone we are to despair; the deeper our love, the more pain its loss will bring: these are a few of the paradoxes we must hold as human beings. If we refuse to old them in the hopes of living without doubt, despair and pain, we also find ourselves living without faith, hope and love.

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Life begins on the other side of despair.

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[The writer] cannot put himself today in the service of those who make history; they are at the service of those who suffer it.

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Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief. Do justly, now. Love mercy, now. Walk humbly, now. You are not obligated to complete the work. But neither are you free to abandon it.

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The fisherman knows that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reasons for staying ashore.”

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But throughout history the wiser minds have understood that anger and moral posturing are not a good antidote to rage and fanaticism. Competing vitriols only build on each other.

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Pain provides an opportunity for heroism; the opportunity is seized with surprising frequency.”

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I need the pain of loneliness to make my imagination work.

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A great deal of poetic work has arisen from various despairs.

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Well, you know, you get wiped-out. And the deeper the wipe-out gets, the deeper the reluctance to use ornament or to use any of the other facilities that brought you to the wipe-out. See, if you never get wiped-out then the natural assumption is the things you’re doing are right.

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Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.

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Nothing any good, isn’t hard.

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There is nothing stable in the world. Uproar is your only music.

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Turbulence is life force. It is opportunity. Let’s love turbulence and use it for change.

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Suffering doesn't ennoble you. It's heroic just to get through the day-to-day.

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I like sad songs. I like paintings that are a little broken. I love the tragic hero. I am always skeptical of anything that is too happy.

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It may seem hard to believe, but it's catastrophe that offers the most promise for an even richer life. This is the gateway to the good stuff. In other words, you never truly know which way the wind is blowing until the shit hits the fan.

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My hope is that these picture will stimulate a process of thinking about something essential to our survival; something we often take for granted – until it’s gone.

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Anxiety is the essential condition of intellectual and artistic creation and everything that is finest in human history.

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I think the older we get the more we have to say. I could not have written this book back when I was twenty, or even when I was 30 … I had to be hurt into writing books.

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And the moon shines off my beautiful scars.

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Anger is very natural. It comes out of fear, it comes out of dishonour, it’s a reaction to anything that threatens us and it’s addictive. To forgive and say, I’m going to let it go, give it to the higher power, whatever we call it, and then find something good in it, it’s not an easy process.

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The world is a better place to live in because it contains human beings who will give up ease and security and stake their own lives in order to do what they themselves think worth doing. They help to offset the much larger numbers who are ready to sacrifice the ease and the security and the very lives of others in order to do what they want done.

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We are driven by five genetic needs: survival, love and belonging, power, freedom and fun.

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A lot of suffering is just getting rid of dross in yourself, and lingering and hanging in the darkness is often — I say this against myself — a failure of imagination, to imagine the door into the light.

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It has done me good to be somewhat parched by the heat and drenched by the rain of life.

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Because you are human beings you are going to meet failure. You are going to meet disappointment, injustice, betrayal, and irreparable loss. You will find you're weak where you thought yourself strong. You'll work for possessions and then find they possess you. You will find yourself — as I know you already have — in dark places, alone, and afraid. What I hope for you, for all my sisters and daughters, brothers and sons, is that you will be able to live there, in the dark place. To live in the place that our rationalizing culture of success denies, calling it a place of exile, uninhabitable, foreign.

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Every woman has a well-stocked arsenal of anger potentially useful against those oppressions, personal and institutional, which brought that anger into being.

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You should never view your challenges as a disadvantage. Instead it’s important for you to understand that your experience facing and overcoming adversity is actually one of your biggest advantages.

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