Monday, September 10, 2007

Words on Remembered Suffering

"The most difficult thing of all—yet the most essential—is to love life, even when you suffer, because life is all."

--Leo Tolstoy

"If it were possible for us to see further than our knowledge extends and out a little over the outworks of our surmising, perhaps we should then bear our sorrows with greater confidence than our joys. For they are the moments when something new, something unknown, has entered into us. The more patient, quiet and open we are in our sorrowing, the more deeply and the more unhesitatingly will the new thing enter us, the better shall we deserve it, the more will it be our own destiny."

--Rainer Maria Rilke

"When it seems that our sorrow is too great to be borne,
let us think of the great family of the heavy-hearted
into which our grief has given us entrance, and inevitably,
we will feel about us, their arms and their understanding."

--Helen Keller

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