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You have so much pain inside yourself that you try to hurt yourself on the outside. Diana, interview Martin Bashir, Panorama 20th November 1995
In some ways cramp is worse than having a broken leg. Kevin Keegan
I’m a tormented person. I have a lot of demons inside me. My pain is as big as my joy. Madonna, interview 1991
Pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world. C S Lewis
I cannot believe that there is any being in this universe who has created a human soul for eternal pain. I would rather that every god would destroy himself; I would rather that we all should go to eternal chaos, to black and starless night, than that just one soul should suffer eternal agony. Robert Ingersoll, What Must We Do To Be Saved? section X The Evangelical Alliance, 1880
It’s been suspected for a long time that the effectiveness of medical treatment depends partly on the patient’s faith in it. This power of belief – the Placebo Effect – offers hope that the mind can heal the body or at least reduce pain. The Mind Machine: Pain and Healing, 1988
The pain of living and the drug of dreams
Curl up the small soul in the window seat
Behind the Encyclopedia Britannica. T S Eliot, 1888-1965, Animula, 1929
This world that was our home for a brief spell never brought us anything but pain and grief; it’s a shame that not one of our problems was ever solved. We depart with a thousand regrets in our hearts. Omar Khayyam
Anything, anything would be better than this agony of mind, this creeping pain that gnaws and fumbles and caresses one and never hurts quite enough. Jean-Paul Sartre
Learning is not child’s play; we cannot learn without pain. Aristotle
Fear is pain arising from the anticipation of evil. Aristotle
Pale death, the grand physician, cures all pain;
The dead rest well who lived for joys in vain. John Clare, 1793-1864, Child Harold
To me Van Gogh is the finest painter of them all; certainly the most popular great painter of all time. The most beloved; his command of colour, the most magnificent. He transformed the pain of his tormented life into ecstatic beauty. Pain is easy to portray, but to use your passion and pain to portray the ecstasy and joy and magnificence of our world ... No-one had ever done it before. Perhaps no-one ever will again. To my mind that strange wild man who roamed the fields of Provence was not only the world’s greatest artist, but also one of the greatest men who ever lived. Richard Curtis, Dr Black in Vincent and the Doctor
The pain passes, but the beauty remains. Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Blessed be pain. Loved be pain. Sanctified be pain. Glorified by pain. Josemaria Escriva, The Way 308
He feels their pain acutely. It’s just that he gets pleasure from it. The Fall V starring Gillian Anderson & Jamie Dornan & Laura Donnelly & Ben Peel et al, Anderson, BBC 2013
A smorgasbord of drugs in his system … He chewed off his own tongue long ago. Detective, he’d die of shock right now if you could shine a flash-light on his eyes. He’s experienced about as much pain and suffering as anyone I’ve encountered, give or take. And he still has hell to look forward to. Se7en 1995 starring Brad Pitt & Morgan Freeman & Kevin Spacey & Gwyneth Paltrow & Richard Roundtree & Richard Schiff & R Lee Ermey & Mark Boone junior & John Cassini & Reg E Cathey et al, director David Fincher, doctor to rozzers
I’m fascinated by pain. Alex Cross 2012 starring Tyler Perry & Matthew Fox & Edward Burns & Rachel Nichols & Cicely Tyson & Jean Reno & Carmen Ejogo & John C McGinley & Werner Daehn & Yara Shahidi & Sayeed Shahidi & Bonnie Bentley et al, director Rob Cohen, baddie to victim
Schopenhauer was right, wouldn't you say? Life without pain has no meaning. Gentlemen, I wish to give your lives meaning. Red Dwarf s5e4: Quarantine, Dr Lanstrom, BBC 1992
Sometimes pain can drive a man harder than pleasure; I’m sure you know that, Doctor. Star Trek s1e27: The Alternative Factor, Spock
373: That’s the average number of painkillers we each take in a year. Is it too many? Doctors say yes. They fear the nation is becoming addicted to pills sold over the counter, with many people taking six every time they feel ill. The Independent Health & Family, article Steve Bloomfield Sunday 20th November 2005
Exactly how the LSD molecule works to remove cluster pain is a mystery for scientists. LSD: Trip to Hell?
It’s called Pharmageddon. A hidden public health catastrophe caused by America’s addiction to prescription painkillers. Pill popping mums are creating addicts before they are even born. Drugs Inc s2e6: Pill Nation, National Geographic 2012
Dealing in painkillers is a hugely profitable business. ibid.
More Americans are addicted to prescription painkillers than heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine combined. ibid.
The American prescription painkiller epidemic is so widespread addicts and dealers don’t need to go to Mexico to get their fix from dodgy doctors. ibid.
Spurious pain clinics, known as pill mills, are set up to provide painkillers to the paying public. ibid.
Florida’s pill mills feed an epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse across America. ibid.
Pain clinics have opened up across Tennessee. Drugs Inc s4e10: Stashville Tennessee
I feel most alive confronting death, experiencing pain. The Doors 1991 starring Val Kilmer & Meg Ryan & Kyle MacLachlan & Frank Whaley & Kevin Dillon & Kathleen Quinlan & Floyd Red Crow Westerman & Billy Idol & Josh Evans & Michael Wincott & Michael Madsen & Jerry Sturm et al, director Oliver Stone, Jim to Pamela
The pain of the mind is worse than the pain of the body. Publilius Syrus
We are not strong enough to stand up against endless grief. And yet pain is the constant drone of life. So if we are to have any happiness at all, it is only in the passing instant. Charles Frazier
We look before and after,
And pine for what is not;
Our sincerest laughter
With some pain is fraught;
Our sweetest songs are those that tell
Of saddest thought. Percy Bysshe Shelley, To a Skylark
The two enemies of human happiness are pain and boredom. Arthur Schopenhauer
No pain, no gain. Late 16th century proverb
Aspirin – from 1899 when Aspirin first went on the market – headaches would never be dynamite again. James Burke, Connections s2e3: Getting it Together, BBC 1997