What man actually needs is not a tensionless state but rather the striving and struggling for some goal worthy of him. What he needs is not the discharge of tension at any cost, but the call of a potential meaning waiting to be fulfilled by him.Bold
We can discover this meaning in life in three different ways: (1) by doing a deed; (2) by experiencing a value; and (3) by suffering.

Where there is love, there is pain.

...when we finally know we are dying, and all other sentient beings are dying with us, we start to have a burning, almost heartbreaking sense of the fragility and preciousness of each moment and each being, and from this can grow a deep, clear, limitless compassion for all beings.

The capacity to give one's attention to a sufferer is a very rare and difficult thing; it is almost a miracle; it is a miracle.

It is better to suffer wrong than to do it, and happier to be sometimes cheated than not to trust.

Pain is real when you get other people to believe in it. If no one believes in it but you, your pain is madness or hysteria.

If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.

We are healed of a suffering only by expressing it to the full.

In reality, in love there is a permanent suffering which joy neutralizes, renders virtual, delays, but which can at any moment become what it would have become long earlier if one had not obtained what one wanted, atrocious.

The mind is its own place, and in itself, can make heaven of Hell, and a hell of Heaven.

One does not love a place the less for having suffered in it unless it has all been suffering, nothing but suffering.

How fair is a garden amid the toils and passions of existence.
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