Quotes about suffering

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„The question is not whether humans will become extinct, but rather when they will. If the anti-natalist arguments are correct, it would be better, all things being equal, if this happened sooner rather than later for, the sooner it happens, the more suffering and misfortune will be avoided.“

—  David Benatar South African philosopher 1966

" Kids? Just say no: You don’t have to dislike children to see the harms done by having them. There is a moral case against procreation https://aeon.co/essays/having-children-is-not-life-affirming-its-immoral", Aeon (2017)

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„To suffer is the great modality of taking the world seriously.“

—  Emil M. Cioran Romanian philosopher and essayist 1911 - 1995

The Book of Delusions (1936)

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„To suffer is to produce knowledge.“

—  Emil M. Cioran Romanian philosopher and essayist 1911 - 1995

The New Gods (1969)

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„The only profound thinkers are the ones who do not suffer from a sense of the ridiculous.“

—  Emil M. Cioran Romanian philosopher and essayist 1911 - 1995

Drawn and Quartered (1983)

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„It is not by genius, it is by suffering, and suffering alone, that one ceases to be a marionette.“

—  Emil M. Cioran Romanian philosopher and essayist 1911 - 1995

Anathemas and Admirations (1987)

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