„Suffering is the sandpaper of our incarnation. It does its work of shaping us.“

—  Ram Dass

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American contemporary spiritual teacher and the author of t… 1931 - 2019

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Context: Through this dread shape the suffering ages look;
Time's tragedy is in the aching stoop;
Through this dread shape humanity betrayed,
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Cries protest to the Powers that made the world.
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Context: The ambition of the greatest men of our generation has been to wipe every tear from every eye. That may be beyond us, but so long as there are tears and suffering, so long our work will not be over.
And so we have to labour and to work, and work hard, to give reality to our dreams. Those dreams are for India, but they are also for the world, for all the nations and peoples are too closely knit together today for any one of them to imagine that it can live apart. Peace has been said to be indivisible; so is freedom, so is prosperity now, and so also is disaster in this One World that can no longer be split into isolated fragments.

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—  Florence Nightingale English social reformer and statistician, and the founder of modern nursing 1820 - 1910

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