„Long before physics or psychology were born, pain disintegrated matter, and affliction the soul.“

All Gall Is Divided (1952)

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Romanian philosopher and essayist 1911 - 1995

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„Translation:
Human beings are members of a whole,
In creation of one essence and soul. If one member is afflicted with pain,
Other members uneasy will remain. If you have no sympathy for human pain,
The name of human you cannot retain.“

—  Saadi, book Gulistan of Sa'di

Alternative translation:
The children of Adam are limbs of a whole
Having been created of one essence.
When the calamity of time afflicts one limb
The other limbs cannot remain at rest.
If you have no sympathy for the troubles of others
You are not worthy to be called by the name of "man".
Original: (fa) <big>بنی آدم اعضای یک پیکرند
که در آفرينش ز یک گوهرند</big> <p> <big>چو عضوى به درد آورد روزگار
دگر عضوها را نماند قرار</big> <p> <big>تو کز محنت دیگران بی غمی
نشاید که نامت نهند آدمی</big>
Source: Gulistan (1258), Chapter 1, story 10

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„This course brings diseases and afflictions upon the body and soul alike.“

—  Maimónides, book The Guide for the Perplexed

Source: Guide for the Perplexed (c. 1190), Part III, Ch.12
Context: The third class of evils comprise those which everyone causes to himself by his own action. This is the largest class, and is far more numerous than the second class. It is especially of these evils that all men complain,—only few men are found that do not sin against themselves by this kind of evil.... This class of evil originates in man's vices, such as excessive desire for eating, drinking, and love; indulgence in these things in undue measure, or in improper manner, or partaking of bad food. This course brings diseases and afflictions upon the body and soul alike.

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„As Love can exquisitely bless,
Love only feels the marvellous of pain;
Opens new veins of torture in the soul,
And wakes the nerve where agonies are born.“

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„The Soul is a fact, but it is not physical.“

—  Caroline Myss author from the United States 1952

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