” The problem of suffering is: why is there the suffering we know? “


” Thirdly, even if we assume that the world is governed by purpose, we need only add that this purpose – or, if there are several, at least one of them – is not especially intent on preventing suffering, whether it is indifferent to suffering or actually rejoices in it. “


” Here an attempt is made to explain suffering: the outcaste of traditional Hinduism is held to deserve his fetched fate, it is a punishment for the wrongs he did in a previous life. “


” In all three cases, and for most human beings, the problem of suffering poses no difficult problem at all: one has a world picture in which suffering has its place, a world picture that takes suffering into account. “


” It is widely assumed, contrary to fact, that theism necessarily involves the two assumptions which cannot be squared with the existence of so much suffering, and that therefore, per impossibile, they simply have to be squared with the existence of all this suffering, somehow. “


” The doctrine of original sin claims that all men sinned in Adam, but whether they did or whether it is merely a fact that all men sin does not basically affect the problem of suffering. “


” It does not follow that the meaning must be given from above, that life and suffering must come neatly labeled, that nothing is worth while if the world is not governed by a purpose. “


” Life ceases to be so oppressive: we are free to give our own lives meaning and purpose, free to redeem our suffering by making something of it. “


” The great artist is the man who most obviously succeeds in turning his pains to advantage, in letting suffering deepens his understanding and sensibility, in growing through his pains. “


” To try to fashion something from suffering, to relish our triumphs, and to endure defeats without resentment: all that is compatible with the faith of a heretic. “



All 10 Walter Kaufmann Quotes about Suffering in picture


The problem of suffering is: why is there the suffering we know?
Thirdly, even if we assume that the world is governed by purpose, we need only add that this purpose - or, if there are several, at least one of them - is not especially intent on preventing suffering, whether it is indifferent to suffering or actually rejoices in it.
Here an attempt is made to explain suffering: the outcaste of traditional Hinduism is held to deserve his fetched fate, it is a punishment for the wrongs he did in a previous life.
In all three cases, and for most human beings, the problem of suffering poses no difficult problem at all: one has a world picture in which suffering has its place, a world picture that takes suffering into account.
It is widely assumed, contrary to fact, that theism necessarily involves the two assumptions which cannot be squared with the existence of so much suffering, and that therefore, per impossibile, they simply have to be squared with the existence of all this suffering, somehow.
The doctrine of original sin claims that all men sinned in Adam, but whether they did or whether it is merely a fact that all men sin does not basically affect the problem of suffering.
It does not follow that the meaning must be given from above, that life and suffering must come neatly labeled, that nothing is worth while if the world is not governed by a purpose.
Life ceases to be so oppressive: we are free to give our own lives meaning and purpose, free to redeem our suffering by making something of it.
The great artist is the man who most obviously succeeds in turning his pains to advantage, in letting suffering deepens his understanding and sensibility, in growing through his pains.
To try to fashion something from suffering, to relish our triumphs, and to endure defeats without resentment: all that is compatible with the faith of a heretic.