Monday, December 19, 2005

Quote for the Day: Those Who Bear the Mark of Pain

"The fellowship of those who bear the mark of pain. Who are the members of this fellowship? Those who have learned by experience what physical pain and bodily anguish mean belong together all over the world; they are united by a secret bond. One and all they know the horrors of suffering to which man can be exposed, and one and all they know the longing to be free from pain. He who has been delivered from pain must not think he is now free again and at liberty to take life up just as it was before, entirely forgetful of the past. He is now a 'man whose eyes are open' with regard to pain and anguish, and he must help to overcome those two enemies and to bring others the deliverance which he himself has enjoyed." (Albert Schweitzer, On the Edge of the Primeval Forest, 1921)


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