“When suffering is the chief evil we are living the life of appearances.” (1932)
“Goodness is sacrificial: based upon suffering.
“Evil is the refusal to sacrifice.” (1929)
“A man may be said to be wise when he has grasped the essential absurdity of stoicism as a final mode of conduct; when, in other words, he can suffer and be happy alone (that is dependent on God, not man). When, in other words, he is never lonely. The man who is wise can die alone.” (1932)
“We can only get a gift from God by drawing it to us through desire. We cannot get it at any time, but only at that precise moment when our soul is consumed with desire for that particular gift. Thus only is suffering to be understood. The deeper the suffering, the emptier the soul, the higher the gift.” (1939)
“In the language of God nothing is meaningless—not even pain and suffering.” (1962)