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Torment Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Torment

Please enjoy these Torment Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

Riches do not exhilarate us so much with their possession
as they torment us with their loss.
- Epicurus

Related topics: Wisdom Life Human-Nature Psychology Expectation Disappointment Envy Greed

You may be deceived if you trust too much,
but you will live in torment
if you don't trust enough.
- Frank Crane

The jealous are troublesome to others,
but a torment to themselves.
- William Penn

The world is a mirror for anger,
which returns to its source as burning torment.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

 

The night is a skin pulled over the head of day that
the day may be in torment.
- Djuna Barnes

Politics is such a torment that I advise everyone
I love not to mix with it.
- Thomas Jefferson

The torment of precautions often exceeds the dangers to be avoided.
It is sometimes better to abandon one's self to destiny.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

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I subscribe to the myth that an artist's creativity comes from torment.
Once that's fixed, what do you draw on?
- David Byrne

The only thing that exists is torment,
lyricism, and the magnificence of language.
- John Hawkes

He passes from lyric to epic poetry in order to speak
about the world and the torment in the world through man,
rationally and emotionally.
The poet then becomes a danger.
- Salvatore Quasimodo

The conscience of an artist worthy of the name is like
an incurable disease which causes him endless torment
but occasionally fills him with silent joy.
- Georges Rouault

How delicious is pleasure after torment!
- Pierre Corneille

Love begets love.
This torment is my joy.
- Theodore Roethke

The face of a lover is an unknown, precisely because
it is invested with so much of oneself.
It is a mystery, containing, like all mysteries,
the possibility of torment.
- James A. Baldwin

What are you? What am I? Those are the questions that
constantly persecute and torment me and perhaps also
play some part in my art.
- Max Beckmann

Living is strife and torment, disappointment and love and sacrifice,
golden sunsets and black storms.
I said that some time ago, and today I do not think I would add one word.
- Laurence Olivier

Color is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.
- Claude Monet

Riches do not delight us so much with their possession,
as torment us with their loss.
- Dick Gregory

From the world of darkness I did loose demons and devils
in the power of scorpions to torment.
- Charles Manson

No man is offended by another man's admiration of the woman he loves;
it is the woman only who can make it a torment.
- Jane Austen

Marriage is the torment of one, the felicity of two,
the strife and enmity of three.
- Washington Irving

Torment, for some men, is a need, an appetite,
and an accomplishment.
- Emile M. Cioran

I was cut off from the world.
There was no one to confuse or torment me,
and I was forced to become original.
- Joseph Haydn

To those who do not love God, all things must work
together immediately for pain and torment,
until, by means of the tribulation, they are led to salvation at last.
- Johann Gottlieb Fichte

I've already told you: the only way to a woman's heart
is along the path of torment.
I know none other as sure.
- Marquis de Sade

When he says he loves me, it only means he loves me
at that particular instant.
Like his promises, which he never keeps.
Why does he torment me like this, when he could finish it off at once?
- Eva Braun

Everything in high school seems like the most important
thing that's ever happened in your life.
It's not.
You'll get out of high school and you never see those people again.
All the people who torment and press you won't make
a difference in your life in the long haul.
- Mark Hoppus

I cannot help it - in spite of myself,
infinity torments me.
- Alfred de Musset

In the world of the present, in our time,
we feel that suffering, anguish, the torments of body and soul,
are greater than ever before in the history of mankind.
- Eyvind Johnson

In matters of religion and matrimony I never give any advice;
because I will not have anybody's torments in this
world or the next laid to my charge.
- Lord Chesterfield

Everything can be killed except nostalgia for the kingdom,
we carry it in the color of our eyes,
in every love affair, in everything that deeply torments and unties and tricks.
- Julio Cortazar

The mind is the result of the torments the flesh undergoes or inflicts upon itself.
- Emile M. Cioran

Even more than this, however, the sick -
like lepers -
were often reviled because people believed that they
had brought their torments upon themselves.
- Peter Lewis Allen

Mysterious love, uncertain treasure,
hast thou more of pain or pleasure!
Endless torments dwell about thee: Yet who would live,
and live without thee!
- Joseph Addison

I try to write about the stuff that torments us all.
- Danielle Steel

Therefore the elect shall go forth...
to see the torments of the impious, seeing which they will not be grieved,
but will be satiated with joy at the sight of the unutterable calamity of the impious.
- Peter Lombard

I cannot give a single concert at which I do not play
one piece after the other in an agony of terror because
my memory threatens to fail me.
This fear torments me for days beforehand.
- Clara Schumann

What, but the rapacity of the only men who exercised their reason,
the priests, secured such vast property to the church,
when a man gave his perishable substance to save himself
from the dark torments of purgatory.
- Mary Wollstonecraft

Man is so muddled, so dependent on the things immediately before his eyes,
that every day even the most submissive believer can
be seen to risk the torments of the afterlife for the smallest pleasure.
- Joseph de Maistre

It was books that taught me that the things that tormented
me most were the very things that connected me with
all the people who were alive,
or who had ever been alive.
- James A. Baldwin

Love is so holy, so confusing.
It makes a man anxious, tormented.
Love, how can I define it?
- Gao Xingjian

I've always been drawn to tormented people full of contradictions.
- Antonio Tabucchi

To be exempt from the Passions with which others are tormented,
is the only pleasing Solitude.
- Richard Steele

This familiarity with a respected physician and my
appreciation of his work,
or the tragedy I experienced with the long,
tormented agony and death of my mother might have influenced
me in wanting to study medicine.
It was not the case.
- Albert Claude

I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human
beings endure suffering and humiliation.
We must always take sides.
Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim.
Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.
- Elie Wiesel

I am scared; I don't know what is going to happen to me.
What was the point of working so hard and of being talented,
to be rewarded like this? Never a penny,
tormented all my life.
It is horrible; one cannot imagine it.
- Camille Claudel

All men, even those we call savages,
have been so tormented by the passion for strong drinks,
that limited as their capacities were,
they were yet able to manufacture them.
- Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

The real discovery is the one which enables me to stop
doing philosophy when I want to.
The one that gives philosophy peace,
so that it is no longer tormented by questions which
bring itself into question.
- Ludwig Wittgenstein

The tormenting dilemma of the Middle East is this:
either we have one people too many,
or one state too few.
- Afif Safieh

Author: A fool who, not content with having bored those who have lived with him,
insists on tormenting generations to come.
- Baron de Montesquieu

I am fully persuaded that thousands of our fellow-men
might profit equally by a similar course to mine;
but,
constitutions not being all alike, a different course
of treatment may be advisable for the removal of so
tormenting an affliction.
- William Banting

Of all the cants which are canted in this canting world,
- though the cant of hypocrites may be the worst,
- the cant of criticism is the most tormenting!
- Laurence Sterne

Because Chicago was to radio what Hollywood was to
films and Broadway was to the theatre:
it was the hub of radio.
- Mel Torme

But, in fairness to them, too, the popular song per
se is really a pretty shallow medium to perform in.
- Mel Torme

Buddy Rich is one of a kind; he's a genius,
and that's all there is to it.
- Mel Torme

As regards my feelings about drummers -
there's Buddy Rich,
and then there's everybody else.
- Mel Torme

I want to sing for the broadest possible audience.
- Mel Torme

I got into radio when I was eight, and I was one of
the busiest child dramatic actors in America.
- Mel Torme

Talking money is crass; so I'm not going to tell you what I made last year.
- Mel Torme

As Buddy Rich, for instance, broke into the business at the age of three,
I think it was, on drums, so indeed did I break into
the business at the age of four as a singer.
- Mel Torme

I hadn't been a recording artist all that long when
albums came on the scene,
and I was one of the first singers to point the way
to how varied an album's contents could be.
- Mel Torme

I would be a liar if I said it wouldn't be lovely and soothing -
that's the word -
to have a hit single or a hit album.
- Mel Torme

Because obviously the whole purpose of putting records
out is purely and simply to make money.
- Mel Torme

See, I never wrote arrangements for the band for Judy Garland;
I did strictly special material,
special lyrics, put together all of her medleys.
- Mel Torme

Whenever I did a good performance, my Dad and my uncles,
who were rabid movie fans, took me to the movies.
There began my underlying love affair with film.
- Mel Torme

As a singer, the biggest joy I have are the arrangements.
- Mel Torme

My initial career, really, as a baby,
was as a singer.
- Mel Torme

I was a singer professionally when I was four years old,
and I did not really begin to play any instrument -
the first one,
of course, was drums - till I was about nine years old.
- Mel Torme

There isn't a dearth of it, but I will confess that
it's harder for me to find songs on which I'm willing
to invest anything from ten to fifteen hours writing
an arrangement than it was in times past.
- Mel Torme

So I'm sorry, I'm going to continue to talk to the people,
because I do believe that if they get to know you and
what you are as a human being,
they can more appreciate what you are as a performer.
- Mel Torme

Right now, my career is in three directions:
as a performer,
as an arranger, as an author - and I don't give any
one of them true precedent,
or true top marks, as opposed to the other two.
- Mel Torme


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