- Hubert Selby, Jr.
"I think the function of suffering is to let me know that my perception is skewed; what Iâ€™m doing is judging natural events in such a way that I am creating suffering within myself. For instance, you have pain over certain conditions, certain situations that occur. And if you just say â€˜ok, here I am, Iâ€™m going to experience the pain,â€™ you donâ€™t suffer. The resistance and the degree of the resistance to the natural phenomenon of life causes tremendous suffering."
-- Hubert Selby, Jr.