The French artist, Pierre Auguste Renoir, suffered a great deal from an old malaldy —rheumatism.  It was particularly painful for him to continue painting, which he did seated in a chair.


One day a friend passed by while he was forcing himself to work.  Noting Renoir’s obvious pain, the friend exclaimed, “You have done enough already, Renoir. Why do you continue to torture yourself?”  The artist looked at him for a long moment and replied, “The pain passes, but the beauty remains.”


We all have our moments of pain and our memories of beauty, and it is the beauty in life that sustains us through whatever moments of pain may come.

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