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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 2002
AUTHOR: John Patrick (1907–)
QUOTATION: Pain makes man think. Thought makes man wise. Wisdom makes life endurable.
ATTRIBUTION: JOHN PATRICK, The Teahouse of the August Moon, act I, scene i, p. 6 (1957).

These words are spoken by Sakini, an Okinawan, to the audience. They are repeated in act III, scene iii, and at the conclusion of the play.