English is my second language and I was wondering if there is a proverb/idiom/phrase for this proverb/idiom in my language which directly translates to:
"Only who suffers can understand that suffering"
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I don't think either of these fit the description either.
I complained my shoes were too tight, until I met a man with no feet
TFD walk a mile in (someone's) shoes "To spend time trying to consider or understand another person's perspectives, experiences, or motivations before making a judgment about them. I know that certain people can come across as selfish or mean-spirited, but you should try walking a mile in their shoes before you dismiss them too quickly."
learn (something) the hard way TFD
To learn or discover something through personal experience, especially that which is difficult, painful, or unpleasant.
A general saying is you had to be there:
used to say that people cannot understand something because they did not experience it or see it themselves · I know it sounds weird, but it was so funny. I guess you had to be there.
I can't think of an idiom that expresses the same thing but is specific to suffering.