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AFFLICTION
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[ Also see Adversity Despair Grief Humanity Loss Misery Misfortune Pain Sadness Sickness Sorrow Suffering Trials Trouble Unhappiness Wounds ]

The cup which my Saviour giveth me, can it be anything but a cup of salvation?
      - Alexander Maclaren

Are afflictions aught
  But mercies in disguise? th' alternate cup.
    Medicinal though bitter, and prepar'd
      By love's own hand for salutary ends.
      - David Mallet (originally Malloch)

Affliction is the wholesome soul of virtue;
  Where patience, honor, sweet humanity,
    Calm fortitude, take root, and strongly flourish.
      - David Mallet and James Thomson

Human character is never found "to enter into its glory," except through the ordeal of affliction. Its force cannot come forth without the offer of resistance nor can the grandeur of its free will declare itself, except in the battle of fierce temptation.
      - James Martineau

Incessant falls teach men to reform, and distress rouses their strength. Life springs from calamity, and death from ease.
      - Mencius

Fairer and more fruitful in spring the vine becomes from the skilful pruning of the husbandman; less pure had been the gums which the odorous balsam gives if it had not been cut by the knife of the Arabian shepherd.
      - Metastasio (pseudonym of Antonio Domenico Bonaventura Trapassi Pietro)

Thou art never at any time nearer to God than when under tribulation; which He permits for the purification and beautifying of thy soul.
      - Miguel de Molinos

With the wind of tribulation God separates in the floor of the soul, the chaff from the corn.
      - Miguel de Molinos

Affliction is a sort of moral gymnasium in which the disciples of Christ are trained to robust exercise, hardy exertion, and severe conflict.
      - Hannah More

Affliction is the school in which great virtues are acquired, in which great characters are formed.
      - Hannah More

As they lay copper in aquafortis before they begin to engrave it, so the Lord usually prepares us by the searching, softening discipline of affliction for making a deep, lasting impression of himself upon our hearts.
      - John Thomas Nottidge

The bread of bitterness is the food on which men grow to their fullest stature; the waters of bitterness are the debatable ford through which they reach the shores of wisdom; the ashes boldly grasped and eaten without faltering are the price that must be paid for the golden fruit of knowledge.
      - Ouida (pseudonym of Marie Louise de la Ramee)

We only see clearly when we have reached the depths of woe.
      - Ouida (pseudonym of Marie Louise de la Ramee)

Believe me, the gods spare the afflicted, and do not always oppress those who are unfortunate.
  [Lat., Crede mihi, miseris coelestia numina parcunt;
    Nec semper laesos, et sine fine, premunt.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso),
        Epistoloe Ex Ponto (III, 6, 21)

When Providence, for secret ends;
  Corroding cares, or sharp affliction, sends;
    We must conclude it best it should be so;
      And not desponding or impatient grow.
      - John Pomfret

God is now spoiling us of what would otherwise have spoiled us. When God makes the world too hot for His people to hold, they will let it go.
      - Thomas Powell

In time of affliction, a vow; in the time of prosperity, an increase of wickedness.
      - Proverb

Afflictions clarify the soul;
  And like hard masters, give more hard directions,
    Tutoring the non-age of uncurbed affections.
      - Francis Quarles

And this is the course of Nature: there is nothing like suffering to enlighten the giddy brain, widen the narrow mind, improve the trivial heart.
      - Charles Reade

Every man deems that he has precisely the trials and temptations which are the hardest of all for him to bear; but they are so, because they are the very ones he needs.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

The very afflictions of our earthly pilgrimage are presages of our future glory, shadows indicate the sun.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

Grace will ever speak for itself and be fruitful in well-doing; the sanctified, cross is a fruitful tree.
      - Samuel Rutherford

'T is a physic that is bitter to sweet end.
      - William Shakespeare

Henceforth, I'll bear
  Affliction till it do cry out itself,
    'Enough, enough, and die.'
      - William Shakespeare, King Lear
         (Gloucester at IV, vi)

Thou art a soul in bliss; but I am bound
  Upon a wheel of fire, that mine own tears
    Do scald me like molten lead.
      - William Shakespeare, King Lear
         (King Lear at IV, vii)


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