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Affliction is enamoured of thy parts,
  And thou art wedded to calamity.
      - William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
         (Friar Laurence at III, iii)

The great, in affliction, bear a countenance more princely than they are wont; for it is the temper of the highest heart, like the palm-tree, to strive most upward when it is most burdened.
      - Sir Philip Sidney (Sydney)

God afflicts with the mind of a father, and kills for no other purpose but that he may raise again.
      - Bishop Robert South

Distress is virtue's opportunity: we only live to teach us how to die.
      - Thomas Southerne (Southern)

There is healing in the bitter cup.
      - Robert Southey

Affliction is not sent in vain, young man,
  From that good God, who chastens whom he loves.
      - Robert Southey, Madoc in Wales
         (III, l. 176)

Affliction of itself does not sanctify any body, but the reverse. I believe in sanctified afflictions, but not in sanctifying afflictions.
      - Charles Haddon Spurgeon

As sure as God ever puts His children into the furnace, He will be in the furnace with them.
      - Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Most of the grand truths of God have to be learned by trouble; they must be burned into us by the hot iron of affliction, otherwise we shall not truly receive them.
      - Charles Haddon Spurgeon

The Lord gets his best soldiers out of the highlands of affliction.
      - Charles Haddon Spurgeon,
        Gleanings Among the Sheaves--Sorrow's Disciple

Patience cannot remove, but it can always dignify and alleviate, misfortune.
      - Laurence Sterne

That which thou dost not understand when thou readest, thou shaft understand in the day of thy visitation; for many secrets of religion are not perceived till they be felt, and are not felt but in the day of a great calamity.
      - Jeremy Taylor

Though all afflictions are evils in themselves, yet they are good for us, because they discover to us our disease and tend to our cure.
      - John Tillotson

Affliction appears to be the guide to reflection; the teacher of humility; the parent of repentance; the nurse of faith; the strengthener of patience, and the promoter of charity.
      - Unknown

What region of the earth is not full of our calamities?
  [Lat., Quae regio in terris nostri non plena laboris.]
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil),
        The Aeneid (I, 460)

Perfumes, the more they are chafed, the more they render their pleasant scents; and so affliction expresseth virtue fully.
      - John Webster

With silence only as their benediction,
  God's angels come
    Where in the shadow of a great affliction,
      The soul sits dumb!
      - John Greenleaf Whittier,
        To my Friend on the Death of his Sister

Heaven gives us friends to bless the present scene;
  Resumes them, to prepare us for the next.
      - Edward Young

Thy pleasure points the shaft, and bends the bow;
  The cluster lasts, or bids it brightly glow.
      - Edward Young

Affliction is the good man's shining scene;
  Prosperity conceals his brightest ray;
    As night to stars, woe lustre gives to man.
      - Edward Young, Night Thoughts
         (night IX, l. 415)

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