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The gods in bounty work up storms about us, that give mankind occasion to exert their hidden strength, and throw out into practice virtues that shun the day, and lie concealed in the smooth seasons and the calms of life.
      - Joseph Addison

Afflictions are but conductors to immortal life and glory.
      - James H. Aughey

As every mercy is a drop obtained from the ocean of God's goodness, so every affliction is a drachm weighed out in the wisdom of God's providence.
      - James H. Aughey

God brings men into deep waters not to drown them, but to cleanse them.
      - James H. Aughey

God strikes not as an enemy, to destroy; but as a father, to correct.
      - James H. Aughey

God's corrections are our instructions; His lashes our lessons, and His scourges our schoolmasters.
      - James H. Aughey

He that has never known adversity but half acquainted with others or himself.
      - James H. Aughey

It is not affliction itself, but affliction rightly borne, that does us good.
      - James H. Aughey

The wisdom of God appears in afflictions. By these He separates the sin which He hates, from the son whom He loves. By these thorns He keeps him from breaking over into Satan's pleasant pastures, which would fatten him indeed, but only to the slaughter.
      - James H. Aughey

Present suffering is not enjoyable, but life would be worth little without it. The difference between iron and steel is fire, but steel is worth all it costs. Iron ore may think itself senselessly tortured in the furnace, but when the watch-spring looks back, it knows better. David enjoyed pain and trouble no more than we do, but the time came when he admitted that they had been good for him. Though the aspect of suffering is hard, the prospect is hopeful, and the retrospect will start a song, if we are "the called ac cording to his purpose," in suffering.
      - Maltbie Davenport Babcock

Mr. Bettenham said that virtuous men were like some herbs and spices, that give not out their sweet smell till they be broken or crushed.
      - Francis Bacon

Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes, and Adversity is not without comforts and hopes.
      - Francis Bacon, Of Adversity

Heaven oft in mercy smites, even when the blow severest is.
      - Joanna Baillie

The winter's frost must rend the burr of the nut before the fruit is seen. So adversity tempers the human heart, to discover its real worth.
      - Honore de Balzac

Adversity, if for no, other reason, is of benefit, since it is sure to bring a season of sober reflection. Men see clearer at such time. Storms purify the atmosphere.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

Men think God is destroying them because he is tuning them. The violinist screws up the key till the tense cord sounds the concert pitch; but it is not to break it, but to use it tune-fully, that he stretches the string upon the musical rack.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.
      - Bible, Acts (ch. IX, v. 5)

In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity consider.
      - Bible, Ecclesiastes (ch. VII, v. 14)

Whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth.
      - Bible, Hebrews (ch. XXII, v. 5)

If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.
      - Bible, Proverbs (ch. XXIV, v. 10)

The fire of my adversity has purged the mass of my acquaintance.
      - 1st Viscount Bolingbroke, Henry St. John

In the day of prosperity we have many refuges to resort to; in the day of adversity only one.
      - Horatius Bonar, D.D.

In all cases of heart-ache, the application of another man's disappointment draws out the pain and allays the irritation.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

If adversity hath killed his thousands, prosperity hath killed his ten thousands; therefore adversity is to be preferred. The one deceives, the other instructs; the one miserably happy, the other happily miserable.
      - Robert Burton

Adversity is the first path to truth.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

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