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[ Also see Adversity Affliction Care Difficulties Hardship Mischief Misery Misfortune Problems Sorrow Trials Vexation Woe Worry ]

Men are born to trouble at first, and exercised in it all their days. There is a cry at the beginning of life, and a groan at its close.
      - William D. Arnot

Troubles are usually the brooms and shovels that smooth the road to a good man's fortune, of which he little dreams; and many a man curses the rain that falls upon his head, and knows not that it brings abundance to drive away hunger.
      - Saint Basil (Bishop of Caesarea) ("The Great")

Are yon borne down by trouble, remember the apt words of Carlyle: "The eternal stars shine out as soon as it is dark enough."
      - Henry Ward Beecher

You can imagine thistle-down so light that when you run after it your running motion would drive it away from you, and that the more you tried to catch it the faster it would fly from your grasp. And it should be with every man, that, when he is chased by troubles, they, chasing, shall raise him higher and higher.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

Although affliction cometh not forth of the dust, neither doth trouble spring out of the ground;
  Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward.
      - Bible, Job (ch. V, v. 6-7)

Many minds that have withstood the most severe trials have been broken down by a succession of ignoble cares.
      - Lady Marguerite Blessington, Countess of Blessington

Trouble rides behind and gallops with him.
  [Fr., Le chagrin monte en croupe et galope avec lui.]
      - Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux, Epitre (V, 44)

This peck of troubles.
      - Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra),
        Don Quixote (pt. II, ch. LIII)

Tribulation will not hurt you unless it does--what, alas! it too often does--unless it hardens you, and makes you sour and narrow and sceptical.
      - Edwin Hubbell Chapin

The memory of past troubles is pleasant.
  [Lat., Jucunda memoria est praeteritorum malorum.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        De Finibus (bk. II, 32)

You may batter your way through the thick of the fray,
  You may sweat, you may swear, you may grunt;
    You may be a jack-fool, if you must, but this rule
      Should ever be kept at the front;--
        Don't fight with your pillow, but lay down your head
          And kick every worriment out of the bed.
      - Edmund Vance Cooke,
        Don't take your Troubles to Bed

Troubles are exceedingly gregarious in their nature, and flying in flocks are apt to perch capriciously.
      - Charles Dickens

In adverse hours the friendship of the good shines most; each prosperous day commands its friends.
      - Euripides

Sweet is the remembrance of troubles when you are in safety.
      - Euripides, Andromeda (10, 2), (fragment)

Crosses are of no use to us but inasmuch as we yield ourselves up to them and forget ourselves.
      - Francois de Salignac Fenelon

The greater our dread of crosses, the more necessary they are for us.
      - Francois de Salignac Fenelon

Annoyance is man's leaven; the element of movement, without which we would grow mouldy.
      - Baron Ernst Von Feuchtersleben

Trouble knocked on the door, but, hearing laughter, hurried away.
      - Benjamin Franklin

The trouble is small, the fun is great.
  [Ger., Die Muh'ist klein, der Spass ist gross.]
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust
         (I, 21, 218)

Troubles, like babies, grow large by nursing.
      - Lady Holland

Trouble makes us one with every human being in the world.
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

The little trouble in the world that is not due to love is due to friendship.
      - Edgar Watson Howe

It is a note
  Of upstart greatness to observe and watch
    For these poor trifles, which the noble mind
      Neglects and scorns.
      - Ben Jonson

Borrow trouble for yourself, if that's your nature, but don't lend it to your neighbors.
      - Rudyard Kipling

Nothing puzzles me more than time and space; and yet nothing troubles me less.
      - Charles Lamb (used pseudonym Elia)

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