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The best people need afflictions for trial of their virtue. How can we exercise the grace of contentment, if all things succeed well; or that of forgiveness, if we have no enemies?

The chamber of flame in which the martyr passes is more magnificient that the royal apartment from which majesty looks out on his sufferings. See quote detail

The delicate and infirm go for sympathy, not to the well and buoyant, but to those who have suffered like themselves. See quote detail

The eternal stars shine out as soon as it is dark enough.

The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.

The hiding places of men are discovered by affliction. - As one has aptly said, "Our refuges are like the nests of birds; in summer they are hidden away among the green leaves, but in winter they are seen among the naked branches."

The lessons we learn in sadness and from loss are those that abide. - Sorrow clarifies the mind, steadies it, forces it to weigh things correctly. - The soil moist with tears best feeds the seeds of truth.

The Lord gets his best soldiers out of the highlands of affliction.

The most generous vine, if not pruned, runs out into many superfluous stems and grows at last weak and fruitless: so doth the best man if he be not cut short in his desires, and pruned with afflictions.

The only way to meet affliction is to pass through it solemnly, slowly, with humility and faith, as the Israelites passed through the sea. Then its very waves of misery will divide, and become to us a wall, on the right side and on the left, until the gulf narrows before our eyes, and we land safe on the opposite shore.

The very afflictions of our earthly pilgrimage are presages of our future glory, as shadows indicate the sun.

There are a good many real miseries in life that we cannot help smiling at, but they are the smiles that make wrinkles and not dimples. See quote detail

There is such a difference between coming out of sorrow merely thankful for belief, and coming out of sorrow full of sympathy with, and trust in, Him who has released us.

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.

We are apt to overlook the hand and heart of God in our afflictions, and to consider them as mere accidents, and unavoidable evils. - This view makes them absolute and positive evils which admit of no remedy or relief. - If we view our troubles and trials aside from the divine design and agency in them, we cannot be comforted.

We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world. See quote detail

We should always record our thoughts in affliction: set up waymarks, that we may recur to them in health; for then we are in other circumstances, and can never recover our sick-bed views. The good are better made by ill, as odors crushed are sweeter still.

What seem to us but dim funereal tapers, may be heaven's distant lamps.

Whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth.

With the wind of tribulation God separates, in the floor of the soul, the wheat from the chaff.


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