• These reflections made me very sensible of the goodness of Providence to me, and very thankful for my present condition, with all its hardships and misfortunes ; and this part also I cannot but recommend to the reflection of those who are apt, in their misery, to say, Is any affliction like mine? Let them consider how much worse the cases of some people are, and their case might have been, if Providence had thought fit.

    Daniel Defoe (1858). “The life and surprising adventures of Robinson Crusoe: of York, mariner; with a biographical account of Defoe”, p.109