Affliction comes to us, not to make us sad but sober; not to make us sorry but wise.
Those who dive in the sea of affliction bring up rare pearls.
God had one son on earth without sin, but never one without suffering.
Poverty and affliction take away the fuel that feeds pride.
Affliction is the school in which great virtues are acquired, in which great characters are formed.
Extraordinary afflictions are not always the punishment of extraordinary sins, but sometimes the trial of extraordinary graces.
Difficult as it is really to listen to someone in affliction, it is just as difficult for him to know that compassion is listening to him.
Affliction is a school of virtue; it corrects levity, and interrupts the confidence of sinning.
Most of the grand truths of God have to be learned by trouble; they must be burned into us with the hot iron of affliction, otherwise we shall not truly receive them.
We can stand affliction better than we can prosperity, for in prosperity we forget God.
By affliction He teaches us many precious lessons, which without it we should never learn. By affliction He shows us our emptiness and weakness, draws us to the throne of grace, purifies our affections, weans us from the world, makes us long for heaven.
God's way of answering the Christian's prayer for more patience, experience, hope and love often is to put him into the furnace of affliction.
By afflictions God is spoiling us of what otherwise might have spoiled us. When he makes the world too hot for us to hold, we let it go.
As threshing separates the wheat from the chaff, so does affliction purify virtue.
The furnace of affliction refines us from earthly drossiness, and softens us for the impression of God's own stamp.
As sure as God puts His children in the furnace of affliction, He will be with them in it.
Count each affliction, whether light or grave, God's messenger sent down to thee.
Believe me, the gods spare the afflicted, and do not always oppress those who are unfortunate.
I have a particular affliction. I am unable to say a word I can't spell.
The sorrow for the dead is the only sorrow from which we refuse to be divorced.
The afflictions to which we are accustomed, do not disturb us.
Afflictions are but as a dark entry into our Father's house.
With silence only as their benediction, God's angels come Where in the shadow of a great affliction, The soul sits dumb!
If I didn't have this affliction, I would be the first. As a rule the if-clause contains an unfulfillable condition, or the patient's own arrangement, which only he can change.
Iron till it be thoroughly heated is incapable to be wrought; so God sees good to cast some men into the furnace of affliction, and then beats them on His anvil into what frame He desires.
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