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Affliction is a school of virtue; it corrects levity, and interrupts the confidence of sinning.
      - Francis Atterbury

As threshing separates the corn from the chaff, so does affliction purify virtue.
      - Francis Bacon

Christ leads me through no darker rooms
  Than He went through before.
      - Richard Baxter

The furnace of affliction refines us from earthly drossiness, and softens us for the impression of God's own stamp.
      - Pierre Bayle

Affliction comes to us, not to make us sad but sober; not to make us sorry but wise.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

God washes the eyes by tears until they can behold the invisible land where tears shall come no more. O love! O affliction! ye are the guides that show us the way through the great airy space where our loved ones walked; and, as hounds easily follow the scent before the dew be risen, so God teaches us, while yet our sorrow is wet, to follow on and find our dear ones in heaven.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

In a great affliction there is no light either in the stars or in the sun; for when the inward light is fed with fragrant oil; there can be no darkness though the sun should go out. But when, like a sacred lamp in the temple, the inward light is quenched, there is no light outwardly, though a thousand suns should preside in the heavens.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.
      - Bible, Hebrews (ch. XII, v. 11)

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)

Nothing can occur beyond the strength of faith to sustain, or, transcending the resources of religion, to relieve.
      - Thomas Binney

There will be no Christian but what will have a Gethsemane, but every praying Christian will find that there is no Gethsemane without its angel!
      - Thomas Binney

How blunt are all the arrows of thy quiver in comparison with those of guilt!
      - Hugh Blair

Afflicted, or distressed, in mind, body, or estate.
      - Book of Common Prayer,
        Prayer for all Conditions of Men

Affliction, like the iron-smith, shapes as it smites.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

The loss of a beloved connection awakens an interest in heaven before unfelt.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

Afflictions are but as a dark entry into our Father's house.
      - Thomas Brooks

Now let us thank th' eternal power, convinc'd
  That Heaven but tries our virtue by affliction:
    That oft the cloud which wraps the present hour,
      Serves but to brighten our future days!
      - John Brown (1), Bararossa (act V, sc. 3)

Oft the cloud that wraps the present hour serves but to brighten all our future days.
      - Sir William Browne (1)

If you would not have affliction visit you twice, listen at once to what it teaches.
      - James Burgh

Affliction's sons are brothers in distress;
  A brother to relieve, how exquisite the bliss!
      - Robert Burns, In Eutropium (II, 149)

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

The cloud which appeared to the prophet Ezekiel carried with it winds and storms, but it was environed with a golden circle, to teach us that the storms of afflictions, which happen to God's children, are encompassed with brightness and smiling felicity.
      - Nicolas Caussin

Every man will have his own criterion in forming his judgment of others. I depend very much on the effect of affliction. I consider how a man comes out of the furnace; gold will lie for a month in the furnace without losing a grain.
      - Richard Cecil

It is a great thing, when our Gethsemane hours come, when the cup of bitterness is pressed to our lips, and when we pray that it may pass away, to feel that it is not fate, that it is not necessity, but divine love for good ends working upon us.
      - Edwin Hubbell Chapin

The mind which does not wholly sink under misfortune rises above it more lofty than before, and is strengthened by affliction.
      - Richard Chenevix

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