Extraordinary afflictions are not always the punishment of extraordinary sins, but sometimes the trial of extraordinary graces.
Sanctified afflictions are spiritual promotions.
For me, a big part of writing psychological thrillers is choosing crimes committed for motives which would only apply to a particular person in a particular situation; a unique, one-off motive that is born out of someone's particular range of psychological afflictions.
We should be more anxious that our afflictions should benefit us than that they should be speedily removed from us.
Nothing is more desirable than to be released from an affliction, but nothing is more frightening than to be divested of a crutch.
Affliction is a treasure, and scarce any man hath enough of it.
Afflictions are but the shadows of God's wings.
Humanity either makes, or breeds, or tolerates all its afflictions.
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.
Affliction's sons are brothers in distress; A brother to relieve, how exquisite the bliss!
Afflictions are but as a dark entry into our Father's house.
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 pleases.
The ignorant mind, with its infinite afflictions, passions, and evils, is rooted in the three poisons. Greed, anger, and delusion.
I have known no man of genius who had not to pay, in some affliction or defect either physical or spiritual, for what the gods had given him.
Let your heart feel for the afflictions and distress of everyone, and let your hand give in proportion to your purse.
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