Extraordinary afflictions are not always the punishment of extraordinary sins, but sometimes the trial of extraordinary graces. — MATTHEW HENRY.
Affliction of itself does not sanctify any body, but the reverse. I believe in sanctified afflictions, but not in sanctifying afflictions. — C. H. SPURGEON.
Heaven gives us friends to bless the present scene; Resumes them, to prepare us for the next. — YOUNG.
Afflictions are but as a dark entry into our Father's house. — THOMAS BROOKS.
Most of the grand truths of God have to be learned by trouble; they must be burned into us by the hot iron of affliction, otherwise we shall not truly receive them. — C. H. SPURGEON.
What seem to us but dim funereal tapers may be heaven's distant lamps. — LONGFELLOW.
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.
The Lord gets His best soldiers out of the highlands of affliction. — C. H. SPURGEON.
Night brings out stars as sorrow shows us truths. — P. J. BAILEY.