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Affliction is a school of virtue: it corrects levity, and interrupts the confidence of sinning. - Francis Atterbury
Affliction inspires wakefulness, which in turn removes ignorance, which is the ultimate cause of suffering. - Stephen Butterfield
The lessons of adversity are often the most benignant when they seem the most severe. The depression of vanity sometimes ennobles the feeling. The mind which does not wholly sink under misfortune rises above it more lofty than before, and is strengthened by affliction. - Richard Chenevix, fully Richard Chenevix Trench, Archbishop of Dublin
Quiet and sincere sympathy is often the most welcome and efficient consolation to the afflicted. Said a wise man to one in deep sorrow, "I did not come to comfort you; God only can do that; but I did come to say how deeply and tenderly I feel for you in your affliction." - Tyron Edwards
Affliction is the wholesome soil of virtue, where patience, honor, sweet humility and calm fortitude, take root and strongly flourish. - David Mallet, also David Malloch
A well-balanced mind is the best remedy against affliction. - Plautus, full name Titus Maccius Plautus
An undisturbed mind is the best sauce for affliction. - Plautus, full name Titus Maccius Plautus
No man shall be held responsible for words uttered in affliction. - Babylonian Talmud
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
As full ears load and lay down corn, so does too much fortune bend and break the mind. It deserves to be considered, too, as another disadvantage, that affliction moves pity, and reconciles our very enemies, but prosperity provokes envy, and loses us our very friends. - Pierre Charron
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