Trouble

The tests of life are to make, not break us. Trouble may demolish a man’s business but build his character. The blow at the outward man may be the greatest blessing to the inner man. If God, then, puts or permits anything hard in our lives, be sure that the real peril, the real trouble, is what we shall lose if we flinch or rebel.

The trouble with most of us is that we know too much that ain't so.

Mankind will never see an end of trouble until... lovers of wisdom come to hold political power, or the holders of power... become lovers of wisdom.

Nothing is more unworthy of a wise man, or ought to trouble him more, than to have allowed more time for trifling, and useless things, than they deserve.

Man’s freedom is never in being saved troubles, but it is the freedom to take for his own good, and to make the trouble an element in his joy.

More trouble is caused in the world by indiscreet answers than by indiscreet questions.

Most of the trouble in the world is caused by people wanting to be important.

So little trouble do men take in the search after truth; so readily do they accept whatever comes first to hand.

Almost all the trouble in the world is created by things people think, say and write. Words of anger, malice, hatred, resentment, jealously, like physical blows, cause people to hit back. Over-bearing, demanding words create determined resistance. And the attitudes of mind back of them, even though we do not speak the words, are sensed by others. For the telepathic power of thought is no longer merely a theory. Thoughts are things.

Perhaps the best cure for the fear of death is to reflect that life has a beginning as well as an end. There was a time when we were not: this gives us no concern - why then should it trouble us that a time will come when we shall cease to be? I have no wish to be alive a hundred years ago, why should I regret and lay it so much to heart that I shall not be here in a hundred years hence.?

One ceases to be a child when one realizes that telling one’s trouble does not make it any better.

And how is clarity to be achieved? Mainly by taking trouble and by writing to serve people rather than to impress them.

It’s all a question of story. We are in trouble just now because we are in between stories. The Old Story—the account of how the world came to be and how we fit into it—sustained us for a long time. It shaped our emotional attitudes, provided us with life purpose, energized action, consecrated suffering, integrated knowledge, guided education. We awoke in the morning and knew where we were. We could answer the questions of our children. We could identify crime, punish transgressors. Everything was taken care of because the story was there. But now it is no longer functioning properly, and we have not yet learned the New Story.

Doubt is the trouble of a soul left to itself, which wants to see what God hides from it, and out of self-love seeks impossible securities.

You know, the only trouble with capitalism is the capitalists. They’re too damn greedy.

Some people bear three kinds of trouble - the ones they've had, the ones they have, and the ones they expect to have.

Some people bear three kinds of trouble - the ones they've had, the ones they have, and the ones they expect to have.

The trouble with cheap, specialized education is that you never stop paying for it.

The average man takes life as a trouble. He is in a chronic state of irritation at the whole performance. He does not learn to differentiate between troubles and difficulties, usually, until some real trouble bowls him over. He fusses about pin-pricks until a mule kicks him. Then he learns the difference.