Affliction Quotes

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Matthew Henry
“Extraordinary afflictions are not always the punishment of extraordinary sins, but sometimes the trial of extraordinary graces.”
Matthew Henry, Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible

Charles Haddon Spurgeon
“The Lord's mercy often rides to the door of our heart upon the black horse of affliction.”
Charles Spurgeon

Charles Haddon Spurgeon
“The Lord gets His best soldiers out of the highlands of affliction.”
Charles Spurgeon

Richard Sibbes
“Glory follows afflictions, not as the day follows the night but as the spring follows the winter; for the winter prepares the earth for the spring, so do afflictions sanctified prepare the soul for glory.”
Richard Sibbes

Thomas Paine
“The most detestable wickedness, the most horrid cruelties, and the greatest miseries, that have afflicted the human race have had their origin in this thing called revelation, or revealed religion. It has been the most dishonourable belief against the character of the divinity, the most destructive to morality, and the peace and happiness of man, that ever was propagated since man began to exist. It is better, far better, that we admitted, if it were possible, a thousand devils to roam at large, and to preach publicly the doctrine of devils, if there were any such, than that we permitted one such impostor and monster as Moses, Joshua, Samuel, and the Bible prophets, to come with the pretended word of God in his mouth, and have credit among us.

Whence arose all the horrid assassinations of whole nations of men, women, and infants, with which the Bible is filled; and the bloody persecutions, and tortures unto death and religious wars, that since that time have laid Europe in blood and ashes; whence arose they, but from this impious thing called revealed religion, and this monstrous belief that God has spoken to man? The lies of the Bible have been the cause of the one, and the lies of the Testament of the other.”
Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason

Thomas à Kempis
“It is good for us to have trials and troubles at times, for they often remind us that we are on probation and ought not to hope in any worldly thing. It is good for us sometimes to suffer contradiction, to be misjudged by men even though we do well and mean well. These things help us to be humble and shield us from vainglory. When to all outward appearances men give us no credit, when they do not think well of us, then we are more inclined to seek God Who sees our hearts. Therefore, a man ought to root himself so firmly in God that he will not need the consolations of men.”
Thomas à Kempis, The Imitation of Christ

Criss Jami
“Bad luck with women is a determined man's road to success. For every affliction, he makes, out of indignation, yet another advancement in order to exceed the man that the woman chose over him. This goes to show that great men are made great because they once learned how to fight the feeling of rejection.”
Criss Jami, Venus in Arms

Timothy J. Keller
“Christ literally walked in our shoes and entered into our affliction. Those who will not help others until they are destitute reveal that Christ's love has not yet turned them into the sympathetic persons the gospel should make them.”
Timothy Keller, Generous Justice: How God's Grace Makes Us Just

Anne Brontë
“There's nothing like active employment, I suppose, to console the afflicted.”
Anne Brontë, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

Mark  Lawrence
“It's shame that gets us killed. Shame is the anchor, the heaviest burden to carry from the battlefield. Fortunately shame was an affliction I'd never suffered from.”
Mark Lawrence, Prince of Fools

Simone Weil
“Man's great affliction, which begins with infancy and accompanies him till death, is that looking and eating are two different operations. Eternal beatitude is a state where to look is to eat.”
Simone Weil, Gravity and Grace

Augustine of Hippo
“For as the same fire causes gold to glow brightly, and chaff to smoke; and under the same flail the straw is beaten small, while the grain is cleansed; and as the lees are not mixed with the oil, though squeezed out of the vat by the same pressure, so the same violence of affliction proves, purges, clarifies the good, but damns, ruins, exterminates the wicked.
and thus it is that in the same affliction the wicked detest God and blaspheme, while the good pray and praise. So material a difference does it make, not what ills are suffered, but what kind of man suffers them. For stirred up with the same movement, mud exhales a horrible stench, and ointment emits a fragrant odor. (pg. 32, Book 1 argument #8)”
Augustine of Hippo, City of God

Lailah Gifty Akita
“God is our refuge in times of affliction.”
Lailah Gifty Akita

Milan Kundera
“Since the insignificance of all things is our lot, we should not bear it as an affliction but learn how to enjoy it.”
Milan Kundera, Identity

Anas Hamshari
“While racial minorities across every civilized country in the world are still waiting for their break, our kind (stutterers) became emperors (i.e., Claudius) and kings (i.e., George VI) for thousands of years. Imagine how well we’re doing for ourselves now.”
Anas Hamshari, Businessman With An Affliction

Lailah Gifty Akita
“The affliction in the flesh of soul is temporal compare to the eternal glory of the spirit.”
Lailah Gifty Akita

“All troubles, afflictions, and ultimately birth and death follow the same highway out of one’s own unmoving perfect self-nature.”
Bhiksus Heng Sure, Heng Ch’au

Vincent Okay Nwachukwu
“Those favored with the double-portion flavor of affluence and influence often fail to express affection for the affliction of the unfortunate.”
Vincent Okay Nwachukwu, Weighty 'n' Worthy African Proverbs - Volume 1

Lailah Gifty Akita
“Affliction of a man leads him to seek his Maker.”
Lailah Gifty Akita

Michael Bassey Johnson
“God's word is like an energy drink. It gives vigor to the depressed, the addicted, the traumatized, the downtrodden, the fallen, the cursed, the possessed and every soul that has sank deep in sin.”
Michael Bassey Johnson

“Just as sick people need surgery and cautery to recover the health they have lost, so we need trials, and toils of repentance, and fear of death and punishment, so that we may regain our former health of soul and shake off the sickness which our folly has induced. The more the Physician of our souls bestows upon us voluntary and involuntary suffering, the more we should thank Him for His compassion and accept the suffering joyfully: For it is to help us that He increases our tribulation, both through the sufferings we willingly embrace in our repentance and through the trials and punishments not subject to our will. In this way, if we voluntarily accept affliction, we will be freed from our sickness and from the punishments to come, and perhaps even from present punishments as well.”
St. Peter of Damascus

John Webster
“Affliction is not misery. Misery is the abasement of spirit which comes from the loss of God and good.”
John Webster

Lailah Gifty Akita
“Trials put every man to test in the journey of life.”
Lailah Gifty Akita

Lailah Gifty Akita
“In the land of affliction is where every good soldier of Christ undergoes graceful training.”
Lailah Gifty Akita

Lailah Gifty Akita
“Every good soldier of Christ has endured suffering in the land of affliction.”
Lailah Gifty Akita

Samuel Rutherford
“The thorn is one of the most cursed and angry
and crabbed weeds that the earth yields, and yet out of it springs the rose, one of the sweetest smelled flowers, and most delightful to the eye.”
Samuel Rutherford, Letters of Samuel Rutherford

Lailah Gifty Akita
“God speaks to man in his affliction to deliever his soul from death.”
Lailah Gifty Akita

Lailah Gifty Akita
“To endure affliction is better than turning to do evil.”
Lailah Gifty Akita


Merry old ways petrified
All masked and isolated
Incognito humans
No place to hide.”
Tara Estacaan

Thomas Watson
“None but the godly are capable of desertion. Wicked men know not what God’s love means, nor what it is to want it. They know what it is to want health, friends, trade, but not what it is to want God’s favour. You fear you are not God’s child because you are deserted. The Lord cannot be said to withdraw His love from the wicked, because they never had it. The being deserted evidences you to be a child of God. How could you complain that God has estranged Himself, if you had not sometimes received smiles and tokens of love from Him?”
Thomas Watson, All Things for Good

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