Hoyt & Roberts, comps. Hoyt’s New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations. 1922.


Afflicted, or distressed, in mind, body, or estate.
Book of Common Prayer. Prayer for all Conditions of Men.

Now let us thank th’ eternal power, convinc’d
That Heaven but tries our virtue by affliction:
That oft the cloud which wraps the present hour,
Serves but to brighten all our future days!
John Brown—Barbarossa. Act V. Sc. 3.

Affliction’s sons are brothers in distress;
A brother to relieve, how exquisite the bliss!
Burns—A Winter Night.

Damna minus consueta movent.
The afflictions to which we are accustomed, do not disturb us.
Claudianus—In Eutropium. II. 149.

Crede mihi, miseris cœlestia numina parcunt;
Nec semper læsos, et sine fine, premunt.
Believe me, the gods spare the afflicted, and do not always oppress those who are unfortunate.
Ovid—Epistolæ Ex Ponto. III. 6. 21.

Henceforth I’ll bear
Affliction till it do cry out itself,
Enough, enough, and die.
King Lear. Act IV. Sc. 6. L. 75.

Thou art a soul in bliss; but I am bound
Upon a wheel of fire; that mine own tears
Do scald like molten lead.
King Lear. Act IV. Sc. 7. L. 46.

Affliction is enamour’d of thy parts,
And thou art wedded to calamity.
Romeo and Juliet. Act III. Sc. 3. L. 2.

Affliction is not sent in vain, young man,
From that good God, who chastens whom he loves.
Southey—Madoc in Wales. III. L. 176.

The Lord gets his best soldiers out of the highlands of affliction.
Spurgeon—Gleanings Among the Sheaves. Sorrow’s Discipline.

Quæ regio in terris nostri non plena laboris.
What region of the earth is not full of our calamities?
Vergil—Æneid. I. 460.

With silence only as their benediction,
God’s angels come
Where in the shadow of a great affliction,
The soul sits dumb!
Whittier—To my Friend on the Death of his Sister.

Affliction is the good man’s shining scene;
Prosperity conceals his brightest ray;
As night to stars, woe lustre gives to man.
Young. Night Thoughts. Night IX. L. 415.