my bowels boiled “My bowels boiled, and rested not: the days of affliction prevented me.”

iron till it be throughly “Iron till it be thoroughly heated is incapable to be wrought; so God sees good to cast some men into the furnace of affliction, and then beats them on his anvil into what frame he pleases.”

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affliction is enamoured of thy parts “Affliction is enamoured of thy parts, and thou art wedded to calamity.”

as threshing separates the wheat “As threshing separates the wheat from the chaff, so does affliction purify virtue.”

for out of much affliction and anguish “For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote unto you with many tears; not that ye should be grieved, but that ye might know the love which I have more abundantly unto you.”

no one could be more happy “No one could be more happy than a man who has never known affliction”

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a silent look of affection “A silent look of affection and regard when all other eyes are turned coldly away–the consciousness that we possess the sympathy and affection of one being when all others have deserted us–is a hold, a stay, a comfort, in the deepest affliction, which no wealth could purchase, or power bestow.”

who would desire to have for a friend “Who would desire to have for a friend a man who talks in this fashion? Who would choose him out from others to tell him of his affairs? Who would have recourse to him in affliction? And indeed to what use in life could one put him?”

the lord gets his best soldiers “The Lord gets His best soldiers out of the highlands of affliction.”

short-tern amnesia is not the worst “Short-term amnesia is not the worst affliction if you have an Irish flair for the sauce.”

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