An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





Trial. A formal inquiry designed to prove and put upon record the blameless characters of judges, advocates and jurors.


Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914, American author, editor, journalist, "The Devil's Dictionary")


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.


Anne Bradstreet (1612-1672, British puritan poet)


It always looks darkest just before it gets totally black.


Charlie Brown (Peanuts comic strip character)


It always looks darkest just before it gets totally black.


Charlie Brown (Peanuts comic strip character)


Nothing can render affliction so insupportable as the load of sin. Would you then be fitted for afflictions? Be sure to get the burden of your sins laid aside, and then what affliction soever you may meet with will be very easy to you.


John Bunyan (1628-1688, British author)


There's nothing written in the Bible, Old or New testament, that says, "If you believe in Me, you ain't going to have no troubles.


Ray Charles (1930-, American musician, singer, songwriter)


If you see 10 troubles coming down the road, you can be sure that 9 will run into the ditch before they reach you.


Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933, American President (30th))


The world is full of cactus, but we don't have to sit on it.


Will Foley


If you have a lemon, make lemonade.


Howard Gossage


God prepares great men for great tasks by great trials.


J. K. Gressett


The way out of trouble is never as simple as the way in.


Edgar Watson Howe (1853-1937, American journalist, author)


Nobody ever grew despondent looking for trouble.


Kin Hubbard (1868-1930, American humorist, journalist)


A criminal trial is like a Russian novel: it starts with exasperating slowness as the characters are introduced to a jury, then there are complications in the form of minor witnesses, the protagonist finally appears and contradictions arise to produce drama, and finally as both jury and spectators grow weary and confused the pace quickens, reaching its climax in passionate final argument.


Clifford Irving


I gather from a lawyer that there was a rehearsal yesterday. We haven't a hope. I know the presiding judge, too; I've had the misfortune to sleep with his wife -- he was specially picked.


Alphonse Karr


I have always believed that God never gives a cross to bear larger than we can carry. No matter what, he wants us to be happy, not sad. Birds sing after a storm. Why shouldn't we?


Rose F. Kennedy


There is nothing so consoling as to find one's neighbor's troubles are at least as great as one's own.


George Moore (1852-1933, Irish writer)


Afflictions are but the shadows of God's wings.


George MacDonald (1824-1905, Scottish novelist)


God will not permit any troubles to come upon us, unless He has a specific plan by which great blessing can come out of the difficulty.


Peter Marshall (1902-1949, American Presbyterian clergyman)


I'm trusting in the Lord and a good lawyer.


Oliver North


The hungry judges soon the sentence sign, and wretches hang that jurymen may dine.


Alexander Pope (1688-1744, British poet, critic, translator)


If all difficulties were known at the outset of a long journey, most of us would never start out at all.


Dan Rather (1931-, American TV personality)


Troubles impending always seem worse than troubles surmounted, but this does not prove that they really are.


Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. (1917-, American historian)


Hot water is my native element. I was in it as a baby, and I have never seemed to get out of it ever since.


Dame Edith Sitwell (1887-1964, British poet)


Affliction is not sent in vain, young man, from that good God, who chastens whom he loves.


Robert Southey (1774-1843, British author)


The Lord gets his best soldiers out of the highlands of affliction.


Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892, British Baptist preacher)


Trials teach us what we are; they dig up the soil, and let us see what we are made of.


Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892, British Baptist preacher)


For thou, O God, hast proved us; thou has tried us, as silver is tried.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Psalms 66:10


Hear my voice, O God, in my prayer; preserve my life from fear of the enemy.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Psalms 64:1


To be right with God has often meant to be in trouble with men.


A. W. Tozer (1897-1963, American preacher)


Ladies and gentlemen, let me tell you again what you are to presume. I am the judge. I am telling you that. Presume he is innocent. When you sit there, I want you to look and say to yourself, There sits an innocent man.


Scott L. Turow


A joke, even if it be a lame one, is nowhere so keenly relished or quickly applauded as in a murder trial.


Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)


I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened.


Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)


All trials are trials for one's life, just as all sentences are sentences of death.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


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