situation causing distress or danger, or a difficulty, problem, condition, or action contributing to such a situation.

Trouble is situation causing distress or danger, or a difficulty, problem, condition, or action contributing to such a situation.


  • I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.
    • Thomas Paine, The American Crisis (1776–1783), The Crisis No. I
  • A generous parent should have said, "If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace;" and this single reflection, well applied, is sufficient to awaken every man to duty.
    • Thomas Paine, The American Crisis (1776–1783), The Crisis No. I
  • The fundamental cause of the trouble is that in the modern world the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt.
  • 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.
    • Herbert N. Casson in: Sheet Metal Workers' International Association (1928) Sheet Metal Workers Journal p. 22.
  • Our people of Birmingham are a peaceful people and we never have any trouble here unless some people come into our city looking for trouble. And I've never seen anyone yet look for trouble who wasn't able to find it.
    • Theophilus Eugene "Bull" Connor, in May 1961. As quoted by William Nunnelly, Bull Connor (1991), p. 154.
  • To take arms against a sea of troubles.
  • This day is a day of trouble, and of rebuke, and of blasphemy: for the children are come to the birth, and there is not strength to bring forth.
  • O the hope of Israel, the saviour thereof in time of trouble, why shouldest thou be as a stranger in the land, and as a wayfaring man that turneth aside to tarry for a night?

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 816.
  • Le chagrin monte en croupe et galope avec lui.
  • Jucunda memoria est præteritorum malorum.
    • The memory of past troubles is pleasant.
    • Cicero, De Finibus, Book II. 32.
  • You may batter your way through the thick of the fray,
    You may sweat, you may swear, you may grunt;
    You may be a jack-fool, if you must, but this rule
    Should ever be kept at the front;—
    Don't fight with your pillow, but lay down your head
    And kick every worriment out of the bed.
  • I survived that trouble so likewise may I survive this one.
    • Complaint of Deor, II. 7. Stopford Brooke's rendering in modern English.
  • Sweet is the remembrance of troubles when you are in safety.
  • Man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward.
    • Job. V. 7.
  • Curæ leves loquuntur, ingentes stupent.
    • Light troubles speak; immense troubles are silent.
    • Seneca the Younger, Hippolytus, Act II, scene 3, line 607.
  • Dubiam salutem qui dat adflictis negat.
    • He who tenders doubtful safety to those in trouble refuses it.
    • Seneca the Younger, Œdipus, CCXIII.
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