It is mercy to lack mercy, till we are fit for mercy, till we are able to bear the weight of mercy, and make a divine improvement of mercy.
— Thomas Brooks
As men cherish young plants at first, and fence them about to keep them from hurt, but when they are grown, they remove them, and then leave them to the wind and weather, so God besets His children first with props of inward comforts, but afterwards exposes them to storms and winds, because they are better able to bear it. Therefore let no man think himself the better because he is free from troubles. It is because God sees him not fit to bear greater.
— Richard Sibbes