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


  • 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.
  • 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[edit]

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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