Grocott & Ward, comps. Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed. 189-?.


Affliction’s sons are brothers in distress,
A brother to relieve, how exquisite the bliss!
Burns.—Winter Night, last Lines of the quoted strain in Verse 6.

Are not both gainers when the heart’s distress,
Is so divided that the pain is less?
Crabbe.—Tales of the Hall, Book X.

Common distress is a great promoter both of friendship and speculation.
Swift.—To Bolingbroke, May 1, 1719.