High school wasn't a trial by fire or some ordeal that had to be survived. It was all a big joke. You just had to provide the laugh track. - Scott Westerfeld
She thought little of her ordeal. Cruelty was part of nature, like a winter frost; something to be survived and then forgotten (p.689) - Tim Willocks
Churchmen sought to introduce rational trial procedures and sophisticated legal principles in place of the superstition-based trial by ordeal that had characterized the Germanic legal order. - Thomas E. Woods Jr.
Perhaps no theoretical man can be equal to such a burden: to feel knowledge as power when one’s mind reshapes the world irrevocably, to see the light of truth as the agent of some dark majesty, is not grace but ordeal. - Algis Valiunas
I am prepared to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter. - Sir Winston Churchill
I am prepared to meet anyone, but whether anyone is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter. - Mark Twain
Family dinners are more often than not an ordeal of nervous indigestion, preceded by hidden resentment and ennui and accompanied by psychosomatic jitters. - M. F. K. Fisher