“It was only after years of anxiety, when I finally pulled myself together and began to be myself again, that I felt the value of the resources I had made ready against adversity. Having made up my mind on every question that concerned me, I saw, when I set my principles against the situation I was in, that I was giving far more than their real importance to the senseless judgement of men and the petty events of this brief life, that this life being merely a testing time, it mattered little what particular form of ordeal one encountered as long as the result was as it should be, and that therefore the greater, more testing and the more numerous the ordeals, the more deserving it was to be able to endure them. All the sharpest torments lose their sting if one can confidently expect a glorious recompense.”

– Reveries of a Solitary Walker, JJ Rousseau

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