“Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.”
“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”
It deeply comforts me knowing that when you use your struggle to shape you into a better person, that pain is never wasted. All things worthwhile, all things beautiful and all things good hardly ever comes easy. Silver is purified by fiery flames, diamonds and gems come from deep under the earth and a beautiful, inspiring person comes from holding onto hope through hardship.