"The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value. I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death."
-- Thomas Paine
and I was recently reminded by a good friend how remiss I'd been for not including this classic from my younger days:
"Whole life have a balance, everything be better."
-- Mr. Miyagi