“I don’t think man was meant to attain happiness so easily.

Happiness is like those palaces in fairy tales whose gates are guarded by dragons: we must fight in order to conquer it.”

Just one of a few inspirational quotes from one of my favorite books in Junior High. (I liked the movie better, but these quotes from the book, “The Count of Monte Cristo” by Alexander Dumas have always stirred me.

I know fighters.

I know how to fight.

I have lived and seen the devastating aftermath of those who gave up the fight.

I have been and know the children who suffer the consequences of those who gave up.

It wreaks havoc with my heart.

“The wretched and the miserable should turn to their Savior first, yet they do not hope in Him until all other hope is exhausted.”

“So, preferring death to capture, I accomplished the most astonishing deeds, and which, more than once, showed me that the too great care we take of our bodies is the only obstacle to the success of those projects which require rapid decision, and vigorous and determined execution.

In reality, when you have once devoted your life to your enterprises, you are no longer the equal of other men, or, rather, other men are no longer your equals, and whosoever has taken this resolution, feels his strength and resources doubled.”

Devotion and Determination…

Everything else is just statistical…

“There is neither happiness nor unhappiness in this world; there is only the comparison of one state with another.

Only a man who has felt ultimate despair is capable of feeling ultimate bliss.

It is necessary to have wished for death in order to know how good it is to live…

…the sum of all human wisdom will be contained in these two words: Wait and Hope.”

I wait.
I hope.

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