2 Timothy 4:6
"Adversity's sweet milk, philosophy."
"What is a poet? An unhappy man who hides deep anguish in his heart, but whose lips are so formed that when the sigh and cry pass through them, it sounds like lovely music…. And people flock around the poet and say: ‘Sing again soon’ – that is, ‘May new sufferings torment your soul but your lips be fashioned as before, for the cry would only frighten us, but the music, that is blissful."
"Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars."
"Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them."
Henry David Thoreau