Poemen said about John the Dwarf that he asked the Lord to take away his passions. So his heart was at rest, and he went to a hermit and said, ‘I find that I am at peace, with no war between flesh and spirit.’ The hermit said to him, ‘Go and ask the Lord to stir up a new war in you. Fighting is good for the soul.’

— ur Sayings of the Desert Fathers

The commander triumphs in victory; yet he could not have conquered if he had not fought; and the greater the peril of the battle, the more the joy of the triumph.

— Saint Augustine

The true Christian is a warrior fighting his way through the regiments of the unseen enemy to his heavenly homeland.

— Saint Herman of Alaska

To young people I would always like to say just this one thing (it is almost the only thing I know for certain up to now) – that we must always hold to the difficult; that is our part: We must go so deep into life that it lies upon us and is burden: not pleasure should be about us, but life.

— Rainer Maria Rilke