"...And besides, what is suffering? I'm not afraid of it, even if it's numberless. I'm not afraid of it now; I was before...And it seems to me there's so much strength in me now that I can overcome everything, all sufferings, only in order to say and tell myself every moment: I am! In a thousand torments-I am; writhing under torture-but I am. Locked up in a tower, but still I exist, I see the sun, and if I don't see the sun, still I know it is."
-The Brothers Karamazov, Fyodor Dostoyevsky