"Toward good men God has the mind of a father, he cherishes for them a manly love, and he says, "Let them be harassed by toil, by suffering, by losses, in order that they may gather true strength." Bodies grown fat through sloth are weak, and not only labour, but even movement and their very weight cause them to break down. Unimpaired prosperity cannot withstand a single blow; but he who has struggled constantly with his ills becomes hardened through suffering; and yields to no misfortune; nay, even if he falls, he still fights upon his knees."
by:
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
(4 B.C.-A.D. 65) Roman Stoic philosopher, statesman, dramatist, "Seneca the Younger"
Source:
Moral Essays, De Providentia (On Providence), 2.6; translation by John W. Basore
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I like it a lot. There is opposition in all things with, our experiences (good, bad, easy, hard, indifferent, etc.) making us strong (if we learn from them and prosper from/let them).
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    A good man hardened through adversity, tempered for service of the Most High. Knowing in whom he has believed. 
    "Humility before honor" 
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    If only such sentiments were found in schools and universities today!  It was no secret in my day that to prosper required hard work, with many ups and downs.  Perseverance!  
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