"If possible (and no ‘if possible’ can be more crazy) you want to abolish suffering! And we?–it seems that we want it to be, if anything, worse and greater than before! Well-being in your sense of the word–that certainly is no goal, it seems to us to be an end! A condition that would immediately make people ludicrous and contemptible–make us wish their downfall! The discipline of suffering, great suffering–don’t you know that this discipline alone has created all human greatness to date? The tension of the soul in unhappiness, which cultivates its strength; its horror at the sight of the great destruction; its inventiveness and bravery in bearing, enduring, interpreting, exploiting unhappiness, and whatever in the way of depth, mystery, mask, spirit, cleverness, greatness the heart has been granted–has it not been granted them through suffering, through the discipline of great suffering?"
Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil (via sunrec)