The victory is most sure
For him, who seeking faith by virtue strives
To yield entire submission to the law
AND just as far as my nature fails and flags, as I forfeit strength by unresisted temptations and incur shame by degrading compliances and shrink from required sacrifice, do I feel upon me a look which deepens all my guilt and doubles the sadness of my infirmity, and yet silently pleads with me to re-assert the rights which I have impaired, and overtake the march from which I have fallen away.
EVERY evil to which we do not succumb is a benefactor. As the Sandwich Islanderbelieves that the strength and valour of the enemy he kills passes into himself, so we gain the strength of the temptation we resist.
Ralph Waldo Emerson