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It seems to be the nature of us humans to desire the easy life of plenty, our share of fame, fortune, etc.  But as Swami Vivekananda put it at the address to the Parliament of Religions in Chicago on Sept 27, 1893…

“In studying the great characters the world has produced, I dare say, in the vast majority of cases, it would be found that it was misery that taught more than happiness, it was poverty that taught more than wealth, it was blows that brought out their inner fire more than praise.”

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