There may come into a man’s life a time when his travails take him beyond despair, into a world past feeling where the numbness of his soul seeks oblivion. It is at these times that his courage requires him only to take one step after another, or if even that is too much one breath after another. 

In the most trying of times such a step or breath may show valour greater than that of the most fearless warrior. And surely the rewards that await are worthy of the same. 

For when the anguish finally departs, as surely it will, the soul that endured will be stronger than the brightest steel, and his power to shape the world around him for good will know no bounds.

From the Wisdom of Ashael

(Dreams and Shadows, The Aylosian Chronicles #1)