“Hardihood is a quality supposedly created by difficulty, and I have always felt it to be a stimulating virtue. I like people who have it, and that must mean I like people who have been disciplined by hardship, which is true. I find them realistic, not easily daunted, and they make a few childish claims. This also means that the hardness of life I deplore created the qualities I admire. Poverty used to see to create morality. If you were poor you had to be selfless, uncomplaining, independent, ingenious, and courageous. Now in an age of plenty when it is felt that we should have what we want–and when this becomes a practical possibility–what happens to hardihood? Is it a disappearing virtue? I should be sorry to see it go, and very surprised if it did.”
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