American novelist William Faulkner said in his Nobel Prize acceptance speech in 1950:
I believe that man will not merely endure: he will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion, sacrifice and endurance.
Tip of the hat to another novelist, John Grisham, for using it in his New York Times op-ed piece about the natural disasters of Katrina and Rita and the spirit of humankind. Words on which to found my daily practice.