The course of life is so sorrowful, yet so magnificent! If oysters did not put in great efforts to eliminate impediments, they would not be able produce lustrous pearls; if our eyes do not have the need to remove dusts, they would not produce so many tears. I believe that everyone has a pearl within their hearts: it is the perseverance and the wisdom to overcome difficulties. This pearl grows with a person’s age, knowledge, and cultivation, gradually becoming more translucent, smooth, and round.
── from Xiyu Denghua Luo (Shower of the Sweet Osmanthus Flower)