"Go without a coat when it's cold; find out what cold is. Go hungry; keep your existence lean. Wear away the fat, get down to the lean tissue and see what it's all about. The only time you define your character is when you go without. In times of hardship, you find out what you're made of and what you're capable of. If you're never tested, you'll never define your character."
I don't know much about Henry Rollins other than the basics (Black Flag, Rollins Band, spoken word, human rights), but I saw this quote recently and I love it. I realized in college that the more I struggled, the stronger I became (in art and otherwise). I have been following this philosophy for a while, and it's nice to see it expressed so eloquently.