Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
Morris West (191699)
It costs so much to be a full human being that there are very few who have the enlightenment, or the courage, to pay the price . One has to abandon altogether the search for security, and reach out to the risk of living with both arms. One has to embrace the world like a lover, and yet demand no easy return of love. One has to accept pain as a condition of existence. One has to court doubt and darkness as the cost of knowing. One needs a will stubborn in conflict, but apt always to the total acceptance of every consequence of living and dying.
MORRIS L. WEST, The Shoes of the Fisherman, p. 254 (1963).