The virtuous cultivate vulnerability. Those who are so gifted are often wounded, sometimes destroyed, but never defeated. Those who cannot be wounded, hearts forsworn, are bound to their minds alone. The mind replays in contrived monotony all that the heart has sensed in synaesthetic stereophony, and cannot delete.

The magnanimous heart expects nothing in return. Though life does not give itself to one who tries to keep all of its advantages at once, these possess its greatest treasures – an appreciation of beauty, the courage to risk however much or little they have, the fearlessness and the discipline to tell the truth, and the willingness and the capacity for sacrifice. In these virtues, nothing short of invincibility is gained.