Belief – self-perceived, self-determined, solitary – alone determines reality. Reality deprived of belief, mere faith. Faith bereaved of hope, but fear.
When presented with easy and with difficult, choose difficult. If anyone can have it, refuse it. If anyone can do it, forbear. If everyone thinks it, think differently. If everyone wants it, deny it. If the choice is between two evils, choose the one never before endeavoured.
There is no sin without guilt; no guilt without shame; no shame without fear; no fear without servility. No truth for the poet except that soaked in blood.