Many times I have been in the jaws of death, starving, footsore, and weary; for days and days I had no food, and often could walk no farther; I would sink down under a tree, and life ...would seem ebbing away. I could not speak, I could scarcely think, but at last the mind reverted to one idea: "I have no fear nor death: I never hunger nor thirst. I am It ! I am It ! The whole of nature cannot crush me; it is my servant. Assert thy strength, thou Lord of Lords and God of gods ! Regain thy lost empire! Arise and walk and stop not!" And I would rise up, reinvigorated, and here am I, living today.
- Swami Vivekananda