The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. (Thomas Paine, 18th century political activist)

Maybe it’s just a more sophisticated way of saying, “No pain, no gain.” Surely the revolutionaries who succeeded in bringing the United States into existence were well aware of the terrible conflict to come in their fight for independence. But they considered it a worthy project, and certainly gloried in the ultimate triumph, which we continue to celebrate today. 

Yes, the Lord is for me; he will help me. I will look in triumph at those who hate me. (Psalm 118:7)