Under the heading “Failure”: “When it’s dark enough, you can see the stars”

The full text of the note accompanying $12,000 Mortenson received to build his first school: “Don’t screw up. Regards, J.H.”

“Trust in Allah, but tie up your camel”

“Let nothing perturb you, nothing firghten you. All things pass. God does not change. Patience achieves everything.” Mother Teresa

Yeats, The Second Coming: “Things fall apart, the center can not hold”

TURNING and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again; but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?