I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars. — Og Mandino
"One should not appoint a leader over a community unless he has a basket of reptiles hanging behind him (i.e.: shameful things in his past), so that if he becomes arrogant, people may say to him: look behind you."
— The Talmud, Bavli, Yona 22b