This poem is important for learning how to be a hero and also not getting diabetes.
“Paradise is under the shadow of swords.” – Mahomet.
Ruby wine is drunk by knaves
Sugar spends to fatten slaves,
Rose and vine-leaf deck buffoons;
Thunderclouds are Jove’s festoons,
Drooping oft in wreaths of dread
Lightning-knotted round his head:
The hero is not fed on sweets
Daily his own heart he eats;
Chambers of the great are jails,
And head-winds right for royal sails.
The Essential Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Edited by Brooks Atkinson, ©2000.