One loses everything when one loses one's sense of humor.
I started my life with a single absolute: that the world was mine to shape in the image of my highest values and never to be given up to a lesser standard, no matter how long or hard the struggle.
In any compromise between food and poison, it is only death that can win. In any compromise between good and evil, it is only evil that can profit.
If there is any one proof of a man's incompetence, it is the stagnant mentality of a worker who, doing some small routine job in a vast undertaking, does not care to look beyond the lever of a machine, does not choose to know how the machine got there or what makes his job possible, and proclaims that the management of the undertaking is parasitical and unnecessary.
The world you desire can be won, it exists, it is real, it is possible, it is yours.