"Men could be broken more terribly than he had ever imagined; but they could also be repaired."
Not sure how I missed Michael Chabon's Gentlemen of the Road: A Tale of Adventure
when it came out, but I'm so happy it found me! A great tale of adventure with the usual Chabon pithiness and bits of arcana thrown in for good measure. This was one of the many lines that stood out for me. I suppose it is, after all, a tale of resilience and living life for its own sake.