I've always liked the works of modern philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. While they may seem to have bleak and nihilistic undertones the first time you look at them, Nietzsche's works hide some very optimistic and enlightening messages. More than his works, I have greater admiration for the man himself. Nietzsche suffered all throughout his life; from physical ailments to affairs of the heart. And yet his works remain optimistic and purposeful. Though his death may be one of the saddest deaths I have ever encountered, I still admire the man because he was dealt with such lousy cards in life, and still remained optimistic. I draw inspiration from that. Are there any historical figures that inspire you persevere?