Someone once asked the Chafetz Chaim: "My evil inclination does not give me any rest. What can I do?"
"That is really for your good," replied the Chafetz Chaim. "The purpose of life is to overcome our forbidden impulses. We are frequently in a state of conflict. By controlling negative desires, we elevate ourselves. The more difficult the challenge, the greater the merit."
(Michtevai Chafetz Chaim, p.97; Rabbi Pliskin's Gateway to Happiness, p.218)
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