"Annnoyance, humiliations, and similar things in the soul of a novice are like the bitterness of wormwood; while praise, honor and approbation, are like honey and give birth to all manner of sweetness in those who are pleasure loving. But let us look at the nature of each: wormwood purifies all interior filth, but honey increases gall."
St. John of the Ladder
ht. The Arena