It means that nothing great is owned without struggle and sacrifice. For example if you do not bear pains, you will have no gains. Great deeds cannot be accomplished while lying on a bed of roses.
Christ suffered on the cross and won the crown of immortality. Socrates drank the cup of gall before getting the glory. One has to fight one’s way through thorns, difficulties and hardships to reach the throne of supreme power.
For ….. palm and laurels wait who braves the dangers and calamities in life. Turn to any celebrated painter, musician, poet or philosopher, you will find that they have toiled upward through long years. This is no easy royal road to great achievements in life. Great deeds are the rewards of endless and infinite labour.
Great scientists, discoverers, inventors, social reformers, political thinkers have worked night and day before they could achieve their ideal. Their heights were not attained by sudden flights. Untiring industry and constant struggle have made them great. For perfection is attained by slow degrees. Greatness and glory do no fall down like soft gentle rain from heaven. Greatness thrives only on sweat, tears and blood.