Properly, we should read for power. Man reading should be man intensely alive. The book should be a ball of light in one's hand.
Storms make oaks take deeper root.
Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.
The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value. I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.