Strength is always admirable; moral weakness begets pity and contempt. The man who carries the invaluable reserved strength of mental and moral force with him wins and commands success; what he touches he renews with his own personality; what he attempts he accomplishes.
Strength of purpose is not purchased easily; its foundation has often been sorrow and tribulation, or fighting against great odds. But it has given to him the power of penetration; his inner vision has been widened and he is enabled to grasp the true facts of life; and surely his reward is to feel the power of character, the force of his resolutions which, once having been gained, can never be lost.
The man who in his own strength has conquered, and whose hand is ever ready to help the weak in spirit, is bound to draw others to him; one whose unconscious influence imparts a subtle fragrance and strength.
—Johann Kaspar Lavater