Back in 1938 at the 67th Annual Meeting of the Kansas State Board of Agriculture in January, 1938, a Canadian agriculturalist, H. G. L. Strange, spoke on "Farm Philosophy." At a time when most of the central regions of both the United States and Canada were suffering from a drought that had gone on for years Mr Strange's speech was a supportive message for the toughened agricultural communities of Kansas and beyond on the endurance of farmers.
In his speech, Strange quotes an ancient Chinese maxim about drought:
The drought consumes us. There on high,
The hills are parched, the streams are dry.
The drought consumes us, still I strive,
And will not leave while I survive.
This is an interesting read... only 12 pages. You can find it online at the State Library of Kansas' KGI Online Library here:
FARM PHILOSOPHY (1938)