Quotes with strength
Okonkwo never showed any emotion openly, unless it be the emotion of anger. To show affection was a sign of weakness; the only thing worth demonstrating was strength.
Things Fall Apart
Strengthen me by sympathizing with my strength, not my weakness.
Table Talk, "Sympathy" (1877)
But one cannot weep for the entire world. It is beyond human strength. One must choose.
Cecile or The School for Fathers (1954)
The General spoke again, slowly, using his strength as carefully as an out-of-work show-girl uses her last good pair of stockings.
The Big Sleep (1939)
America’s special strength lies not in frightening the weak and challenging the strong, but in strengthening the weak and illumining the strong.
We should measure affection, not like youngsters by the ardor of its passion, but by its strength and constancy.
The strength of a country is the strength of its religious convictions.
Now I saw, though too late, the folly of beginning a work before we count the cost, and before we judge rightly of our own strength to go through with it.
Robinson Crusoe (1719)
Against the dark background of the atomic bomb, the United States does not wish merely to present strength, but also the desire and the hope for peace.
United Nations address on peaceful uses of atomic energy "Atoms for Peace" (December 8, 1953)
The hand of the aggressor is stayed by strength -- and strength alone.
Speech at an English Speaking Union Dinner (July 3, 1951)
The spirit of man is more important than mere physical strength and the spiritual fiber of a nation than its wealth.
Outliers are those who have been given opportunities - and who have had the strength and presence of mind to seize them.
Outliers: The Story of Success
Strength lies not in defence but in attack
Knowledge is more than equivalent to force. The master of mechanics laughs at strength.
The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia (1759)
I have not urged a mechanical fusion of the civil rights and peace movements. There are people who have come to see the moral imperative of equality, but who cannot yet see the moral imperative of world brotherhood. I would like to see the fervor of the civil-rights movement imbued into the peace movement to instill it with greater strength. And I believe everyone has a duty to be in both the civil-rights and peace movements. But for those who presently choose but one, I would hope they will finally come to see the moral roots common to both.
Speech at an antiwar demonstration, April 15, 1967.
Old age is not a disease. It is strength and survivorship, triumph over all kinds of vicissitudes and disappointments, trials and illnesses.
Don't wish me happiness -- I don't expect to be happy; it's gotten beyond that, somehow. Wish me courage and strength and a sense of humor -- I will need them all.
Bring Me a Unicorn (1971)
Our great strength rests in those high-minded Americans whose faith in God and love of country transcends all selfishness and self-serving instincts.
The most striking of all the impressions I have formed since I left London a month ago is of the strength of this African national consciousness. In different places it may take different forms but it is happening everywhere. The wind of change is blowing through this continent. Whether we like it or not, this growth of national consciousness is a political fact. We must all accept it as a fact.
"Mr Macmillan's appeal to South Africans", The Times, February 4, 1960
Because your own strength is unequal to the task, do not assume that it is beyond the powers of man; but if anything is within the powers and province of man, believe that it is within your own compass also.
Brain-workers cannot do good, effective work in one line many hours a day. When the brain is weary, when it begins to lose its elasticity and freshness, there will be the same lack of tonicity and strength in the brain product.
Pushing to the Front or, Success Under Difficulties (1894)
Opposing circumstances create strength. Opposition gives us greater power of resistance. To overcome one barrier gives us greater ability to overcome the next.
Pushing to the Front or, Success Under Difficulties (1894)
Humility leads to strength and not weakness. It is the highest form of self-respect to admit mistakes and to make amends for them.
Beyond the very extreme of fatigue and distress, we may find amounts of ease and power we never dreamed ourselves to own; sources of strength never taxed at all because we never push through the obstruction.
Born to Run
The truth, indeed, is something that mankind, for some mysterious reason, instinctively dislikes. Every man who tries to tell it is unpopular, and even when, by the sheer strength of his case, he prevails, he is put down as a scoundrel.
Chicago Tribune (23 May 1926)
Everything we shut our eyes to, everything we run away from, everything we deny, denigrate or despise, serves to defeat us in the end. What seems nasty, painful, evil, can become a source of beauty, joy, and strength, if faced with an open mind.
Intrepidity is an extraordinary strength of soul, which raises it above the troubles, disorders and emotions which the sight of great perils can arouse in it; by this strength heroes maintain a calm aspect and preserve their reason and liberty in the most surprising and terrible accidents.
The strength of a civilization is not measured by its ability to fight wars, but rather by its ability to prevent them.
Shown at the end of an episode of Gene Roddenberry's Earth: Final Conflict.
Is America a weakling, to shrink from the work of the great world powers? No! The young giant of the West stands on a continent and clasps the crest of an ocean in either hand. Our nation, glorious in youth and strength, looks into the future with eager eyes and rejoices as a strong man to run a race.
Letter to John Hay, American Ambassador to the Court of St. James, London, Written in Washington, DC, June 7, 1897
We are born weak, we need strength; helpless, we need aid; foolish, we need reason.
Peace is not the absence of war, but a virtue based on strength of character.
The anger of lovers renews the strength of love.
The measure of a man's estimate of your strength is the kind of weapons he feels that he must use in order to hold you fast in a prescribed place.
The Luminous Darkness : A Personal Interpretation of the Anatomy of Segregation and the Ground of Hope (1989). Explaining Jim Crow laws to his daughters.
When I think of all the groans and tears and prayers I’ve heard on plantations, and remember that God is a prayer-hearing God, I feel that his time is drawing near. He gave me my strength, and he set the North Star in the heavens; he meant I should be free.
Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.
It is only for those to employ force who possess strength without judgment; but the well advised will have recourse to other means.
Memorabilia of Socrates