Strength (quotes)

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What is strength?

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Inner strength is true strength

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Great strength lies within you …

  • Be afraid of nothing. You have within you all wisdom, all power, all strength, all understanding.   Eileen Caddy
  • The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it. C.C. Scott
  • Few men during their lifetime comes anywhere near exhausting the resources dwelling within them. There are deep wells of strength that are never used. Richard E. Byrd
  • Look well into thyself, there is a source of strength which will always spring up if thou wilt always look there. Marcus Aurelius
  • I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence but it comes from within. It is there all the time. Anna Freud
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… a great deal more than you realise

  • Above all, challenge yourself. You may well surprise yourself at what strengths you have, what you can accomplish. Cecile Springer
  • Always remember, there is more strength in you than you ever realized or even imagined. Certainly nothing can keep you down if you are determined to get on top of things and stay there. Norman Vincent Peale
  • The turning point in the process of growing up is when you discover the core of strength within you that survives all hurt. Max Lerner
  • We are like the little branch that quivers during a storm, doubting our strength and forgetting we are the tree – deeply rooted to withstand all of life’s upheavals. Dodinsky
  • When we are strong, we are always much greater than the things that happen to us. Thomas
  • We’re stronger than we think. Joe Kelly
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The true measure of strength is inner strength

  • As we open our hearts to others, we begin to discover the truth of our own inner beauty, inner strength and inner light. Susan Jeffers
  • The measure of a man is not determined by his show of outward strength or the volume of his voice, or the thunder of his action. It is to be seen rather in terms of the strength of his inner self, in terms of the nature and depth of his commitments, the sincerity of his purpose and his willingness to continue ‘growing up. Grade E.
  • Finding the center of strength within ourselves is in the long run the best contribution we can make to our fellow men. Rollo May
  • I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence, but it comes from within. It is there all the time. Anna Freud
  • Your inner strength is your outer foundation. Allan Rufus
  • The treasure within
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True strength is in the soul, not in the muscles

  • It takes more courage to reveal insecurities than to hide them, more strength to relate to people than to dominate them, more ‘manhood’ to abide by thought-out principles rather than blind reflex. Toughness is in the soul and spirit, not in muscles and an immature mind. Alex Karras
  • Toughness is in the soul and spirit, not in muscles. Alex Karras
  • I count life just a stuff to try the soul’s strength on. Robert Browning
  • It is not the strength of the body that counts, but the strength of the spirit.  R.R. Tolkien
  • The soul
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Inner strength is what character is

  • Character: Strength and originality in a person’s nature. Oxford Dictionary
  • If we are strong, our character will speak for itself. If we are weak, words will be of no help. John F. Kennedy
  • Strength of character means the ability to overcome resentment against others, to hide hurt feelings, and to forgive quickly. Lawrence G. Lovasik
  • Character
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Inner strength is developed through challenge

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Inner strength is created, more than anything else, by adversity, challenge and difficulty

  • Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and achieved. Helen Keller
  • Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict. William Channing
  • Difficulty, my brethren, is the nurse of greatness–a harsh nurse, who roughly rocks her foster children into strength and athletic proportion. William Cullen Bryant
  • Fire is the test of gold; adversity, of strong men. Seneca
  • Honor your challenges, for those spaces that you label as dark are actually there to bring you more light, to strengthen you, to firm your resolve, and to bring out the best in you. Sanaya Roman
  • I love the man that can smile in time of trouble, that can gather strength from distress and grow brave by reflection. Thomas Paine
  • Opposition is a natural part of life. Just as we develop our physical muscles through overcoming opposition – such as lifting weights – we develop our character muscles by overcoming challenges and adversity. Stephen Covey
  • Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength. Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Strength is born in the deep silence of long-suffering hearts; not amidst joy. Felicia Hemans
  • That which does not kill me makes me stronger. Friedrich Nietzsche
  • The conquering of adversity produces strength of character, forges self- confidence, engenders self-  respect, and assures success in righteous endeavor.  Richard G. Scott
  • The real person smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection. Thomas Paine
  • There is a saying in Tibetan, ‘Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength.’ No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that’s our real disaster. The Dalai Lama
  • Trials, temptations, disappointments — all these are helps instead of hindrances, if one uses them rightly. They not only test the fiber of character but strengthen it. James Buckham
  • We get stronger when we test ourselves. Adversity can make us better. We must be challenged to improve, and adversity is the challenger.  John Wooden
  • Where there is no struggle, there is no strength. Oprah Winfrey
  • The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places. Ernest Hemingway
  • ChallengeAdversity
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Challenges are strength training for the mind as labour is for the body

  • Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body. Lucius Annaeus Seneca
  • To develop a muscle, you must subject the muscle to resistance—in the form of a heavy weight. Essentially, adversity is the “weight” against which you develop your inner strength. Phil Stutz and Barry Michels
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Like trees, it is through weathering storms that you gain strength

  • Good timber does not grow with ease; the stronger the wind, the stronger the trees. Willard Marriott
  • The strongest oak of the forest is not the one that is protected from the storm and hidden from the sun. It’s the one that stands in the open where it is compelled to struggle for its existence against the wind and rains and scorching sun. Napoleon Hill
  • Life is sunshine and storm
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You never know how strong you are until life challenges you

  • A woman is like a tea bag; you never know how strong it is until it’s in hot water. Eleanor Roosevelt
  • You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have. Cayla Mills    
  • We are like tea bags – we don’t know our own strength until we’re in hot water. Jutta Baum Busche
  • A man doesn’t realize how much he can stand until he is put to the test. You can stand far more than you think you can. You are much stronger than you think you are. Martin Niemoller
  • Man performs and engenders so much more than he can or should have to bear. That’s how he finds that he can bear anything.  William Faulkner
  • Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves come when life seems most challenging.  Joseph Campbell   
  • A crisis creates the opportunity to dip deep into the reservoirs of our very being, to rise to levels of confidence, strength, and resolve that otherwise we didn’t think we possessed. Jon M. Huntsman Sr.
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Pray for strength rather than an easy life

  • Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one. Bruce Lee
  • Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men! Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for power equal to your tasks. Phillips Brooks
  • I do not pray for a lighter load, but for a stronger back. Phillips Brooks
  • It is for us to pray not for tasks equal to our powers, but for powers equal to our tasks, to go forward with a great desire forever beating at the door of our hearts as we travel toward our distant goal. Helen Keller
  • Don’t ask for a light load, but rather ask for a strong back.
  • Prayer
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Know your strengths

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It is in your area of strength that you have the most potential to grow

  • By now you know that the biological underpinnings of your strengths are the presence of thick branches of synaptic connections. You also know that because of nature’s habit of piggy- backing on existing infrastructure, you will grow the most new synaptic connections in those areas where you already have the most existing ones.  Here you will learn the most, come up with the most new ideas, and have the best insights.  Marcus Buckingham
  • Each person’s greatest room for growth is in the areas of his or her greatest strength. Donald O. Clifton
  • You grow most in your areas of greatest strength. You will improve the most, be the most creative, be the most inquisitive, and bounce back the fastest in those areas where you have already shown some natural advantage over everyone else—your strengths. This doesn’t mean you should ignore your weaknesses. It just means you’ll grow most where you’re already strong. Marcus Buckingham
  • Potential
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Know what your strengths are

  • Do you know what you’re good at? Do you know what you need to learn so that you get the full benefit of your strengths? Peter F. Drucker
  • Although men are accused of not knowing their own weakness, yet perhaps few know their own strength. It is in men as in soils, where sometimes there is a vein of gold which the owner knows not of. Jonathan Swift
  • Self-knowledge
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A strength is a flow activity that invigorates and energises you

  • A strength is “an activity that makes you feel strong.” It is an activity where the doing of it invigorates you. Before you do it, you find yourself instinctively looking forward to it. While you are doing it you don’t struggle to concentrate, but instead you become so immersed that time speeds up and you lose yourself in the present moment. And after you are finished doing it, you feel authentic, connected to the best parts of who you really are. Marcus Buckingham
  • Ask yourself where you get your energy from. What activities give you a buzz when you’re doing them?  If you can think of some, they probably involve your strengths.  Warren Davies
  • Enthusiasm is a fantastic indicator of where your true strength lives. It’s the immediate “I love it!” response. Danielle LaPorte
  • VitalityBeing fully alive
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A strength is something you enjoy doing repeatedly

  • The acid test of a strength? The ability is a strength only if you can fathom yourself doing it repeatedly, happily, and successfully. Donald O. Clifton
  • Do what you lovePassionEnthusiasm
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Develop your strengths

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To be happy and succeed in life, focus on and develop your natural strengths …

  • Across the board, having the opportunity to develop our strengths is more important to our success than our role, our title, or even our pay. Tom Rath
  • Being well-rounded is highly over-rated. Focus on developing your true strengths.  Get better at what you’re already best at –      that’s how you enter your mastery zone.  Competency is for suckers.  Danielle LaPorte
  • The most responsible, the most challenging, and, in the sense of being true to yourself, the most honorable thing to do is face up to the strength potential inherent in your talents and then find ways to realize it. Donald O. Clifton
  • Focus on your strengths. Brian Tracy
  • It’s only when we can work with something that brings out our strengths that we’re of any real use. Henning Mankell
  • Know your strengths and take advantage of them. Greg Norman
  • You’ll be happiest working in a career that allows you to take advantage of your strengths on a daily basis. Steve Pavlina
  • Enter every activity without giving mental recognition to the possibility of defeat. Concentrate on your strengths, instead of your weaknesses… on your powers, instead of your problems. Paul J. Meyer
  • HappinessSuccess
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… rather than fixating on your weaknesses

  • Unfortunately, most of us have little sense of our talents and strengths, much less the ability to build our lives around them. Instead, guided by our parents, by our teachers, by our managers, and by psychology’s fascination with pathology, we become experts in our weaknesses and spend our lives trying to repair these flaws, while our strengths lie dormant and neglected. Marcus Buckingham
  • Stop trying to fix your weaknesses. You can’t be perfect. Focus on your strengths and let other people do what you’re bad at. Henri Junttila
  • Do you have the opportunity to do what you do best every day? Chances are you don’t. All too often our natural talents go untapped. From the cradle to the cubicle, we devote more time to fixing our shortcomings than to developing our strengths. Tom Rath
  • WeaknessGrow your strengths, not your weaknesses
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You are much more likely to excel by maximising your strengths than by trying to fix your weaknesses

  • You will excel only by maximizing your strengths, never by fixing your weaknesses. This is not the same as saying ‘ignore your weaknesses.’ Donald O. Clifton
  • I do not believe that you should devote overly much effort to correcting your weaknesses. Rather, I believe that the highest success in living and the deepest emotional satisfaction comes from building and using your signature strengths. Martin Seligman
  • If you think a weakness can be turned into a strength, I hate to tell you this, but that’s another weakness. Jack Handy
  • Success is achieved by developing our strengths, not by eliminating our weaknesses. Marilyn vos Savant
  • Most people are good at a handful of things and utterly miserable at most. It is far more lucrative and fun to leverage your strengths instead of attempting to fix all the chinks in your armor. Timothy Ferriss
  • The choice is between multiplication of results using strengths or incremental improvement fixing weaknesses that will, at best, become mediocre. Timothy Ferriss
  • Erase self-doubt by working to build your strengths instead of focusing on your weaknesses. Rodolfo Costa
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Focus on your weaknesses and the most you’ll become is mediocre

  • Correcting our weaknesses, the most we become is mediocre. If we hone our few super-strengths, insist on behavior that is authentic and true to our inner selves, and unreasonably demand more with less, the sky is the limit. Richard Koch
  • I often get tempted to work on my weaknesses. What happens when I do is drain my energy.  At best, I get mediocre results. When I play to my strengths, I keep a high level of energy. This energy builds momentum and it’s the key to how I get results. J.D. Meier
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Build your strengths and your weaknesses will take care of themselves

  • Build upon strengths, and weaknesses will gradually take care of themselves. Joyce C Lock
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Turn your talents and strengths into powerful skills through consistent practice

  • The key to building a strength is to first identify your dominant talents, then refine them with knowledge and skills. Marcus Buckingham
  • Identify their talents, build them into strengths, and enjoy consistent, near perfect performance. Marcus Buckingham
  • If you learn a skill, it will help you get a little better, but it will not cover for a lack of talent. Instead, as you build your strengths, skills will actually prove most valuable when they are combined with genuine talent. Donald O. Clifton
  • TalentPractice
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Use your strengths

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Pursue activities and build habits that strengthen you, not weaken you

  • The question for the true student of growth is: What has to happen for the stuff that strengthens you and moves you forward in life to be considered fun? James Arthur Ray
  • We need to build the right habits, so that week in, week out, and year upon year, we stay in control, always pushing toward activities that strengthen us, ever watchful for those that drag us down. Marcus Buckingham
  • Habit
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Greatness lies not in being strong, but in the right using of strength

  • Greatness lies, not in being strong, but in the right using of strength; and strength is not used rightly when it serves only to carry a man above his fellows for his own solitary glory. He is the greatest whose strength carries up the most hearts by the attraction of his own. Henry Ward
  • Greatness
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Your greatest power is the way your strengths combine to create synergy

  • Each of your top strengths is so interwoven with the others that it is modified by association. Try not to examine your strengths in isolation, but examine how each one modifies the others and what the combination effect is. Marcus Buckingham
  • It’s not about having a single strength, it’s about using the synergy of your strengths. Marcus Buckingham
  • PowerSynergy
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Strive to use your strengths in the service of something larger than you…

  • Use your signature strengths and virtues in the service of something much larger than you are. Martin Seligman
  • Everybody has a strength to share. If we can tap into that – if people can find ways to contribute whatever their particular unique talent or gift is, then, that really can change the world. Bill Shore
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… for this is where life’s true meaning, purpose and happiness lies

  • The good life consists in deriving happiness by using your signature strengths every day in the main realms of living. The meaningful life adds one more component: using these same strengths to forward knowledge, power, or goodness. A life that does this is pregnant with meaning, and if God comes at the end, such a life is sacred. Martin Seligman
  • A good life is one where you develop your strengths, realize your potential, and become what it is in your nature to become. Jonathan Haidt
  • What is the good life? In my view, you can find it by following a startlingly simple path. The ‘pleasant life’ might be had by drinking champagne and driving a Porsche, but not the good life. Rather, the good life is using your signature strengths every day to produce authentic happiness and abundant gratification. Martin Seligman
  • Every person was born with a purpose and a plan and its through our individual strengths where we can find that purpose and live our life to its fullest. J. Charest
  • When well-being comes from engaging our strengths and virtues, our lives are imbued with authenticity. Martin Seligman
  • If you can find a way to use your signature strengths at work often, and also see your work as contributing to the greater good, you have a calling. A calling is a passionate commitment to work for its own sake. Martin Seligman
  • When I care to be powerful–to use my strength in the service of my vision–then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid. Audre Lorde
  • Happiness does not come in large incomes or the most exotic home, it comes in small doses of a great self-esteem which can be built upon the strengths of an individual. Nicholas A. McGirr
  • MeaningPurposeHappiness
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Find strength in others and help them see it

  • It is much more valuable to look for the strength in others. You can gain nothing by criticizing their imperfections. Daisaku Ikeda
  • You can’t give people pride, but you can provide the kind of understanding that makes people look to their inner strengths and find their own sense of pride. Charleszetta Waddles
  • “A brave man acknowledges the strength of others. Veronica Roth
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Signs of strength

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Gentleness is a sign of strength

  • Sometimes it’s not the strength but gentleness that cracks the hardest shells. Richard Paul Evans
  • A strong nation, like a strong person, can afford to be gentle, firm, thoughtful, and restrained. It can afford to extend a helping hand to others. It’s a weak nation, like a weak person, that must behave with bluster and boasting and rashness and other signs of insecurity. Jimmy Carter
  • Sometimes it’s not the strength but gentleness that cracks the hardest shells. Richard Paul Evans
  • Strong men can always afford to be gentle. Only the weak are intent on “giving as good as they get. Elbert Hubbard
  • There is nothing stronger in the world than gentleness. Han Suyin
  • I learned that it is the weak who are cruel, and that gentleness is to be expected only from the strong. Leo Rosten
  • Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength. Francis de Sales
  • Only the gentle are ever really strong. James Dean
  • Only the weak are cruel. Gentleness can only be expected from the strong. Leo F. Buscaglia
  • Gentleness
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Energy and vitality is a sign of strength

  • Where health is no more than the absence of disease; Strength is the presence of abundant energy – a capacity and reserve to be a force in your world. It’s inclusive of health and at the same time so much more; it’s being healthy and flowing with energy, power and confidence. Shawn Phillips
  • True strength is not necessarily about skill or adeptness. It’s about vitality. Danielle LaPorte
  • When you are genuinely strong, you neither attack nor defend and so retain your energy. Vernon Howard
  • VitalityEnthusiasm
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Honesty is a sign of strength

  • It takes strength and courage to admit the truth. Rick Riordan
  • Honesty
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Compassion is a sign of strength

  • Compassion and happiness are not a sign of weakness but a sign of strength. The Dalai Lama
  • In separateness lies the world’s great misery, in compassion lies the world’s true strength. Buddha
  • Tears shed for another person are not a sign of weakness. They are a sign of a pure heart. José N. Harris
  • CompassionSelf-compassion
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Humility is a sign of strength

  • Humility is the surest sign of strength. Thomas Merton
  • Humility can be a strength that serves well; it leaves us more open to learn from others and refrains from seeing issues and people only in blacks and whites. John Marks Templeton
  • Humilty leads to strength and not to weakness. It is the highest form of self-respect to admit mistakes and to make amends for them.  John J. McCloy
  • Humility is not weakness; it is the epitome of strength. Humility moves a person away from human, personal weakness and limitation into divine expression, strength, and expansion. Donald Curtis
  • The awareness of our own strength makes us modest. Paul Cezanne
  • Humility
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A strong will is a sign of strength

  • The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will. Vince Lombardi
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Apology is a sign of strength

  • Apology for any level of wrongdoing is always a sign of wisdom and strength.  Edmond Mbiaka
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Admitting you don’t know is a sign of strength

  • It is a sign of strength, not of weakness, to admit that you don’t know all the answers. John P. Lougbrane
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Self-control is a sign of strength

  • Self-control is a vital strength and key to success in life. Roy Baumeister
  • The greatest strength and wealth is self-control. Pythagoras
  • Self-control
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Forgiveness is a sign of strength

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Not giving up in the midst of struggle is a sign of strength

  • There is no merit where there is no trial; and till experience stamps the mark of strength, cowards may pass for heroes, and faith for falsehood. Aaron Hill
  • Strength and courage aren’t always measured in medals and victories. They are measured in the struggles they overcome. The strongest people aren’t always the people who win, but the people who don’t give up when they lose. Ashley Hodgeson
  • Physical strength is measured by what we can carry; spiritual by what we can bear.
  • Perseverance
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Not needing approval from others is a sign of strength

  • A truly strong person does not need the approval of others any more than a lion needs the approval of sheep. Vernon Howard  
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Letting go can sometimes be a greater sign of strength than hanging on

  • Some people believe holding on and hanging in there are signs of great strength. However, there are times when it takes much more strength to know when to let go and then do it. Ann Landers
  • Some people think it’s holding that makes one strong—sometimes it’s letting go.
  • Giving up doesn’t always mean you are weak. Sometimes it means that you are strong enough to let go.
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Sources of strength

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Strength comes from courage …

  • Courage is summoning the inner strength to take action in spite of fear. Steve Pavlina
  • Courage is the dividing line between weakness and strength of character. Steve Pavlina
  • Courage isn’t having the strength to go on – it is going on when you don’t have strength. Napoleon Bonaparte
  • Courage
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… especially from facing your fears and problems

  • Anyone can hide. Facing up to things, working through them, that’s what makes you strong. Sarah Dessen
  • But every time we do that which we fear, we take back the power that fear has stolen from us – for on the other side of our fears lives our strength. Every time we step into the discomfort of growth and progress, we become more free. The more fears we walk through, the more power we reclaim. Robin Sharma
  • Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing. Use the pain as fuel, as a reminder of your strength. August Wilson
  • Each time we face our fear, we gain strength, courage, and confidence in the doing. Theodore Roosevelt
  • We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face… we must do that which we think we cannot. Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Fear,   Problem solving
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Strength comes from hope

  • Hope can reduce suffering and support resiliency in the face of life’s challenges. It’s a strength that we all have inside. What do you hope for? What do you hope will be different? What kind of life do you want to move toward? Bob Stahl
  • Hope is a powerful emotion that gives us strength and helps us through trying and difficult times. With hope, we believe that things will get better, and we find the courage to keep trying. Robert Alan Silverstein
  • Hope
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Strength comes from action

  • The undertaking of a new action brings new strength. Evenius
  • Good actions give strength to ourselves and inspire good actions in others. Plato
  • Only actions give life strength; only moderation gives it charm. Jean Paul Richter
  • Our real problem, then, is not our strength today; it is rather the vital necessity of action today to ensure our strength tomorrow. Dwight D. Eisenhower
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Strength comes from exercise

  • Dispositions of the mind, like limbs of the body, acquire strength by exercise. Thomas Jefferson
  • Exercise and temperance can preserve something of our early strength even in old age. Cicero
  • Exercise is truly the most active part of self-management, although it works best when it’s started gradually and properly paced. Exercise builds strength and flexibility and causes a natural “antidepressant” effect–which is important as many people with chronic pain become depressed. Need more motivation? If you don’t exercise, you can experience stiffer joints, weak muscles, less stamina or “staying power,” and lower pain tolerance. Evelyn Corsini
  • Fuel your body with premium fuel and it will provide you with the strength and stamina to live well. Cheryl Richardson
  • Exercise
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Strength comes from patience

  • Patience is not passive; on the contrary, it is active; it is concentrated strength. Edward G. Bulwer- Lytton
  • Patience and time do more than strength or passion. Jean de la Fontaine
  • Patience
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Strength comes from unity and cooperation

  • Build for your team a feeling of oneness, of dependence on one another and of strength to be derived by unity. Vince Lombardi
  • Only strength can cooperate. Weakness can only beg. Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Strength is derived from unity. The range of our collective vision is far greater when individual insights become one.  Andrew Carnegie
  • The strength of the team is each individual member…the strength of each member is the team. Coach Phil
  • Unity is strength… when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved. Mattie Stepanek
  • We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided. K. Rowling
  • In union there is strength. Aesop
  • The beauty of collaboration between older and younger generations is that we combine strength with wisdom. Brett Harris
  • UnityCooperation
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Strength comes from diversity

  • Cultural differences should not separate us from each other, but rather cultural diversity brings a collective strength that can benefit all of humanity. Robert Alan
  • Strength lies in differences, not in similarities. Stephen Covey
  • We need to reach that happy stage of our development when differences and diversity are not seen as sources of division and distrust, but of strength and inspiration. Josefa Iloilo
  • I know there is strength in the differences between us. I know there is comfort, where we overlap. Ani DiFranco
  • It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength. Maya Angelou
  • Diversity
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Strength comes from doing what you love

  • All passion becomes strength when it has an outlet. George Eliot
  • Life’s blows cannot break a person whose spirit is warmed by the fire of enthusiasm. Norman Vincent Peale
  • Love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well. Vincent van Gogh
  • It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done. Vincent van Gogh
  • It’s not that you should never love something so much that it can control you. It’s that you need to love something that much so you can never be controlled. It’s not a weakness. It’s your best strength. Patrick Ness
  • Do what you love
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Strength comes from opening yourself to love

  • Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage. Lao Tzu
  • Holding people away from you, and denying yourself love, that doesn’t make you strong. If anything, it makes you weaker. Because you’re doing it out of fear. Sarah Dessen
  • Believe in a love that is being stored up for you like an inheritance, and have faith that in this love there is a strength and a blessing so large that you can travel as far as you wish without having to step outside it. Rainer Maria Rilke
  • Love must not entreat,’ she added, ‘or demand. Love must have the strength to become certain within itself. Then it ceases merely to be attracted and begins to attract. Hermann Hesse
  • LoveOpenness
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Strength comes from focus and concentration

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Strength comes from cheerfulness

  • Wondrous is the strength of cheerfulness, and its power of endurance – the cheerful man will do more in the same time, will do it; better, will preserve it longer, than the sad or sullen. Thomas Carlyle
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Strength comes from flexibility

  • An oak and a reed were arguing about their strength. When a strong wind came up, the reed avoided being uprooted by bending and leaning with the gusts of wind. But the oak stood firm and was torn up by the roots. Aesop
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Sharing your vulnerabilities brings strength

  • Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength. Sigmund Freud
  • To share your weakness is to make yourself vulnerable; to make yourself vulnerable is to show your strength. Criss Jami
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Strength comes from facing pain

  • Those who do not run away from our pains but touch them with compassion bring healing and new strength. Henri J.M. Nouwen
  • The pain you feel today will be the strength you feel tomorrow.
  • Take pride in your pain; you are stronger than those who have none. Lois Lowry
  • Pain is not a sign of weakness, but bearing it alone is a choice to grow weak. Lori Deschene
  • You feel your strength in the experience of pain. Jim Morrison
  • In the end, some of your greatest pains become your greatest strengths. Drew Barrymore
  • There is no shame in what you are feeling, Harry,’ said Dumbledore’s voice. ‘On the contrary… the fact that you can feel pain like this is your greatest strength. J.K. Rowling
  • Pain
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Strength comes from facing your feelings

  • Confronting our feelings and giving them appropriate expression always takes strength, not weakness. It takes strength to acknowledge our anger, and sometimes more strength yet to curb the aggressive urges anger may bring and to channel them into nonviolent outlets. It takes strength to face our sadness and to grieve and to let our grief and our anger flow in tears when they need to. It takes strength to talk about our feelings and to reach out for help and comfort when we need it. Fred Rogers
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Strength comes from equanimity, calmness and inner peace

  • Equanimity endows compassion with courage, so that we have the strength to face the pain in life and to face inevitable cruelty in the world. Moses Ma
  • These two forms of equanimity, the one that comes from the power of observation, and the one that comes from inner balance, come together in mindfulness practice. As mindfulness becomes stronger, so does our equanimity. We see with greater independence and freedom. And, at the same time, equanimity becomes an inner strength that keeps us balanced in middle of all that is. Gil Fronsdal
  • Those who smile rather than rage are always the stronger. Japanese Saying
  • Your strength is in your calmness, in the clarity of your mind. Strength comes from putting the negative aside without reacting. Win in calmness, in consciousness, in balance. Yogi Amrit Desai
  • Real strength is not in power, money or weapons, but in deep, inner peace. Thich Nhat Hanh
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Strength comes from stillness

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Strength comes from meditation and mindfulness

  • Meditation is one of the most powerful ways to strengthen your mind as you develop the ability to step in between stimulus and response. Brian Johnson
  • Much as we might develop physical strength, balance, and stability of the body in a gym, so too can we develop strength, balance and stability of the mind. This is done through practices that cultivate calm, concentration and mindfulness. Gil Fronsdal
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Strength comes from making up your mind up

  • A man has to choose. This is where lies his strength: in the power of his decisions. Paulo Coelho
  • Strength is a matter of a made-up mind. John Beecher    
  • It does not take much strength to do things, but it requires a great deal of strength to decide what to do. Elbert Hubbard
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Strength comes from gaining power over your mind

  • You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength. Marcus Aurelius
  • Let me tell you about weakness! Killing the strong to prove your strength is foolish weakness. Killing fools is easy weakness. Killing the weak is evil weakness. Accomplishing your ends without killing, mastering your mind when you want to kill–that is strength! Victoria Hanley
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Strength comes from community

  • Community means strength that joins our strength to do the work that needs to be done. Arms to hold us when we falter. A circle of healing. A circle of friends. Someplace where we can be free. Starhawk
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Strength comes from relationships

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Strength comes from contemplating beauty, especially in nature

  • Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul. John Muir
  • Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. Rachel Carlson
  • If you would know strength and patience, welcome the company of trees. Hal Borland
  • God of wilderness, God of wildness, lead me to the quiet places of my soul. In stillness, in openness, may I find my strength. Jan Richardson
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Strength comes from connecting with your Higher Self

  • We see your world trying to get agreement. You gather together in your groups. You feel strength in your groups. But it is not valid strength. It is bogus strength. It is not true strength. For true strength only comes from the alignment between you and You. Abraham-Hicks
  • Building a strong foundation of self-love, forgiveness, compassion…. and connecting with your soul Essence infuses confidence, courage, inner strength… to be true to who you are mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Lorraine Cohen
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Strength comes from connecting with God

  • There is a place in you where there is perfect peace. There is a place in you where nothing is impossible. There is a place in you where the strength of God abides. A Course in Miracles
  • To win true peace, a man needs to feel himself directed, pardoned, and sustained by a supreme power, to feel himself in the right road, at the point where God would have him be – in order with God and the universe. This faith gives strength and calm. Henri Frederic Amiel
  • We can be tired, weary and emotionally distraught, but after spending time alone with God, we find that He injects into our bodies energy, power and strength. Charles F. Stanley
  • The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song. Psalm 28:7, Bible
  • Spending time with God is the key to our strength and success in all areas of life. Be sure that you never try to work God into your schedule, but always work your schedule around Him. Joyce Meyer
  • We’re not alone–at least, we’re alone only if we choose to be alone. We’re alone only if we choose to go through life relying solely on our own strength rather than learning to draw upon the power of God. Sheri L. Dew
  • God is our refuge and our strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Bible
  • The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield, and the horn of my salvation; my stronghold. Bible
  • The strength of a man consists in finding out the way God is going, and going that way. Henry Ward Beecher
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Strength comes from faith and belief

  • Religious faith is not a storm cellar to which men and women can flee for refuge from the storms of life. It is, instead, an inner spiritual strength which enables them to face those storms with hope and serenity.  Religious faith has the miraculous power to lift ordinary human beings to greatness in seasons of stress.  Sam J. Ervin, Jr.
  • There is no strength in unbelief. Even the unbelief of what is false is no source of might. It is the truth shining from behind that gives the strength to disbelieve. George Macdonald
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Strength comes from prayer

  • Prayer is more than meditation. In meditation, the source of strength is one’s self. When one prays, he goes to a source of strength greater than his own. Madame de Stael
  • I believe in prayer. It’s the best way we have to draw strength from heaven. Josephine Baker
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Here are yet more sources of strength

  • Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies. Mother Teresa
  • Books open your mind, broaden your mind, and strengthen you as nothing else can. William Feather
  • Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle. Napoleon Hill
  • Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will. Mahatma Gandhi
  • True strength lies in submission which permits one to dedicate his life, through devotion, to something beyond himself. Henry Miller
  • My strength is as the strength of ten, because my heart is pure. Alfred Lord Tennyson
  • With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts. Eleanor Roosevelt
  • You can’t really be strong until you can see a funny side to things. Ken Kesey
  • A quiet conscience makes one strong! Anne Frank
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What to strengthen

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Strengthen your imagination

  • Anything that strengthens imagination, and reading certainly does that, can help us for the rest of our lives. Lloyd Alexander
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Strengthen your relationships

  • The more connections you and your lover make, not just between your bodies, but between your minds, your hearts, and your souls, the more you will strengthen the fabric of your relationship, and the more real moments you will experience together. Barbara De Angelis
  • The strength of a family, like the strength of an army, is in its loyalty to each other. Mario Puzo
  • Having strong social relationships strengthens the immune system, extends life (more than does quitting smoking), speeds recovery from surgery, and reduces the risks of depression and anxiety disorders. Jonathan Haidt
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Strengthen your self-control, will power and discipline

  • As people strengthened their willpower muscles in one part of their lives—in the gym, or a money management program—that strength spilled over into what they ate or how hard they worked. Once willpower became stronger, it touched everything. Charles Duhigg
  • Self-control is a vital strength and key to success in life. Roy Baumeister
  • The greatest strength and wealth is self-control. Pythagoras
  • Self-discipline allows a pitcher to feel his individuality, his inner strength, his talent. He is master of, rather than a slave to, his thoughts and emotions. A. Dorfman
  • We gain the strength of the temptation we resist. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • We need to promote self-discipline. My favorite social psychologist, Roy Baumeister, believes it is the queen of all the virtues, the strength that enables the rest of the strengths. Martin Selegman
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Strengthen your virtue

  • Encourage all your virtuous dispositions, and exercise them whenever an opportunity arises, being assured that they will gain strength by exercise, as a limb of the body does, and that exercise will make them habitual. Thomas Jefferson
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Strengthen your courage

  • Courage cannot be left like bones in a bag. It must be brought out and shown the light again and again, growing stronger each time. If you think it will keep for the times you need it, you are wrong. It is like any other part of your strength. If you ignore it, the bag will be empty when you need it most.  Conn Iggulden
  • Courage is a learned mental skill that you must condition, just as weight training strengthens your muscles. You wouldn’t go into a gym for the first time and try to lift 300 pounds, so don’t think that to be courageous you must tackle your most paralyzing fear right away. Steve Pavlina
  • Courage comes in different forms. There’s strength–that’s the muscle. But love’s the heart. When you put them together, you can do anything. Nora Roberts
  • Courage is very important. Like a muscle, it is strengthened by use. Ruth Gordon
  • And one has to understand that braveness is not the absence of fear but rather the strength to keep on going forward despite the fear. Paulo Coelho
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Strengthen the people in your life

  • Some people strengthen others just by being the kind of people they are. John M. Gardener
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Strengthen your faith

  • As your faith is strengthened you will find that there is no longer the need to have a sense of control, that things will flow as they will, and that you will flow with them, to your great delight and benefit. Emmanuel Teney
  • Faith gives you an inner strength and a sense of balance and perspective in life. Gregory Peck
  • Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light. Helen Keller
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Beware of strength sappers

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Beware of false signs of strength

  • Rudeness is the weak man’s imitation of strength. Eric Hoffer
  • There are two ways of exerting one’s strength: one is pushing down, the other is pulling up. Booker T. Washington
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Beware of the things that sap your strength …

  • For both excessive and insufficient exercise destroy one’s strength, and both eating and drinking too much or too little destroy health, whereas the right quantity produces, increases or preserves it. So it is the same with temperance, courage and the other virtues… This much then, is clear: in all our conduct it is the mean that is to be commended. Aristotle
  • Patience is the support of weakness; impatience the ruin of strength. Charles Caleb Colton
  • We waste half our strength in a useless regretting; We sit by old tombs in the dark too long. Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  • I think what weakens people most is fear of wasting their strength. Etty Hilsum
  • When we think about our strengths, we are strong. When we think about our weaknesses, we are weak.  Pete Cohen
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… especially worry and anxiety

  • Worrying is carrying tomorrow’s load with today’s strength – carrying two days at once. It is moving into tomorrow ahead of time. Worrying doesn’t empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength. Corrie ten Boom
  • It has been said that our anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, but only empties today of its strength. Charles Haddon Spurgeon
  • The key is this: Meet today’s problems with today’s strength. Don’t start tackling tomorrow’s problems until tomorrow. You do not have tomorrow’s strength yet. You simply have enough for today. Max Lucado
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Don’t strengthen the wrong things

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Don’t strengthen the wrong things …

  • Complaining strengthens the things you complain about. So don’t complain. Robin Sharma
  • A fear of weakness only strengthens weakness. Criss Jami
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… especially the ego

  • Anger or resentment strengthen the ego enormously by increasing the sense of separateness, emphasizing the otherness of others and creating a seemingly unassailable fortresslike mental position of ‘rightness.’ Eckhart Tolle
  • Another aspect of this practice is to refrain from attempting to strengthen the self by showing off, wanting to stand out, be special, make an impression, or demand attention. It may include occasionally refraining from expressing your opinion when everybody is expressing his or hers, and seeing what that feels like. Eckhart Tolle
  • There is nothing that strengthens the ego more than being right. The ego loves to make wrong in order to be right. Ego takes everything personally. Emotion arises, defensiveness, perhaps even aggression. Are you defending the truth? No, the truth, in any case, needs no defense. Eckhart Tolle
  • Whatever form it takes, the unconscious drive behind ego is to strengthen the image of who I think I am. Eckhart Tolle
  • Your grievance serves no purpose except to strengthen a false sense of self. Forgiveness is to offer no resistance to life – to allow life to live through you. Eckhart Tolle
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Strengths sometimes grows out of weakness

  • Our strength grows out of our weaknesses. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Our strength is often composed of the weakness that we’re damned if we’re going to show. Mignon McLaughlin
  • My attitude is that if you push me towards something that you think is a weakness, then I will turn that perceived weakness into a strength. Michael Jordan
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Final thoughts

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You need a strong body to house a strong mind and soul

  • As a rule, the mind, residing in a body that has become weakened by pampering, is also weak, and where there is no strength of mind there can be no strength of soul. Mahatma Gandhi
  • You must maintain strength of body in order to preserve strength of mind. Luc de Clapiers
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Strength gives way to perseverance when it comes to ensuring success

  • Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential. Winston Churchill
  • If your determination is fixed, I do not counsel you to despair. Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance. Samuel Johnson
  • In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins–not through strength but by perseverance. H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
  • Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity. Louis Pasteur
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On a lighter note

  • The fewer the facts the stronger the opinion. Arnold Glasow
  • A good man can make you feel sexy, strong and able to take on the whole world. Oh wait, sorry … that’s wine, wine does that.
  • A man is never so weak as when a woman is telling him how strong he is.
  • A woman is like a cup of tea; you’ll never know how strong she is until she boils. Proverb
  • A woman is like a tea bag; you never know how strong it is until it’s in hot water. Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Am I tough? Am I strong? Am I hard-core? Absolutely. Did I whimper with pathetic delight when I sank my teeth into my hot fried-chicken sandwich? You betcha. James Patterson
  • Americans are getting stronger; twenty years ago it took two people to carry ten dollars’ worth of groceries today a five-year-old can do it. Henny Youngman
  • Ball handling and dribbling are my strongest weaknesses. David Thompson
  • He’s as big as a gorilla and as strong as a gorilla; if he was as smart as a gorilla he’d be fine. Sam Bailey
  • Husbands should be like Kleenex: soft, strong and disposable. Madeline Kahn
  • I feel very humble; but I think I have the strength of character to fight it. Bob Hope
  • I like a big strong hardworking man a man who wakes up early in the morning eager to work hard – day-in and day-out – just working and sweating and sweating and working and when it’s all over he showers and goes to his job. Eliz Wright
  • I like my coffee like my women: hot, strong, steamy.
  • I make serious coffee – so strong it wakes up the neighbors.
  • If you think a weakness can be turned into a strength, I hate to tell you this but that’s another weakness. Jack Handey
  • In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is strength, in water there is bacteria. David Auerbach
  • My father always used to say “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” – ’til the accident.   Jimmy Carr
  • Our strength is often composed of the weakness that we’re damned if we are going to show. Mignon McLaughlin
  • People eat meat and think they will become as strong as an ox, forgetting that the ox eats grass. Pino Caruso
  • Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands-and then just eat one of the pieces. Judith Viorst
  • Strong people don’t put others down. They lift them up and slam them on the ground for maximum damage.
  • That coffee’s strong enough to float an iron spoon.
  • The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one often comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won’t. Henry Ward Beecher
  • The race is not always to the swift nor the battle to the strong – but that’s the way to bet. Ring Lardner
  • The strength of women comes from the fact that psychology cannot explain us. Men can be analysed, women … merely adored. Oscar Wilde, The Ideal Husband
  • The tongue is the strongest muscle in the human body; use yours to lift someone up today. Terri Ann Armstrong
  • There is no mechanical problem so difficult that it cannot be solved by brute strength and ignorance. A Different William’s Law
  • Too often the strong silent man is silent because he does not know what to say and is reputed strong only because he has remained silent. Winston Churchill
  • We are like tea bags – we don’t know our own strength until we’re in hot water. Jutta Baum Busche
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