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Quotations About / On: STRENGTH

  • 11.
    I haven't strength of mind not to need a career.
    (Ruth Benedict (1887-1948), U.S. anthropologist. As quoted in An Anthropologist at Work, part 1, by Margaret Mead (1959). From a prefatory essay to this collection of Benedict's writings: "Search: 1920-1930." According to Mead, Benedict used to say this, "with a rueful smile," during her early years of studying and practicing anthropology—i.e., c. in her early thirties.)
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  • 12.
    Our poetry emulates the recent progress in military strategy: Our army's strength is the foot soldiers.
    (Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Poems (1846).)
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  • 13.
    It is a maudlin and indecent verity that comes out through the strength of wine.
    (Joseph Conrad (1857-1924), Polish-born British novelist. A Personal Record, ch. 6 (1912).)
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  • 14.
    We attack not only to hurt someone, to defeat him, but perhaps also simply to become conscious of our own strength.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 2, p. 244, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Human, All-Too-Human, "Man in Society," aphorism 317, "Motive for Attack," (1878).)
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  • 15.
    ... we all of us, grave or light, get our thoughts entangled in metaphors, and act fatally on the strength of them ...
    (George Eliot [Mary Ann (or Marian) Evans] (1819-1880), British novelist. Middlemarch, ch. 10 (1871-1872).)
  • 16.
    When strength is yoked with justice, where is a mightier pair than they?
    (Aeschylus (525-456 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Fragments, l. 298.)
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  • 17.
    So, instead of spending my strength quarreling with the hand, I would strike for the heart of that great tyranny.
    (Jane Grey Swisshelm (1815-1884), U.S. journalist, author, crusader. Half A Century, p. 102, Jansen, McClurg and Company, Chicago (1880). On her decision to fight for a woman's right to keep her own money.)
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  • 18.
    Pater: too much graceful drapery obscures the strength of the body beneath.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, New York (1984).)
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  • 19.
    It's the boxers who attract the real women, after all, with their raw primeval strength, beautifully toned bodies and just a touch of vulnerability.
    (Eamonn McCabe (b. 1948), British journalist, photographer. "Elle Supplement," quoted in Guardian (London, Jan. 9, 1992).)
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  • 20.
    If we resist our passions, it is more because of their weakness than because of our strength.
    (François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. Sentences et Maximes Morales, no. 122 (1678).)
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