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Quotations About / On: STRENGTH

  • 21.
    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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  • 22.
    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).)
  • 23.
    And when a woman's will is as strong as the man's who wants to govern her, half her strength must be concealment.
    (George Eliot [Mary Ann (or Marian) Evans] (1819-1880), British novelist, editor. Deronda's mother on society's expectations of women, in Daniel Deronda, bk. 7, ch. 51 (1876).)
  • 24.
    Atheism shows strength of mind, but only to a certain degree.
    (Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, philosopher. repr. Encyclopedia Britannica, Chicago (1952). Pensées, no. 225 (1670), trans. J.M. Dent & Sons, London (1931).)
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  • 25.
    Blind and unwavering indiscipline at all times constitutes the real strength of all free men.
    (Alfred Jarry (1873-1907), French playwright, author. Corporal, in Ubu Enchained, act 1, sc. 2.)
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  • 26.
    The weapon of the Republic is terror, and virtue is its strength.
    (Georg Büchner (1813-1837), German dramatist, revolutionary. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Danton's Death, act I (1835). On the French Revolution of 1789.)
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  • 27.
    [D]ispositions of the mind, like limbs of the body, acquire strength by exercise.
    (Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), U.S. president. Letter, August 3, 1771, to Robert Skipwith. The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, vol. 1, pp. 76-77, ed. Julian P. Boyd, et al. (1950).)
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  • 28.
    One of the strengths I derive from my class background is that I am accustomed to contempt.
    (Dorothy Allison (b. 1949), U.S. author and lesbian feminist. Skin, ch. 2 (1994). Allison grew up in a very poor, dysfunctional South Carolina family.)
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  • 29.
    A powerful idea communicates some of its strength to him who challenges it.
    (Marcel Proust (1871-1922), French novelist. "Within a Budding Grove," vol. 3, pt. 1, "Madame Swann at Home," Remembrance of Things Past (1918), trans. by Scott Monkrieff (1924).)
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  • 30.
    Who among us has the strength to oppose petty egoism, those petty good feelings—pity and remorse?
    (Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev (1818-1883), Russian author. Narrator, "Andrei Kolosov," (1852).)
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