Quotations About / On: STRENGTH

  • 21.
    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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  • 22.
    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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  • 23.
    Eccentricity: strength of character doubling back on itself.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Seventh Selection, New York (1990).)
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  • 24.
    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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  • 25.
    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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  • 26.
    [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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  • 27.
    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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  • 28.
    The strength of the vampire is that people will not believe in him.
    (Garrett Fort (1900-1945), U.S. screenwriter, and Tod Browning. Abraham Van Helsing (Edward Van Sloan), Dracula, trying to convince Mina's father and fiance that vampires do exist (1931). From the play adapted by Hamilton Deane and John Balderston (1899-1954).)
  • 29.
    The resistance we make to our passions is due to their weakness, not our strength.
    (François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 123 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).)
  • 30.
    In one-act pieces there should be only rubbish—that is their strength.
    (Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Letter, January 6, 1889, letter to his editor and friend, A.S. Suvorin. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Letters, vol. 3, p. 130, "Nauka" (1976).)
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