Quotations About / On: STRENGTH

  • 31.
    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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  • 32.
    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).)
  • 33.
    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).)
  • 34.
    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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  • 35.
    From the gut comes the strut, and where hunger reigns, strength abstains.
    (François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Toucquedillon, in Gargantua, ch. 32, p. 91, Pleiade edition (1995).)
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  • 36.
    Such subjects are the very strength of kings, and are thus above the law.
    (Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French playwright. King Tullus, in Horace, act 5, sc. 3 (1641). King Tullus forgives the hero Horace, who has saved the state but killed his sister.)
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  • 37.
    Strengthen me by sympathizing with my strength, not my weakness.
    (A. Bronson Alcott [Amos Bronson Alcott] (1799-1888), U.S. educator, social reformer. "Sympathy," Table Talk (1877).)
  • 38.
    We all have strength enough to bear the misfortunes of others.
    (François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. Maximes, no. 19 (1678).)
  • 39.
    Simulated disorder postulates perfect discipline; simulated fear postulates courage; simulated weakness postulates strength.
    (Sun Tzu (6th-5th century B.C.), Chinese general. The Art of War, ch. 5, axiom 17 (c. 490 B.C.), ed. James Clavell (1981). The translator of this edition, Lionel Giles, added the explanatory note: "If you wish to feign confusion in order to lure the enemy on, you must first have perfect discipline; if you wish to display timidity in order to entrap the enemy, you must have extreme courage; if you wish to parade your weakness in order to make the enemy over- confident, you must have exceeding strength.")
  • 40.
    Opinions have greater power than strength of hands.
    (Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Fragments, l. 676.)
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