Quotations About / On:
The strength of a man's virtue must not be measured by his efforts, but by his ordinary life.
(Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, philosopher. repr. Encyclopedia Britannica, Chicago (1952). Pensées, no. 352 (1670), trans. J.M. Dent & Sons, London (1931).)
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).)
I am in the pitiable situation of feeling all the force of temptation without having the strength to succumb to it.
(Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl Chesterfield (1694-1773), British statesman, man of letters. Letter, May 23, 1751, The French Correspondence of the 4th Earl of Chesterfield, vol. I, p. 87, ed. Rex A. Barrell, trans. James Gray, Ottawa, Borealis Press (1980).)
In one-act pieces there should be only rubbishthat 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).)
Wisdom we know is the knowledge of good and evil not the strength to choose between the two.
(John Cheever (1912-1982), U.S. author. Journal entry, 1956. John Cheever: The Journals, "The Late Forties and the Fifties," ed. Robert Gottlieb (1991).)
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).)
Let the will embrace the highest ideals freely and with infinite strength, but let action first take hold of what lies closest.
(Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. "Rule of Life," Poems (1815).)
Although military, economic and political strength certainly favors the more powerful side, the matter of simple justice is a counterbalancing factor.
(Jimmy Carter (James Earl Carter, Jr.) (b. 1924), U.S. president. Negotiation: The Alternative to Hostility, p. 19, Macon, GA: Mercer University Press (1984).
Explaining his approach to negotiation.)
One cannot weep for the entire world, it is beyond human strength. One must choose.
(Jean Anouilh (1910-1987), French playwright. Le Chevalier, in Cécile.)
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.)