Quotations About / On: STRENGTH

  • 31.
    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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  • 32.
    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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  • 33.
    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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  • 34.
    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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  • 35.
    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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  • 36.
    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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  • 37.
    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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  • 38.
    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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  • 39.
    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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  • 40.
    [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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