Quotations About / On:
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 anthropologyi.e., c. in her early thirties.)
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).)
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).)
When strength is yoked with justice, where is a mightier pair than they?
(Aeschylus (525-456 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Fragments, l. 298.)
Pater: too much graceful drapery obscures the strength of the body beneath.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, New York (1984).)
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).)
Eccentricity: strength of character doubling back on itself.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Seventh Selection, New York (1990).)
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.)
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.)
[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).)