Quotations About / On: STRENGTH
If we resist our passions, it is more because of their weakness than because of our strength.
(François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. Sentences et Maximes Morales, no. 122 (1678).)
And when a woman's will is as strong as the man's who wants to govern her, half her strength must be concealment.
(George Eliot [Mary Ann (or Marian) Evans] (1819-1880), British novelist, editor. Deronda's mother on society's expectations of women, in Daniel Deronda, bk. 7, ch. 51 (1876).)
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).)
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).)
One of the strengths I derive from my class background is that I am accustomed to contempt.
(Dorothy Allison (b. 1949), U.S. author and lesbian feminist. Skin, ch. 2 (1994).
Allison grew up in a very poor, dysfunctional South Carolina family.)
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).)
Who among us has the strength to oppose petty egoism, those petty good feelingspity and remorse?
(Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev (1818-1883), Russian author. Narrator, "Andrei Kolosov," (1852).)
My strengths make me contemptuous. My weaknesses make me charitable.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Eleventh Selection, New York (1993).)