Quotations About / On: STRENGTH

  • 31.
    [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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  • 32.
    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.)
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  • 33.
    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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  • 34.
    Who among us has the strength to oppose petty egoism, those petty good feelings—pity and remorse?
    (Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev (1818-1883), Russian author. Narrator, "Andrei Kolosov," (1852).)
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  • 35.
    My strengths make me contemptuous. My weaknesses make me charitable.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Eleventh Selection, New York (1993).)
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  • 36.
    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).)
  • 37.
    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).)
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  • 38.
    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).)
  • 39.
    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).)
  • 40.
    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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