An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





I used to tremble from nerves so badly that the only way I could hold my head steady was to lower my chin practically to my chest and look up at Bogie. That was the beginning of "The Look."


Lauren Bacall (1924-, American actress)


Strength instead of being the lusty child of passion, grows by grappling with and subduing them.


James M. Barrie (1860-1937, British playwright)


The strength of a man consists in finding out the way God is going, and going that way.


Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887, American preacher, orator, writer)


Strength is a matter of a made up mind.


John Beecher (American poet)


It is the nature, and the advantage, of strong people that they can bring out the crucial questions and form a clear opinion about them. The weak always have to decide between alternatives that are not their own.


Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945, German Lutheran pastor and theologian)


Whenever there is chaos, it creates wonderful thinking. I consider chaos a gift.


Septima Poinsette Clark


Don't expect to build up the weak by pulling down the strong.


Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933, American President (30th))


Our greatest strength comes not from what we possess but from what we believe, not from what we have, but from who we are.


Michael S. Dukakis


Our real problem, then, is not our strength today; it is rather the vital necessity of action today to ensure our strength tomorrow.


Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969, American President (34th))


There is always room for a person of force and they make room for many.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


We acquire the strength we have overcome.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


'Tis virtue, and not birth that makes us noble; great actions speak to great minds.


John Fletcher (1579-1625, British dramatist)


I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence but it comes from within. It is there all the time.


Anna Freud


Superior strength is found in the long run to lie with those who had right on their side.


James A. Froude (1818-1894, British historian)


The people rate strength before everything.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


Strength was the virtue of paganism; obedience is the virtue of Christianity.


David Hare (1947-, British playwright, director)


Strength was the virtue of paganism; obedience is the virtue of Christianity.


David Hare (1947-, British playwright, director)


Strength is born in the deep silence of long-suffering hearts; not amid joy.


Felicia D. Hemans (1794-1835, British poet)


Sorrow is a fruit. God does not allow it to grow on a branch that is too weak to bear it.


Victor Hugo (1802-1885, French poet, dramatist, novelist)


We confide in our strength, without boasting of it; we respect that of others, without fearing it.


Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826, American President (3rd))


We all have enough strength to endure the misfortunes of others.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


Our strength is often composed of the weakness that we're damned if we are going to show.


Mignon McLaughlin (1915-, American author, editor)


Let us speak, though we show all our faults and weaknesses, -- for it is a sign of strength to be weak, to know it, and out with it -- not in a set way and ostentatiously, though, but incidentally and without premeditation.


Herman Melville (1819-1891, American author)


That which does not kill us makes us stronger.


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


If you think you're too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito.


Anita Roddick (British entrepreneur, founder of the Body Shop)


Use your weaknesses; aspire to the strength.


Sir Lawrence Olivier (1907-1989, British actor, producer, director)


When all that hate energy was focused on me, it was transformed into a fantastic energy. It was supporting me. If you are centered and you can transform all this energy that comes in, it will help you. If you believe it is going to kill you, it will kill you.


Yoko Ono (1913, Japanese-born American musician and artist, wife of John Lennon)


Strength is defeated by a strong strategy. Every road leads somewhere.


Burmese Proverb


The strength of a tree lies in its roots -- not in its branches.


Dutch Proverb (Sayings of Dutch origin)


Cunning surpasses strength.


German Proverb (Sayings of German origin)


What the lion cannot manage to do the fox can.


German Proverb (Sayings of German origin)


Better to bend than to break.


Scottish Proverb (Sayings of Scottish origin)


Three things give us hardy strength: sleeping on hairy mattresses, breathing cold air, and eating dry food.


Welsh Proverb (Sayings of Welsh origin)


Out of desperation, one finds.


Yiddish Proverb (Sayings of Yiddish origin)


Strength of mind rests in sobriety; for this keeps your reason unclouded by passion.


Pythagoras (BC 582-507, Greek philosopher, mathematician)


Don't hit at all if it is honorably possible to avoid hitting, but never hit soft.


Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919,  American President (26th))


Strength alone knows conflict, weakness is born vanquished.


Anne Sophie Swetchine (1782-1857, Russian author)


Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strength. When you go through hardship and decide not to surrender, that is strength.


Arnold Schwarzenegger (1947-, Austrian-born American actor, author, director, restaurateur)


How excellent it is to have a giant's strength, but it is tyrannous to use like a giant.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


Although men are accused of not knowing their own weakness, yet perhaps few know their own strength. It is in men as in soils, where sometimes there is a vein of gold which the owner knows not of.


Jonathan Swift (1667-1745, Anglo-Irish satirist)


The burden is equal to the horse's strength.


The Talmud (BC 500?-400? AD, Jewish archive of oral tradition)


A threefold cord is not quickly broken.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)


Physical strength in a woman -- that's what I am.


Tina Turner (1938-, American musician, actress)


Don't ask for a light load, but rather ask for a strong back.


Author Unknown


The greatest strength of character is magnanimity.


Author Unknown


Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands -- and then eat just one of the pieces.


Judith Viorst (1935-, American poet, journalist)


There are two ways of exerting one's strength; one is pushing down, the other is pulling up.


Booker T. Washington (1856-1915, American black leader and educator)


It is from weakness that people reach for dictators and concentrated government power. Only the strong can be free. And only the productive can be strong.


Wendell L. Willkie (1892-1944, American businessman, presidential candidate)


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