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Strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination. ~ Maya Angelou

Strength is the ability to produce or withstand great force; to be determined or unyielding.




  • When strength is yoked with justice, where is a mightier pair than they?
  • The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination, as are intelligence and necessity when unblunted by formal education.
    • Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, ch. 29 (1969).
  • Because your own strength is unequal to the task, do not assume that it is beyond the powers of man; but if anything is within the powers and province of man, believe that it is within your own compass also.


  • Strength instead of being the lusty child of passion, grows by grappling with and subduing them.
  • Greatness lies not in being strong, but in the right using of strength; and strength is not used rightly when it serves only to carry a man above his fellows for his own solitary glory. He is the greatest whose strength carries up the most hearts by the attraction of his own.
    • Henry Ward Beecher, quoted in Life Thoughts: Gathered from the Extemporaneous Discourses of Henry Ward Beecher (1858), ed. Edna Dean Proctor, p. 52


  • In Amazon society, only men, when they were allowed to remain, were, in widely differing degrees, powerless and oppressed. If women take their bodies seriously—and ideally we should—then its full expression, in terms of pleasure, maternity, and physical strength, seems to fare better when women control the means of production and reproduction. From this point of view, it is simply not in women's interest to support patriarchy or even a fabled 'equality' with men. That women do so is more a sign of powerlessness than of any biologically based 'superior' wisdom. I am not saying that a female-dominated or Amazon society based on the oppression of men is any more 'just' than is a male-dominated society based on the oppression of women. I am merely pointing out in what ways it is better for women.
  • What would it mean for a woman to be a warrior today? How could modern women control the means of production and reproduction?"[64] "Miracles of consciousness aside, I see no way for women to defeat or transfer patriarchy without achieving power. Unlike male groups, women have little power with which to either avoid or commit violence. Women traditionally are physically weak and politically powerless in a culture that values physical strength and its extended representation in the form of weaponry and money. Women, like men, must be capable of violence or self-defense before their refusal to use violence constitutes a free and moral choice, rather than 'making the best of a bad bargain.
  • Women must convert their love for and reliance on strength and skill in others to a love for all manner of strength and skill in themselves. It is clear that women who are feminists must gradually and ultimately dominate public and social institutions—so as to ensure that they are not used against women. I say 'dominate' because I don't think that 'equality' or 'individuality' will be possible for women who have never experienced supremacy in public institutions as men have. . . . The point is to have our entire social drama played out as fully by women as by men. And it is revolutionary by definition to have women 'out of the biological home,' both psychologically and actually. Whatever happens after that is then a matter for...everyone. not have to forsake the 'wisdom of the heart' and become men. They need only transfer the primary force of their supportiveness to themselves and to each other—but never to the point of self-sacrifice. Women must begin to 'save' themselves and their daughters before they 'save' their husbands and their sons; before they 'save' the whole world. Perhaps only some young women, perhaps only a minority of all women, will be able to effect such changes through consciousness alone, through the strength of understanding, which, if transformed into wisdom, always means the performance of necessary actions.


  • 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, State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress (January 9, 1958). Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1958, p. 5.
  • She stirs confusion and chaos against those who are disobedient to her, speeding carnage and inciting the devastating flood, clothed in terrifying radiance. It is her game to speed conflict and battle, untiring, strapping on her sandals. Clothed (?) in a furious storm, a whirlwind, she ...... the garment of ladyship. When she touches ...... there is despair, a south wind which has covered ....... Inana sits on harnessed (?) lions, she cuts to pieces him who shows no respect. A leopard of the hills, entering (?) the roads, raging (?), ......, the mistress is a great bull trusting in its strength; no one dare turn against her. ......, the foremost among the Great Princes, a pitfall for the disobedient, a trap for the evil, a ...... for the hostile, wherever she casts her venom .......
  • The Lord is my strength and my might, and he has become my salvation; this is my God, and I will praise him, my father's God, and I will exalt him.



  • If there are sound reasons or bases for the points you demand, then there is no need for violence. On the other hand, when there is no sound reason that concessions should be made to you but mainly your own desire, then reason cannot work and you have to rely on force. Thus using force is not a sign of strength but rather a sign of weakness.


  • The strong are sometimes wrong but the weak are never free.
    • Heaven 17, 'Come live with me' (song lyrics).


  • Cole MacGrath: The strong rules and the weak are their slaves - and no one is stronger than me.


  • For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack.
    • Rudyard Kipling, The Second Jungle Book, "The Law of the Jungle", st. 2 (1895).
  • Naomi: Just like with the Genome Soldiers... you can input all the genetic information, but that doesn't make them into the strongest soldiers. The most we can say about DNA is that it governs a person's potential strengths... potential destiny. You mustn't allow yourself to be chained to fate... to be ruled by your genes. Humans can choose the type of life they want to live.


  • When we know our own strength, we shall the better know what to undertake with hopes of success; and when we have well surveyed the powers of our own minds, and made some estimate what we may expect from them, we shall not be inclined either to sit still, and not set our thoughts on work at all, in despair of knowing anything; nor on the other side, question everything, and declaim all knowledge, because some things are not to be understood.
  • I think these things ( firearms ) were invented by Satan himself, for they can’t be defended against with (ordinary) weapons and fists. All human strength vanishes when confronted with firearms. A man is dead before he sees what’s coming.


  • A male hero, at best, lacks the qualities of maternal love and tenderness which are as essential to a normal child as the breath of life. Suppose your child's ideal becomes a superman who uses his extraordinary power to help the weak. The most important ingredient in the human happiness recipe still is missing-love. It's smart to be strong. It's big to be generous. But it's sissified according to exclusively masculine rules, to be tender, loving affectionate, and alluring. "Aw, that;'s girls stuff!" snorts our young comics reader. "Who wants to be a girl?" And that's the point. Not even girls want to be girls so long as our feminine archetype lacks force, strength, and power. Not wanting to be girls, they don't want to be tender, submissive, peace-loving as good women are. Women's strong qualities have become despised because of their weakness. The obvious remedy is to create a feminine character with all the strength of Superman plus all the allure of a good and beautiful woman.
  • Wonder Woman: Women seem like sissies because you don't know their true strength.
  • Mithos Yggdrassil: Not everyone is strong, not everyone can stand being hated.


  • To ask strength not to express itself as strength, not to be a will to dominate, a will to subjugate, a will to become master, a thirst for enemies and obstacles and triumphant celebrations, is just as absurd as to ask weakness to express itself as strength.



  • Nous avons tous assez de force pour supporter les maux d'autrui.
    • We all have strength enough to bear the misfortunes of others.
    • François de La Rochefoucauld, Réflexions ou Sentences et Maximes Morales (1655), no. 19 (1678). There are several English translations, including that above from his Selected Maxims and Reflections, trans. Edward M. Stack, p. 26 (1956).



  • My strength is as the strength of ten,
    Because my heart is pure.
  • The measure of a man's estimate of your strength is the kind of weapons he feels that he must use in order to hold you fast in a prescribed place.
    • Howard Thurman explaining Jim Crow laws to his daughters, in The Luminous Darkness : A Personal Interpretation of the Anatomy of Segregation and the Ground of Hope (1989), p. 71
  • 9 And He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness." Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
  • Piccolo: Grr...grr...grrr...grrr...that's it. I don't care how strong he is. I'm not gonna stand here and listen to this. I would prefer to die.
  • Goku: Be strong Gohan. I'll be down to help you in a minute. Just hold on.
  • Piccolo: My greatest opponent is myself. If I can discover what my weaknesses are, then I will be an even stronger fighter than I already am.
  • Mr. Popo: To be truly strong, you must know yourself and your enemy. Once you know this, all will become clear.
  • Goku: Wow! That's amazing. This strong gravity doesn't bother you at all, does it?
  • Nappa: I hate yooooooou! (angrily throws a rock at Goku)
Goku: (Goku dodges the rock with ease) You hate losing. You're not used to fighting someone stronger than you!
Nappa: You're not stronger than me, you little runt! Your strength was tested when you were a baby! You're a third class Saiyan! I'm a Saiyan elite, you low class dog!
Vegeta: Nappa, don't be a fool! Calm down! How do you expect to win when you're so mad you can't even see straight!? Now settle down! Use your head!
  • Goku: Don't do it Krillin. I know it seems like justice, but it's not right. If you strike him down, it will only show that we aren't any better than he is. It means that they've won, no matter what. He's strong....don't forget Krillin, I am a Saiyan, just like he is. (Krillin drops the sword) Thanks Krillin, that took a lot of strength and courage. I'm proud of you.
  • Frieza: Observe. My left's strength alone is enough to crush you like the little bug you are, so as a special one time bonus, today, I will fight you while my other hand is behind my back. So now that we've got the ground rules settled, shall we begin?
  • Frieza: These Saiyans are proving to be quite a thorn in my side. It seems the more they fight, the stronger they become. Of course, I'm still much more powerful than they are, but if they keep multiplying their strength, then who knows what they might be capable of in the future. Best to eliminate them now, before they get any stronger.
  • Vegeta: While so many others grow weaker during battle, we Saiyans become stronger.
  • Vegeta: He doesn't have to be stronger than you to beat you. He could take your kid hostage and make you walk right into their hands like a lamb. These people are ruthless savages Kakarot. They're warriors. And they'll do whatever it takes to win the game. And here you are, Mr. Nice Guy. They're going to chew you up and spit you out with that attitude!
Goku: We'll see. I don't think having a little compassion is a disadvantage.
  • Frieza: Oh my! According to my readout, I may have underestimated your strength, but no matter. Your power pales in comparison to what I have in store for you. Not to say the light show wasn't impressive, but you see, I'm probably five hundred thousand times stronger than you, in order to keep this a fair fight, I promise to refrain from using all of my powers on you, for they are obviously powers which you, my green little friend, do not possess.
  • Goku: Lord Bills, you're really strong. I didn't stand a chance. You're really the best in the universe.
Beerus: You have realized the power of Bills, the God of Destruction. Nevertheless, you were quite tough too. You are the second strongest fighter I've ever faced in my life.
Goku: The second...?


  • 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 Willkie, speech accepting nomination as Republican candidate for president, Elwood, Indiana (August 17, 1940), Willkie, This Is Wendell Willkie (1940), p. 273–74.

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations[edit]

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 756.
  • My strength is made perfect in weakness.
    • II Corinthians, XII, 9.
  • As thy days, so shall thy strength be.
    • Deuteronomy, XXXIII, 25.
  • A threefold cord is not quickly broken.
    • Ecclesiastes, IV, 12.
  • Like strength is felt from hope, and from despair.
    • Homer, The Iliad, Book XV, line 853. Pope's translation.
  • A mass enormous! which, in modern days
    No two of earth's degenerate sons could raise.
    • Homer, The Iliad, Book XX, line 338. Also in, Book V. 371. Pope's translation.
  • Strong are her sons, though rocky are her shores.
    • Homer, The Odyssey, Book IX, line 28. Pope's translation.
  • Their strength is to sit still.
    • Isaiah, XXX, 7.
  • Minimæ vires frangere quassa valent.
    • The least strength suffices to break what is bruised.
    • Ovid, Tristia, Book III, 11, 22.
  • Plus potest qui plus valet.
    • The stronger always succeeds.
    • Plautus, Truculentus, IV, 3, 30.
  • They go from strength to strength.
    • Psalms, LXXXIV, 7.
  • I feel like a Bull Moose.
  • Profan'd the God-given strength, and marr'd the lofty line.
  • In that day's feats,
    * * * * * *
    He prov'd best man i' the field, and for his meed
    Was brow-bound with the oak.
  • So let it be in God's own might
    We gird us for the coming fight,
    And, strong in Him whose cause is ours
    In conflict with unholy powers,
    We grasp the weapons he has given,—
    The Light, and Truth, and Love of Heaven.

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