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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. ~ Marcus Aurelius

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
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • The strong rules and the weak are their slaves - and no one is stronger than me.
    • Infamous (video game) character Cole MacGrath.
  • 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).
  • But strong in your good cause.
    Oh, ye are strong, If ye would know your strength !
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • The weak shows his strength and hides his weaknesses; the magnificent exhibits his weaknesses like ornaments.
    • Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms (2010) The Sage, the Weak, and the Magnificent, p. 94.
  • My strength is as the strength of ten,
    Because my heart is pure.
  • 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.

The Bible[edit]

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • They go from strength to strength.
    • Psalms, LXXXIV, 7.

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations[edit]

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 756.
  • 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.
  • 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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