Quotes for Strength

“Never letting the competition define you. Instead, you have to define yourself based on a point of view you care deeply about.”
–Tom Chappel

"Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world right in the eye."
– Helen Keller

"Fire is the test of gold; adversity, of strong men." Seneca

"Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will." Mahatma Gandhi

"I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death." Thomas Paine

"We acquire the strength we have overcome." Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

"Strength is a matter of a made up mind." John Beecher

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

"Nothing is so strong as gentleness, and nothing is so gentle as true strength." Ralph Sockman

"What the lion cannot manage to do the fox can." German Proverb

"Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men! Do no pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for power equal to your tasks." Phillips Brooks

"Few men during their lifetime come anywhere near exhausting the resources dwelling within them. There are deep wells of strength that are never used." Richard E. Byrd

"Greatness lies not in being strong, but in the right use of strength." Henry Ward Beecher

"The burden is equal to the horse's strength." The Talmud

"It is truly said: It does not take much strength to do things, but it requires great strength to decide what to do." Chow Ching

"Only actions give life strength; only moderation gives it charm." Jean Paul Richter

"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

"Life only demands from you the strength you possess. Only one feat is possible - not to have run away." Dag Hammarskjold

"Strong men can always afford to be gentle. Only the weak are intent on giving as good as they get." Elbert Hubbard

"He who believes is strong; he who doubts is weak. Strong convictions precede great actions."
J. F. Clarke

"But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings as eagles; They shall run, and not be weary; and They shall walk, and not faint." [Isaiah 40:31]Bible

"The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination, as are intelligence and necessity when unblunted by formal education." Maya Angelou

"I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence but it comes from within." Anonymous

"You can’t really be strong until you see a funny side to things." Anonymous

"Man must be arched and buttressed from within, else the temple wavers to the dust."
Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

"Few men during their lifetime come anywhere near exhausting the resources dwelling within them. There are deep wells of strength that are never used." Richard E. Byrd

"When you are required to exhibit strength, it comes." Joseph Campbell

"Prepare yourself for the world, as athletes used to do for their exercises; oil your mind and your manners, to give them the necessary suppleness and flexibility; strength alone will not do."
Lord Chesterfield

"It is true that we shall not be able to reach perfection, but in our struggle toward it we shall strengthen our characters and give stability to our ideas, so that, whilst ever advancing calmly in the same direction, we shall be rendered capable of applying the faculties with which we have been gifted to the best possible account." Confucius

"If I had my life to live over again, I would have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to some music at least once a week; for perhaps the parts of my brain now atrophied would have thus been kept active through use. The loss of these tastes is a loss of happiness, and may possibly be injurious to the intellect, and more probably to the moral character, by enfeebling the emotional part of our nature." Charles Darwin

"For strength to bear is found in duty alone, and he is blest indeed who learns to make the joy of others cure his own heartache." Drake

"Thus all below is strength, and all above is grace." John Dryden

"If there is any responsibility in the cycle of life it must be that one generation owes to the next that strength by which it can come to face ultimate concerns in its own way." Erik Erikson

"Patience and time do more than strength or passion." Jean De La Fontaine

"The very strength that protects the heart from injury is the strength that prevents the heart from enlarging to its intended greatness within. The song of the voice is sweet, but the song of the heart is the pure voice of heaven." Kahlil Gibran

"By nature we have no defect that could not become a strength, no strength that could not become a defect." Goethe

"He who is plenteously provided for from within needs but little from without." Goethe

"It does not take much strength to do things, but it requires great strength to decide on what to do." Elbert Hubbard

"He knows not his own strength that hath not met adversity." Ben Jonson

"There is no limit to what you can imagine. And with commitment, with effort, what you can imagine you can become. Put your mind to work for you. Believe that you can do it. The world will tell you that you can't. Yet, in your belief you'll find the strength, you'll find the ability, to do it anyway." Ralph Marston

"There is [a] spiritual strength derived from the subjecting of the physical appetite to the will of the individual. "He who reigns within himself and rules passions, desires, and fears is more than king." If there were no other virtues in fasting but gaining strength of character, that alone would be sufficient justification for its universal acceptance." David McKay

"There is nothing so strong as gentleness, and nothing so gentle as strength." Leo Muir

"I do not attach much importance to America's bombs. I attach importance to her great vitality and integrity. The strength of America is deeper and more significant than her financial power." Jawaharlal Nehru

"The Enoch situation recalls another quotation, far more recent, from President Spencer W. Kimball in his great bicentennial address: "We commit vast resources to the fabrication of . . . ships, planes, missiles, fortifications — and depend on them for deliverance. When threatened, we become anti-enemy instead of pro-kingdom of God. . . . What are we to fear when the Lord is with us? Can we not take the Lord at his word and exercise a particle of faith in him? . . . We must leave off the worship of modern-day idols and a reliance on the arm of flesh." Mr. Nixon has an answer to that one: Faith without strength is futile. What a revealing statement! Faith is the source of strength, the very power by which the worlds were created. To say it is helpless without military backing recalls an ancient saw: "I trust God but I feel better with money in the bank." In the spirit of the times we preach that to expect security without a four-man bodyguard is futile, when security is not to need a bodyguard; that charity without a guaranteed profit is futile, when charity means asking no profit; that free agency without strict supervision is futile, and so on. Mr. Nixon rejects Napoleon's dictum that in the end it is the spirit that always wins — Napoleon should know, but Nixon will have none of that: that goes only for the long run, he says, but "in that short run in which we all live, the sword is the essential shield for the spirit," and "in the final analysis victory will go to the side . . . [with the] power." "Power is the ability to make things happen, . . . to set the course of history." "The uses of power cannot be divorced from the purposes of power." In Mr. Nixon's book, God is indeed on the side of the big battalions." Hugh Nibley

"In lazy apathy let stoics boast, their virtue fix'd: 't is fix'd as in a frost; contracted all, retiring to the breast; but strength of mind is exercise, not rest." Alexander Pope

"God does not take away trials or carry us over them, but strengthens us through them." Pusey

"You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, "I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along." . . . You must do the thing you think you cannot do." Eleanor Roosevelt

"This is the law of the Yukon, that only the strong shall thrive; that surely the weak shall perish, and only the fit survive." Robert W. Service

"There is a growing strength in women, but it is in the forehead, not in the forearm." Beverly Sills

"NATIVE vigor of impulses and desires conserved by education and experience, the establishment of inner harmony and cooperation among the powers and capacities of the soul, the formation of a life purpose, and the direction of the individual life in accordance with the eternal principles of right that underlie human progress, — these are the elements of both strength and righteousness in human character.' Edward Sisson

"Above all challenge yourself. You may well surprise yourself at what strengths you have, what you can accomplish." Cecile Springer

"Our strength lies, not alone in our proving grounds and our stockpiles, but in our ideals, our goals, and their universal appeal to all men who are struggling to breathe free."
Adlai Stevenson

"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

"My strength is as the strength of ten because my heart is pure." Lord Tennyson

"None of us can hope to get anywhere without character, moral courage and the spiritual strength to accept responsibility." Thomas J. Watson

"Where there is no struggle, there is no strength." Oprah Winfrey

"There is a comfort in the strength of love: ‘Twill make a thing endurable, which else would overset the brain, or break the heart." William Wordsworth

"No one can defeat us unless we first defeat ourselves." Dwight Eisenhower

"When I've heard all I need to make a decision, I don't take a vote. I make a decision." Ronald Reagan

"Great crisis produce great men and great deeds of courage." John F. Kennedy

"It is not because things are different that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult."Anonymous

"A leader, once convinced that a particular course of action is the right one, must....be undaunted when the going gets tough." Ronald Reagan

"Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers, but to be fearless in facing them. Let me not beg for the stilling of my pain, but for the heart to conquer it." Rabindranath Tagore

"It takes a lot of courage to show your dreams to someone else." Erma Bombeck

"Only in growth, reform and change, paradoxically enough, is true security to be found." Anne Morrow Lindbergh

"He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how." Friedrich Nietzsche