Strength Quotes

Strength comes in many forms, including mental and physical. Below you will find a list of quotes on what it means to be strong, how to reach that goal, the benefits it brings, and much more. Or get some inspiration on how to get back on track after a setback.

The quotations about strength come from a variety of people, ranging from politicians to historians, civil rights activists, sports stars, and many others. Maybe they will provide you with some insight on what strength means to them, and maybe even some motivation to use to help you get strong!


 

Thomas Paine- Smile through distress

The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection. Thomas Paine A real man smile in trouble because it is an opportunity for better change. In troubled times, we often find ourselves being worried, crying or getting stressed. Instead, Thomas Paine is saying that we should smile during troubles because there is power and scientific benefits of smiling. A simple smile will bring joy and release dopamine in our brain, which brings clarity to
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Margaret Thatcher-Fighting a battle more than once

You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it. Margaret Thatcher
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Swahili Proverb- Unity is strength

Unity is strength, division is weakness. Swahili Proverb
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Ernest Agyemang Yeboah- Have a robust mindset

Have a robust mindset; dare to move any mountain! -Ernest Agyemang Yeboah Our mind is the most powerful trait to get anything done. With a powerful mindset, we are refusing to quit. A 'robust mindset' is consisted of confidence,  we must believe in our abilities to get anything done. We must find the courage to face our 'mountain' and not to run away or panic.  We should also be in control and do not let negativity or self-doubt get in our
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Norman Vincent Peale- Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them

Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them. You will find that they haven't half the strength you think they have. Norman Vincent Peale
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Eleanor Roosevelt- We do not have to become heroes overnight

We do not have to become heroes overnight. Just a step at a time, meeting each thing that comes up ... discovering we have the strength to stare it down.      Eleanor Roosevelt
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Vasilios Karpos- The strength of Freemasonry

The strength of Freemasonry is in its loyalty to each other.      Vasilios Karpos
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Without the strength to endure the crisis– Chin-Ning Chu

Without the strength to endure the crisis, one will not see the opportunity within. It is within the process of endurance that opportunity reveals itself. Chin-Ning Chu
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Doubt is useful– David Magee

Doubt is useful, it keeps faith a living thing. After all, you cannot know the strength of your faith until it has been tested. David Magee
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The strength of the team is each individual member- Phil Jackson

The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.      Phil Jackson
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Strength In Our Differences- Ani DiFranco

Cause I know there is strength in the differences between us and I know there is comfort where we overlap. Ani DiFranco
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Charm is a Woman’s Strength- H. Havelock Ellis

Charm is a woman's strength just as strength is a man's charm. H. Havelock Ellis
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Every great dream begins with a dreamer- Harriet Tubman

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember you have within you the strength, the patience and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. Harriet Tubman
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Surviving difficult times and challenging adversity- Barbara De Angelis

We don't develop courage by being happy every day. We develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity.      Barbara De Angelis
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How you respond to the challenge -Lou Holtz

How you respond to the challenge in the second half will determine what you become after the game, whether you are a winner or a loser. Lou Holtz
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Robert W. Service- Mountain Ahead Of You

It isn't the mountain ahead that wears you out; it's the grain of sand in your shoe. Robert W. Service
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Les Brown- Ability to Handle Life’s Challenge

Our ability to handle life's challenges is a measure of our strength of character.      Les Brown
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Brigitte Nicole- Caring is a weakness and Strength

Some people's weakness is that they care too much; `it is also their strength. Brigitte Nicole
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Judith Viorst- Breaking a Chocolate Bar

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
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Mahatma Gandhi- Strength does not come from physical capacity

Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.      Mahatma Gandhi
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Heather Duffy Stone- Strength In Being Alone

There is a certain strength in being alone. Heather Duffy Stone
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John Lennon- Keeping Hope Alive

What we’ve got to do is keep hope alive. Because without it we’ll sink. John Lennon It is easy to forget about hope when we are in the midst of adversity. Having hope means to have a positive attitude towards problems. It is the ability to see good in the future. According to this quote by John Lennon, it is important to keep hope in our hearts, because without it, we will fail at life. Hope brings joy and enables
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E. E. Cummings Thoughts on Love

Love is the voice under all silences, the hope which has no opposite in fear; the strength so strong mere force is feebleness: the truth more first than sun, more last than star.      E. E. Cummings
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Lao Tzu- Being Loved by Someone

Being deeply loved by someone gives you the strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage. Lao Tzu
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Doe Zantamata- Discovering True Strength In Dark times

It is only in our darkest hours that we may discover the true strength of the brilliant light within ourselves that can never, ever, be dimmed. Doe Zantamata The darkest hour of someone's life can be seen as a challenging time, of hardship, conflicts, or emotional distress. Some examples of 'darkest hour' could be financial difficulties. Having an empty bank account, lost of employment, behind on your bills, cannot afford to cover expenses or put food on the table for
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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe- Trusting Yourself

As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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Anita Roddick- Small To Make a Difference

If you think you're too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito in the room. - Anita Roddick
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Napoleon Hill- The Power of Believing

Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. —Napoleon Hill
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Henry Ford Quote On Challenging Times

When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it. Henry Ford
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Alice Walker- Inner Power

The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any. —Alice Walker
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Vincent Van Gogh- Overcoming Negativity

If you hear a voice within you say "you cannot paint," then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced. —Vincent Van Gogh
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Maya Angelou- On Action

Nothing will work unless you do. —Maya Angelou
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Eleanor Roosevelt– New Day

With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.
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Vincent Van Gogh; Love is Strength

Love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well. This quote by Vincent Van Gogh is saying if you love the work you do, you will always give 100% and perform the best, and that is where real strength is found.  He was a painter, and despite his mental illness, he created some of the best artwork throughout history. There is strength
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Carson Kressley- On Strength and Diversity

It's really important to share the idea that being different might feel like a problem at the time, but ultimately diversity is a strength.
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Yiddish Proverb On Failure

"He that lies on the ground cannot fall."
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Jack Handy- On Strength and Weakness

"If you think a weakness can be turned into a strength, I hate to tell you this, but that's another weakness." Original Source: Al Franken, "A deep thought". 
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Chinese Proverb on Strength and Struggle

"Almond nuts come to those who have no teeth."
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Arabian Proverb on Character

You know a man by the sweat of his brow and the strength of his word. - Arabian Proverb Proverb Meaning: This Arabian proverb is related to personality traits and character. 'Sweat of his brow' is referring to hard work and strength of his words,  is referring to the tone of voice.  With these two qualities, you can judge a person’s character and can tell a lot about their personality. If someone makes a statement about achieving a goal, without making
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Arabian Proverb On Overthinking

Don't pour away your water on the strength of a mirage. Arabian Proverb
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Burundi Proverb On Developing Strength

The best trees grow on the steepest hills.  Burundi Proverb Trees found on steep hills are the best because they survived the harsh conditions of being on an unbalance ground. This idea also relates to people. A person with a tough past can turn out to be the most understanding and compassionate person you'll ever meet.  We develop character strength from challenging times, and these factors help us grow and gain wisdom. It is wise to not judge a person
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Marcus Aurelius- Strength To Bear Anything

Nothing happens to any man that he is not formed by nature to bear. Marcus Aurelius
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Swami Vivekananda- Take Responsibility For Your Life

Stand up, be bold, be strong. Take the whole responsibility on your own shoulders, and know that you are the creator of your own destiny. All the strength and succor you want is within yourself. Therefore make your own future.      Swami Vivekananda
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Elie Wiesel- An Emotionally Strong Person

Nobody is stronger, nobody is weaker than someone who came back. There is nothing you can do to such a person because whatever you could do is less than what has already been done to him. We have already paid the price. Elie Wiesel
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Oprah Winfrey Quote On Struggle and Strength

Where there is no struggle, there is no strength Oprah Winfrey
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Robert H. Schuller- The Place Where Dreams Becomes Possibilities

The only place where your dream becomes impossible is in your own thinking. Robert H. Schuller
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Bruce Lee Quote: Go Above Limits

If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them. Bruce Lee
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Richard E. Byrd- Inner Strength Within Us

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
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Ralph Waldo Emerson- Gaining Strength

We acquire the strength we have overcome. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Helen Keller- Always Be Brave

Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world right in the eye. Helen Keller
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Elizabeth Gilbert on wishbone and backbone

You gotta stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone ought to be.
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Susan Gale- Realizing Strength Through Weakness

Sometimes you don't realize your own strength until you come face to face with your greatest weakness. Susan Gale
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Joel Osteen- Being Knocked Down On The Outside

We may get knocked down on the outside, but the key to living in victory is to learn how to get up on the inside. Joel Osteen
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Marcus Aurelius-Stress Around Us

You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength. Marcus Aurelius We live in a world that can be chaotic, and it is easy for us to get consumed with things are happening around us. Whether if it is our boss screaming at us, being stuck in traffic, an annoying coworker, or just negative people in general. These things can have an impact on us. This quote by Marcus Aurelius is telling
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Lilith Saintcrow- Pretty and Useless

Better to be strong than pretty and useless. Lilith Saintcrow
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Albert Camus-In the Depth of Winter

In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer. Albert Camus
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J.K. Rowling- Strong Together

We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided. J.K. Rowling
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Friedrich Nietzsche- Becoming Stronger

That which does not kill us makes us stronger. Friedrich Nietzsche
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Eleanor Roosevelt Quote On New Experiences

We gain strength and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face... we must do that which we think we cannot. Eleanor Roosevelt
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Hermann Hesse -Being Strong By Letting Go

Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go.  Hermann Hesse     
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Malay (on strength and weakness)

Rocks need no protection from the rain. (Ed. Note: Except over time!)      
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Aesop On Persuasion

Persuasion is often more effectual than force. -Aesop Source: The Wind and the Sun.
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Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882-1945)

Our handicaps exist only in our minds.
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Malagasy (on strength and weakness)

If you ford a river in a crowd, the crocodiles won't get you. (Ed. note: If your lucky!)      
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Chinese Proverb On Controlling Emotions

Control your emotions or they will control you. Chinese Proverb     
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Japanese Proverb On Strength and Weakness

A single arrow is easily broken; a bundle of ten is not. Japanese Proverb
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Joyce C. Lock Quote On Strength and Weakness

Build upon strengths, and weaknesses will gradually take care of themselves. Joyce C. Lock     
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John F Kennedy- Do Not Pray For An Easy Life

Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men. John F Kennedy
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Knute Rockne- Build Up Your Weaknesses

Build up your weaknesses until they become your strong points. Knute Rockne
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Arnold Schwarzenegger- Strength Comes From Hardship

Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength. Arnold Schwarzenegger
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Hayley Williams- The Ability To Break and Build Self

I have the ability to build myself up or break myself down. I stay positive. Strength comes from within. Hayley Williams
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Jodi Picoult- You Will Be Fine

If you tell yourself you feel fine, you will. Jodi Picoult
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Rumi- Start Crawling if You Can

If all you can do is crawl, start crawling. Rumi
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Veronica Roth- Sacrifice From Love

She taught me all about real sacrifice. That it should be done from love... That it should be done from necessity, not without exhausting all other options. That it should be done for people who need your strength because they don't have enough of their own.     Veronica Roth
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Mary Kay- Finding Strength Through Struggles

If you don't know the struggle, you don't know your strength. Mary Kay
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Dr Anil Kr Sinha-Worry Deprives You of Strength

Worry deprives you of strength and makes everything much worse, than what actually is. Dr. Anil Kr Sinha
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Lao Tzu Quote On Control

He who conquers others is strong; He who conquers himself is mighty. Lao Tzu
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Anna Freud Quote On Looking For Strength and Confidence

I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence but it comes from within. It is there all the time.      Anna Freud
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Julie Donner Andersen- Hope Giving Us Peace and Strength

Hope is a beautiful thing. It gives us peace and strength, and keeps us going when all seems lost. Accepting what you cannot change doesn't mean you have given up on hope. It just means you have to focus your hope on more humanly tangible and attainable goals. Julie Donner Andersen
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Max Lerner- The Process of Growing Up

The turning point in the process of growing up is when you discover the core of strength within you that survives all hurt. Max Lerner
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Betty Friedan – Opportunity and Strength

Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength. -Betty Friedan This quote by Betty Friedan is taken from her book "The Fountain of Age," in which she describes her aging process from age sixty through sixty-five. Society tends to associate youth with strength and opportunity. Which is a fact, a young person does have strength and opportunities. However, getting older does not mean our strength and opportunity is lost. According to Betty Friedan, it is
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Lao-Tzu Quote On Intelligence and Wisdom

Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.    Lao-Tzu  
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Confucius- Integrity Begins at Home

The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home.   Confucius    
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Melissa Etheridge- Diversity Being a Nation Greatest Strength

I feel my heart break to see a nation ripped apart by it's own greatest strength--it's diversity.      Melissa Etheridge
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Stephen R. Covey- Strength Lies in Differences

Strength lies in differences, not in similarities.      Stephen R. Covey
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Ani DiFranco- Strength in the differences between us

I know there is strength in the differences between us. I know there is comfort, where we overlap. Ani DiFranco
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Maya Angelou- Teaching Kids the Beauty of Diversity

It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength. Maya Angelou
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Eliza Tabor- Disappointment To a Noble Soul

Disappointment to a noble soul is what cold water is to burning metal; it strengthens, tempers, intensifies, but never destroys it.      Eliza Tabor
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Nikki Rowe- Learning Your Strengths and Weaknesses

You have to learn where your weaknesses end and your strengths starts or you will spend your life focusing on all that falls apart. Nikki Rowe
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Victor Hugo On Strength

People do not lack strength; they lack will. Victor Hugo
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Robert Tew- You Can Survive Through Anything

Trust yourself. You’ve survived a lot, and you’ll survive whatever is coming. Robert Tew
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Charles Haddon Spurgeon- Our Anxiety

Our anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strengths.      Charles Haddon Spurgeon
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Nick Lowles- The Power of Unity

It is in unity that we find strength, in unity we find hope, and in unity we can stand firm as the darkness approaches. Let us stand together and stand firm against the many faces of hate.      Nick Lowles
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Janice T. Connell- Angels are Our Best Friends

Angels are inseparable friends, who bring strength and consolation to those who include them in their lives. In truth, Angels are our best friends. Janice T. Connell
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Rosa Parks- The Strength To Say What is Right

God has always given me the strength to say what is right.   Rosa Parks   
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John Owen- Without Consistency

Without consistency there is no moral strength. John Owen
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Anna Garlin- Women Using Most of Their Strength Caring for Others

It is not alone the fact that women have generally had to spend most of their strength in caring for others that has handicapped them in individual effort; but also that they have almost universally had to care wholly for themselves. Anna Garlin
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Michael Jackson Quote On Being Treated Unfairly

Sometimes when you're treated unfairly it makes you stronger and more determined. I admire that kind of strength. People who have it take a stand and put their blood and soul into what they believe. Michael Jackson
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Lailah Gifty Akita- There is Strength For Every Accomplishment

There exists a sacred strength for every great accomplishment.   Lailah Gifty Akita   
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Nishan Panwar- Smiling shows Strength

Smiling does not necessarily mean you're happy. Sometimes it just means you're strong. Nishan Panwar
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Dalai Lama- In Difficult Times

It is worth remembering that the time of greatest gain in terms of wisdom and inner strength is often that of greatest difficulty.      Dalai Lama
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Dr. Byron Hayes- Bad Things Happen For a Reason

Things happen to you to make you realize your true potential, strength, will power, and heart. You've got to have faith. Dr. Byron Hayes
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Bob Marley- Being Strong is Your Only Choice

You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have. Bob Marley
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Norman Vincent Peale- Build Personal Strength To Face Difficulties In Life

Through persistence, self-knowledge, prayer, commitment, optimism, a resolute trust in God and the building of your own personal moral strength, you can enjoy the blessings of a deeper faith and face the difficulties of life with courage and confidence.      Norman Vincent Peale
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Elisabeth Kubler-Ross- Those Who Experience Struggles, ​Trials, and Loss

The most beautiful people I've known are those who have known trials, have known struggles, have known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
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John W. Gardner- One Man Can Do Anything

The cynic says, “One man can’t do anything”. I say, “Only one man can do anything. John W. Gardner
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Audre Lorde Quote On Using Strength To Not Be Afraid

When I dare to be powerful – to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.  Audre Lorde
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Chinese Proverb- Strength From Difficulties

The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials. Chinese Proverb
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Lawrence G. Lovasik- True Strength Of Character

Strength of character means the ability to overcome resentment against others, to hide hurt feelings, and to Forgive Quickly. Lawrence G. Lovasik
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Eileen Caddy- Having Strength and Ability To Complete Goals

You are never asked to do more than you are able without being given the strength and ability to do it. Eileen Caddy
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Mother Teresa Quote On Being Faithful

Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies. Mother Teresa
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Lucille Bal- Not Knowing Ability

Knowing what you can not do is more important than knowing what you can do. In fact, that’s good taste. Lucille Bal Source: Quoted in Eleanor Harris, The Real Story of Lucille Ball, ch. 1 (1954)
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T.P.Chia- Humility is Not a Handicap

In life, humility is not a handicap, arrogance is not a strength. T.P.Chia
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Bruce Duffy- Arrogance is Not Strength

Arrogance is not strength. Arrogance is just another mask for fear. Bruce Duffy
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George Michael- If Someone Wants To Hurt You

If someone really wants to hurt you, they'll find a way whatever. I don't want to live my life worrying about it. George Michael
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Jason Scotts- In The Mist of Mistakes and Imperfection

Even in the mist of imperfection or mistakes, you can appreciate and draw close to your strengths. Jason Scotts
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John F Kennedy- Crisis Produce Great Men

Great crisis produce great men and great deeds of courage. John F Kennedy
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Charles Spurgeon- Anxiety Empties Joy

Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength. Charles Spurgeon
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Sylvia Browne On Emotional Strength

Strength is nothing more than enduring life - to be able to survive the heartaches and agonies we go through with our heads held high. Sometimes just walking through adversity to get to the other side is a sign of strength. Sylvia Browne
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Ann Landers- Gaining strength by letting go

Some people believe holding on and hanging in there are signs of great strength. However, there are times when it takes much more strength to know when to let go and then do it. Ann Landers
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