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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Strength about pouring away water on a mirage

Don't pour away your water on the strength of a mirage. This means do not waste your energy, or strength, on something that will never happen or is not "real"...meaning a mirage.
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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
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Cheryl Hughes

The truly scary thing about undiscovered lies is that they have a greater capacity to diminish us than exposed ones. They erode our strength, our self-esteem, our very foundation.     
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Kahil Gibran

Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair but manifestations of strength and resolution.     
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Swami Vivekananda

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.     
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T.S. Elliot

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.      
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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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Margaret Thatcher

Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It's not a day when you lounge around doing nothing; it's when you've had everything to do, and you've done it     
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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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Brian Tracy

An attitude of positive expectation is the mark of the superior personality.     
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M. Kathleen Casey

"Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional."  We can't escape physical pain, but with the right mindset, it's possible to escape suffering.
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Flavia Weedn

If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces, never be afraid to pick one of those pieces up and begin again.
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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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Louise Erdrich

Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won't either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree
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Robin Sharma

You were given this life, because you are strong enough to live it.     
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J.F. Clarke

He who believes is strong; he who doubts is weak. Strong convictions precede great actions.
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Richard E. Byrd

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

Strength is a matter of a made up mind.
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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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Unknown Author

Strong people don't put people down. They lift them up!
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Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

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.
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Japanese Proverb

Fall down seven times, get up eight.     
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Unknown Author

Anyone can give up, it's the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that's true strength.
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Susan Gale

Sometimes you don't realize your own strength until you come face to face with your greatest weakness.
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Joel Osteen

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.
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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 us
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Lilith Saintcrow

Better to be strong than pretty and useless.
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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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Robert Frost

The best way out is always through.
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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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Yogi Berra

It ain't over til it's over.      
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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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Jewish Proverb

He that cannot endure the bad will not live to see the good.      
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Desiderius Erasmus (1465-1536)

Eagles don't catch flies.      
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Chinese Proverb On Controlling Emotions

Control your emotions or they will control you. Chinese Proverb     
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Japanese (on strength and weakness)

A single arrow is easily broken; a bundle of ten is not.
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Sir Leslie Stephen (1832-1904)

A chain is no stronger than its weakest link.      
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Sivaprakash Sidhu

Pain is temporary- The pain you feel today is only to get strength to face tomorrow.
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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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Arnold Schwarzenegger

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

I have the ability to build myself up or break myself down. I stay positive. Strength comes from within.
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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

"If you don't know the struggle, you don't know your strength."-  Other quotes to explore:
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Dr Anil Kr Sinha

"Worry deprives you of strength and makes everything much worse, than what actually is."    - Dr. Anil Kr Sinha  Other quotes to explore:
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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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Julie Donner Andersen

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.
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Native American (on impossibility)

No river can return to its source, yet all rivers must have a beginning.     
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Dalai Lama

Calm mind brings inner strength and self-confidence, so that's very important for good health.     
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Max Lerner

The turning point in the process of growing up is when you discover the core of strength within you that survives all hurt.
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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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Mariah Carey

You really have to look inside yourself and find your own inner strength, and say, 'I'm proud of what I am and who I am, and I'm just going to be myself.
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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

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

Strength lies in differences, not in similarities.     
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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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Robert Kiyosaki

The size of your success is measured by the strength of your desire; the size of your dream; and how you handle disappointment along the way.     
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Eliza Tabor

Disappointment to a noble soul is what cold water is to burning metal; it strengthens, tempers, intensifies, but never destroys it.     
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Paul Cezanne

The awareness of our own strength makes us modest.
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Nikki Rowe

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

People do not lack strength; they lack will. Victor Hugo
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Arnold Schwarzenegger

Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths.     
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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

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.     
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Marcus Aurelius

You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.
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Mary Elizabeth William

The common mistake that bullies make is assuming that because someone is nice that he or she is weak. Those traits have nothing to do with each other. In fact, it takes considerable strength and character to be a good person.     
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Janice T. Connell

Angels are inseparable friends, who bring strength and consolation to those who include them in their lives. In truth, Angels are our best friends.
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Anthony Walton

America's greatest strength, and its greatest weakness, is our belief in second chances, our belief that we can always start over, that things can be made better.
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Rosa Parks

God has always given me the strength to say what is right.   -Rosa Parks    Other quotes to explore:
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John Owen

Without consistency there is no moral strength.
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James Allen

In all human affairs there are efforts, and there are results, and the strength of the effort is the measure of the result.
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Anna Garlin

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.
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Michael Jackson

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.
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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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Anita R. Sneed-Carter

Fathers, your are the head and strength of the family unit. If you are not in place, there is a weakness in the link.
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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

It is worth remembering that the time of greatest gain in terms of wisdom and inner strength is often that of greatest difficulty.     
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Dr. Byron Hayes

Things happen to you to make you realize your true potential, strength, will power, and heart. You've got to have faith.
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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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Unknown Author

Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go trough hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.
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Susan Gale

Sometimes you don't realize your own strength until you come face to face with your greatest weakness.
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The very act of believing creates strength of its own.     
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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

"Strength of character means the ability to overcome resentment against others, to hide hurt feelings, and to Forgive Quickly." 
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Eileen Caddy

"You are never asked to do more than you are able without being given the strength and ability to do it."
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Alfred Lord Tennyson

"My strength is the strength of ten, because my heart is pure."
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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

"Knowing what you can not do is more important than knowing what you can do. In fact, that’s good taste."
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Hausa legend

"Strategy is better than strength."
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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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