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WEAKNESS
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[ Also see Baseness Cowardice Cowards Dependence Endurance Fear Feebleness Frailty Indecision Irresolution Mediocrity Omnipotence Power Sickness Strength ]

The weakest goeth to the wall.
      - Unattributed Author,
        title of a play printed in 1600 and 1618

Guard thy heart on this weak side, where most our nature fails.
      - Joseph Addison

The cord breaketh at last by the weakest pull.
      - Francis Bacon, On Seditions,
        quoted as a Spanish proverb

The strength of man sinks in the hour of trial; but there doth live a Power that to the battle girdeth the weak.
      - Joanna Baillie

There are some weaknesses that are peculiar and distinctive to generous characters, as freckles are to a fair skin.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

Weakness ineffectually seeks to disguise itself,--like a drunken man trying to show how sober he is.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

Delusion and weakness produce not one mischief the less, because they are universal.
      - Edmund Burke

But the concessions of the weak are the concessions of fear.
      - Edmund Burke,
        Speech on the Conciliation of America

We justly consider women to be weaker than ourselves, and yet we are governed by them.
      - Sebastien-Roch-Nicolas de Chamfort

Woman's weakness, not man's merit, oftenest gains the suitor's victory.
      - Sebastien-Roch-Nicolas de Chamfort

He who does most to cure woman of her weakness, her frivolity, and her servility will likewise at the same stroke do most to cure man of his brutality, his selfishness and his sensuality.
      - Frances P. Cobbe

Women are never stronger than when they arm themselves with their weaknesses.
      - Madame Marie Anne du Deffand

Though it is weakness to love, oftentimes it is another weakness to cease to love.
      - Du Coeur

Amiable weakness.
      - Henry Fielding, Tom Jones
         (bk. X, ch. VIII)

Amiable weakness of human nature.
      - Edward Gibbon,
        Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

Some of our weaknesses are born in us, others are the result of education; it is a question which of the two gives us most trouble.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The mortal race is far too weak not to grow dizzy on unwonted brights.
  [Ger., Das sterbliche Geschlecht ist viel zu schwach
    In ungewohnter Hohe nicht zu schwindeln.]
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
        Iphigenia auf Tauris (I, 3, 98)

And the weak soul, within itself unbless'd,
  Leans for all pleasure on another's breast.
      - Oliver Goldsmith, The Traveller

Weakness of conduct is but the consequence of weakness of conviction: for the strongest of all the prints of human action is human belief.
      - Francois Pierre G. Guizot

Weakness has its hidden resources, as well as strength. There is a degree of folly and meanness which we cannot calculate upon, and by which we are as much liable to be foiled as by the greatest ability or courage.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

We are not so easily guided by our most prominent weaknesses as by those of which we are least aware.
      - Sir Arthur Helps

How many weak shoulders have craved heavy burdens!
      - Joseph Joubert

Our worries always come from our weaknesses.
      - Joseph Joubert

But every one has a besetting sin to which he returns.
      - Jean de la Fontaine

We always weaken whatever we exaggerate.
  [Fr., On affaiblit toujours tout ce qu'on exagere.]
      - Jean Francois de la Harpe, Melanie (I, 1)


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