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[ Also see Ability Determination Endurance Energy Enthusiasm Force Fortitude Growth Health Perseverance Power Resistance Resolution Weakness Will ]

A cobweb is as good as the mightiest cable when there is strain upon it.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

Thy shoes shall be of iron and brass: and as thy days, so shall thy strength be.
      - Bible, Deuteronomy (ch. XXXIII, v. 25)

And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a three-fold cord is not quickly broken.
      - Bible, Ecclesiastes (ch. IV, v. 12)

And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
      - Bible, II Corinthians (ch. XII, v. 9)

For the Egyptians shall help in vain, and to no purpose: therefore have I cried concerning this, Their strength is to sit still.
      - Bible, Isaiah (ch. XXX, v. 7)

They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appeareth before God.
      - Bible, Psalms (ch. LXXXIV, v. 7)

I do not now so much as wish to have the Strength of Youth again that I wish'd in Youth for the Strength of an Ox or Elephant. For it is our Business only to make the best Use we can of the Powers granted us by Nature.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

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

Our real problem, then, is not our strength today; it is rather the vital necessity of action today to ensure our strength tomorrow.
      - Dwight David Eisenhower

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

Strength is born in the deep silence of long-suffering hearts; not amidst joy.
      - Mrs. Felicia D. Hemans

Storms make oaks take deeper root.
      - George Herbert

Strength does not lie in defence but in attack.
      - Adolph Hitler, Mein Kampf (ch. IV),
        James Murphy translation

Like strength is felt from hope, and from despair.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Iliad
         (bk. XV, l. 853), (Pope's translation)

A mass enormous! which, in modern days
  No two of earth's degenerate sons could raise.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Iliad
         (bk. XX, l. 338), (Pope's translation)

Strong are her sons, though rocky are her shores.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Odyssey
         (bk. IX, l. 28), (Pope's translation)

Strength, wanting judgment and policy to rule, overturneth itself.
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus)

We confide in our strength, without boasting of it; we respect that of others, without fearing it.
      - Thomas Jefferson

When you have got an elephant by the hind legs and he is trying to run away, it's best to let him run.
      - Abraham Lincoln

That cause is strong which has not a multitude, but one strong man behind it.
      - James Russell Lowell

Our strength is often composed of the weakness we're damned if we're going to show.
      - Mignon McLaughlin

Men mighty-thewed as Samson was, dark-browed as kings in iron cast, broad-breasted as twin gates of brass.
      - Joaquin Miller (pseudonym of Cincinnatus Hiner Miller)

What is strength, without a double share
  Of wisdom? Vast, unwieldy, burdensome;
    Proudly secure, yet liable to fall
      By weakest subtleties; not made to rule,
        But to subserve where wisdom bears command.
      - John Milton

And, weaponless himself,
  Made arms ridiculous.
      - John Milton, Samson Agonistes (l. 130)

True strength is delicate.
      - Louise Nevelson

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