A chain is no stronger than its weakest link.
Sir Leslie Stephen (1832-1904)
A firm tree does not fear the storm.
Dayak (Indonesian) (on strength and weakness)
A single arrow is easily broken; a bundle of ten is not.
Japanese (on strength and weakness)
Control your emotions or they will control you.
Eagles don’t catch flies.
Desiderius Erasmus (1465-1536)
He that cannot endure the bad will not live to see the good.
If you ford a river in a crowd, the crocodiles won’t get you. (Ed. note: If your lucky!)
Malagasy (on strength and weakness)
It ain’t over til it’s over.
It takes a village to raise a child.
Little strokes fell great oaks.
Ben Franklin (1706-1790)
Our handicaps exist only in our minds.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882-1945)
Persuasion is better than force.
Aesop (c.620-560 BC)
Rocks need no protection from the rain. (Ed. Note: Except over time!)
Malay (on strength and weakness)
Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go.
No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.
The best way out is always through.
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.
Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.
That which does not kill us makes us stronger.
The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.
In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.
Better to be strong than pretty and useless.
You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.
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.
Sometimes you don’t realize your own strength until you come face to face with your greatest weakness.
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.
Fall down seven times, get up eight.
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.
Strong people don’t put people down. They lift them up!
You gotta stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone ought to be.
When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world right in the eye.
We acquire the strength we have overcome.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Strength is a matter of a made up mind.
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
He who believes is strong; he who doubts is weak. Strong convictions precede great actions.
Never say never, because limits, like fears, are often just an illusion.
You were given this life, because you are strong enough to live it.
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 and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.
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.
If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces, never be afraid to pick one of those pieces up and begin again.
Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.
M. Kathleen Casey
An attitude of positive expectation is the mark of the superior personality.
The only place where your dream becomes impossible is in your own thinking.
Robert H. Schuller
No matter what the situation, remind yourself ‘I have a choice.’
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
Where there is no struggle, there is no strength
Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.