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Strength QUOTES

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Union gives strength.
-- Aesop

* It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.
-- Maya Angelou

In Unity there is strength;
We can move mountains when we're united and enjoy life --
Without unity we are victims. Stay united.
-- Bill Bailey

Greatness lies, not in being strong, but in the right using of strength; and strength is not used rightly when it serves only to carry a man above his fellows for his own solitary glory. He is the greatest whose strength carries up the most hearts by the attraction of his own.
-- Henry Ward Beecher

He is greatest whose strength carries up the most hearts by the attraction of his own.
-- Henry Ward Beecher

Hear me, four quarters of the world - a relative I am! Give me the strength to walk the soft earth, a relative to all that is! Give me the eyes to see and the strength to understand, that I may be like you. With your power only can I face the winds.
-- Black Elk, (1863-1950)

"Citizenship comes first today in our crowded world...No man can enjoy the privileges of education and thereafter with a clear conscience break his contract with society. To respect that contract is to be mature, to strengthen it is to be a good citizen, to do more than your share under it is noble."
-- Isaiah Bowman

* Democracy is not just a question of having a vote. It consists of strengthening each citizen’s possibility and capacity to participate in the deliberations involved in life in society.
-- Fernando Cardoso

* Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strengths that will endure as life lasts
~ Rachel Carson

* We are of course a nation of differences. Those differences don’t make us weak. They’re the source of our strength.
-- Jimmy Carter

* The strength of the movement is still something that you will never see on camera, because it doesn't happen at the big protests. But the strength of this movement is rooted in the strength of its components and of the campaigns of its components. So there are farm movements around the world; there are environmental movements around the world; labor movements around the world involved in daily struggles around living wages, around protecting the rights of farmers to their seeds, and so on. Those struggles continue on a daily basis; they have not gone away.
-- John Cavanagh

We draw our strength from the very despair in which we have been forced to live. We shall endure.
-- Cesar Chavez

From the depth of need and despair, people can work together, can organize themselves to solve their own problems and fill their own needs with dignity and strength.
-- Cesar Chavez

Gandhi once declared that it was his wife who unwittingly taught him the effectiveness of nonviolence. Who better than women should know that battles can be won without resorting to physical strength.
-- Barbara Deming

A liberation movement that is nonviolent sets the oppressor free as well as the oppressed.
-- Barbara Deming

* "I know there is strength in the differences between us. I know there is comfort where we overlap.”
-- Ani DiFranco

Checking the results of a decision against its expectations shows executives what their strengths are, where they need to improve, and where they lack knowledge or information.
-- Peter F. Drucker

* “Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason mastery demands all of a person.”
-- Albert Einstein

* "America's leadership and prestige depend, not merely upon our unmatched material progress, riches and military strength, but on how we use our power in the interests of world peace and human betterment."
-- Dwight D. Eisenhower

* "When we protect the places where the processes of life can flourish, we strengthen not only the future of medicine, agriculture and industry, but also the essential conditions for peace and prosperity."
~ Harrison Ford

* "Our health relies entirely on the vitality of our fellow species on Earth."
~ Harrison Ford

* Aging is not "lost youth" but a new stage of opportunity and strength.
-- Betty Friedan

I see religion as a powerful positive healing force for this nation and the world. But that force is blunted, weakened, compromised inestimably, if we turn religion into a tool for advancing political strategy; if we make it a matter of how to win political office; if we treat it as anything other than a sacred part of life from which we ought to draw sustenance and values and strength for living courageously as good citizens.
-- C. Welton Gaddy

"Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will." -- Mohandas K. Gandhi

"If your heart acquires strength, you will be able to remove blemishes from others without thinking evil of them.
-- Mohandas K. Gandhi

* "The aim of torture is to destroy a person as a human being, to destroy their identity and soul. It is more evil than murder... Today we know that survivors of torture can be helped to regain their health and strength, and in helping them we take the weapon from their torturers. They sought the destruction of other human beings. We have proved that they have not succeeded."
-- Inge Genefke

"Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair
but manifestations of strength and resolution."
-- Kahil Gibran

"I just have this absolute belief that humans are moving away from cruelty and destruction towards a time when we can truly live in harmony with nature. When we understand that there is a spiritual power around us from which we can draw strength. That is where I believe human destiny ultimately is taking us. I just hope we have time."
~ Jane Goodall

Someone who does not draw strength from himself and who is incapable of finding the meaning of his life within himself the map to his own orientation somewhere outside himself--in some ideology, organization, or society, and then, however active he may appear to be, he is merely waiting, depending. He waits to see what others will do, or what roles they will assign to him, and he depends on them--and if they don't do anything or if they botch things, he succumbs to disillusion, despair, and ultimately, resignation.
-- Vaclav Havel

Placing one foot in front of the other, I've climbed to higher lengths. Reaching beyond my own limitations, to show my inner strength. No obstacle too hard, for this warrior to overcome. I'm just a man on a mission, to prove my disability hasn't won.
-- Robert M. Hensel

“Great works are performed not by strength, but by perseverance”
-- Samuel Johnson

"Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation."
-- John F. Kennedy

I look forward to a great future for America - a future in which our country will match its military strength with our moral restraint, its wealth with our wisdom, its power with our purpose. -- John F. Kennedy

* "It's easier to be ignorant and say I don't know about the problem. But once you know, once you've seen it in their eyes, then you have a responsibility to do something. There is strength in numbers, and if we all work together as a team, we can be unstoppable."
-- Craig Kielburger

"The nonviolent approach does not immediately change the heart of the oppressor. It first does something to the hearts and souls of those committed to it. It gives them new self-respect; it calls up resources of strength and courage that they did not know they had. Finally it reaches the opponent and so stirs his conscience that reconciliation becomes a reality."
-- Martin Luther King, Jr.

* Reconnect with the spiritual force that animates the best in you. Then let your every action flow from your strength and compassion.
-- Fran Korten

* Old age is not a disease - it is strength and survivorship, triumph over all kinds of vicissitudes and disappointments, trials and illnesses.
-- Maggie Kuhn

* The force and the strength for peace will come from people. And that will happen when people start to realize that all the diversity and differences we see of nationalities, of religions, of cultures, of languages, are all beautiful diversities, for they are only on the surface. And deep down we share the same humanity, the global humanity.
-- Satish Kumar

Silence is a source of great strength.
-- Lao Tzu

All your strength in is your union. All your danger is in discord.
Therefore be at peace henceforward, And as brothers live together.
-- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"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

* Our cultural strength has always been derived from our diversity of understanding and experience.
-- Yo-Yo Ma


With courage you will dare to take risks,
have the strength to be compassionate, and the wisdom to be humble.
Courage is the foundation of integrity.
-- Keshavan Nair

“The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value. I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.”
-- Thomas Paine

* “I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress and grow brave by reflection.”
-- Thomas Paine


The strength of a man's virtue should not be measured by his special exertions, but by his habitual acts.
~Blaise Pascal

Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity.
-- Louis Pasteur

"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


* I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles. They are the real heroes, and so are the families and friends who have stood by them.
-- Christopher Reeve

* You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face…You must do the thing you think you cannot do. -- Eleanor Roosevelt

Courage is more exhilarating than fear and in the long run it is easier. We do not have to become heroes over night. Just a step at a time, meeting each thing that comes up, seeing it is not as dreadful as it appeared, discovering we have the strength to stare it down.
-- Eleanor Roosevelt

* You in the unions do not yet represent all of labor. But I hope some day you will, because I believe that it is through strength, through the fact that people who know what people need are working to make this country a better place for all people, that we will help the world to accept our leadership and understand that, under our form of government and through our way of life, we have something to offer them…
-- Eleanor Roosevelt

* The motto of war is: "Let the strong survive; let the weak die." The motto of peace is: "Let the strong help the weak to survive." --Franklin Delano Roosevelt

* "A nation that destroys it's soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people."
~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

* The strength of collective decision making and political responsibility is not only a question of recognizing other people's ability. It is also recognizing one's own limitations.
-- Aruna Roy

Both now and for always, I intend to hold fast to my belief in the hidden strength of the human spirit.
-- Andrei Sakharov

The 'strength' of the People becomes weak when we don't 'exercise' our rights.
-- Eric Schaub

* Lovers of freedom, lovers of social justice, disarmers, peacekeepers, civil disobeyers, democrats, civil-rights activists, and defenders of the environment are legions in a single multiform cause, and they will gain strength by knowing it, taking encouragement from it, and when appropriate and opportune, pooling their efforts.
-- Jonathan Schell

American families have always shown remarkable resiliency, or flexible adjustment to natural, economic, and social challenges. Their strengths resemble the elasticity of a spider web, a gull's skillful flow with the wind, the regenerating power of perennial grasses, the cooperation of an ant colony, and the persistence of a stream carving canyon rocks. These are not the strengths of fixed monuments but living organisms. This resilience is not measured by wealth, muscle or efficiency but by creativity, unity, and hope. Cultivating these family strengths is critical to a thriving human community.
-- Ben Silliman

* Striving to manifest the dream of a better world is my mission and purpose and the source of my strength.
-- Robert Alan Silverstein

Hope is a powerful emotion that gives us strength and helps us through trying and difficult times. With hope, we believe that things will get better, and we find the courage to keep trying.
-- Robert Alan Silverstein

Cultural differences should not separate us from each other, but rather cultural diversity brings a collective strength that can benefit all of humanity. -- Robert Alan Silverstein

* When you find yourself swimming against the tide, you'll discover the inner strength to persevere, if you're working for your higher purpose.
-- Robert Alan Silverstein


There is so much going on for a better world all around us that the mainstream media never shares. Throughout history, there have been many social movements for change ... for democracy, for the abolition of slavery, women's rights, for peace, for the environment ... Many advancements have been made, but each of these causes is just part of larger wish for a more peaceful, just and sustainable world. These diverse movements for thousands of different causes are beginning to converge and a more holistic movement --what UNESCO has described as a 'global movement for a culture of peace' -- is beginning to emerge. The Culture of Peace Movementis helping to unite the strengths of existing organizations and individuals so that creating a culture of peace really is now possible. -- Robert Alan Silverstein

We can only help make our lives and our world more peaceful, when we ourselves feel peace. Peace already exists within each of us, if we only allow ourselves to feel its comfort. Peace of mind begins when we stop thinking about how far we have to go, or how hard the road has been, and just let ourselves feel peace. Peace of mind gives us the strength to keep trying and keep walking along the path that we KNOW is right for our lives.
-- Robert Alan Silverstein

* Community means strength that joins our strength to do the work that needs to be done. Arms to hold us when we falter. A circle of healing. A circle of friends. Someplace where we can be free.
-- Starhawk

Joy is strength- Joy is love - Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. She gives most who gives with Joy.
-- Mother Teresa

* We don't need bombs and guns to destroy, to bring peace - just get together, love one another, bring that peace, that joy, that strength of presence of each other in the home. And we will be able to overcome all the evil that is in the world.
-- Mother Teresa

"It takes courage and commitment to act in a more forgiving fashion.
It is not at all a sign of weakness but a mark of strength."
-- Carl Thorensen

* “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

* “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

"If I hold a grudge because I'm angry, I feel strong.
But to set that anger aside takes real strength."
-- Everett L. Worthington, Jr.

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