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  • Strength that goes wrong is even more dangerous than weakness that goes wrong.

  • Everything nourishes what is strong already.

  • True strength is delicate.

  • I am the rock. / The hard rock. / You can't break me.

    • Diane Wakoski,
    • "No More Soft Talk," The Motorcycle Betrayal Poems ()
  • The ways in which people are damaged are the ways in which they're strong. It's what makes people interesting — what they've overcome and how, and what they haven't and how that's become a good thing. Almost everyone's life is both a gorgeous story and a tragedy. I think being alive is really, really hard, and I'm constantly stunned and amazed by people who make it interesting and beautiful.

  • I may not overcome the inevitable, but O, it is mine to see that the inevitable does not overcome me.

  • Depth isn't everything: the spruce / has no taproot, but to hold on / spreads its underpinnings thin — ...

    • Amy Clampitt,
    • "The Spruce Has No Taproot," What the Light Was Like ()
  • There is nothing so impenetrably stupid as the illusion of the strong who believe in their strength.

  • Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands — and then eat just one of the pieces.

  • A threefold cord cannot easily be broken.

  • I am able to hold on and trust an animal five times my size with my life. Strength is not a physical measure, because no matter how 'strong' you are, you cannot out-muscle a horse. True strength is a quiet determination.

    • Cara,
    • in Kate T. Parker, Strong Is the New Pretty: A Celebration of Girls Being Themselves ()
  • Everyone has strength. It just depends on what they put that strength toward.

    • Grace F.,
    • in Kate T. Parker, Strong Is the New Pretty: A Celebration of Girls Being Themselves ()