Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armor yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you.
~ A Game of Thrones
by George R. R. Martin
The Sun himself is weak when he first rises, and gathers strength and courage as the day gets on.
~ The Old Curiosity Shop
by Charles Dickens
Now I saw, though too late, the folly of beginning a work before we count the cost, and before we judge rightly of our own strength to go through with it.
~ Robinson Crusoe
by Daniel Defoe
"Moderate strength is shown in violence, supreme strength is shown in levity."
~ The Man Who Was Thursday
by G. K. Chesterton
Strength is the outcome of need; security sets a premium on feebleness.
~ The Time Machine
by H. G. Wells
It is in the nature of all passionate and uncontrolled emotion to prey upon and weaken the forces of reflective power, as much as it is in the nature of controlled emotion to strengthen them.
~ The True Story of Guenever
by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
"The strongest man in the world is he who stands most alone."
~ An Enemy of the People
by Henrik Ibsen
Yet birth, and lust, and illness, and death are changeless things, and when one of these harsh facts springs out upon a man at some sudden turn of the path of life, it dashes off for the moment his mask of civilization and gives a glimpse of the stranger and stronger face below.
~ The Curse of Eve
by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
"I hope that real love and truth are stronger in the end than any evil or misfortune in the world."
~ David Copperfield
by Charles Dickens
There is something strangely winning to most women in that offer of the firm arm; the help is not wanted physically at that moment, but the sense of help, the presence of strength that is outside them and yet theirs, meets a continual want of the imagination.
~ The Mill on the Floss
by George Eliot