Category Archives: STRENGTH

A gentle hand may lead the elephant with a hair. Persian Rosary.

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Jumbo – Poem by Kevin Patrick

Sixteen stones tones of Sumo Wrestler
Ober hooligan as a basket of puppies
His obsessions were key chains and pizza
And he could play a really mean tuba
He was Jumbo

His closest friend was a foulmouthed red squirrel
Who lived in a lodge by a shallow blue marsh
He taught him how to fight using drunken panda judo
Wearing red tights and aviator goggles
He was Jumbo

In the wastelands of high school hallways
Where everyone’s a mutation of some kind
He was the greatest of all the super heroes
cause he never cared if they called him a zero
He was Jumbo

He never could soar at a Mach speed of five
Or peer with Catskills of infrared vision
But he could be relied on to be a good guy
Playing a billion tunes with a two note Tuba
He was Jumbo

‘And if you want to believe in a god
then believe in yourself
And if you want to fight for what is good
Then simply live what it means to be’

Says My Darling Jumbo

Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.” ― Corrie ten Boom


God didn’t promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, or sun without rain, but He did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears, and light for the way. If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it.

The strong man and the waterfall channel their own path


It is imperative to maintain portions of the wilderness untouched
so that a tree will rot where it falls,
a waterfall will pour its curve without generating electricity,
a trumpeter swan may float on uncontaminated water
– and moderns may at least see
what their ancestors knew in their nerves and blood.

~ Bernand De Voto, Fortune, June 1947 ~

He that is not gallant at twenty, strong at thirty, rich at forty, or experienced at fifty, will never be gallant, strong, rich, or prudent. Spanish

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A month ago the world grew grey fer me;

A month ago the light went out fer Rose.

To ‘er they broke it gentle as might be;

But fer ‘is pal ‘twus one uv them swift blows

That stops the ‘eart-beat; fer to me it came

Jist, “Killed in Action,” an’ beneath ‘is name.



Mighty oaks from little acorns grow.


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“Liten tue kan velte stort lass”

–Little strokes fell great oaks.

Norwegian proverb




Concealing an illness is like keeping a beach ball under water.

Karen Duffy

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The Ball Of Many Beaches

by Tom Schaap, Taroona High School – Australia

Blood red,
Was the beach ball that hit me in the head.
Its summer,
Hence the beach ball.
It makes a loud “poing”
As it collides with my relaxing noggin.
I swear loudly,
“What does that mean?”
I look up,
An intrigued child is looking at me.
“Never mind” I say,
As I get up to find the culprit who threw the beach ball,
But in vain.
I fall over a small unsuspecting rock.
Now that I am fully awake,
I realise something.
I’m sunburnt.
Small flakes of skin reside on my beach towel,
I decide to go home soon,
But one last dip in the water first.
I step in.
It’s warmish,
But cooling.
Screams a girl’s voice.
I suddenly find the reason for such a racket with a shock
There is a large fin,
Poking out of the waters smooth surface.
“Well this is just ridiculous”
I think to myself.
So I go home.

“Every artist was first an amateur.”



― Ralph Waldo Emerson


“The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who’ll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you. If you’re sitting around trying to dream up a great art idea, you can sit there a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you and something else that you reject will push you in another direction. Inspiration is absolutely unnecessary and somehow deceptive. You feel like you need this great idea before you can get down to work, and I find that’s almost never the case.” 
― Chuck Close

As distance tests a horse’s strength, so does time reveal a person’s real character.

This saying tells us that a long period of testing is needed to understand one’s nature and capabilities.

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Kathy Earsman


Forgive (Rondeau Redouble.)

Forgive yourself, my son, for errors past,
for weaknesses are only strengths reflected;
mistakes that seem so glaring, when recast
may bring solutions if they are respected.

Adventures led to outcomes unexpected;
and some were bound to leave you quite aghast,
in light of reason, do not be dejected,
forgive yourself, my son, for errors past.

Oh hold your self-respect and hold it fast!
Your tender heart deserves to be protected,
and self-recrimination cannot last,
for weaknesses are only strengths reflected.

Your strengths are vital, let them be directed,
for deep within you lies a wisdom vast;
you’ll see how inexperience affected
mistakes that seem so glaring, when recast.

And when the benefits you have amassed,
when all the stepping-stones have been connected,
be proud my son that journeys unsurpassed
may bring solutions if they are respected.

Then when your future course has been selected,
please know that strengths and weaknesses contrast;
they complement each other when inspected,
there never was a need to be downcast.
Forgive yourself my son.

We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.

― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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“There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.”

― Martin Luther King Jr., A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches

“It is the sandstorms that shape the stone statues of the desert It is the struggles of life that form a person’s character.”

-Native American Proverb

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“God takes everyone he loves through a desert. It is his cure for our wandering hearts, restlessly searching for a new Eden…
The best gift of the desert is God’s presence… The protective love of the Shepherd gives me courage to face the interior journey.”

― Paul E. Miller, A Praying Life: Connecting with God in a Distracting World

“Sometimes you don’t realize your own strength until you come face to face with your greatest weakness.”

– Susan Gale

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継続は力なり。 (Keizoku wa chikara nari)

Continuance is power/strength.
Don’t give up. Just continuing to hold on will yield/reveal strength and power. Continuing on after a setback is its own kind of strength. Perseverance is power.

We are always the same age inside. ”

― Gertrude Stein


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“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.”

― Eleanor Roosevelt, The Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt

Maybe strength wasn’t decided by what you could do but, by what you could do without.”

― Lindy Zart, Take Care, Sara

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“Our character…is an omen of our destiny, and the more integrity we have and keep, the simpler and nobler that destiny is likely to be.”

George Santayana (1863-1952);

I quit being afraid when my first venture failed and the sky didn’t falll down. –

Allen H. Neuharth


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“Life for both sexes — and I looked at them, shouldering their way along the pavement — is arduous, difficult, a perpetual struggle. It calls for gigantic courage and strength. More than anything, perhaps, creatures of illusion as we are, it calls for confidence in oneself. Without self-confidence we are as babes in the cradle.”

― Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own

The average man is a conformist, accepting miseries and disasters with the stoicism of a cow standing in the rain.

(Quote by – Colin Wilson)

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“Are you a stupid sheep in the flock or a free eagle in the sky? Look at the mirror, what are you? Are you some dullish cattle in the herd or a wise owl in the forest? Look at the mirror, what are you?”

― Mehmet Murat ildan

Goomblegubbon with two strong chicks happened by. Dinewan laughed and laughed at poor Goomblegubbon “A bird’s strength lies not in his ability to use his wings Silly Goomblegubbon, strength is in your offsprings.”

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I finished off me schooner and walked right out the door.
I’d watched a strong man cry and couldn’t stand it anymore.
But still the memory lingers through the hubub and the beers.
Those famous words of shorty’s that re-echoed in my ears.

‘I hope your chooks turn into emus,
And peck your dunny down.
Peck your dunny down.
Really go to town.
I hope your chooks turn into emus.
Yes, I do, I really do.
And when they’ve pecked your dunny down,
I hope they peck on,
Hope they peck on,
Hope they peck on you.’

Satan’s Sibling

I had been gullible, naive, soft, pliable. That’s why I got taken advantage of. To survive, you have to have a tough skin.

Tia Carrere

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“Modern civilization has made woman a little wiser, but it has increased her suffering because of man’s covetousness. The woman of yesterday was a happy wife, but the woman of today is a miserable mistress. In the past she walked blindly in the light, but now she walks open-eyed in the dark. She was beautiful in her ignorance, virtuous in her simplicity, and strong in her weakness. Today she has become ugly in her ingenuity, superficial and heartless in her knowledge. Will the day ever come when beauty and knowledge, ingenuity and virtue, and weakness of body and strength of spirit will be united in a woman?

― Kahlil Gibran, Broken Wings

The roads we take are more important than the goals we announce. Decisions determine destiny.

Frederick Speakman

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“All courses of action are risky, so prudence is not in avoiding danger (it’s impossible), but calculating risk and acting decisively. Make mistakes of ambition and not mistakes of sloth. Develop the strength to do bold things, not the strength to suffer.”

― Niccolò Machiavelli

If you think dope is for kicks and for thrills, you’re out of your mind. There are more kicks to be had in a good case of paralytic polio or by living in an iron lung. If you think you need stuff to play music or sing, you’re crazy. It can fix you so you can’t play nothing or sing nothing.

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“You can accept or reject the way you are treated by other people, but until you heal the wounds of your past, you will continue to bleed. You can bandage the bleeding with food, with alcohol, with drugs, with work, with cigarettes, with sex, but eventually, it will all ooze through and stain your life. You must find the strength to open the wounds, stick your hands inside, pull out the core of the pain that is holding you in your past, the memories, and make peace with them”

― Iyanla Vanzant, Yesterday, I Cried