Quotes on Strengths and Weaknesses

Today’s motivational quote is titled, “Quotes on Strengths and Weaknesses.” When we are weak and need some external energy to keep pushing and grinding, meditating on some quotes on strengths and weaknesses is a good way to keep rolling when life gets tough.

There are many quotes on strengths and weaknesses out there, we have put together few of those quotes in this motivational and inspirational article, to motivate you enough to either dust yourself and move on or to keep moving from glory to glory. Some of the quotes talk about strengths, and some talk about weaknesses, read all and apply them where and when needed.

quotes on strengths and weaknesses

With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.

-Eleanor Roosevelt

Strength is a matter of a made-up mind.

-John Beecher

Normalize being a little crazy for what you believe in.

-Maxime Lagacé

Maxime Lagace has got a lot of inspiring quotes on his website, you can check them out @ wisdomquotes.com. In the meantime, keep reading.

Mastering others is strength, mastering yourself is true power. 

-Lao Tzu

It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.

-Edmund Hillary

No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path. 

-Buddha

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Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go.

-Hermann Hesse

Be patient and tough; someday this pain will be useful to you.

-Ovid

You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength. 

-Marcus Aurelius

The more you care, the stronger you can be.

-Jim Rohn

Life is truly known only to those who suffer, lose, endure adversity and stumble from defeat to defeat.

-Anais Nin

Fools give up fast. Strong men persevere. The wise keep going forever.

-Maxime Lagacé

Silence is a source of great strength.

-Lao Tzu

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This is the mark of a really admirable man: steadfastness in the face of trouble.

-Ludwig van Beethoven

There are two ways of exerting one’s strength: one is pushing down; the other is pulling up.

-Booker T. Washington

Scar tissue is stronger than regular tissue. Realize the strength, move on.

-Henry Rollins

If you haven’t the strength to impose your own terms upon life, then you must accept the terms it offers you.

-T.S. Eliot

The past is your lesson. The present is your gift. The future is your motivation.

-Anonymous

Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.

-Kahlil Gibran

Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal: my strength lies solely in my tenacity.

-Louis Pasteur

We do not have to become heroes overnight. 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

Do not pray for an easy life. Pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.

-Bruce Lee

A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.

-Christopher Reeve

For what it’s worth: it’s never too late to be whoever you want to be. I hope you live a life you’re proud of, and if you find you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start over again.

-F. Scott Fitzgerald

There’s nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you.

-Woody Hayes

You will never do anything in the world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.

-Aristotle

Courage isn’t having the strength to go on, it is going on when you don’t have the strength.

-Napoleon Bonaparte

Love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well.

-Vincent van Gogh

When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure.

-Peter Marshall

To have become a deeper man is the privilege of those who have suffered.

-Oscar Wilde

Yielding will overcome anything superior to itself; its strength is boundless. 

-Bruce Lee

One who gains strength by overcoming obstacles possesses the only strength which can overcome adversity.

-Albert Schweitzer

The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection.

-Thomas Paine

A calm mind brings inner strength and self-confidence. 

-14th Dalai Lama

Where there is no struggle, there is no strength.

-Oprah Winfrey

Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will. 

-Mahatma Gandhi

Kites rise highest against the wind – not with it.

-Winston Churchill

Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.

-Winston Churchill

This is no time for ease and comfort. It is time to dare and endure.

-Winston Churchill

Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.

-Abraham Lincoln

That which does not kill us makes us stronger.

-Friedrich Nietzsche

If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward. 

-Martin Luther King Jr

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Only strength can cooperate. Weakness can only beg.

-Dwight D. Eisenhower

Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths.

-Arnold Schwarzenegger

As long as we persevere and endure, we can get anything we want.

-Mike Tyson

I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.

-Muhammad Ali

Failure gave me strength. Pain was my motivation.

-Michael Jordan

Fall seven times, stand up eight.

-Japanese proverb

I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection.

-Leonardo da Vinci

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’

-Eleanor Roosevelt

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.

― Mahatma Gandhi, All Men are Brothers: Autobiographical Reflections

Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one’s weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.

― Mahatma Gandhi

Focus on your strengths, not your weaknesses. Focus on your character, not your reputation. Focus on your blessings, not your misfortunes.

― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

Every weakness contains within itself a strength.

― Shusaku Endo

It’s not that you should never love something so much that it can control you.
It’s that you need to love something that much so you can never be controlled. It’s not a weakness. It’s your best strength.

― Patrick Ness, The Ask and the Answer

To share your weakness is to make yourself vulnerable; to make yourself vulnerable is to show your strength.

― Criss Jami


You’re going to meet many people with domineering personalities: the loud, the obnoxious, those that noisily stake their claims in your territory and everywhere else they set foot on. This is the blueprint of a predator. Predators prey on gentleness, peace, calmness, sweetness and any positivity that they sniff out as weakness. Anything that is happy and at peace they mistake for weakness. It’s not your job to change these people, but it’s your job to show them that your peace and gentleness do not equate to weakness. I have always appeared to be fragile and delicate but the thing is, I am not fragile and I am not delicate. I am very gentle but I can show you that the gentle also possess a poison. I compare myself to silk. People mistake silk to be weak but a silk handkerchief can protect the wearer from a gunshot. There are many people who will want to befriend you if you fit the description of what they think is weak; predators want to have friends that they can dominate over because that makes them feel strong and important. The truth is that predators have no strength and no courage. It is you who are strong, and it is you who has courage. I have lost many a friend over the fact that when they attempt to rip me, they can’t. They accuse me of being deceiving; I am not deceiving; I am just made of silk. It is they who are stupid and wrongly take gentleness and fairness for weakness. There are many more predators in this world, so I want you to be made of silk. You are silk.

― C. JoyBell C.

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Highly sensitive people are too often perceived as weaklings or damaged goods. To feel intensely is not a symptom of weakness, it is the trademark of the truly alive and compassionate. It is not the empath who is broken, it is society that has become dysfunctional and emotionally disabled. There is no shame in expressing your authentic feelings. Those who are at times described as being a ‘hot mess’ or having ‘too many issues’ are the very fabric of what keeps the dream alive for a more caring, humane world. Never be ashamed to let your tears shine a light in this world.

― Anthon St. Maarten

All cruelty springs from weakness.

― Seneca, Seneca’s Morals: Of a Happy Life, Benefits, Anger and Clemency

Rudeness is the weak man’s imitation of strength.

― Eric Hoffer, The Passionate State of Mind: And Other Aphorisms

Most people don’t believe something can happen until it already has. That’s not stupidity or weakness, that’s just human nature.

― Max Brooks, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

Guys always think tears are a sign of weakness. They’re a sign of FRUSTRATION. She’s only crying so she won’t cut your throat in your sleep. So make nice and be grateful.

― Donna Barr

People with weaknesses get killed by the people who lack them. Notice I’m not dead.

― Sherrilyn Kenyon

“Men know that women are an overmatch for them, and therefore they choose the weakest or the most ignorant. If they did not think so, they never could be afraid of women knowing as much as themselves.”

― Samuel Johnson, A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland and The Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides

A strong man cannot help a weaker unless the weaker is willing to be helped, and even then, the weak man must become strong of himself; he must, by his own efforts, develop the strength which he admires in another. None but himself can alter his condition.

― James Allen, As a Man Thinketh

A genius in the wrong position could look like a fool.

― Idowu Koyenikan, Wealth for All: Living a Life of Success at the Edge of Your Ability


In a very real sense not one of us is qualified, but it seems that God continually chooses the most unqualified to do his work, to bear his glory. If we are qualified, we tend to think that we have done the job ourselves. If we are forced to accept our evident lack of qualification, then there’s no danger that we will confuse God’s work with our own, or God’s glory with our own.

― Madeleine L’Engle, Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art

The motive behind criticism often determines its validity. Those who care criticize where necessary. Those who envy criticize the moment they think that they have found a weak spot.

― Criss Jami, Killosophy

My attitude is that if you push me towards something that you think is a weakness, then I will turn that perceived weakness into a strength.

― Michael Jordan

Power was my weakness and my temptation.

― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Anything that you cannot sacrifice pins you. Makes you predictable, makes you weak.

― Mark Lawrence, Prince of Thorns

Those who plead their cause in the absence of an opponent can invent to their heart’s content, can pontificate without taking into account the opposite point of view and keep the best arguments for themselves, for aggressors are always quick to attack those who have no means of defense.

― Christine de Pizan, Der Sendbrief vom Liebesgott / The Letter of the God of Love

Bullying builds character like nuclear waste creates superheroes. It’s a rare occurrence and often does much more damage than endowment.

― Zack W. Van

A man’s spirit is free, but his pride binds him with chains of suffocation in a prison of his own insecurities.

― Jeremy Aldana

Her definition of romance was absentminded intimacy, the way someone else’s hand stray to your plate of food.
I replied: no, that’s just friendship; romance is always knowing exactly where that someone else’s hands are. She smiled and said, there was a time I thought that way, too. But at the heart of the romance is the knowledge that those hands may wander off elsewhere, but somehow through luck or destiny or plain blind groping they’ll find a way back to you, and maybe you’ll be smart enough then to be grateful for everything that’s still possible, in spite of your own weaknesses- and his.

― Kamila Shamsie, Kartography

I guess I felt attached to my weakness. My pain and suffering too. Summer light, the smell of a breeze, the sound of cicadas – if I like these things, why should I apologize?

― Haruki Murakami, A Wild Sheep Chase

You are only as invincible as your smallest weakness, and those are tiny indeed – the length of a sleeping baby’s eyelash, the span of a child’s hand. Life turns on a dime, and – it turns out – so does one’s conscience.

― Jodi Picoult, Perfect Match

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