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ThucydidesJustice is an issue only between equals, otherwise those in power do what they can and the weak forgive.

—  Thucydides, 460-394 BC, Ancient Greek historian

Vladimir LeninHonesty in politics is the result of strength; hypocrisy is the result of weakness.

—  Vladimir Lenin, 1870-1924, Soviet revolutionary & leader

Georg Christoph LichtenbergWhat is called an acute knowledge of human nature is mostly nothing but the observer's own weaknesses reflected back from others.

—  Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, 1742-1799, German author of maxims

La RochefoucauldNobody deserves to be praised for goodness unless he is strong enough to be bad, for any other goodness is usually merely inertia or lack of will-power.

—  La Rochefoucauld, 1613-1680, French writer

Mahatma GandhiThe true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members.

—  Mahatma Gandhi, 1869-1948, Indian leader of independence

Winston ChurchillThe malice of the wicked was reinforced by the weakness of the virtuous.

—  Winston Churchill, 1874-1965, British Prime Minister, Nobel 1953

Albert EinsteinWeakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.

—  Albert Einstein, 1879-1955, German-Jewish physicist

Friedrich NietzscheThe sick are the greatest danger for the healthy; it is not from the strongest that harm comes to the strong, but from the weakest.

—  Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844-1900, German philosopher

Ambrose BierceDefenseless, adj. Unable to attack.

—  Ambrose Bierce, 1842–1914, American writer

Vladimir LeninDespair is typical of those who do not understand the causes of evil, see no way out, and are incapable of struggle.

—  Vladimir Lenin, 1870-1924, Soviet revolutionary & leader

Eric HofferPower corrupts the few, while weakness corrupts the many.

—  Eric Hoffer, 1902-1983, American writer & philosopher

SenecaAll cruelty springs from weakness.

—  Seneca, 4 AD-65 AD, Roman philosopher

Stanislaw Jerzy LecThe weakest link in the chain is also the strongest. It can break the chain.

—  Stanislaw Jerzy Lec, 1906-1966, Polish author of maxims

Samuel BeckettI felt weak, perhaps I was.

—  Samuel Beckett, 1906-1989, Irish writer, Nobel 1969

Fyodor DostoyevskyThey won't let me ... I can't be ... good!

—  Fyodor Dostoyevsky, 1821-1881, Russian writer

George SantayanaNever build your emotional life on the weaknesses of others.

—  George Santayana, 1863-1952, Spanish-American philosopher

Karl KrausThe development of technology will leave only one problem: the infirmity of human nature.

—  Karl Kraus, 1874-1936, Austrian writer

William JamesPessimism leads to weakness, optimism to power.

—  William James, 1842-1910, American philosopher

Robert FrostSomething we were withholding made us weak, until we found it was ourselves.

—  Robert Frost, 1874-1963, American poet

Dwight EisenhowerOnly strength can cooperate. Weakness can only beg.

—  Dwight Eisenhower, 1890-1969, American general & President

Zig ZiglarTry to look at your weakness and convert it into your strength. That's success.

—  Zig Ziglar, 1926-2012, American self-help writer


Bible Quotes

Gospel of MarkThe spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.

—  Gospel of Mark ‐ 14:38

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Proverbs

English proverbA chain is only as strong as its weakest link.

—  English proverb

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