— Joseph Conrad, buch Herz der Finsternis
— Ralph Waldo Emerson American philosopher, essayist, and poet 1803 - 1882
1840s, Essays: First Series (1841), Compensation, Context: Our strength grows out of our weakness. The indignation which arms itself with secret forces does not awaken until we are pricked and stung and sorely assailed. A great man is always willing to be little. Whilst he sits on the cushion of advantages, he goes to sleep. When he is pushed, tormented, defeated, he has a chance to learn something; he has been put on his wits, on his manhood; he has gained facts; learns his ignorance; is cured of the insanity of conceit; has got moderation and real skill. The wise man throws himself on the side of his assailants. It is more his interest than it is theirs to find his weak point. The wound cicatrizes and falls off from him like a dead skin, and when they would triumph, lo! he has passed on invulnerable. Blame is safer than praise. I hate to be defended in a newspaper. As long as all that is said is said against me, I feel a certain assurance of success. But as soon as honeyed words of praise are spoken for me, I feel as one that lies unprotected before his enemies. In general, every evil to which we do not succumb is a benefactor.
— Joseph Joubert French moralist and essayist 1754 - 1824
— Warren Farrell, buch The Myth of Male Power
The Myth of Male Power (1993), Part 1: The Myth of Male Power, p. 13.
— Billy Graham American Christian evangelist 1918 - 2018
„In relations with other nations, there is neither right nor wrong; there is only strength and weakness.“
— Roman Dmowski Polish politician 1864 - 1939
Myśli nowoczesnego Polaka, 7th ed., 1953, p. 14.
— Orson Scott Card American science fiction novelist 1951
The Tales of Alvin Maker, Seventh Son (1987), Chapter 13.
„The remedy for weakness is not brooding over weakness, but thinking of strength. Teach men of strength that is already within them.“
— Swami Vivekananda Indian Hindu monk and phylosopher 1863 - 1902
Call to the Nation
„The will to power is weakness as well as strength, and the more it is cut off and isolated from the rest of the human personality, the more desperate, in its weakness, it can become.“
— William Barrett (philosopher), buch Irrational Man: A Study in Existential Philosophy
Irrational Man: A Study in Existential Philosophy (1958), Chapter Six, The Flight From Laputa, p. 121