In his famous poem "Invictus", Victorian Poet William Ernest Henley wrote:
"In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed".
Perhaps this was the "deification of brute strength and courage" to which some of his critics took exception, but the lasting appeal of the poem is testament to our culture's lasting fascination with strength.
Strength of course is an essential component of a healthy personality, without some measure of strength we would simply crumble under the slightest pressure. With that in mind we present to you 10 inspirational quotes about strength to help you cultivate your inner Geoff Capes!
1) Lebanese Wisdom
“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.” Khalil Gibran
2) Truth From Tibet
“There is a saying in Tibetan, ‘Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength.”No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that’s our real disaster.” 14th Dalai Lama
3) Get To The Chopper
“Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.” Arnold Schwarzenegger.
“A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.” Christopher Reeve.
5) Inspiration From India
“Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.” Mahatma Gandhi.
6) Real Talk
“There are two ways of exerting one’s strength: one is pushing down, the other is pulling up.” Booker T. Washington.
“I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ’Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.” Thomas Paine.
8) The Strength To Forgive
“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” Mahatma Gandhi.
9) German Legend
“That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” Friedrich Nietzsche.
10) The Importance Of Being Ernest
“The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong at the broken places.” Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms.
Bonus: Inspirational Quotes Posters
With our inspirational quotes posters we too hope to inspire people to nurture and harness their inner strength, and have the courage and strength to embark on their own adventures. Check out our Inspirational Quotes Collection and let us know what you think!