Weakness Quotes


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.

God    Heart    Humanity    Inspirational    Prayer    Religion    Souls    Weakness

Every weakness contains within itself a strength.

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.

The Ask and the Answer

Patrick Ness Monsters of Men

The Ask and the Answer
Control    Love    Strength    Weakness

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.

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

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.

Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren't always comfortable, but they're never weakness.

How should we be able to forget those ancient myths that are at the beginning of all peoples, the myths about dragons that at the last moment turn into princesses; perhaps all the dragons of our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us once beautiful and brave. Perhaps everything terrible is in its deepest being something helpless that wants help from us.
So you must not be frightened if a sadness rises up before you larger than any you have ever seen; if a restiveness, like light and cloudshadows, passes over your hands and over all you do. You must think that something is happening with you, that life has not forgotten you, that it holds you in its hand; it will not let you fall. Why do you want to shut out of your life any uneasiness, any miseries, or any depressions? For after all, you do not know what work these conditions are doing inside you.

Rudeness is the weak man's imitation of strength.

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.

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

The weaker you are the louder you bark.
-Tenten

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

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.

Abilities    Equality    Fear    Gender    Intelligence    Men    Misogyny    Skills    Strength    Superiority    Suppression    Weakness    Women

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.

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.

Walking on Water

Madeleine L'Engle

Glory    God    Humility    Weakness    Work

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.

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.

Power was my weakness and my temptation.

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

You can't let praise or criticism get to you. It's a weakness to get caught up in either one.

I find I am much prouder of the victory I obtain over myself, when, in the very ardor of dispute, I make myself submit to my adversary’s force of reason, than I am pleased with the victory I obtain over him through his weakness.

Les Essais

Michel de Montaigne

Les Essais
Adversary    Ardor    Argument    Changed mind    Dispute    Force    Open mind    Pleasure    Pride    Reason    Victory    Weakness

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 defence.

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

Never apologize, mister, it’s a sign of weakness.

Apology    Noremorse    Remorse    Sorry    Weakness

I am struck by how sharing our weakness and difficulties is more nourishing to others than sharing our qualities and successes.

Life is not an easy matter…. You cannot live through it without falling into frustration and cynicism unless you have before you a great idea which raises you above personal misery, above weakness, above all kinds of perfidy and baseness.

Cynicism    Life    Misery    Weakness

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

I do feel that I’ve managed to make something I could maybe call my world…over time…little by little. And when I’m inside it, to some extent, I feel kind of relieved. But the very fact I felt I had to make such a world probably means that I’m a weak person, that I bruise easily, don’t you think? And in the eyes of society at large, that world of mine is a puny little thing. It’s like a cardboard house: a puff of wind might carry it off somewhere.

As one grows weaker one is less susceptible to suffering. There is less hurt because there is less to hurt.

The Star Rover

Jack London

The Star Rover
Hurt    Suffering    Weak    Weakness

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 spit of your own weaknesses- and his.

Kartography

Kamila Shamsie

Kartography
Destiny    Intimacy    Karachi    Love    Pakistan    Romance    Weakness

Fear is a weakness. It makes a person lose her nerve and her cool. It makes people jumpy and organizations nervous, and when that happens, there is always a chance to take advantage.

Advantage    Cool    Fear    Weakness

Sadness doesn't equal weakness, sweetheart. If anything, it shows the love you have inside of you, and nothing stronger in this world exists.

To rush into explanations is always a sign of weakness.

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?

Breeze    Cicadas    Flaw    Human    Weakness

Anything cracked will shatter at a touch.

A fear of weakness only strengthens weakness.

Giants are not what we think they are. The same qualities that appear to give them strength are often the sources of great weakness.

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.

Perfect Match

Jodi Picoult

Perfect Match

Having an eye for beauty isn't the same thing as a weakness.

Catching Fire

Suzanne Collins

Catching Fire
Beauty    Eye    Weakness

All God's giants have been weak men who did great things for God because they reackoned on God being with them.

You are human and mortal; we are the sum of our weak moments and our strong.

The Black Gryphon

Mercedes Lackey

The Black Gryphon

It was vertigo. A heady, insuperable longing to fall. We might also call vertigo the intoxication of the weak. Aware of his weakness, a man decides to give in rather than stand up to it. He is drunk with weakness, wishes to grow even weaker, wishes to fall down in the middle of the main square in front of everybody, wishes to be down, lower than down." -Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, p. 76

Every man has a weakness! he patiently explained. I'll find theirs, I promise you.
Every man?
Yes, he answered emphatically.
...
What is your weakness, Brodick? she asked.
You.

Both liberty and equality are among the primary goals pursued by human beings throughout many centuries; but total liberty for wolves is death to the lambs, total liberty of the powerful, the gifted, is not compatible with the rights to a decent existence of the weak and the less gifted.

Equality    Liberty    Paradox    Power    Rights    Weakness

Great occasions do not make heroes or cowards; they simply unveil them to the eyes of men. Silently and perceptibly, as we wake or sleep, we grow strong or weak; and last some crisis shows what we have become.

I earnestly wish to point out in what true dignity and human happiness consists. I wish to persuade women to endeavor to acquire strength, both of mind and body, and to convince them that the soft phrases, susceptibility of heart, delicacy of sentiment, and refinement of taste, are almost synonymous with epithets of weakness, and that those beings are only the objects of pity, and that kind of love which has been termed its sister, will soon become objects of contempt.

That's the thing about being a victim; you start to think it'll happen to you on a regular basis. It's living with the reality of your own vulnerability, and it sucks.

In the land where excellence is commended, not envied, where weakness is aided, not mocked, there is no question as to how its inhabitants are all superhuman.

Aid    Better world    Envy    Excellence    Helping    Mockery    Strength    Superhuman    Weakness    World

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