is the ability to withstand or exert great force, stress or pressure.

“Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity.”

W. Clement Stone (1902-2002); Author, businessman

“Maybe who we are isn't so much about what we do, but rather what we're capable of when we least expect it.”

Jodi Picoult (born 1966); Author

“When restraint and courtesy are added to strength, the latter becomes irresistible.”

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948); Indian political and spiritual leader

“That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900); scholar, writer, philosopher

“When something bad happens you have three choices. You can let it define you, let it destroy you, or you can let it strengthen you.”


“Participate joyfully in the sorrows of the world. We cannot cure the world of sorrows, but we can choose to live in joy.”

Joseph Campbell (1904-1987); lecturer, writer

“Always do what you are afraid to do.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882); Philosopher, Poet, Author, Essayist

“We learn more by looking for the answer to a question and not finding it than we do from learning the answer itself.”

Lloyd Alexander (1924-2007); Author

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

Christopher Reeve (1952-2004); actor, producer, director, and writer; best known for his role as Superman

“Real strength is not just a condition of one's muscle, but a tenderness in one's spirit.”

McCallister Dodds

“Real strength is not just a condition of one's muscle, but a tenderness in one's spirit.”

McCallister Dodds

“When I dare to be powerful - to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.”

Audre Lorde (1934-1992); writer, poet, and activist

“Whoever you are, whatever your dream, you have to be strong in your head and strong in your heart. Be strong. There's no quitting in the person who wants it bad enough.”

Carly Patterson (born 1988); gold medal gymnast in 2004 Olympics

“Our an omen of our destiny, and the more integrity we have and keep, the simpler and nobler that destiny is likely to be.”

George Santayana (1863-1952); philosopher, poet, essayist, novelist

“Nothing happens to any man that he is not formed by nature to bear. ”

Marcus Aurelius (121-180); Roman emperor, Stoic philosopher

“Old age is not a disease - it is strength and survivorship, triumph over all kinds of vicissitudes and disappointments, trials and illnesses.”

Maggie Kuhn (1905-1995); American. civil rights activist, author

“No soul that aspires can ever fail to rise; no heart that loves can ever be abandoned. Difficulties exist only that in overcoming them we may grow strong, and they who have suffered are able to save.”

Annie Besant (1847-1933); British theosophist, women's rights activist, writer

“Life has meaning only if one barters it day by day for something other than itself.”

Antoine de Sainte-Exupery (1900-1944); (1900-1944); aviator, writer

“We are like the little branch that quivers during a storm, doubting our strength and forgetting we are the tree—deeply rooted to withstand all life’s upheavals.”

Dodinsky Author

“What does not kill me makes me stronger.”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832); philosopher, scientist, author

“Life has many ways of testing a person's will, either by having nothing happen at all or by having everything happen all at once.”

Paulo Coelho (born 1947); poet, writer

“Let us speak, though we show all our faults and weaknesses — for it is a sign of strength to be weak, to know it, and out with it.”

Herman Melville (1819-1891); novelist, poet

“Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strengths and resolutions.”

Khalil Gibran (1883-1931); Artist, Poet, Writer

“A diamond is just a piece of charcoal that handled stress exceptionally well.”


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

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948); Indian political and spiritual leader

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

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948); Indian political and spiritual leader

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

Khalil Gibran (1883-1931); Artist, Poet, Writer

“To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable.”

Helen Keller (1880-1968); author, lecturer, activist

“Behold the turtle. He only makes progress when he sticks his neck out.”

James Bryant Conant (1893-1978); chemist, educational administrator

“Courage is only the accumulation of small steps.”

George Konrad (born 1933); novelist

“Pray not for easy lives, pray to be stronger men.”

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963); 35th US President

“Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever. ”

Lance Armstrong (born 1971); seven-time Tour de France winner

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Everyday Hero: Tom

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Everyday Hero: Dr John

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Everyday Hero: Donna

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Everyday Hero: Beverly

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Everyday Hero: Joanne

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Everyday Hero: John

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Everyday Hero: Vicki

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Everyday Hero: Deb

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Everyday Hero: Cindy

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Everyday Hero: Hannah


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Everyday Hero: A

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Everyday Hero: Susan

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Everyday Hero: Jessica

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Everyday Hero: Flip

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Everyday Hero: Beth

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Everyday Hero: Aaron

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Everyday Hero: Richard

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Everyday Hero: Ramona

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Everyday Hero: Roberto Onreita

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Everyday Hero: Alyssa

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Everyday Hero: Rick

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Everyday Hero: Jessica

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My Hero Do you know what is a hero? A hero is one that shows great courage. My hero is Jessica Cox because she was born with no arms. When she was child, she practiced a dance and she was shy and nervous because she stood in the first row. She still worked hard with being a plot and Taekwondo.…

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Everyday Hero: Rocco

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Everyday Hero: Marvin

I know it sounds corny, but my father is my hero. He has survived 5 heart attacks that the doctor has caught. He is still kicking and fighting to stay alive for his new grandson. I don't know where that man finds his strength but it is truly inspirational to everyone he meets. More importantly he is my inspirational hero!

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Everyday Hero: Brandy

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Everyday Hero: Ernestine

My hero was my mother Ernestine. She was the strongest person in the world. She was a mother until she took her last breath. She raised 6 children alone. None of us ever went to jail, did drugs or got in any trouble. She used to always say, "The same way you act when I'm with you is the same…

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Everyday Hero: Barbara

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Everyday Hero: Noah

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Everyday Hero: Pamela

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Everyday Hero: Jill

My hero is a 5 year old cancer patient name Madison and her family. My teachers twins at 2 years old were both diagnosed with wilms tumor. The boy, Jack, battled through it and is healthy again, while his sister Madison is still battling after a relapse a year or two ago. She is by far the strongest girl I…

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Everyday Hero: Douglas


Douglas Michael Turton does not just happen to be my husband of over eleven years & the most selfless person I know. Douglas is my best friend & my hero! In August 2013 we learned that Douglas' mother was diagnosed with advanced stage kidney cancer. Eight short weeks later, she passed away to join Douglas' father in heaven. As if…

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Everyday Hero: Scotty

Hi,I have a cousin that has Cerbal Palsy. For a while he came to stay with me and my family. We went to the same school and I really thought it was cool how he adjusted to the new school and his surroundings. My friends really liked him and included him in our group. They thought he was cool. His…

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To address Linda G. in El Paso directly, Mija, and everyone else, check out Nick Vujicic for a tutorial in not being beaten down - ever. You can fail but you don't have to be defeated - ever. Check Nick on Google
AMBRO 10 months ago from Woodland Hills, CA

Strength, to me boils down to not letting any obstacles defeat you..we must get right back up n shake it off asap. Life is beautiful!!! Only ourselves can make us happy!! Gotta stay strong & positive in spite of it all...keep on trucking people!!!! ;)
Linda Guzman 10 months ago from el paso, tx

Strength must be coupled with compassion.
George Little over 1 year ago from Clifton VA

justin bieber almost 2 years ago from canada

"A weak man is not as happy as the same man would be if he were strong." -Mark Rippetoe
Austin Bray over 2 years ago from Murray, Ky

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