„It is an odd mode of diminishing one's own weakness to ask a friend to lend us the equal force of his.“
— Samuel Laman Blanchard British author and journalist 1804 - 1845
"That Two Heads are Better than One".
„A strong man who has known power all his life may lose respect for that power. But a weak man knows the value of strength.“
— Jeffrey Archer English author and former politician 1940
„The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence you may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate.“
— Martin Luther King, Jr. American clergyman, activist, and leader in the American Civil Rights Movement 1929 - 1968
Context: The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence you may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate. So it goes. … Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that. 'Where Do We Go From Here?" as published in Where Do We Go from Here : Chaos or Community? (1967), p. 62; many statements in this book, or slight variants of them, were also part of his address Where Do We Go From Here?" which has a section below. A common variant appearing at least as early as 1968 has "Returning violence for violence multiplies violence..." An early version of the speech as published in A Martin Luther King Treasury (1964), p. 173, has : "Returning hate for hate multiplies hate..."
„The Stalker seems to be weak, but essentially it is he who is invincible because of his faith and his will to serve others.“
— Andrei Tarkovsky Soviet and Russian film-maker, writer, film editor, film theorist, theatre and opera director 1932 - 1986
„I do not hate the white man; you see, his position of domination has placed him in a position of moral weakness.“
— Albert Lutuli South African politician 1898 - 1967
As quoted in Guy Arnold (1976), The last bunker: a report on white South Africa today, p. 192.
— David Gemmell British author of heroic fantasy 1948 - 2006
— Pierre Choderlos de Laclos French novelist, official and army general 1741 - 1803
Letter 32: Madame de Volanges to Madame la Présidente Tourvel. Trans. P.W.K. Stone (1961). http://fr.wikisource.org/wiki/Les_Liaisons_dangereuses_-_Lettre_32
„The Secretary General, in a very real sense, is the servant of the General Assembly. Diminish his authority and you diminish the authority of the only body where all nations, regardless of power, are equal and sovereign. Until all the powerful are just, the weak will be secure only in the strength of this Assembly.“
— John F. Kennedy 35th president of the United States of America 1917 - 1963
— E. W. Howe Novelist, magazine and newspaper editor 1853 - 1937
Country Town Sayings [An anthology of witty sentences by the author] (1911), p81.
— Pope Benedict XVI 265th Pope of the Catholic Church 1927
from an interview with EWTN news director Raymond Arroyo in August 2003 as reported by Zenit.org, Aug. 24, 2003
— Orson Scott Card American science fiction novelist 1951
„Much can be inferred about a man from his mistress: in her one beholds his weaknesses and his dreams.“
— Georg Christoph Lichtenberg German scientist, satirist 1742 - 1799