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When mental energy is allowed to follow the line of least resistance and to fall into easy channels, it is called weakness. (James Allen)

Those who are skilled in painting will live long, because life created through the sweep of the brush can strengthen life itself. (Anonymous)

Give me a firm place to stand, and I will move the earth. (Archimedes)

Because your own strength is unequal to a task, do not assume it is beyond the powers of man. (Marcus Aurelius)

Sometimes our weakness is considered strength, and we take delight in borrowed greatness. (Meher Baba)

A house must be built on solid foundations if it is to last. The same principle applies to man, otherwise he too will sink back into the soft ground and become swallowed up by the world of illusion. (Sri Sathya Sai Baba)

A person is strong only when he stands upon his own truth, when he speaks and acts from his deepest convictions. (Mikhail Bakunin)

Strength is a matter of a made up mind. (John Beecher)

Share your strengths, not your weaknesses. (Yogi Bhajan)

Your greatest strength is love. Your greatest weakness is fear. (Yogi Bhajan)

The less manifest the work, the stronger: as though a secret law demanded it always be hidden in what it shows, thus showing what must remain hidden, only showing it, in the end, by dissimulation. (Maurice Blanchot)

-The Industrial Decalogue, 1916
You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. (William J. H. Boetcker)

Work on the accent; it will enliven the whole. (Pierre Bonnard)

They are the weakest, however strong, who have no faith in themselves or their own powers. (Christian Nestell Bovee)

True delicacy is not a fragile thing. (James Broughton)

I count life just a stuff to try the soul's strength on. (Robert Browning)

He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper. (Edmund Burke)

Only the weak are cruel. Gentleness can only be expected from the strong. (Leo Buscaglia)

Reserve is strength; overstatement is weakness. No one cares to hear the singer's topmost notes when the voice is 'nigh onto breaking.' (John F. Carlson)

The trick is in what one emphasizes. We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same. (Carlos Castaneda)

Fair and softly goes far. (Miguel de Cervantes)

The awareness of our own strength makes us modest. (Paul Cezanne)

Those who create are rare; those who cannot are numerous. Therefore, the latter are stronger. (Coco Chanel)

It is truly said: It does not take much strength to do things, but it requires great strength to decide what to do. (Chow Ching)

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. (D. E. Clare)

Have a strong mind and a soft heart. (Anthony J. D'Angelo)

When a tree has been transplanted, though fierce winds may blow, it will not topple if it has a firm stake to hold it up. But even a tree that has grown up in place may fall over if its roots are weak. (Nichiren Daishonin)

I came to mistrust my desire to explode the picture and supercharge it in some way... what is more important is a feeling of strength in reserve – tension beneath calm. (Richard Diebenkorn)

The weak are more likely to make the strong weak than the strong are likely to make the weak strong. (Marlene Dietrich)

I have observed that a flower, like a woman, is a delicate creation. Yet they each have strengths that enable them to prevail over adversity. (Vie Dunn-Harr)

A mind at peace , a mind centered and not focused on harming others is stronger than any physical force in the universe. (Dr. Wayne Dyer)

In our thoughts and words we create our own weaknesses and our own strengths. (Bettie Eadie)

Man cannot be happy and strong until he lives with nature in the present, above time. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Nothing has more strength than dire necessity. (Euripides)

Something we were withholding made us weak until we found it was ourselves. (Robert Frost)

I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge, / That myth is more potent than history, / That dreams are more powerful than facts, / That hope always triumphs over experience, / That laughter is the cure for grief. / And I believe that love is stronger than death. (Robert Fulghum)

Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will. (Mahatma Gandhi)

You know how mountains get moved? Everyone who can move a couple, move a couple. Those who can move rocks, move rocks. Those who can move boulders, move boulders. That's how mountains get moved. If every one of us did everything we could, I believe we would be in a different world. (Chris Gardner)

You are responsible for radicalizing your strengths. (Sara Genn)

The most subtle art, the strongest and deepest art - supreme art - is the one that does not at first allow itself to be recognized. (Andre Gide)

Love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well. (Vincent van Gogh)

To say that a painting is strong is a compliment. Its strength may come from the combination of its colors or subject matter or something subtle that not all viewers will feel. (Peggy Hadden)

There is not an ounce of our former strength which is not doing some sort of job, right now. (Henry S. Haskins)

-on John H. Twachtman...
His works were... strong, and at the same time delicate even to evasiveness. (Childe Hassam)

The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places. (Ernest Hemingway)

Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go. (Hermann Hesse)

The strength of a large unencumbered area in a painting gives strength to the details. The mass serves as a foil that accentuates and delivers. (Kathi Hobbs)

There is force and vitality in a first sketch from life which the after-work rarely has... In your sketches keep the first vivid impression! Add no details that shall weaken it! Look first for the big things! 1st. Proportions! 2nd. Values - or masses of light and shade. 3rd. Details that will not spoil the beginnings! (William Morris Hunt)

We are lightened when our gifts rise from pools we cannot fathom. Then we know they are not a solitary egotism and they are inexhaustible. (Lewis Hyde)

The strongest man in the world is he who stands alone. (Henrik Ibsen)

The aggregate energy of all the great masters of the past and those of the present communicates the greatest possibilities of art. It is from this position that the artist attains colossal strength. (Jorg Immendorf)

During every really creative act, the artist finds himself homeless. To overcome this state he has to call up his last reserves of strength. (Asger Jorn)

How many weak shoulders have craved heavy burdens! (Joseph Joubert)

The place where you made your stand never mattered. Only that you were there... and still on your feet. (Stephen King)

Mental toughness is to physical as four is to one. (Bob Knight)

-Every Day Art, volume 35, Spring, 1957
I paint a tree - I think of how the roots go deep, deep into the earth. How the tree grows year by year toward the sky. How it stands with the winds. (Douglas Lockwood)

In this world a man must either be anvil or hammer. (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)

There are two kinds of weakness: that which breaks and that which bends. (James Russell Lowell)

When a thing is not done, continuing to work is the strength; but when it is done, the strength lies in stopping. (Eric Maisel)

Be larger than your task. (Orison Swett Marden)

Our strength is often composed of the weakness that we're damned if we're going to show. (Mignon McLaughlin)

In everything imposingly beautiful, strength has much to do with the magic. (Herman Melville)

I want to put strongly and completely all that is necessary, for things weakly said might as well not be said at all. (Jean-Francois Millet)

The process itself is stronger than we are. (Haim Mizrahi)

I'm continuing to work hard, not without periods of discouragement, but my strength comes back again. (Claude Monet)

It is on the strength of observation and reflection that one finds a way. So we must dig and delve unceasingly. (Claude Monet)

True strength is delicate. (Louise Nevelson)

-b.1844 d.1900...
What does not destroy me, makes me stronger. (Friedrich Nietzsche)

You have to control, focus and temper the strength. Uncontrolled strength is usually an explosion. Sometimes on the other hand let it explode and pick up the pieces... (oliver)

Strong paintings are comprised of a few, simple underlying abstract shapes. (Hilary Page)

I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflections. (Thomas Paine)

A kinship develops as a spiritual strength intervenes to acclaim a knowledge. You are no longer alone or misunderstood. (Patricia Palmer)

No doubt, it is useful for an artist to know all the forms of art which have preceded or which accompany his. That is a sign of strength if it is a question of looking for a stimulus or recognizing mistakes he must avoid. (Pablo Picasso)

If you can handle three elements, handle only two. If you can handle ten, then handle only five. In that way the ones you do handle, you handle with more ease, more mastery, and you create a feeling of strength in reserve. (Pablo Picasso)

No, painting is not made to decorate apartments, it's an offensive and defensive weapon against the enemy. (Pablo Picasso)

You can lose the impact of a piece with detail. (Colin Poole)

My only strength is finding something where most people would find nothing. (Mary Pratt)

That which doesn't kill you, makes you stronger. (Italian proverb)

The bamboo that bends is stronger than the oak that resists. (Japanese proverb)

Man is harder than iron, stronger than stone and more fragile than a rose. (Turkish proverb)

I am always seeking new ways to express myself... It takes that 'slipping the collar of convention' to make a stronger statement... (Sheila Psaledas)

Painting is always strongest when in spite of composition, color, etc., it appears as a fact, or an inevitability, as opposed to a souvenir or arrangement. (Robert Rauschenberg)

The strong do not hesitate. They settle down, they sweat, they go on to the end. They exhaust the ink, they use up the paper. (Jules Renard)

Some people think it's holding on that makes one strong. Sometimes it's letting go. (Sylvia Robinson)

Sometimes what we think is our strength actually detracts from our ability to express ourselves. (John Rocheleau)

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face... (Eleanor Roosevelt)

Anyone can give up, it's the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that's true strength. (Theodore Roosevelt)

Strong artist must be social parameter, not only art feature. Strong artist is able to make his own art strong. (Yaroslaw Rozputnyak)

Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love. (Rumi)

Let the gentle bush dig its root deep and spread upward to split the boulder. (Carl Sandburg)

It takes much more energy to ignore things than it takes to deal with them and not be afflicted by them anymore. (Jack Schwarz)

Art that has depth makes a strong impact on the spirit, emotion, mood and thoughts of a human being. (Li Shan)

For the artist, seven days without painting makes one weak. (Nona Stephens)

If you spend too much time working on your weaknesses, all you end up with is a lot of strong weaknesses. (Dan Sullivan)

My strength is as the strength of ten, because my heart is pure. (Alfred, Lord Tennyson)

In weakness we create categories and think they are things that exist, rather than things we have made. (Henry Tolbert)

-on Tom Thomson...
Thomson's small oil sketches of the last years palpitate and throb. They are as direct in attack as a punch in the nose. (Harold Town)

We must have strong minds, ready to accept facts as they are. (Harry S. Truman)

Water is fluid, soft, and yielding. But water will wear away rock, which is rigid and cannot yield. As a rule, whatever is fluid, soft, and yielding will overcome whatever is rigid and hard. This is another paradox: what is soft is strong. (Lao Tzu)

The greatest strength is gentleness. (Author unknown)

Those who can bear all can dare all. (Marquis de Vauvenargues)

A strong right hand is a valuable attribute. It enables you to rip up some of your failures. (Robert Wade)

There are two ways of exerting one's strength; one is pushing down, the other is pulling up. (Booker T. Washington)

I have found it easier to identify with the characters who verge upon hysteria, who were frightened of life, who were desperate to reach out to another person. But these seemingly fragile people are the strong people really. (Tennessee Williams)

If we are all strong, stable, we can set our sail with any wind in the world that comes along. We make up our own direction. If we are not strong, we are like a leaf in the wind and the world's winds will take us where THEY wish, not where WE wish. (Maharishi Mahesh Yogi)

Working in harmony with surrounding nature is what gives us strength. The more we get close to it, the more strength we possess, and with strengths, time and experience, anything can be done effortlessly. (Mona Youssef)

The rigid cause themselves to be broken; the pliable cause themselves to be bound. (Xun Zi)


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