Toughness Quotes

Quotes tagged as "toughness" (showing 1-30 of 40)
Greta Garbo
“Anyone who has a continuous smile on his face conceals a toughness that is almost frightening.”
Greta Garbo

Christopher McDougall
“We've got a motto here-you're tougher than you think you are, and you can do more than you think you can.”
Christopher McDougall, Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

Winston S. Churchill
“We have not journeyed all this way because we are made of sugar candy.”
Winston S. Churchill

Paula McLain
“My life was my life; I would have to stare it down, somehow, and make it work for me.”
Paula McLain

Michael  Grant
“There’ll be guys who were in wars hearing what we did and thinking, ‘Whoa.’ You and me, we can say, ‘You got yourself some medals solider? Yeah, well, I lived through the FAYZ.”
Michael Grant

Herman Melville
“I am past scorching; not easily can’st thou scorch a scar.”
Herman Melville, Moby-Dick or, The Whale

Kailin Gow
“Challenges in life, keeps us in the game." - STRONG: Powerful Philosophy for Timeless Thoughts by Kailin Gow.”
Kailin Gow

Beryl Markham
“(On Baron von Blixen:)

Six feet of amiable Swede and, to my knowledge, the toughest, most durable White Hunter ever to snicker at the fanfare of safari or to shoot a charging buffalo between the eyes while debating whether his sundown drink will be gin or whisky.”
Beryl Markham, West with the Night

Martin Luther King Jr.
“The tough mind is sharp and penetrating, breaking through the crust of legends and myths and sifting the true from the false. The tough-minded individual is astute and discerning. He has a strong austere quality that makes for firmness of purpose and solidness of commitment. Who doubts that this toughness is one of man's greatest needs? Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.”
Martin Luther King Jr., Strength to Love

“In life, toughness and roughness go together.”
Auliq Ice

“A champion is someone who gets up when he can't.”
Jack Dempsey

Dan Groat
“Being tough today might cause you to be weak in the future.”
Dan Groat, Monarchs and Mendicants

“It's never easy when you're constantly looking to become more.”
T Jay Taylor

“If you're looking for the easy challenge, you're not cut out for success.”
T Jay Taylor

Chris Matakas
“Anyone can be tough for a season. It takes a special kind of human to rise to life's challenges for a lifetime.”
Chris Matakas, The Tao of Jiu Jitsu

Steven Erikson
“With ever greater frequency they annihilate themselves, for success breeds contempt for those very qualities that purchased it.”
Steven Erikson, House of Chains

Drishti Bablani
“Toughness is not  hardening, toughness is withstanding all the forces that want you to harden, whilst still retaining your sensitivities and your humanness.”
Drishti Bablani

Henry V. O'Neil
“Because when you’re really scared to do something … do it right away.”
Henry V. O'Neil, Live Echoes

Haruki Murakami
“You have to overcome the fear and anger inside you,” the boy named Crow says. “Let a bright light shine in and melt the coldness in your heart. That’s what being tough is all about.”
Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

Robert Galbraith
“The act of shopping for what he needed, and of setting up the bare necessities for himself, had lulled Strike back into the familiar soldierly state of doing what needed to be done, without question or complaint.”
Robert Galbraith, The Cuckoo's Calling

Dorothy Dunnett
“His chest heaved, and he coughed.
"You have coughed before," his mother said. "It is a sign of weakness. Control it.”
Dorothy Dunnett, King Hereafter

Daniel Woodrell
“You wake up in this here world, my sweet li'l mister, you got to wake up tough. You go out that front door tough of a mornin' and you stay tough 'til lights out—have you learned that?”
Daniel Woodrell, The Death of Sweet Mister

Walter Scott
“Far better was our homely diet, eaten in peace and liberty, than the luxurious dainties, the love of which hath delivered us as bondsmen to the foreign conqueror!”
Walter Scott, Ivanhoe

“One day I was through Strachan’s Corner just hanging out, and they must have picked up Scrooge earlier for a pep talk, so they were now dropping him back home in one of their police vehicle. Supt. Strachan was in the back seat talking with him, while a male officer was driving. So I asked her, what were some of the things you used to say to Scrooge?
I used to tell him it is not worth it, You are hurting people. You are only going to end up in jail for the rest of your life, or you are going to end up in the grave. I knew that he was listening to me. I would talk to him and encourage him. My other colleagues used to say I was soft on crime because of what I was doing, but I could be tuff. I am a mother of two sons; just ask my sons how tuff I can be.
If I feel that I have done the best that I can, and cannot do no more than that is it. This was what I was telling those kids down there.
I told them if you do not change, you are going to die. Sad to say, that is what happened to some of them eventually. The best came out of you and others in another way. Supt. Allerdyce Strachan, the first female officer to rise to the rank of superintendent on the Royal Bahamas Police Force.”
Drexel Deal, The Fight of My Life is Wrapped Up in My Father

Nora Sakavic
“I didn't sign it," Neil said, looking up from his hands. He lifted his fingers to his face. He couldn't feel his tatoo, but he'd seen Kevin's often enough that he knew exactly where it was. "He gave me a contract but I wouldn't sign it. He couldn't make me. This doesn't mean anything. I'm still a Fox.”
Nora Sakavic, The Raven King

Ellen O'Connell
“...she was honest enough to admit she married him because actions other men would not conceive of to start with or carry out to finish with were ordinary for [him]... not that she ever wanted or needed a husband who would steal without compunction, but she wanted that toughness, that hard eyed indifference to what anyone else thought, to - danger.”
Ellen O'Connell, Beautiful Bad Man

Stephanie Powell Watts
“These dogs didn't bother to bond with us, but stuck out their paws, not to shake hands but so we could slit their wrists and get it the hell over with. (p.51)”
Stephanie Powell Watts, We Are Taking Only What We Need

“You're all so busy trying to be tough that you've forgotten how to be brave.”
K. Towne Jr.

Kailin Gow
“My daughter isn’t going to grow up as fragile flower, incapable of taking care of herself. She will train as she fights, and she will fight as she trains. She will be raised to be total bad ass. Because everyone loves a bad ass. - Raising A Strong Daughter: What Fathers Should Know by Finlay Gow JD and Kailin Gow MA”
Kailin Gow

Phen Weston
“Under the rose
I whispered her honour
and watched her move
parapets in umbra –”
Phen Weston, Under the Rose

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