Toughness Quotes

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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

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

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

Dan Carlin
“History is filled with the sound of silken slippers going downstairs and wooden shoes coming up,' Voltaire reportedly said. The observation refers to the argument that fortunes of nations or civilizations or societies rise and fall based on the character of their people, and this character is heavily influenced by the material and moral condition of their society. The idea was a staple of history writing from ancient Greece until it began to decline in popularity after the middle of the twentieth century.”
Dan Carlin, The End is Always Near: Apocalyptic Moments, from the Bronze Age Collapse to Nuclear Near Misses

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

“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

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

Henry V. O'Neil
“How long you been in the infantry, sir? Anything under ten miles counts as 'almost there'.”
Henry V. O'Neil, Dire Steps

Maya Angelou
“The woman who survives intact and happy must be at once tender and tough. She must have convinced herself, or be in the unending process of convincing herself, that she, her values, and her choices are important. In a time and world where males hold sway and control, the pressure upon women to yield their rights-of-way is tremendous. And it is under those very circumstances that the woman's toughness must be in evidence.”
Maya Angelou, Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now

Maya Angelou
“[A woman] will need to prize her tenderness and be able to display it at appropriate times in order to prevent toughness from gaining total authority and to avoid becoming a mirror image of those men who value power above life, and control over love.”
Maya Angelou, Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now

Charles Dickens
“She has worn herself away by constant sharpening. She is all edge.”
Charles Dickens, David Copperfield

“Life toughens us while also softening us.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls

Criss Jami
“Tough men are tough not because they want to be tough, but because they have to be tough. Outgrow the adolescent fawning over being a tough guy, and you will become a tough man.”
Criss Jami

Luigina Sgarro
“By now you can see a lot more "tough-guys" than "do-gooders" around. The cynical, crafty and egocentric poses, possibly with narcissistic shades, are considered more popular, brilliant, intelligent and telegenic. I find tough-guys just as, if not more, banal than do-gooders, and if being a do-gooder is almost always a poor reason, being the tough guy is, most of the time, a bad alibi.”
Luigina Sgarro

“It's when it's at it's toughest that you have to think like a winner.”
T Jay Taylor

Ta-Nehisi Coates
“I have no desire to make you "tough" or "street", perhaps because any "toughness" I garnered came reluctantly. I think I was always, somehow, aware of the price.”
Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me

“Training is necessary for toughness.”
Lailah Gifty Akita

“The most fulfilled people are those who completely express themselves via their work. You know when this happens because even though you are working very hard – much harder than ordinary people – everything is in a sense effortless. Once you exist in such a way, you cannot imagine doing anything else. You do what you do because it is the actualization of who you are. It doesn’t matter if it leads to external success or not. You have internally achieved everything you hoped for and you wouldn’t swap it for anything. So, what about you? Are you all over the place? Have you not yet clicked with the activity that seems effortless to you and fully satisfying, or, if you have, do you doubt that you could make a living from it, hence are plagued by doubts and the need to compromise? Life is a great struggle. It crushes almost everyone. Only the world-historic figures survive the Meat Grinder.”
Thomas Stark, Holenmerism and Nullibism: The Two Faces of the Holographic Universe

Miles Watson
“Halleck came from people who regarded a slight change of facial expression as adequate to convey the pain of a severed limb.”
Miles Watson, Sinner's Cross

Avijeet Das
“We cannot expect to have smooth sailing in the ocean of life. Tough times forge men and women to build strength and character.
Then with the renewed toughness, one can navigate the turbulence in the ocean of life.
So, don't you dare think of giving up. This too shall pass. And you will do just fine. Keep going!”
Avijeet Das

Avijeet Das
“Tough times forge men and women to build strength and character.”
Avijeet Das

“When it comes to success, fantasy is dreaming above your toughness level.”
T Jay Taylor

Vincent H. O'Neil
“There is a value to adversity. We learn more from tough times than from easy ones.”
Vincent H. O'Neil, The Unused Path: Skills for living an authentic life

Abhijit Naskar
“Tough as thunder, sweet as honey, that's the motto for a braveheart human.”
Abhijit Naskar, Dervish Advaitam: Gospel of Sacred Feminines and Holy Fathers

Allyson S. Barkley
“I, too, have been tested by this world,” Naandini said firmly. “I am tough. Just as tough as you, whether you believe it or not. You seem to think that you are so different from us, but you’re wrong. Every one of us in this camp will do whatever it takes to win freedom, to survive.” Her round cheeks were flushed, her brows arched in defiance. “You don’t have to be kind to me. I have dealt with far worse than any insult you can fling at me or this army. But you do have to respect me. As a matter of fact, you have to respect all of us. We deserve that much.”
Allyson S. Barkley, A Vision in Smoke

Erle Stanley Gardner
“I'm not naturally tough. I've learned to be tough through rubbing elbows with the police.”
Erle Stanley Gardner, The Case of the Crooked Candle

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