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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“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

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

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

“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

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

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

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

Lucilla Andrews
“Tough people don't die easily. You'll be surprised how much it takes to kill a strong human being.”
Lucilla Andrews, My Friend the Professor

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

W.H. Auden
“Dear little not-so-innocents, beware of
Old Grandmother Spider: rump her endearments –
She’s not quite as nice as She looks, nor you quite
as tough as you think.”
W.H. Auden

Alan Hlad
Be an egg, Susan thought. One could be soft with fear inside, but hard as slate outside.”
Alan Hlad, The Long Flight Home

“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

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

Lailah Gifty Akita
“Training is necessary for toughness.”
Lailah Gifty Akita

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