strengthWho among us has the strength to oppose petty egoism, those petty good feelings, pity and remorse? Ivan Turgenev I’ve always been really athletic, which really helped, because when I first started doing the training for Bulletproof Monk, it required so much strength that if I didn’t have a base I don’t really know what I would have done. There is nothing respecting which a man may be so long unconscious as of the extent and strength of his prejudices. It is no use painting the foot of the tree white, the strength of the bark cries out from beneath the paint. I felt invincible. My strength was that of a giant. God was certainly standing by me. I smashed five saloons with rocks before I ever took a hatchet. If a weakly mortal is to do anything in the world besides eat the bread thereof, there must be a determined subordination of the whole nature to the one aim no trifling with time, which is passing, with strength which is only too limited. Strength is a matter of the made-up mind. Tonight I should like to thank all those who have shared my work and to acknowledge the debt that I owe to my wife whose encouragement to put research before all other things has been a great strength to me. The strength of a nation, especially of a republican nation, is in the intelligent and well ordered homes of the people. This is just what I have thought when I have seen slaves at work – they seem to go through the motions of labor without putting strength into them. They keep their powers in reserve for their own use at night, perhaps.