“The world is full of vulgar Purists, who bring discredit on all selection by the silliness of their choice; and this the more, because the very becoming a Purist is commonly indicative of some slight degree of weakness, readiness to be offended, or narrowness of understanding of the ends of things.” — John Ruskin, The Stones of Venice Volume 2 (of 3)
“’You can speak truth to power,’ Joel-Andrew explained, ‘but when you speak truth to weakness, weakness gets mad and queasy. It accuses you of its own insecurity.’” — Jack Cady, The Off Season
“Rudeness is the weak man’s imitation of strength.” — Eric Hoffer, The Passionate State of Mind, and Other Aphorisms
“We suffer primarily not from our vices or our weaknesses, but from our illusions.” — Daniel J. Boorstin, The Image
“I learned that it is the weak who are cruel, and that gentleness is to be expected only from the strong.” — Leo Rosten, Captain Newman, M. D.