weakness of characterSome recent events and conversations have spurred a newfound interest in me looking at how we approach our personal weaknesses.

Weaknesses can trip us up if we’re not thoughtful and compassionate in how we approach them. How?



  • We can focus too much on trying to turn a weakness into a strength and lose sight of what we’re really good at.
  • We can let an obsession with a real or perceived weakness become a road block that holds us back no matter how good we may be in other areas.
  • We can let others use our weaknesses against us or to control us.
  • We can be blind to our weaknesses, which harms ourselves as well as those around us because of our failure to see and accept

Our weaknesses are an essential part of who we are. Perhaps you’ll find some inspiration in one of those quotes for effectively managing yours.

Quotes about weakness

There are two kinds of weakness, that which breaks and that which bends. ~James Russell Lowell

You cannot run away from weakness; you must some time fight it out or perish; and if that be so, why not now, and where you stand? ~Robert Louis Stevenson

Never test another man by your own weakness. ~Joseph Conrad

Our strength grows out of our weaknesses. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you think a weakness can be turned into a strength, I hate to tell you this, but that’s another weakness. ~ Jack Handy

A kind eye, while recognizing defects, sees beyond them. ~Lawrence G. Lovasik

A woman of mystique is fully aware of her flaws and weaknesses, yet she is strong enough to admit them and not be embarrassed by them. ~Jean Lush

Don’t judge too harshly, for if your weaknesses were to be placed under your footsteps, most likely you would stumble and fall as well. ~Richelle E. Goodrich

The weakest spot in any person is where they think themselves to be the wisest. ~G. Emmons

A weakness of some sort can do you a big favor, if you acknowledge that it’s there. ~Benjamin Hoff

The strength of a person is often weighed by how they deal with their weaknesses. ~Nathaniel Summers


How have you managed your weaknesses so you control them instead of them limiting you?


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