Weekend

Weekend Words: Resist

“Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

Eugène Delacroix, “Liberty Leading the People (28th July 1830)” (1830), oil on canvas, 260 x 325 cm, Musée du Louvre, Paris (image via Web Gallery of Art)

The Women’s March signaled an immediate and spontaneous resistance to the presidency of Donald J. Trump. Today marks Week 2 of a movement with no end in sight.

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear not absence of fear.

—Mark Twain (1835 – 1910)

An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come.

—Victor Hugo, Histoire d’un crime (1852)

This is your time and it feels normal to you, but really, there is no normal. There’s only change and resistance to it and then more change.

—Meryl Streep, Barnard Commencement Speech (2010)

Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

—James 4:7 (KJV)

We will resist conscription by all means within our power.

—Emma Goldman

What is good? All that heightens the feeling of power in man, the will to power, power itself. What is bad? All that is born of weakness. What is happiness? The feeling that power is growing, that resistance is overcome.

—Friedrich Nietzsche, The Antichrist (1895)

Jam’s about my pride and truth I cannot hide
To keep you satisfied.
True love that now exist is the love I can’t resist,
So jam by my side.

—Bob Marley, “Jammin” (1977)

Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.

—Robert Frost (1874 – 1963)

There is not any memory with less satisfaction than the memory of some temptation we resisted.

—James Branch Cabell

We gain the strength of the temptation we resist.

—Ralph Waldo Emerson

I generally avoid temptation unless I can’t resist it.

—Mae West (1892 – 1980)

I’d tried so not to give in.
I said to myself: this affair never will go so well.
But why should I try to resist when, baby, I know so well
I’ve got you under my skin?

—Cole Porter, “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” (1936)

The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it always to be kept alive.

—Thomas Jefferson

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