„You never know how strong you are until being strong is your only choice.“

—  Bob Marley

Variant: You never know how strong you are, until being strong is your only choice...

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Jamaican singer, songwriter, musician 1945 - 1981

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„Women are like tea bags. You never know how strong they are until you put them in hot water.“

—  Eleanor Roosevelt American politician, diplomat, and activist, and First Lady of the United States 1884 - 1962

Another quote often attributed to her without an original source in her writings, as in The Wit and Wisdom of Eleanor Roosevelt (1996), p. 199. But once again archivists have not been able to find the quote in any of her writings, see the comment from Ralph Keyes in The Quote Verifier above.
A very similar remark was attributed to Nancy Reagan, in The Observer (29 March 1981): "A woman is like a teabag — only in hot water do you realize how strong she is."
Variants:
A woman is like a teabag. You never know how strong she is until she gets into hot water.
A woman is like a tea bag, you can not tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.
A woman is like a tea bag; you can't tell how strong she is and how much to trust her until you put her in hot water.
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„A woman is like a tea bag; you never know how strong she is until she gets into hot water. “

—  Eleanor Roosevelt American politician, diplomat, and activist, and First Lady of the United States 1884 - 1962

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„A woman is like a teabag. You can't tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.“

—  Nancy Pelosi American politician, first female Speaker of the House of Representatives, born 1940 1940

Interview with ABC News, as quoted by Hilary Clinton.
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„Hope nothing from foreign governments. They will never be really willing to aid you until you have shown that you are strong enough to conquer without them.“

—  Giuseppe Mazzini Italian patriot, politician and philosopher 1805 - 1872

Life and Writings, Young Italy; reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 333

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„How do you do it? How do you stay so strong?“

—  David Gemmell, book The King Beyond the Gate

"I fake it."
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„As he saw it, there was only one choice — to be strong and upright, or to commit suicide.“

—  Yukio Mishima, Ken

"Sword" ("Ken"), quoted in 三島由紀夫短編集: Seven Stories, translated by John Bester (2002), p. 46.

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„I know you can be strong, but I want you always to be strong for your brother. Stay close to him and tell him to stand firm in the face of dangers of any kind.“

—  Rezā Shāh Shah of the Imperial State of Iran 1878 - 1944

Ashraf Pahlavi (1980), "Faces in a mirror: Memoirs from Exile", Prentice-Hall
Reza Shah to his daughter Ashraf, during his exile

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„The seed of suffering in you may be strong, but don't wait until you have no more suffering before allowing yourself to be happy.“

—  Thich Nhat Hanh, The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching: Transforming Suffering into Peace, Joy, and Liberation

Source: The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching: Transforming Suffering into Peace, Joy, and Liberation

„He knew you can't really be strong until you can see a funny side of things.“

—  Ken Kesey, book One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Variant: You can't really be strong until you can see a funny side to things.
Source: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

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