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My family is from Germany, I don't know how to speak the language, although my grandfather was fluent. His favorite phrase was "Made strong through the struggles" and I believe it went something like "stark durch die Kämpfe". Just looking for the correct translation.

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This isn't idiomatic, is it? So I guess we're looking for an almost literal translation and then your translation is fine. – Em1 Sep 13 '13 at 17:24

"Was uns nicht umbringt, macht uns stärker" (What doesn't kill us only makes us stronger) would be a similar quote by Nietzsche.

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And i missed that one. Good catch. – npst Sep 13 '13 at 21:05

If this is idiomatic, a saying in Germany is

Das Leben hat ihn hart gemacht

this doesn't refer to battles but to (difficult) life in general as the hardening factor, but it's the only idiom that comes to mind.

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