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I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death.

—Leonardo da Vinci (Attrib to pupil Francesco Melzi; Public Domain)


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Plough Ahead

Pay as little attention to discouragement as possible. Plough ahead as a steamer does, rough or smooth, rain or shine. To carry your cargo and make your port is the point.

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— Maltbie Babcock (Public Domain)

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Most of life is routine—dull and grubby, but routine is the momentum that keeps a man going. If you wait for inspiration, you’ll be standing on the corner after the parade is a mile down the street.

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—Ben Nicholson

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God grant me the courage not to give up what I think is right even though I think it is hopeless.

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—Adm. Chester W. Nimitz

…Nimitz was appointed commander of the United States Pacific Fleet ten days after the attack on Pearl Harbor, to become effective 31 Dec 1941.

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In spite of everything I shall rise again: I will take up my pencil, which I have forsaken in my great discouragement, and I will go on with my drawing.

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— Vincent van Gogh

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Fortitude = Strength

Fortitude is the marshal of thought, the armor of the will, and the fort of reason.


—Francis Bacon

It may seem like some people are simply born with the ability to face tough times with courage and emotional stability. Don’t buy that. Fortitude is something you must develop, and the more you push the boundaries, the more determined you are to experience life, the stronger your emotional control will become.


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Come what may, all bad fortune is to be conquered by endurance.



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