Archive for the ‘Fortitude’ Category

Reframing Misfortune II

Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above it.

—Washington Irving (Public Domain)

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This is the mark of a really admirable man: steadfastness in the face of trouble.

—Ludwig van Beethoven (1820, by Joseph Karl Stieler; Public Domain)

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The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out to meet it.

—Thucydides (Greek philosopher, 460 bc – 400 BC; Public Domain)

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The tendency to whining and complaining may be taken as the surest sign symptom of little souls and inferior intellects.

—Lord Francis Jeffrey (1840, by sculptor Patric Park; Creative Commons)

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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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