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FIRMNESS
[ Also see Compromise Consistency Constancy Courage Decision Endurance Fortitude Indecision Indulgence Martyrs Obstinacy Positiveness Resolution Rigor Will ]

Firmness of purpose is one of the most necessary sinews of character and one of the best instruments of success. Without it, genius wastes its efforts in a maze of inconsistencies.
      - 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope

That profound firmness which enabler a man to regard difficulties but as evils to be surmounted, no matter what shape they may assume.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Rely on principles; walk erect and free, not trusting to bulk of body, like a wrestler, for one should not be unconquerable in the sense that an ass is. Who then is unconquerable? He whom the inevitable cannot overcome.
      - Epictetus

That which is called firmness in a king is called obstinacy in a donkey.
      - Ralph Erskine

Real firmness is good for anything; strut is good for nothing.
      - Alexander Hamilton

Stand firm and immovable as an anvil when it is beaten upon.
      - St. Ignatius of Loyola

It is only persons of firmness that can have real gentleness; those who appear gentle are in general only of a weak character, which easily changes into asperity.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Firmness is great; persistency is greater.
      - Ninon de L'Enclos (real name Anne L'Enclos)

The greatest firmness is the greatest mercy.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I am here; I shall remain here.
      - Marie Edme Patrice Maurice de MacMahon, Duke of Magenta

The aged oak upon the steep stands more firm and secure if assailed by angry winds; for if the winter bares its head, the more strongly it strikes its roots into the ground, acquiring strength as it loses beauty.
      - Metastasio (pseudonym of Antonio Domenico Bonaventura Trapassi Pietro)

When firmness is sufficient, rashness is unnecessary.
      - Napoleon Bonaparte (Napoleon I)

Cowards are scared with threatenings; boys are whipped into confession; but a steady mind acts of itself, ne'er asks the body counsel.
      - Thomas Otway

There is a natural firmness in some minds, which cannot be unlocked by trifles, but which, when unlocked, discovers a cabinet of fortitude.
      - Thomas Paine

Stubbornness is not firmness.
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

I know no real worth but that tranquil firmness which seeks dangers by duty, and braves them without rashness.
      - Leszczynski Stanislaus ("Stanislaus I")

I said to Sorrow's awful storm,
  That beat against my breast,
    Rage on--thou may'st destroy this form,
      And lay it low at rest;
        But still the spirit that now brooks
          Thy tempest raging high,
            Undaunted on its fury looks
              With steadfast eye.
      - Richard Henry Stoddard

It is firmness that makes the gods on our side.
      - Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire)

It is only dislocated minds whose movements are spasmodic.
      - Robert Aris Willmott


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