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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.
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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