The greatest firmness
Is the greatest mercy. [ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ]
Stubbornness is not firmness. [ Schiller ]
Here I am, and here I remain. [ Marshall MacMahon in the trenches before the Malakoff ]
Perseverance is continued firmness. [ Bias ]
Love asks faith, and faith asks firmness. [ Proverb ]
Firmness is great; persistency is greater. [ Ninon de Lenclos ]
It is firmness that makes the gods on our side. [ Voltaire ]
He who is firm in will molds the world to himself. [ Goethe ]
When firmness is sufficient, rashness is unnecessary. [ Napoleon I ]
It is only dislocated minds whose movements are spasmodic. [ Willmott ]
Stand firm and immovable as an anvil when it is beaten upon. [ St Ignatius ]
Moderation is commonly firm; and firmness is commonly successful. [ Dr. Johnson ]
In adversity and difficulties arm yourself with firmness and fortitude. [ From the Latin ]
Men shiver when thou art named; nature appalled shakes off her wonted firmness. [ Blair ]
Firmness or stiffness of the mind is not from adherence to truth, but submission to prejudice. [ Locke ]
The grave - dread thing! - men shiver when thou art named; Nature, appalled, shakes off her wonted firmness. [ Blair ]
With malice towards none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right. [ Abraham Lincoln ]
I hope I shall always possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain, what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an
honest man. [ George Washington ]
Obstinacy is the strength of the weak. Firmness founded upon principle, upon the truth and right, order and law, duty and generosity, is the obstinacy of sages. [ Lavater ]
Firmness, both in sufferance and exertion, is a character I would wish to possess. I have always despised the whining yelp of complaint and the cowardly feeble resolve. [ Burns ]
A nobleness and elevation of mind, together with firmness of constitution, gives lustre and dignity to the aspect, and makes the soul, as it were, shine through the body. [ Jeremy Collier ]
Fortitude implies a firmness and strength of mind that enables us to do and suffer as we ought. It rises upon an opposition, and, like a river, swells the higher for having its course stopped. [ Jeremy Collier ]
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 ]
Be cheerful, and seek not external help, nor the tranquillity which others give. A man must stand erect, not be kept erect by others. Be like the promontory against which the waves continually break, but it stands firm and tames the fury of the water around it. [ Marcus Aurelius ]
In Goethe's drama, Iphigenia defends her chastity, ascribing her firmness to the gods.
No god hath said this: thine own heart hath spoken, answered Thoas, the king.
They only speak to us through our heart, she replies.
Have not I the right to hear them too? he rejoins.
Thy storm of passion drowns the gentle whisper, adds the maiden, and closes all debate. [ Bartol ]