patience and fortitude quotes

Patience and Fortitude Quotes – Lessons from the past

Everyone hits a wall sometimes. Nothing seems to be working and you feel like giving up. We are all under a little more stress than usual given the current climate. Many of us wrote plans for this year that very quickly became unimportant given the circumstances. If there is any gift this year has given us, it is the understanding of what is truly important. Below are some Quotes on Patience and Fortitude to keep you calm and moving along.

Two majestic marble lions stand in front of the New York City Library. During the 1930s, Mayor LaGuardia named them Patience and Fortitude, for the qualities he felt New Yorkers would need to survive the economic depression. Patience still stoically guards the south side of the Library’s steps and Fortitude sits loyally facing to the north.

We could probably use a little of the spirit people needed back then to get through today’s trials.

Quotes on Patience and Fortitude

“Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.”

patience and fortitude

“Fortitude is the guard and support of the other virtues.”     

John Locke

“Make your ego porous. Will is of little importance, complaining is nothing, fame is nothing. Openness, patience, receptivity, solitude is everything.”

Rainer Maria Rilke

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

Francis Bacon

“Patience and fortitude conquer all things.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Fortitude is the capacity to say no when the world wants to hear yes.”    

Erich Fromm

“It is by surmounting difficulties, not by sinking under them that we discover our fortitude.”

Hannah Webster Foster

“Gird your hearts with silent fortitude, suffering yet hoping all things.”     

Felicia Hemans

“I try to view the challenges in my life not as annoyances, but as confirmations of fortitude.”

Oprah Winfrey

“There is no fortitude like patience, just as there is no destructive emotion worse than hatred.”    


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