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physical strength and mental fortitude
  strength of mind that enables one to endure adversity with courage
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The expression intestinal fortitude is another way of saying fortitude.
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  • physical strength and mental fortitude
  • She has the fortitude to finish this project.
  • I pray for strength and fortitude.
  • I shall soon have need for all my fortitude, as I am on the point of separation from my own daughter.
    Jane Austen  --  Lady Susan

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  • Though I never saw Narmonee in battle I will, from what I then observed, stake my life upon his courage and fortitude.
    Herman Melville  --  Typee
  • Our leaders are selected by their peers for their impeccable character, moral fortitude, and leadership skills.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • To prove I still had the fortitude to perform?
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture
  • This story is shared with the reader by a survivor, a man of extreme courage and fortitude.
    Dave Pelzer  --  A Child Called It
  • ...The king-becoming graces,
    As justice, verity, temperance, stableness,
    Bounty, perseverance, mercy, lowliness,
    Devotion, patience, courage, fortitude,
    William Shakespeare  --  Macbeth
  • We will have the Gifts of the Holy Ghost: Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Fortitude, Knowledge, Piety, the Fear of the Lord.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela’s Ashes

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  • Knowing this gave me a sense of calm, of control, as well as the fortitude I needed to go downstairs to dinner and whatever else was waiting for me.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Lock and Key
  • "Then again," my mom said as the waiter left, "I doubt your father picked Heidi for her fortitude."
    Sarah Dessen  --  Along for the Ride
  • He admired the oxen persistence with which the last soldier in the column of thirty-nine marched, thinking that the boy represented so much good—fortitude, discipline, loyalty, self-control, courage, toughness.
    Tim O’Brien  --  Going After Cacciato
  • Thou wast that did preserve me. Thou didst smile,
    Infused with a fortitude from heaven,
    When I have deck’d the sea with drops full salt,
    William Shakespeare  --  The Tempest
  • Not that Simon was sure he’d have the fortitude to stop her.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • I was pretty certain it was a plot to get me to make out with her, and had I been any older or wiser, or one of those guys for whom make-out sessions with hot girls were so frequent as to be of no consequence, I might’ve had the emotional and hormonal fortitude to demand that we have our talk right then and there.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • You lack the requisite spine and testicular fortitude to study under me.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • In that moment I found a power beyond any I’d had before, a will and a determination I would never have needed if not for Lucinda, a fortitude I hadn’t been able to find for a lesser cause.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
  • You have to have the fortitude of a triathlete.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • You had the fortitude to regain the house, assisted by your nurse.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • They had fortitude and self-reliance, and in time of difficulty or peril stood up for the welfare of the state like a line of cliffs against a tempestuous tide.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • Next followed the thought that much of the future peace of mind enjoyable by the dear ones, depended on his quiet fortitude.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • It was only that we could feel a deep and sincere difference between us and them, a difference which everyone struggled with awkward fortitude to bridge.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • I rejoiced to see her fortitude, though my heart was ready to break as I gazed on my dear ones.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • Her misgivings undermined Eragon’s remaining fortitude.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • That he was surprised by the connection was evident; he sustained it, however, with fortitude, and so far from going away, turned his back with them, and entered into conversation with Mr. Gardiner.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • On the whole, Mrs. Johnson’s attitude toward her father was ambivalent, but one aspect of him she had always respected-his fortitude.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • On her deathbed the fortitude and benignity of this best of women did not desert her.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • There was an infinity of firmest fortitude, a determinate, unsurrenderable wilfulness, in the fixed and fearless, forward dedication of that glance.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • He bore with fortitude her Wait Till I Get You Home, Your Folks Are Out of Their Minds Worryin’, was quite calm during That’s All the Harris in You Coming Out, smiled at her Reckon You Can Stay One Night, and returned the hug at long last bestowed upon him.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • "Was pretty good fight, wa’n’t it?" he began in a small voice, and the he achieved the fortitude to continue.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • To sit still and watch these two men together was a terrible trial of fortitude.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • And more than anything else, people have told me how my mother’s example of fortitude and her refusal to let anything get in the way of her kids’ success have given them the strength to do the same.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • Dounia can endure a great deal and even in the most difficult cases she has the fortitude to maintain her firmness.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • To you, Cora, I will urge no words of idle encouragement; your own fortitude and undisturbed reason will teach you all that may become your sex; but cannot we dry the tears of that trembling weeper on your bosom?
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • You must call up all your fortitude, and try to bear it.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • I am, upon the whole, proud of my fortitude.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • Mr. Camilla interposing, as Mrs. Camilla laid her hand upon her heaving bosom, that lady assumed an unnatural fortitude of manner which I supposed to be expressive of an intention to drop and choke when out of view, and kissing her hand to Miss Havisham, was escorted forth.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • Hendon made no outcry under the scourge, but bore the heavy blows with soldierly fortitude.
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • Ellen had hinted before the wedding that marriage was something women must bear with dignity and fortitude, and the whispered comments of other matrons since her widowhood had confirmed this.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • One black man, who had not fortitude to endure scourging, promised to give information about the conspiracy.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • With all the fortitude in the world Manuel could not prevent himself from shouting and from flinging himself about upon the bed.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • — Othello, the fortitude of the place is best known to you; and though we have there a substitute of most allowed sufficiency, yet opinion, a sovereign mistress of effects, throws a more safer voice on you: you must therefore be content to slubber the gloss of your new fortunes with this more stubborn and boisterous expedition.
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • Let him regard them as his crosses: let him forget that, since they are incompatible, they cannot all happen to him, and let him try to practise fortitude and patience to them all in advance.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • Catherine had fortitude too; she suffered, but no murmur passed her lips.
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • When we had gone so far forward that it pleased my Master to show me the creature that had the fair semblance, from before me he took himself and made me stop, saying, "Behold Dis, and behold the place where it is needful that with fortitude thou arm thee."
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • He remembered her as someone of great strength and fortitude.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • We not require the dull society Of your necessitated temperance, Or that unnatural stupidity That knows nor joy nor sorrow; nor your forc’d Falsely exalted passive fortitude Above the active.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • With the fortitude of a devoted novitiate, she had resolved at one-and-twenty to complete the sacrifice, and retire from all the pleasures of life, of rational intercourse, equal society, peace and hope, to penance and mortification for ever.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • As Oliver accompanied his master in most of his adult expeditions too, in order that he might acquire that equanimity of demeanour and full command of nerve which was essential to a finished undertaker, he had many opportunities of observing the beautiful resignation and fortitude with which some strong-minded people bear their trials and losses.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
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