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Definition the courage to carry on
  • He even liked the way she argued with him, full of mettle.
    Ted Dekker  --  Black: The Birth of Evil
  • For all her fighting words she gave no overpowering aid-not yet; father and son must prove their mettle still.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • I did not think Master Silence had been a man of this mettle.
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry IV, Part 2
  • Goode smiled benignly, as though this tiny skirmishhad been a way for him to evaluate Cotton's mettle.
    David Baldacci  --  Wish You Well
  • And there the Golden Company had proved its mettle.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • What though care killed a cat, thou hast mettle enough in thee to kill care.
    William Shakespeare  --  Much Ado About Nothing
  • Not only had I reports reaching back years before I ever saw you but also we had shared joy and danger and hardship; I knew your mettle.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Glory Road
  • Why, now I see there's mettle in thee; and even from this instant do build on thee a better opinion than ever before.
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • He looked sulky; grim; his eyes became bluer when he was thus on his mettle; his face flushed a little.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Sketch of the Past
  • Right now, Beto would prove his mettle at the plate, not behind it.
    W. William Winokur  --  The Perfect Game
  • Such is my spirit when I am on my mettle.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • He is an honest and a mettle gentleman, and I would have ye bear in mind who says it.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Kidnapped
  • I am one that would rather go with sir priest than sir knight: I care not who knows so much of my mettle.
    William Shakespeare  --  Twelfth Night
  • Terror, terror, show your mettle, take the scab, throw them in the nettle.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • ——And you, good yeomen, Whose limbs were made in England, show us here The mettle of your pasture—let us swear That you are worth your breeding.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • George Naab gave Holderness's horse a sharp kick which made the mettlesome beast jump so suddenly that his rider was nearly unseated.
    Zane Grey  --  The Heritage of the Desert
  • The cook, placed upon her mettle, served a delicious repast—a luscious tenderloin broiled a point.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • Better we leave before whatever else is lurking on the island decides to test our mettle.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • But in prison, Selby showed his mettle.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • They mistook the mettle of their sons.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia

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