fortitude fortitude  /ˈfɔr tɪ ˌtud/


  • (n) strength of mind that enables one to endure adversity with courage


  1. In the winter and spring of 1958, the minister's son, Presidential Assistant Gabriel Hauge, showed the same old-fashioned fortitude in the face of icy winds of another kind.
  2. A first reading of Ulysses can thus be a baffling experience, although no book more generously rewards patience and fortitude.
  3. We elevate the ordinary to the extraordinary as a means of marking indelibly that which is important to us as a people: courage, fortitude, sacrifices for the common good.


  1. Joseph given place within Catholics’ Communion prayers with approval from Pope Francis

    The Holy Family of Mary, Jesus and Joseph is an important model for Christians, but Joseph has always been more in the background — the man of fortitude and humility who was not Jesus’ biological father, according to the Gospels.
    on June 21, 2013     Source: New Haven Register

  2. Stranger Than Fiction: Quinn Memoir Fails To Sell

    Christine Quinn 's new memoir With Patience and Fortitude sold only about 100 hardback copies in its first week, according to Nielsen BookScan. Quinn is City Council Speaker, and she's running for Mayor. So the book's poor performance is a bit of a head-scratcher for the publishing and political worlds. Part of the trouble seems to be that Quinn has done very few book interviews. She hasn't even ...
    on June 21, 2013     Source: WNYC New York Public Radio

  3. No One Bought Christine Quinn’s Book

    With Patience and Fortitude , her election-year memoir, had a print run of 75,000, but limited interest resulted in the publisher shipping just 5,000 copies to stores, only about 100 of which sold, the New York Times reports. ("No comment," said the publisher.)
    on June 20, 2013     Source: New York Magazine


  1. After the ceremony in St. Peter's Square to canonize Alphonsa and three others, Benedict told Indian pilgrims among the crowd of tens of thousands that Alphonsa's "heroic virtues of patience, fortitude and perseverance in the midst of deep suffering...
    on Oct 12, 2008 By: Pope Benedict XVI Source: International Herald Tribune

  2. "Tragedy tests us. It tests our fortitude and it tests our faith," Obama said. "Here's how Joe Biden responded. He never moved to Washington. Instead, night after night, week after week, year after year, he returned home to Wilmington on a...
    on Aug 23, 2008 By: Barack Obama Source: Chicago Tribune

  3. "It's not just about talent," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. "It's about character. He's a person of high character : (and) brings that to play, not only in his gamesmanship but also his intestinal fortitude."
    on Jun 11, 2009 By: Phil Jackson Source: USA Today

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