An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





Firmness of purpose is one of the most necessary sinews of character, and one of the best instruments of success. Without it genius wastes its efforts in a maze of inconsistencies.


Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield (1694-1773, British statesman, author)


Real firmness is good for anything; strut is good for nothing.


Alexander Hamilton (1757-1804,  American  statesman)


Only people who possess firmness can possess true gentleness. In those who appear gentle, it is usually only weakness that is readily converted into harshness.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


The greatest firmness is the greatest mercy.


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1819-1892, American poet)


Steadfastness is a noble quality, but unguided by knowledge or humility it becomes rashness or obstinacy.


J. Swartz


A wise man who stands firm is a statesman, a foolish man who stands firm is a catastrophe.


Adlai E. Stevenson (1900-1965, American lawyer, politician)


The purpose firm is equal to the deed.


Edward Young (1683-1765, British poet, dramatist)


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