Quotes & Themes – Fortitude
The virtue of fortitude and moral strength is never acquired in time of peace, when we are not tested by the contrary temptation. (Spiritual Treatises, XVI)
Some people are very meek when they do not have to suffer any contradiction: but when they are tested they quickly change. (Spiritual Treatises, XVI)
There is a big difference between the absence of vice and the presence of a virtue. Many people seem to be virtuous but do not actually possess a virtue because they have not had to fight to acquire it. It often happens that our passions are dormant or are stifled, and if, throughout those times, we do not build good supply of fortitude to combat them, we will collapse when we are attacked. (Spiritual Treatises, XVI)
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