To the ancients, virtue is strength (Latin virtu - prowess, strength). A virtue is an inner strength you bring to any challenge.
To Aristotle, a strong affinity for truth—finding it, telling it, living it—is as vital a virtue as courage. In fact, they're connected.
The fearful, the cowardly, will neither face nor live the truth in its wholeness. A courageous person, by contrast, embraces reality.
True strength is compassionate and never cruel. True courage flows from the deepest love and is always aligned with inner nobility.
Resilience requires courage and a robust sense of hope. Hopelessness never adapts or rises high.
The greater a person is, the harder it is to insult them. Many may try, but as when shooting at a distant target, the arrows fall far short.
Those who are always offended and insulted and incensed are spiritually emaciated, and without inner strength.
There is an air of insult and offense breathed in and out by those who have no spiritual depth or core. We do well to help or to avoid them.
The one who cannot keep his head and keep his counsel cannot lead others, or even a life worth living.
Dignity isn’t an outmoded, antiquarian value, but is rather the sign of inner wealth, wisdom, and strength.