"Fortitude is the marshal of thought, the ..."


I would request you to shed some light on the given quote by Bacon!

“Fortitude is the marshal of thought, the armor of the will, and the fort of reason.”


What do you think, Tom? Give it a try. :wink:


OK, Amy, I will have a stab at it.

Courage and endurance in a person make him thoughtful and reasonable.

Fortitude= courage, endurance
marshal of thought= his thoughts are well taken care of by this element.
armor of the will= control his (wild) ambitions
fort of reason= make him reasonable.


Hi Tom

Here is the definition of fortitude from the American Heritage Dictionary:

Fortitude: Strength of mind that allows one to endure pain or adversity with courage.

Therefore, you need fortitude when you’re in a “battle” with pain or adversity. And this idea of “battle” was translated with military imagery. So, here’s my interpretation:

marshal of thought - guides your thinking during the battle
armor of the will - protects your will during the battle so that you are able to go on and don’t just give up
fort of reason - (a strong place that) protects your sanity