Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.
— Billy Graham
Our live experiences, fixed in aphorisms, stiffen into cold epigrams. Our heart's blood, as we write it, turns to mere dull ink.
— Francis H. Bradley stiffen quote
The point I wish to make is this: President William McKinley gave Rowan a letter to be delivered to Garcia; Rowan took the letter & did not ask, Where is he at? By the Eternal! there is a man whose form should be cast in deathless bronze & the statue placed in every college of the land. It is not book-learning young men need, nor instruction about this and that, but a stiffening of the vertebrae which will cause them to be loyal to a trust, to act promptly, concentrate their energies: do the thingCarry a message to Garcia!
— Elbert Hubbard
Faith, to my mind, is a stiffening process, a sort of mental starch, which ought to be applied as sparingly as possible.
— E. M. Forster
A saint addicted to excessive self-abnegation is a dangerous associate; he may infect you with poverty, and a stiffening of those joints which are needed for advancement -- in a word, with more renunciation than you care for -- and so you flee the contagion.
— stiffen quotation by Victor Hugo