Definition: self-controlled when subject to annoyance or provocation; patient; long-suffering

Familial Qualities: determined, stick-to-itive

• The two powers which constitute a wise man are those of bearing and forbearing. — Epictetus (50-135) Greek Stoic philosopher
• Forbearance is the root of quietness and assurance forever. — Tokugawa Ieyasu [born Matsudaira Takechiyo] (1543–1616) Founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate of Japan

Comment: Forbearance is greater than tolerance, greater than patience, greater, even, than long-suffering. It includes a clarity of understanding, and a knowing faith, in the truth that all things work together for the greatest good.

Symbol: the ox