Definitions: (1) strong but pliant; yielding to force without tearing or breaking; flexible; resilient; (2) capable of enduring hardship; sturdy; resistant; (3) robust; hardy; durable; vigorous; (4) resolute; firm; tenacious; tough-minded

Balancing Qualities: Gentle, Reasonable

• Be willing to be uncomfortable. Be comfortable being uncomfortable. It may get tough, but it’s a small price to pay for living a dream. — Peter Alexander McWilliams (1949–2000) American self-help author
• Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough. — Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882-1945) 32nd President of the United States

Symbol: the sword