As a student, Shirley can play classical and pop music, but her real forte is jazz improvisation or creating solos off the top of her head based on what she feels like doing at the time.
Ted told his mother that he was better than his friend in English and social studies, but not in math; that is Joe's forte.
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Seneca, in De Providentia, warns us that there will be trouble in our lives and we must learn to come to grips with it, telling us that "life is not a bowl of cherries".