Courage 2    

Quotes for
the Journey:



Knowledge without
courage is sterile.

Baltasar Gracian


Courage without conscience is a wild beast.     -Robert Ingersoll


One has to abandon altogether the search for security, and reach out to the risk of living with both arms.  One has to embrace the world like a lover.  One has to accept pain as a condition of existence. One has to court doubt and darkness as the cost of knowing.  One needs a will stubborn in conflict, but apt always to total acceptance of every consequence of living and dying.        -Morris L. West


I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting an idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand.  It's when you know you're licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what.       -Harper Lee


Perfect courage is to do unwitnessed what we should be capable of doing before all the world.       -La Rochefoucauld


When you get in a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems you could not hold on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.       -Harriet Beecher Stowe

Last, but by no means least, courage--moral courage, the courage of one's convictions, the courage to see things through. The world is in a constant conspiracy against the brave. It's the age-old struggle--the roar of the crowd on one side and the voice of your conscience on the other.        -Douglas MacArthur

I looked more widely around me, I studied the lives of the masses of humanity, and I saw that, not two or three, or ten, but hundreds, thousands, millions, had so understood the meaning of life that they were able both to live and to die. All these people were well acquainted with the meaning of life and death, quietly labored, endured privation and suffering, lived and died, and saw in all this, not a vain, but a good thing.        -Lev Tolstoy

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.  You are able to say to yourself, "I lived through this horror.  I can take the next thing that comes along."       -Eleanor Roosevelt

This is the art of courage: to see things as they are and still believe that the victory lies not with those who avoid the bad, but those who taste, in living awareness, every drop of the good.         -Victoria Lincoln
It takes more courage to reveal insecurities than to hide them, more strength to relate to people than to dominate them, more "manhood" to abide by thought-out principles rather than blind reflex.  Toughness is in the soul and spirit, not in muscles and an immature mind.       -Alex Karras

The hallmark of courage in our age of conformity is the capacity to stand on one's own convictions--not obstinately or defiantly (these are gestures of defensiveness, not courage) nor as a gesture of retaliation, but simply because these are what one believes.       -Rollo May

We must have courage to bet on our ideas, to take the calculated risk, and to act.  Everyday living requires courage if life is to be effective and bring happiness.       -Maxwell Maltz

It is courage, courage, courage, that raises the blood of life to crimson splendor.  Live bravely and present a brave front to adversity!       -Horace
The courage of life is often a less dramatic spectacle than the courage of a final moment; but it is no less than a magnificent mixture of triumph and tragedy.  A person does what he or she must--in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures--and that is the basis of all human morality.       -John F. Kennedy


Courage and cowardice are antithetical.
Courage is an inner resolution to go forward in spite of obstacles and frightening situations;
    cowardice is a submissive surrender to circumstance.
Courage breeds creative self-affirmation;
    cowardice produces destructive self-abnegation.
Courage faces fear and thereby masters it;
    cowardice represses fear and is thereby mastered by it.
Courageous people never lose the zest for living even though their life situation is zestless;
    cowardly people, overwhelmed by the uncertainties of life, lose the will to live.
We must constantly build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Courage is more than standing for a firm conviction.  It includes the risk of questioning that conviction.       -Julian Weber Gordon

Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you, you are wrong.  There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action, and follow it to an end, requires some of the same courage which a soldier needs.  Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them.      -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Courage is never to let your actions be influenced by your fears.       -Arthur Koestler

It is not those who commit the least faults who are the most holy, but those who have the greatest courage, the greatest generosity, the greatest love, who make the boldest efforts to overcome themselves, and are not immediately apprehensive about tripping.        -Francis de Sales
Because a person has failed once or twice or a dozen times, you don't want to set that person down as a failure till he or she's dead or loses their courage--and that's the same thing.       -George Horace Lorimer
It is better to die on your feet than live on your knees.       -Dolores Ibarruri ( in a 1936 speech)
Courage is a kind of salvation.       -Plato
We need the courage to start and continue what we should do, and courage to stop what we shouldn't do.
-Richard L. Evans

You will never do anything in this world without courage.       -James Lane Allen
You can’t be brave if you’ve only had wonderful things happen to you.      -Mary Tyler Moore
What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?        -Vincent van Gogh
One of the most courageous things you can do is identify yourself, know who you are, what you believe in and where you want to go.       -Sheila Murray Bethel

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Fearlessness may be a gift, but perhaps more precious is the courage acquired through endeavor, courage that comes from cultivating the habit of refusing to let fear dictate one's actions, courage that could be described as "grace under pressure"--grace which is renewed repeatedly in the face of harsh, unremitting pressure.     -Aung San Suu Kyi
There are so many ways to be brave in this world. Sometimes bravery involves laying down your life for something bigger than yourself, or for someone else. Sometimes it involves giving up everything you have ever known, or everyone you have ever loved, for the sake of something greater.  But sometimes it doesn't.
Sometimes it is nothing more than gritting your teeth through pain, and the work of every day, the slow walk toward a better life.  That is the sort of bravery I must have now.     -Veronica Roth, Allegiant
Life shrinks or expands according to one's courage.     -Anaïs Nin
Courage begins when we can admit that there is no life without some pain, some frustration; that there is no tragic accident to which we are immune; and that beyond the normal exercise of prudence we can do nothing about it.
  But courage goes on to see that the triumph of life is not in pains avoided, but in joys lived completely in the moment of their happening.  Courage lies in never taking so much as a good meal or a day of health and fair weather for granted.  It lies in learning to be aware of our moments of happiness as sharply as our moments of pain.  We need not be afraid to weep when we have cause to weep, so long as we can really rejoice at every cause for rejoicing.     -Victoria Lincoln


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