Quotes for
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Courage 2

No great thing comes to
any person unless that
person has courage.

James Gibbons


We must never forget that today's legendary achievements--awesome as they may seem--were yesterday's risky adventures.  Courage is not the capacity never to be afraid; as Karl Barth reminds us, "Courage is fear that has said its prayers."     -John R. Claypool, Tracks of a Fellow Struggler

There is a quiet courage that comes from an inward spring of confidence in the meaning and significance of life.  Such courage is an underground river, flowing far beneath the shifting events of one’s experience, keeping alive a thousand little springs of action.       -Howard Thurman
Courage takes many forms.  There is physical courage, there is moral courage.  Then there is a still higher type of courage--the courage to brave pain, to live with it, to never let others know of it and to still find joy in life; to wake up in the morning with an enthusiasm for the day ahead.       -Howard Cosell
Greatness, in the last analysis, is largely bravery--courage in escaping from old ideas and old standards.       -James Harvey Robinson
The more you surrender to the fear of someone’s disapproval, the more you lose face in your own eyes, and the more desperate you become for someone’s approval.  Within you is a void that should have been filled by self-esteem.  When you attempt to fill it with the approval of others instead, the void grows deeper and the hunger for acceptance and approval grows stronger.  The only solution is to summon the courage to honor your own judgment, frightening though that may be in the beginning.       -Nathaniel Branden

God grant me the courage not to give up what I think is right, even though I think it is hopeless.       -Chester W. Nimitz
Courage. . . . It's just another word for inner strength, presence of mind against odds, determination to hang in there, to venture, persevere, and withstand hardship.  It's got keeping power. . . . It's what makes the amputee reject pity and continue to take life by the throat.  It's what forces every married couple having trouble never to say, "Let's terminate."  It's what encourages the divorcee to face tomorrow.  It's what upholds the young mother with kids in spite of a personal energy crisis. . . . Every day, in some way, your courage will be tested.  Your test may be as simple as saying, "No," as uneventful as facing a pile of dirty laundry, or as unknown and unheralded as an inner struggle between right and wrong.  God's medal-of-honor winners are made in secret because most of their courageous acts occur deep down inside.     -Charles Swindoll, Killing Giants, Pulling Thorns
It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.     -J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.  The brave person is not the one who does not feel afraid, but the one who conquers that fear.     -Nelson Mandela
Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all the others.      -Winston Churchill

I do not ask to walk smooth paths
Nor bear an easy load.
I pray for strength and fortitude
To climb the rock-strewn road.

Give me such courage I can scale
The hardest peaks alone,
And transform every stumbling block
Into a steppingstone.

Gail Brook Burket

The world has no room for cowards.  We must all be ready somehow to toil, to suffer, to die.  And yours is not the less noble because no drum beats before you when you go out to your daily battlefields, and no crowds shout your coming when you return from your daily victory and defeat.      -Robert Louis Stevenson
Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.      -unattributed
The hero is no braver than an ordinary person, but he or she is brave five minutes longer.       -Ralph Waldo Emerson
Courage is resistance to fear, not absence of it.       -Mark Twain
The brave person is not one who feels no fear, For that were stupid and irrational; But one, whose noble soul its fear subdues, And bravely dares the danger nature shrinks from.       -Joanna Baillie
Courage is the price that life extracts for granting peace.  The soul that knows it not, knows no release from little things.       -Amelia Earhart

The world is not perishing for the want of clever or talented or well-meaning people.  It is perishing for the want of people of courage and resolution.       -Robert J. McCracken
Courage is doing what you're afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you're scared.       -Eddie Rickenbacker
Courage is required not only in a person's occasional crucial decision for one's own freedom, but in the little hour-to-hour decisions which place the bricks in the structure of his building of oneself into a person who acts with freedom and responsibility.        -Rollo May
Courage is a quality so necessary for maintaining virtue that it is always respected, even when it is associated with vice.       -Samuel Johnson
Courage is what preserves our liberty, safety, life, and our homes and parents, our country and children.  Courage comprises all things.       -Plautus


It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped.  Each time a person stands up for an ideal or strikes out against injustice, he or she sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.        -Robert F. Kennedy
Great things are done more through courage than through wisdom.       -German proverb
Dare to begin! One who postpones living rightly is like the rustic who waits for the river to run out before he crosses.       -Horace

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