No great thing comes to
person has courage.
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
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.
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
to live with it, to never let others know of it and to still find joy
to wake up in the morning with an enthusiasm for the day ahead.
in the last analysis, is largely bravery--courage
old ideas and old standards.
-James Harvey Robinson
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
you is a void that should have been filled by
attempt to fill it with the approval of others instead,
the void grows deeper and the hunger for acceptance and approval grows
solution is to summon the courage to honor your own
judgment, frightening though that may be in the beginning.
God grant me the courage not to give up
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
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
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.
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
courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.
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
person is not one who feels
For that were stupid and
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.
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
is doing what you're
afraid to do. There can be no
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
in the structure of his building of oneself into a
who acts with freedom and responsibility.
is a quality so necessary for maintaining virtue
that it is always respected, even when it is
associated with vice. -Samuel
Courage is what preserves our
liberty, safety, life, and our homes and parents,
country and children. Courage comprises all things.
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
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.
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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