Monday, July 29, 2013


Sometimes even to live is an act of courage.  ~Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Letters to Lucilius

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear.  Except a creature be part coward it is not a compliment to say it is brave.  ~Mark Twain,

Courage is being afraid but going on anyhow.  ~Dan Rather

Courage is doing what you're afraid to do.  There can be no courage unless you're scared.  ~Edward Vernon Rickenbacker

A coward is a hero with a wife, kids, and a mortgage.  ~Marvin Kitman

Bravery is being the only one who knows you're afraid.  ~Franklin P. Jones

If God wanted us to be brave, why did He give us legs ?  ~Marvin Kitman

Coward:  One who, in a perilous emergency, thinks with his legs.  ~Ambrose Bierce

Fear and courage are brothers.  ~Proverb

Valor is stability, not of legs and arms, but of courage and the soul.  ~Michel de Montaigne

True courage is not the brutal force of vulgar heroes, but the firm resolve of virtue and reason.  ~Alfred North Whitehead

When we are afraid we ought not to occupy ourselves with endeavoring to prove that there is no danger, but in strengthening ourselves to go on in spite of the danger.  ~Mark Rutherford

Courage, in the final analysis, is nothing but an affirmative answer to the shocks of existence.  ~Kurt Goldstein

To live with fear and not be afraid is the final test of maturity.  ~Edward Weeks

A man of courage never wants weapons.  ~Author Unknown

Do not look upon this world with fear and loathing.  Bravely face whatever the gods offer.  ~Morihei Ueshiba

Courage is reckoned the greatest of all virtues; because, unless a man has that virtue, he has no security for preserving any other.  ~Samuel Johnson

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear.  ~Ambrose Redmoon

It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.  ~Mark Twain

A timid person is frightened before a danger, a coward during the time, and a courageous person afterward.  ~Jean Paul Richter

Have the courage to live.  Anyone can die.  ~Robert Cody

In the beginning of a change, the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned.  When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.  ~Mark Twain

I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the 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.  You rarely win, but sometimes you do.  ~Harper Lee

I believe that courage is the sum of strength and wisdom.  You take away wisdom from the equation - courage may turn to rage.  ~Dodinsky

Courage ought to have eyes as well as arms.  ~H.G. Bohn

You can't test courage cautiously.  ~Anne Dillard

The only courage that matters is the kind that gets you from one moment to the next.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966

Courage is a kind of salvation. ~Plato

Underneath courage shouts fear but of a hoarse voice. ~Terri Guillemets

Valor is a gift. Those having it never know for sure if they have it till the test comes. And those having it in one test never know for sure if they will have it when the next test comes. ~Carl Sandburg

Courage is nine-tenths context.  What is courageous in one setting can be foolhardy in another and even cowardly in a third.  ~Joseph Epstein

A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Courage is the fear of being thought a coward.  ~Horace Smith

Courage is to feel the daily daggers of relentless steel and keep on living.  ~Douglas Malloch

The only real progress lies in learning to be wrong all alone.  ~Albert Camus

Perfect courage means doing unwitnessed what we would be capable of with the world looking on.  ~François, Duc de La Rochefoucauld, Maxims, 1678

Courage is almost a contradiction in terms.  It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die.  ~G.K. Chesterton

Courage crawls atop fear and screams loud its mighty victory!  ~Terri Guillemets

Optimism is the foundation of courage.  ~Nicholas Murray Butler

Courage is as often the outcome of despair as of hope; in the one case we have nothing to lose, in the other everything to gain.  ~Diane de Poitiers

To him that waits all things reveal themselves, provided that he has the courage not to deny, in the darkness, what he has seen in the light.  ~Coventry Patmore

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