Courage

 

Courage is absolute trust in your own abilities.... Only fear can keep you grounded.   Live free.
- Skydiving poster
 

History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encountered heartbreaking obstacles before they triumphed. They won because they refused to become discouraged by their defeats.
- B. C. Forbes

Enlightenment is man's emergence from his self-imposed immaturity. Immaturity is the inability to use one's understanding without guidance from another. This immaturity is self-imposed when its cause lies not in the lack of understanding, but in the lack of resolve and courage to use it without guidance from another. Have courage to use your own understanding!
- Immanuel Kant (1724-1804)

Personal mastery teaches us to choose. Choosing is a courageous act: picking the results and actions which you will make into your destiny.
- Peter Senge

Life Shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.
- Anais Nin

Courage is rarely reckless or foolish . . . courage usually involves a highly realistic estimate of the odds that must be faced.
- Margaret Truman

Definition of courage: 'Grace under pressure.'
- Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961)

Don't work for my happiness, my brothers--show me yours--show me that it possible--show me your achievement--and the knowledge will give me courage for mine.
- Ayn Rand The Fountainhead.  

Any man's life will be filled with constant and unexpected encouragement if he makes up his mind to do his level best each day.
- Booker T. Washington

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

It takes a lot of courage to show your dreams to someone else
- Erma Bombeck

The bravest thing you can do when you are not brave is to profess courage and act accordingly.
- Corra Harris

I am old enough to know that victory is often a thing deferred, and rarely at the summit of courage. What is at the summit of courage, I think, is freedom. The freedom that comes with the knowledge that no earthly thing can break you
- Paula Giddings

[W]e must believe in ourselves or no one else will believe in us; we must match our aspirations with the competence, courage and determination to succeed.
- Rosalyn Sussman Yalow US medical physicist

The only courage that matters is the kind that gets you from one moment to the next.
- Mingnon McLaughlin

What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?
- Vincent Van Gogh

The way to develop the best that is in a man is by appreciation and encouragement.
- Charles Schwab

There is nothing better than the encouragement of a good friend.
- Katherine Hathaway

Not one of us knows what effect his life produces, and what he gives to others; that is hidden from us and must remain so, though we are often allowed to see some little fraction of it, so that we may not lose courage. The way in which power works is a mystery.
- Albert Schweitzer (01/14/1875-1965)

Whatever enlarges hope will also exalt courage.
- Samuel Johnson The Forbes Book of Business Quotations

Within each of us is a hidden store of energy. Energy we can release to compete in the marathon of life Within each of us is a hidden store of courage. Courage to give us the strength to face any challenge Within each of us is a hidden store of determination. Determination to keep us in the race when all seems lost
- Roger Dawson The 13 Secrets of Power Performance by Roger Dawson

Courage is not the lack of fear. It is acting in spite of it.
- Mark Twain

Every great work, every big accomplishment, has been brought into manifestation through holding to the vision, and often just before the big achievement, comes apparent failure and discouragement.
- Florence Scovel Shinn

Courage is like love, it must have hope for nourishment.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex... It takes a touch of genius --- and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.
- Albert Einstein

Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocre minds. The latter cannot understand it when a [person] does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses their intelligence.
- Albert Einstein

Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow that talent to dark place where it leads.
- Erica Jong

The security we crave would teach us to rest our hearts in this world and pose an obstacle to our return to God. . Our Father refreshes us on the journey with some pleasant inns, but will not encourage us to mistake them for home.
- C. S. Lewis

In marriage, each partner is to be an encourager rather than a critic, a forgiver rather than a collector of hurts, an enabler rather than a reformer.
- H. Norman Wright and Gary J. Oliver

Courage consists of the power of self-recovery.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Courage is sometimes frail as hope is frail: a fragile shoot between two stones that grows brave toward the sun though warmth and brightness fail, striving and faith the only strength it knows
- Frances Rodman

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength while loving someone deeply gives you courage.
- Lao Tze

Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow by conflict.
- William Ellery Channing

The bravest thing you can do when you are not brave is to profess courage - and act accordingly
- Corra May White Harris

Without heroes, we are all plain people and don't know how far we can go.
- Bernard Malamud

Pain nourishes courage. You can't be brave if you've only had wonderful things happen to you.
- Mary Tyler Moore

Many of our fears are tissuepaper-thin, and a single courageous step would carry us through them.
- Brendan Francis

Strength and courage aren't always measured in medals and victories. They are measured in the struggles they overcome. The strongest people aren't always the people who win, but the people who don't give up when they lose.
- Ashley Hodgeson

Courage is not the towering oak That sees storms come and go, It is the fragile blossom That opens in the snow
- Alice MacKenzie Swaim

Learn the art of patience. Apply discipline to your thoughts when they become anxious over the outcome of a goal. Impatience breeds anxiety, fear discouragement and failure. Patience creates confidence, decisiveness and a rational outlook, which eventually leads to success.
- Brian Adams

Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and I will not forget you.
- William Arthur Ward

Don't let life discourage you, everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was.
- Richard L. Evans

Often I have found that the one thing that can save is the thing which appears most to threaten...one has to go down into what one most fears and that process...comes a saving flicker of light and energy that, even if it does not produce the courage of a hero, at any rate enables a trembling mortal to take one step further.
- Laurens Van Der Post

To have courage for whatever comes in life-everything lies in that
- Mother Teresa

Nature reacts not only to physical disease, but also to moral weakness; when the danger increases; she gives us greater courage
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

This country was not built by men who relied on somebody else to take care of them. It was built by men who relied on themselves, who dared to shape their own lives, who had enough courage to blaze new trails -- enough confidence themselves to take the necessary risks.
- J. Ollie Edmunds

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 have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

The courage of life is often a less dramatic spectacle than the courage of the final moment; but it is no less a magnificent mixture of triumph and tragedy A man does what he must-in spite of personal consequences; in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures-and that is the basis of all morality.
- John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all others.
- Sir Winston Churchill

Fear imprisons; faith liberates; fear paralyzes; faith empowers; fear disheartens; faith encourages; fear sickens; faith heals; fear makes useless faith makes serviceable.
- Harry Emerson Fosdick

Self-esteem is so delicate a flower that praise tends to make it bloom, while discouragement often nips it in the bud.
- Alex F. Osborn (1888 - 1966) Writer

As you move through life, set aside good ideas and give them to others to encourage and inspire.
- Peter J. Daniels

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

The men who create power make an indispensable contribution to the Nationís greatness, but the men who question power make a contribution just as indispensable, especially when that questioning is disinterested, for they determine whether we use power or power uses us.
- John F. Kennedy, Amherst College, Oct 26, 1963

 

 

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