Take Courage

Sunday, August 1, 2021 – Take Courage 

Success is not final; failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. ~ Winston Churchill

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen. ~ Winston Churchill

Courtesy is as much a mark of a gentleman as courage. ~ Theodore Roosevelt

Courage is fire, and bullying is smoke. ~ Benjamin Disraeli

The weak in courage is strong in cunning. ~ William Blake

Courage is grace under pressure. ~ Ernest Hemingway

Two qualities are indispensable: first, an intellect that, even in the darkest hour, retains some glimmerings of the inner light which leads to truth; and second, the courage to follow this faint light wherever it may lead. ~ Carl von Clausewitz

Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth – more than ruin, more even than death. Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habits; thought is anarchic and lawless, indifferent to authority, careless of the well-tried wisdom of the ages. Thought looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid… Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, and the chief glory of man. ~ Bertrand Russell, Why Men Fight

Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of Liberty. ~ Thomas Jefferson

Bravery is the capacity to perform properly even when scared half to death. ~ Omar N. Bradley

Courageous people do not fear forgiving, for the sake of peace. ~ Nelson Mandela

Those who lack the courage will always find a philosophy to justify it. ~ Albert Camus

Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men. ~ Confucius

From caring comes courage. ~ Lao Tzu

A man with outward courage dares to die; a man with inner courage dares to live. ~ Lao Tzu

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

Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. ~ C. S. Lewis

If one is forever cautious, can one remain a human being? ~ Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway. ~ John Wayne

The secret to happiness is freedom… And the secret to freedom is courage. ~ Thucydides

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

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. ~ T. S. Eliot

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are. ~ e. e. cummings

History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again. ~ Maya Angelou

Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace. ~ Amelia Earhart

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage. ~ Anaïs Nin

The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud. ~ Coco Chanel

There is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me. ~ Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

I remembered that the real world was wide, and that a varied field of hopes and fears, of sensations and excitements, awaited those who had the courage to go forth into its expanse, to seek real knowledge of life amidst its perils. ~ Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

With enough courage, you can do without a reputation. ~ Margaret Mitchell

All happiness depends on courage and work. ~ Honoré de Balzac

Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. God is awake. ~ Victor Hugo

An unbelieved truth can hurt a man much more than a lie. It takes great courage to back truth unacceptable to our times. There’s a punishment for it, and it’s usually crucifixion. ~ John Steinbeck, East of Eden

This is what I believe: That I am I. That my soul is a dark forest. That my known self will never be more than a little clearing in the forest. That gods, strange gods, come forth from the forest into the clearing of my known self, and then go back. That I must have the courage to let them come and go. That I will never let mankind put anything over me, but that I will try always to recognize and submit to the gods in me and the gods in other men and women. There is my creed. ~ D. H. Lawrence

Make voyages. Attempt them. There’s nothing else. ~ Tennessee Williams, Camino Real

He who jumps into the void owes no explanation to those who stand and watch. ~ Jean-Luc Godard

Even in the mud and scum of things, something always, always sings. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Scared is what you’re feeling. Brave is what you’re doing. ~ Emma Donoghue

America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand. ~ Harry S Truman

This world of ours must avoid becoming a community of dreadful fear and hate, and be, instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect. ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower

If you know the enemy and know yourself you need not fear the results of a hundred battles. ~ Sun Tzu

It is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both. ~ Niccolo Machiavelli

I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death. ~ Thomas Paine

Fear is the mother of foresight. ~ Thomas Hardy

No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear. ~ C. S. Lewis

Ultimately, we know deeply that the other side of every fear is freedom. ~ Marilyn Ferguson

It is the strange fate of man, that even in the greatest of evils the fear of the worst continues to haunt him. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Courage is a peculiar kind of fear. ~ Charles Kennedy

Courage is fear holding on a minute longer. ~ George S. Patton

When your time comes to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with fear of death, so that when their time comes, they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song, and die like a hero going home. ~ Tecumseh

I don’t fear death because I don’t fear anything I don’t understand. When I start to think about it, I order a massage and it goes away. ~ Hedy Lamarr

Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom. ~ Søren Kierkegaard

My ‘fear’ is my substance, and probably the best part of me. ~ Franz Kafka

Never be afraid to sit a while and think. ~ Lorraine Hansberry

I have never known any distress that an hour’s reading did not relieve. ~ Charles de Montesquieu

We fear things in proportion to our ignorance of them. ~ Christian Nestell Bovee

Find out what you’re afraid of and go live there. ~ Chuck Palahniuk

There are things which a man is afraid to tell even to himself, and every decent man has a number of such things stored away in his mind. ~ Fyodor Dostoevsky

There are very few monsters that warrant the fear we have of them. ~ Andre Gide

He will never have true friends who is afraid of making enemies. ~ William Hazlitt

I have a fear of being boring. ~ Christian Bale

Boredom is a vital problem for the moralist, since half the sins of mankind are caused by the fear of it. ~ Bertrand Russell

I am convinced that it is not the fear of death, of our lives ending that haunts our sleep, so much as the fear that as far as the world is concerned, we might as well never have lived. ~ Harold Kushner

Fear tastes like a rusty knife and do not let her into your house. ~ John Cheever

There is no such thing as perpetual tranquility of mind while we live here; because life itself is but motion, and can never be without desire, nor without fear, no more than without sense. ~ Thomas Hobbes

My aim, then, was to whip the rebels, to humble their pride, to follow them to their inmost recesses, and make them fear and dread us. Fear is the beginning of wisdom. ~ William Tecumseh Sherman

Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call to her tribunal every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded fear. ~ Thomas Jefferson

There are three things all wise men fear: the sea in storm, a night with no moon, and the anger of a gentle man. ~ Patrick Rothfuss

Life is made of fear. Some people eat fear soup three times a day. Some people eat fear soup all the meals there are. I eat it sometimes. When they bring me fear soup to eat, I try not to eat it. I try to send it back. But sometimes I’m too afraid to and have to eat it anyway. ~ Martin Amis

The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek. ~ Joseph Campbell