All men are afraid in battle. The coward is the one who lets his fear overcome his sense of duty. Duty is the essence of manhood.
When life's problems seem overwhelming, look around and see what other people are coping with. You may consider yourself fortunate.
Happy the man who ventures boldly to defend what he holds dear.
If I were asked to give what I consider the single most useful bit of advice for all humanity it would be this: Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life and when it comes, hold you head high, look it squarely in the eye and say, "I will be bigger than you. You cannot defeat me.
Courage conquers all things. It even gives strength to the body.
These varied kinds of courage have this in common: darkness, by increasing fear and concealing both gallant and cowardly actions, allows men to spare themselves.
Some allow themselves to be overcome by panic, and others charge because they dare not remain at their posts. Some may be found whose courage is strengthened by small perils that prepare them to face greater dangers. Some are daring when facing swords but dread facing bullets; others dread bullets little but fear facing swords a lot.
To create one's own world in any of the arts takes courage.
The highest courage is not to be found in the instinctive acts of men who risk their lives to save a friend or slay a foe; the physical fearlessness of a moment or an hour is not to be compared with immolation of months or years for the sake of wisdom or art.
Perfect valor is to do without any witnesses what one would do before the entire world.
Perfect bravery and total cowardice are two extremes that are rarely found. The space between them is vast, and embraces all other sorts of courage...
Being "brave" means doing or facing something frightening.... Being "fearless" means being without fear.
Courage does not always march to airs blown by a bugle, it is not always wrought out of the fabric ostentation wears.
Although we don't have the courage to say that in general, we have no faults and our enemies have no good qualities; in reality, we are not far from believing so.
There were always in me, two women at least, one woman desperate and bewildered, who felt she was drowning and another who would leap into a scene, as upon a stage, conceal her true emotions because they were weaknesses, helplessness, despair, and present to the world only a smile, an eagerness, curiosity, enthusiasm, interest.
Courage is never letting your actions be influenced by your fears.
Courage changes things for the better. With courage, you can stay with something long enough to succeed at it, realizing that it usually takes two, three, or four times as long to succeed as you thought or hoped.
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