On many of the great issues of our time, men have lacked wisdom because they have lacked courage.
It is often wonderful how putting down on paper a clear statement of a case helps one to see, not perhaps the way out, but the way in.
Courage is facing your fears. Stupidity is fearing nothing.
Courage is the lovely virtue -- the rib of Himself that God sent down to His children.
If you have enough fantasies, you're ready, in the event that something happens.
There are some women who seem to be born without fear, just as there are people who are born without the ability to feel pain.... Providence appears to protect such women, maybe out of astonishment.
The spirit of man is an inward flame; a lamp the world blows upon but never puts out.
It is easy to fly into a passion... anybody can do that, but to be angry with the right person to the right extent and at the right time and in the right way? that is not easy.
True miracles are created by men when they use the courage and intelligence that God gave them.
How, then, find the courage for action? By slipping a little into unconsciousness, spontaneity, instinct which holds one to the earth and dictates the relatively good and useful.... By accepting the human condition more simply, and candidly, by dreading troubles less, calculating less, hoping more.
Human beings need to belong to a tradition and equally need to know about the world in which they find themselves.
You will never do anything in this world without courage.
Courage that grows from constitution often forsakes a man when he has occasion for it. Courage which arises from a sense of duty acts in a uniform manner.
What after all has maintained the human race on this old globe, despite all the calamities of nature and all the tragic failings of mankind, if not the faith in new possibilities and the courage to advocate them?
What you RESIST, PERSISTS. If you take ownership and deal with things that are bothering you, then, in the very process of dealing with them they very often will go away.
COURAGE AFTER SIXTY Now it is certain. There is no magic stone. No secret to be found. One must go With the mind's winnowed learning. No more than the child's handhold On the willows bending over the lake, On the sumac roots at the cliff edge. Ignorance is checked, Betrayals scratched. The coat has been hung on the peg, The cigar laid on the table edge, The cue chosen and chalked, The balls set for the final break. All cards drawn, All bets called. The dice, warm as blood in the hand, Shaken for the last cast. The glove has been thrown to the ground, The last choice of weapons made. A book for one thought. A poem for one line. A line for one word. Broken things are powerful. Things about to break are stronger still. The last shot from the brittle bow is truest.
It takes courage to attempt the impossible. What would we think of Moses today if when it was time to part the red sea, he had said Why don't you guys go build a bridge?
Courage is not limited to the battlefield or the Indianapolis 500 or bravely catching a thief in your house. The real tests of courage are much quieter. They are the inner tests, like remaining faithful when nobody's looking, like enduring pain when the room is empty, like standing alone when you're misunderstood.
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