About Courage

    Trust in yourself. Your perceptions are often more accurate than you are willing to believe.

   -  Black, Claudia


    Do not fear mistakes- there are none.

   -  Davis, Miles

    Nobody can give you wiser advice than yourself.

   -  Cicero

    One learns by doing a thing; for though you think you know it, you have no certainty until you try.


    Do the thing you are afraid to do and the death of fear is certain.

    – Emerson, Ralph Waldo

    The best thing about the future is that it only comes one day at a time.

    Lincoln, Abraham

    Many of us spend our whole lives running from feeling with the mistaken belief that you can not bear the pain. But you have already borne the pain. What you have not done is feel all you are beyond that pain.

    – Kahlil Gibran

    Every exit is an entry somewhere else.

    – Stoppard, Tom

    One sees great things from the valley, only small things from the peak.

    – Chesterton, G. K.

    The most terrifying thing is to accept oneself completely.

    – Jung, Carl

    To know what you prefer instead of humbly saying Amen to what the world tells you ought to prefer,

is to have kept your soul alive.

   -  Stevenson, Robert Louis

    Stop thinking and talking about it and there is nothing you will not be able to know.

    – Zen Paradigm

    It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that things are difficult.

    – Seneca

    There is the risk you cannot afford to take, and there is the risk you cannot afford not to take.

    Drucker, Peter

    With courage you will dare to take risks, have the strength to be compassionate and the wisdom to be humble.

Courage is the foundation of integrity.

   -  Nair, Keshavan

    Trust that still, small voice that says, “This might work and I’ll try it.”

   -  Mariechild, Diane

    Life shrinks and expands in proportion to one’s courage.

     – Nin, Anais

    Saying no can be the ultimate self-care.

    – Black, Claudia

    I was taught that the way of progress is neither swift nor easy.

   – Curie, Marie

    You’ve got to find the force inside you.

- Campbell, Joseph

    I need to take an emotional breath, step back and remind myself who’s actually in charge of my life.

   – Knowlton, Judith

    You must do the thing you think you cannot do.

    – Roosevelt, Eleanor

    Once we make our decision, all things will come to us.

Auspicious signs are not a superstition, but a confirmation. They are a response.

     – Deng Ming-Dao

    The only way to pass any test is to take the test. anonymous

    If you are not living on the edge, you take up too much room.

     – Native American saying

    Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent.

   – Roosevelt, Eleanor

    If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in bed with a mosquito.

  -  Reese, Betty

    We need to dwarf our troubles and magnify our blessings.

    – Neill, Humphrey B

    One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar

     -Keller, Helen

    Let yourself be open and life will be easier. A spoon of salt in a glass of water makes the water undrinkable.

A spoon of salt in a lake is almost unnoticed.

     – Buddha

    The person who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.

     – Anonymous

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

   -  Nin, Anais

    Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s heaven for?

    – Browning, Robert

    Fortune favors the bold.

    – Virgil

    Every oak tree started out as a couple of nuts who stood their ground.

     – anonymous

    The journey of a thousand leagues begins from beneath your feet.


    The beginning is the most important part of the work.

- Plato

To gain that which is worth having, it may be necessary to lose everything else

     – Devlin, Bernadette

    It is a blessed thing that in every age someone has had enough individuality and

courage to stand by his own convictions

     – Ingersoll, Robert G

    When you try to do something you’ve never done before, you risk falling on your face.

     – Zwilich, Ellen

    It is what we fear that happens to us.

  -  Wilde, Oscar

    This the last of human freedoms–

to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose ones own way.

   -  Frankl, Victor

    A life making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing at all.

     – Shaw, George Bernard

    Daring ideas are like chess men moved forward. They may be beaten, but they may start a winning game.


    He who gains victory over other men is strong; but he who gains victory over himself is all powerful.

     – Lao-Tzu

    Let me listen to me and not to them.

  -  Stein, Gertrude

    When your bow is broken and your last arrow spent, then shoot, shoot with your whole heart.

     -Zen Saying

    In the long run we get no more than we have been willing to risk giving.

     – Kopp, Sheldon

    To measure you by your smallest deed is to reckon the ocean by the frailty of its foam,

To judge you by your failures is to cast blame upon the seasons for their inconsistencies.

    – Gibran, Kahlil

    You haven’t failed till you quit trying.

   – Anonymous

    I try to avoid looking forward or backward, and try to keep looking upward.

     – Bronte, Charlotte

    Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.

   – Keller, Helen

    If you see a whole thing- it seems that it’s always beautiful. Planets, lives…But up close a world’s all dirt and rocks. And day to day, life’s a hard job, you get tired, you lose the pattern.

    – Le Guin, Ursula

    A ship in harbour is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.

    – William Shedd

    To him who is in fear everything rustles.

  -  Sophocles

    Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm.

   – Publius Syrus

    .The mountain remains unmoved at seeming defeat by the mist.

  -  Rabindranath Tagore

    .There is luxury in self-reproach.

When we blame ourselves, we feel no one else has a right to blame us.

    -  Oscar Wilde

    Brave men are all vertebrates; they have their softness on the surface and their toughness in the middle.

    – G. K. Chesterton

    What you pursue, you don’t get.

But what you allow to grow slowly in its own way, comes to you.

    ‚ – Rabbi Pinhas

    “Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.”

    ‚-  Rumi

    “In the hour of adversity be not without hope . For crystal rain falls from black clouds.”

    ‚ – Persian Poem

    “When we long for life without difficulties,

remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure.”

    – Peter Marshall

    “Good timber does not grow with ease. The stronger the wind the stronger the trees.”

   – Williard Marriott

    “What the caterpillar calls the end of the world the master calls a butterfly.”

    – Richard Bach

    Every man has his own courage, and is betrayed because he seeks in himself the courage of other persons.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Perfect valour consists in doing without witnesses that which we would be capable of doing before everyone.

   – FranÁois Duc de La Rochefoucauld

    Courage is like love; it must have hope for nourishment.

- Napoleon

    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

    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

    The course of true anything does not run smooth.

    – Samuel Butler

    Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people

who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.

   -  Dale Carnegie

    Hope is the poor man’s bread.

    – George Herbert

    Great deeds are usually wrought at great risk.

   -  Herodotus

    We know how to speak many falsehoods that resemble real things,

but we know, when we will, how to speak true things.

    – Hesiod

    A good scare is worth more to a man than good advice.

    Edgar Watson Howe People, like nails, lose their effectiveness when they lose direction and begin to bend.

    – Walter Savage Landor

    Conceal a flaw, and the world will imagine the worst.

   – Martial

    The only antidote to mental suffering is physical pain.

    – Karl Marx

    The tendency of an event to occur varies inversely with one’s preparation for it.

    – David Searles

    In the field of observation, chance favors the prepared mind.

    – Louis Pasteur

    .Every luxury must be paid for, and everything is a luxury, starting with being in the world.

    – Cesare Pavese

    The problem is not that there are problems.

The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is a problem.

    – Theodore Rubin

    The truth of the matter is that you ALWAYS know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it.

    – General H. Norman Schwarzkopf/Contributed by Ray

    Everyone has a talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads.

– Erica Jong, author, Fear of Flying /     Contributed by Ray

    Cowards die many times before their death.

— William Shakespeare — Contributed by Unknown

    “To sit quiet and think, is the hardest thing a person can do, for when he does, all the Demons of the universe, show up and try to keep him from the truth. But these Demons must be faced, then slayed, in order to live a life worth living”

– R.H. Lascelle /  Contributed by Angela

    Someone was hurt before you; wronged before you; beaten before you; humiliated before you; raped before you; yet, someone SURVIVED.

—- Maya Angelou contributed by Kay

    You can complain because roses have thorns of you can rejoice because thorns have roses.

-Ziggy /    contributed by Amy

    If you train hard you’ll not only be hard but you’ll be hard to beat.

- Herschel Walker/    contributed by Amy

    “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”


    Hell begins the day that God grants you the vision to see all that you could have done,

should have done, and would have done, but did not do.

- GOETHE/ Contributed by Rene

    *Which can say more than this rich praise, that you alone are you.*

–Shakespeare /    Contributed by Amanda Tuttle

    If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.

-Thoreau/    Contributed by Star

    We do not believe in ourselves until someone reveals that deep inside us something is valuable, worth listening to, worthy of our trust, sacred to our touch. Once we believe in ourselves we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or any experience that reveals the human spirit.

–ee cummings

    “If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem.”

—unknown contributed by Sarah

    “What is popular is not always right, and what is right is not always popular.”

—unknown contributed by Sarah

    Wisdom is not in words Wisdom is meaning within words

—Khalil Gibran/    Contributed by Debee

    The coward dies a thousand deaths, the valiant, only once!

—Shakespeare/ submitted by Kathleen

    if you build up too many tomorrows….all you end up with are a bunch of empty yesterdays.

— Anonymous/    contributed by Harry Widdifield

    One Man with courage is Majority.

— Andrew Jackson/    contributed by Rajaprakash

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