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An intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius -- and a lot of courage -- to move in the opposite direction ~~ E. F. Schumacher

Life is mostly froth and bubble,
Two things stand like stone--
Kindness in another's trouble,
Courage in your own. ~~ Adam L. Gordon

The test of courage comes when we are in the minority; the test of tolerance comes when we are in the majority. ~~ Ralph W. Sockman

I hear many condemn these men because they were so few. When were the good and the braver every in a majority? ~~ Henry David Thoreau

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." ~~ Anna Eleanor Roosevelt

God, give us grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, courage to change the things which should be changed, and the wisdom to distinguish the one from the other. ~~ Reinhold Niebuhr

To bear failure with courage is the best proof of character that anyone can give. ~~ W. Somerset Maugham

There can be no resolution of mourning and loss until you put the question of "Why?" behind . [Better questions might be] "How do I survive and find courage? How can I take this life-shattering trauma and make it a basis for growing? ~~ Mrs. A. J. Levinson and Harold S. Kushner

Being a man, ne'er ask the gods for a life set free from grief, but ask for courage that endureth long. ~~ Menander

There is a courage of happiness as well as a courage of sorrow. ~~ Maurice Maeterlinck

Courage is not afraid to weep, and she is not afraid to pray, even when she is not sure who she is praying to. ~~ J. Ruth Gendler

I sit beside my lonely fire and pray for wisdom yet: for calmness to remember or courage to forget. ~~ Charles Hamilton Aide

The courage to be is the courage to accept oneself, in spite of being unacceptable. ~~ Paul Tillich

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

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

No one has yet computed how many imaginary triumphs are silently celebrated by people each year to keep up their courage. ~~ Henry S. Haskins

To him that waits all things reveal themselves, provided that he has the courage not to deny, in the darkness, what he has seen in the light. ~~ Coventry Patmore

To see what is right, and not to do it, is want of courage or of principle. ~~ Confucius

It takes a lot of courage to show your dreams to someone else. ~~ Erma BombeckI

have often thought morality may perhaps consist solely in the courage of making a choice. ~~ Leon Blum

The great virtue in life is real courage that knows how to face facts and live beyond them. ~~ D. H. Lawrence

Courage is the power to let go of the familiar. ~~ Raymond Lindquist

Courage is more than standing for a firm conviction. It includes the risk of questioning that conviction. ~~ Julian Weber Gordon

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

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear -- not absence of fear. ~~ Mark Twain

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

There is plenty of courage among us for the abstract, but not for the concrete. ~~ Helen Keller

Suffering! . We owe to it all that is good in us, all that gives value to life; we owe to it pity, we owe to it courage, we owe to it all the virtues. ~~ Anatole France

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

I wanted to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It's when you know you're licked before you begin but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what. ~~ Harper Lee [To Kill a Mockingbird]

Courage is the ladder on which all the other virtues mount. ~~ Clare Boothe Luce

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

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

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

A nation which has forgotten the quality of courage which in the past has been brought to public life is not as likely to insist upon or regard that quality in its chosen leaders today--and in fact we have forgotten. ~~ John F. Kennedy

Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision. ~~ Peter Drucker

It often takes more courage to change one's opinion than to stick to it. ~~ George Christoph Lichtenberg

No matter how brilliant a man may be, he will never engender confidence in his subordinates and associates if he lacks simple honesty and moral courage. ~~ J. Lawton Collins

Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others. ~~ Robert Louis Stevenson

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

Often the test of courage is not to die but to live. ~~ Conte Vittorio Alfieri

It is a blessed thing that in every age someone has had the individuality enough and courage enough to stand by his own convictions. ~~ Robert G. Ingersoll

We must have the courage to bet on our ideas, to take the calculated risk, and to act. Everyday living requires courage if life is to be effective and bring happiness. ~~ Maxwell Maltz

A great deal of talent is lost to the world for the want of a little courage. ~~ Sydney Smith

Courage comes and goes. Hold on for the next supply. ~~ Thomas Merton

Now the alternative to despair is courage. And human life can be viewed as a continuous struggle between these two options. Courage is the capacity to affirm one's life in spite of the elements which threaten it. The fact that courage usually predominates over despair in itself tells us something important about life. It tells you that the forces that affirm life are stronger than those that negate it. ~~ Paul E. Pfuetze

Courage is the thing. All goes if courage goes. ~~ James M. Barrie

Courage is doing what you're afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you're scared. ~~ Eddie Rickenbacker

'Tisn't life that matters! 'Tis the courage you bring to it. ~~ Sir Hugh Walpole

A man of great common sense and good taste, meaning thereby a man without originality or moral courage. ~~ George Bernard Shaw

The echo began in some indescribable way to undermine her hold on life. Coming at a moment when she chanced to be fatigued, it had managed to murmur, "Pathos, piety, courage -- they exist, but are identical, and so is filth. Everything exists, nothing has value." ~~ E. M. Forster [Passage to India]

Let's drink to the spirit of gallantry and courage that made a strange Heaven out of unbelievable Hell, and let's drink to the hope that one day this country of ours, which we love so much, will find dignity and greatness and peace again. ~~ Noel Coward [Cavalcade]

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

When in doubt, do the courageous thing. ~~ Jan Smuts

But screw up your courage to the sticking place,
And we'll not fail. ~~ William Shakespeare