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Courage

Adventure can be an end in itself. Self-discovery is the secret ingredient that fuels daring.
        -- Grace Lichtenstein
 
“Courage is almost a contradiction in terms: it means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die.” 
     —   Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936); writer

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.  – Anais Nin
 
“Courage is not simply one of the virtues but the form of every virtue at the testing point.” - C.S. Lewis (1898-1963);
writer, theologian, scholar
 
 
Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender¸ that is strength. - Arnold

The strength of any weakness within us is the degree to which it is feared. 

~ Guy Finley

Failure is only postponed success as long as courage "coaches" ambition.  The habit of persistence is the habit of victory. ~ Herbert Kaufman

Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says, I'll try again tomorrow. ~Mary Anne Radmacher~Hershey

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

“When I dare to be powerful - to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.” - Audre Lorde (1934-1992); writer, poet, and activist

You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore. - Christopher Columbus

The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart. – Robert Ingersoll

“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.” — James Neil Hollingworth (pseudonym Ambrose Redmoon)
(1933-1996); writer, former manager of the folk rock band Quicksilver Messenger Service

 
Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.
       --  Helen Keller
 
Be bold. If you're going to make an error, make a doozy, and don't be afraid to hit the ball.
               -- Billie Jean King

Because a fellow has failed once or twice, or a dozen times, you don't want to set him down as a failure till he's dead or loses his courage--and that's the same thing. --George Lorimer

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

— Napoleon Bonaparte 

(1769-1821); Emporer Of France

Bravery is the capacity to perform properly even when scared half to death.
              --  General Omar Bradley
 
Confront your fears, list them, get to know them, and only then will you be able to put them aside and move ahead.
              -- Jerry Gillies
Considering how dangerous everything is, nothing is really very frightening.
              -- Gertrude Stein
 
Courage can't see around corners, but goes around them anyway.
              -- Mignon McLaughlin (The Neurotic's Notebook)
 
“Most of our obstacles would melt away if, instead of cowering before them, we should make up our minds to walk boldly through them.” 
   — Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924), author, publisher

Courage, contrary to popular belief, is not the absence of fear. Courage is the wisdom to act in spite of fear.--John-Roger and Peter McWilliams (Do It! Let's Get Off our Buts)

Courage is a special kind of knowledge: the knowledge of how to fear what ought to be feared and how not to fear what ought no to be feared.--David Ben-Gurion

Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are stiffened.--Billy Graham

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

Courage is not simply another virtue, it is the true form each and every virtue takes when put into practice.--Michael Rawls (from Friday's Inspiration: The Foundation of Integrity - 6/1/2001)

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.--Ambrose Redmoon

Courage is not the towering oak that sees storms come and go; it is the fragile blossom that opens in the snow.--Alice M. Swaim

Courage is reclaiming your life after a devastating event robs you of your confidence and self-esteem. It is facing tomorrow with a firm resolve to reach deep within yourself to find another strength, another talent...It is taking yourself to another level of your own existence where you are once again whole, productive, special...--Catherine Britton

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

Courage is the atom of change.--Bettina R. Flores

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