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COURAGE
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[ Also see Audacity Boldness Bravery Chivalry Confidence Cowardice Daring Fear Firmness Fortitude Heroes Heroism Martyrdom Nerve Panic Perseverance Rashness Resolution Soldiers Spirit Valor War ]

Not only does the bull attack its foe with its crooked horns, but the injured sheep will fight its assailant.
  [Lat., Non solum taurus ferit uncis cornibus hostem,
    Verum etiam instanti laesa repugnat ovis.]
      - Sextus Aurelius Propertius, Elegioe
         (II, 5, 19)

A man keeps, like his love, his courage dark.
      - Rene Quinton, Maximes sur la Guerre

Cowards may fear to die; but courage stout,
  Rather than live in snuff, will be put out.
      - Sir Walter Raleigh (1),
        Bayley's Life of Raleigh (p. 157),
        on the night before he died

As a real, live, initiated, trained, experienced, traditional, hereditary warrior with thirty-seven body scars and a trophy or two on my belt, I find such expressions as "peaceful warrior" offensive, trivializing, and insulting. "Peaceful warrior" is far more than a contradiction in terms. The function of a warrior is to eliminate an exterior enemy presence. . . . Cowardice is a serious vice. Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than one's fear. The timid presume it is lack of fear that allows the brave to act when the timid do not. But to take action when one is not afraid is easy. To refrain when afraid is also easy. To take action regardless of fear is brave.
      - Ambrose Hollingworth Redmoon (f/k/a James Neil Hollingworth),
        No Peaceful Warriors!,
        in the Fall, 1991 issue of "Gnosis: A Journal of the Western Inner Traditions", #21

It is in great dangers that we see great courage.
  [Fr., C'est dans les grands dangers qu'on voit les grands courages.]
      - Jean Francois Regnard, Le Legataire

Courage consists not in blindly overlooking danger, but in seeing it and conquering it.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

Women and men of retiring timidity are cowardly only in dangers which affect themselves, but the first to rescue when others are endangered.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

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

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." . . . You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
      - Eleanor Roosevelt, You Learn by Living

It is not our criminal actions that require courage to confess, but those which are ridiculous and foolish.
      - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

The wise and active conquer difficulties
  By daring to attempt them: sloth and folly
    Shiver and shrink at sight of toil and hazard,
      And make the impossibility they fear.
      - Nicholas Rowe

Courage, so far as it is a sign of race, is peculiarly the mark of a gentleman or a lady; but it becomes vulgar if rude or insensitive, while timidity is not vulgar, if it be a characteristic of race or fineness of make. A fawn is not vulgar in being timid, nor a crocodile "gentle" because courageous.
      - John Ruskin

Many a man will have the courage to die gallantly, but will not have the courage to say, or even to think, that the cause for which he is asked to die is an unworthy one.
      - Bertrand Arthur William Russell

To hope for safety in flight, when you have turned away from the enemy the arms by which the body is defended, is indeed madness. In battle those who are most afraid are always in most danger; but courage is equivalent to rampart.
      - Sallust (Caius Sallustius Crispus)

Let us not despair too soon, my friend. Men's words are even bolder than their deeds; and many a one who now appears resolute to meet every extremity with eager zeal, will on a sudden find in their breast a heart which he wot not of.
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

Treason seldom dwells with courage.
      - Sir Walter Scott

Without courage there cannot be truth, and without truth there can be no other virtue.
      - Sir Walter Scott

Come one, come all! this rock shall fly
  From its firm base, as soon as I.
      - Sir Walter Scott, The Lady of the Lake
         (canto V, st. 10)

There is nothing in the world so much admired as a man who knows how to bear unhappiness with courage.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

Courage leads to heaven; fear, to death.
  [Lat., Virtus in astra tendit, in mortem timor.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca),
        Hercules Oetoeus (LXXI)

Fortune can take away riches, but not courage.
  [Lat., Fortune opes auferre, non animum potest.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca), Medea
         (CLXXVI)

True courage has so little to do with anger, that there lies always the strangest suspicion against it where this passion is highest. The true courage is the cool and calm. The bravest of men have the least of brutal bullying insolence, and in the very time of danger are found the most serene, pleasant, and free.
      - Lord Shaftesbury, 3rd Earl of Shaftesbury (Anthony Ashley Cooper)

True courage is cool and calm. The bravest of men have the least of a brutal bullying insolence, and in the very time of danger are found the most serene and free. Rage, we know, can make a coward forget himself and fight. But what is done in fury or anger can never be placed to the account of courage.
      - Lord Shaftesbury, 3rd Earl of Shaftesbury (Anthony Ashley Cooper)

A thousand hearts are great within my bosom:
  Advance our standards, set upon our foes;
    Our ancient word of courage, fair St. George,
      Inspire us with the spleen of fiery dragons!
        Upon them! Victory sits upon our helms.
      - William Shakespeare

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


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