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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 ]

We are not downhearted, but we cannot understand what is happening to our neighbours.
      - Joseph Chamberlain,
        in a speech at Southwick

Courage, considered in itself or without reference to its causes, is no virtue, and deserves no esteem. It is found in the best and the worst, and is to be judged according to the qualities from which it springs and with which it is conjoined.
      - William Ellery Channing

Courage is always greatest when blended with meekness; intellectual ability is most admirable when it sparkles in the setting of a modest self-distrust; and never does the human soul appear so strong as when it foregoes revenge and dares to forgive an injury.
      - Edwin Hubbell Chapin

The moral courage that will face obloquy in a good cause is a much rarer gift than the bodily valor that will confront death in a bad one.
      - Paul Chatfield (a/k/a Horace Smith)

Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities . . . because it is the quality which guarantees all others.
      - Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill (3)

A man of courage is also full of faith.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        Tusculanarum Disputationum
         (bk. III, ch. VIII),
        (Yonge's translation)

Conscience in the soul is the root of all true courage. If a man would be brave, let him learn to obey his conscience.
      - James Freeman Clarke

This is the way to cultivate courage: First, by standing firm on some conscientious principle, some law of duty. Next, by being faithful to truth and right on small occasions and common events. Third, by trusting in God for help and power.
      - James Freeman Clarke

Never forget that no military leader has ever become great without audacity.
      - Karl von Clausewitz

Courage multiplies the chances of success by sometimes making opportunities, and always availing itself of them; and in this sense Fortune may be said to favor fools by those who, however prudent in their opinion, are deficient in valor and enterprise.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

None of the prophets old,
  So lofty or so bold!
    No form of danger shakes his dauntless breast;
      In loneliness sublime
        He dares confront the time,
          And speak the truth, and give the world no rest
            No kingly threat can cowardize his breath,
              He with majestic step goes forth to meet his death.
      - Abraham Coles

True courage is the result of reasoning. A brave mind is always impregnable. Resolution lies more in the head than in the veins, and a just sense of honor and of infamy, of duty and of religion, will carry us farther than all the force of mechanism.
      - Jeremy Collier

Courage is generosity of the highest order, for the brave are prodigal of the most precious things. Our blood is nearer and dearer to us than our money, and our life than our estate.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Courage is incompatible with the fear of death; but every villain fears death; therefore, no villain can be brave. He may, indeed, possess the courage of the rat, and fight with desperation when driven into a corner. * * * * * yet the glare of a courage thus elicited by danger, where fear conquers fear, is not to be compared to that calm sunshine which constantly cheers and illuminates the breast of him, who builds his confidence on virtuous principles.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Courage is like the diamond,--very brilliant; not changed by fire, capable of high polish, but except for the purpose of cutting hard bodies useless.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Physical courage, which despises all danger, will make a man brave in one way; and moral courage, which despises all opinion, will make a man brave in another. The former would seem most necessary for the camp, the latter for council; but to constitute a great man, both are necessary.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

The last thing a woman will consent to discover in a man whom she loves, or on whom she simply depends, is want of courage.
      - Joseph Conrad (Teodor Josef Konrad Korzeniowski)

He holds no parley with unmanly fears,
  Where duty bids he confident steers,
    Faces a thousand dangers at her call,
      And, trusting to his God, surmounts them all.
      - William Cowper

Be steadfast as a tower that doth not bend its stately summit to the tempest's shock.
  [It., Sta come torre ferme, che non crolla
    Giammai la cima per soffiar de' venti.]
      - Dante ("Dante Alighieri"), Purgatorio
         (V, 14)

Courage is fire, and bullying is smoke.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

All desp'rate hazards courage do create,
  As he plays frankly, who has least estate;
    Presence of mind, and courage in distress,
      Are more than armies, to procure success.
      - John Dryden

An intrepid courage is at best but a holiday kind of virtue, to be seldom exercised, and never but in cases of necessity; affability, mildness, tenderness, and a word which I would fain bring back to its original signification of virtue, I mean good-nature, are of daily use; they are the bread of mankind and staff of life.
      - John Dryden

Whate'er betides, by destiny 't is done,
  And better bear like men, than vainly seek to shun.
      - John Dryden

Whistling to keep myself from being afraid.
      - John Dryden, Amphitryon (act III, sc. 1)

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


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