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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 ]

I like to read about Moses best, in th' Old Testament. He carried a hard business well through, and died when other folks were going to reap the fruits; a man must have courage to look after his life so, and think what'll come f it after he's dead and gone.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross)

Courage, by keeping the senses quiet and the understanding clear, puts us in a condition to receive true intelligence, to, make computations upon danger, and pronounce rightly upon that which threatens us. Innocence of life, consciousness of worth, and great expectations, are the best foundations of courage. These ingredients make a richer cordial than youth can prepare; they warm the heart at eighty, and seldom fail in operation.
      - James Elmes

A great part of courage is the courage of having done the thing before.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Courage is temperamental, scientific, ideal.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Courage of the soldier awakes the courage of woman.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

The charm of the best courages is that they are inventions, inspirations, flashes of genius.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson,
        Society and Solitude--Courage

Courage, the highest gift, that scorns to bend
  To mean devices for a sordid end.
    Courage--an independent spark from Heaven's bright throne,
      By which the soul stands raised, triumphant high, alone.
        Great in itself, not praises of the crowd,
          Above all vice, it stoops not to be proud.
            Courage, the mighty attribute of powers above,
              By which those great in war, are great in love.
                The spring of all brave acts is seated here,
                  As falsehoods draw their sordid birth from fear.
      - George Farquhar, Love and a Bottle,
        part of dedication to the Lord Marquis of Carmarthen

Before putting yourself in peril, it is necessary to foresee and fear it; but when one is there, nothing remains but to despise it.
      - Francois de Salignac Fenelon

Consult the honor of religion more, and your personal safety less. Is it for the honor of religion (think you) that Christians should be as timorous as hares to start at every sound?
      - Rev. John Flavel (2)

How few there are who have courage enough to own their faults, or resolution enough to mend them.
      - Benjamin Franklin

To bear other people's afflictions, everyone has courage and enough to spare.
      - Benjamin Franklin

Courage is, on all hands, considered as an essential of high character.
      - James Anthony Froude

Courage and modesty are the most unequivocal of virtues, for they are of a kind that hypocrisy cannot imitate; they too have this quality in common, that they are expressed by the same color.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Stop shallow water from running, it will rage; tread on a worm and it will turn.
      - Robert Greene, Worth of Wit

Most men have more courage than even they themselves think they have.
      - Sir Fulke Greville, 1st Baron Brooke, Lord Brooke

Like a mountain lone and bleak,
  With its sky-encompass d peak,
    Thunder riven,
      Lifting its forehead bare,
        Through the cold and blighting air,
          Up to heaven,
            Is the soul that feels its woe,
              And is nerv'd to bear the blow.
      - Mrs. Sarah Josepha (Buell) Hale

There is no impossibility to him who stands prepared to conquer every hazard; the fearful are the failing.
      - Mrs. Sarah Josepha (Buell) Hale

Courage, when it is not heroic self-sacrifice, is sometimes a modification and sometimes a result of faith.
      - A.W. Hare and J.C. Hare

Few persons have courage enough to appear as good as they really are.
      - A.W. Hare and J.C. Hare, Guesses at Truth

Courage is poorly housed that dwells in numbers; the lion never counts the herd that are about him, nor weighs how many flocks he has to scatter.
      - Aaron Hill

Tender handed stroke a nettle,
  And it stings you for your pains;
    Grasp it like a man of mettle,
      And it soft as silk remains.
      - Aaron Hill, Verses Written on a Window

There is a contemptibly quiet path for all those who are afraid of the blows and clamor of opposing forces. There is no honorable fighting for a man who is not ready to forget that he has a head to be battered and a name to be bespattered. Truth wants no champion who is not as ready to be struck as to strike for her.
      - Josiah Gilbert Holland (used pseudonym Timothy Titcomb)

Who hath not courage to revenge will never find generosity to forgive.
      - Henry Home, Lord Kames

O friends, be men, and let your hearts be strong,
  And let no warrior in the heat of fight
    Do what may bring him shame in others' eyes;
      For more of those who shrink from shame are safe
        Than fall in battle, while with those who flee
          Is neither glory nor reprieve from death.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Iliad
         (bk. V, l. 663), (Bryant's translation)


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