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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 ]

The man who is just and resolute will not be moved from his settled purpose, either by the misdirected rage of his fellow citizens, or by the threats of an imperious tryant.
  [Lat., Justum et tenacem propositi virum
    Non civium ardor prava jubentium,
      Non vultus instantis tyranni,
        Mente quatit solida.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Carmina
         (III, 3, 1)

The conscience of every man recognizes courage as the foundation of manliness, and manliness as the perfection of human character.
      - Thomas Hughes

A stout heart may be ruined in fortune but not in spirit.
      - Victor Hugo

When moral courage feels that it is in the right, there is no personal daring of which it is incapable.
      - Leigh Hunt (James Henry Leigh Hunt)

One man with courage makes a majority.
      - Andrew Jackson

I'd rather give my life than be afraid to give it.
      - Lyndon Baines Johnson

Courage is a quality so necessary for maintaining virtue that it is always respected, even when it is associated with vice.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Courage is reckoned the greatest of all virtues; because, unless a man has that virtue, he has no security for preserving any other.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

To excite opposition and inflame malevolence is the unhappy privilege of courage made arrogant by consciousness of strength.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

The truest courage is always mixed with circumspection; this being the quality which distinguishes the courage of the wise from the hardiness of the rash and foolish.
      - William Jones of Nayland

Fear to do base, unworthy things is valor; if they be one to us, to suffer them is valor too.
      - Ben Jonson

To struggle when hope is banished!
  To live when life's salt is gone!
    To dwell in a dream's that Vanished!
      To endure, and go calmly on!
      - Ben Jonson

From the true antagonist, illimitable courage is transmitted to you.
      - Franz Kafka

Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.
      - John Fitzgerald Kennedy

There is, in addition to a courage with which men die, a courage by which men must live.
      - John Fitzgerald Kennedy

The man who has never been in danger cannot answer for his courage.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

We can never be certain of our courage until we have faced danger.
  [Fr., On ne peut repondre de son courage quand on n'a jamais ete dans le peril.]
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld,
        Premier Supplement (42)

Courage is not simply one of the virtues but the form of every virtue at the testing point.
      - C.S. (Clive Staples) Lewis

Pugnacity is a form of courage, but a very bad form.
      - Sinclair Lewis

Never undertake anything for which you wouldn't have the courage to ask the blessings of heaven.
      - Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

It often requires more courage to dare to do right than to fear to do wrong.
      - Abraham Lincoln

It takes as much courage to have tried and failed as it does to have tried and succeeded.
      - Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Write on your doors the saying wise and old,
  "Be bold! be bold!" and everywhere--"Be bold;
    Be not too bold!" Yet better the excess
      That the defect; better the more than less;
        Better like Hector in the field to die,
          Than like a perfumed Paris turn and fly.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        Morituri Salutamus

What! shall one monk, scarce known beyond his cell,
  Front Rome's far-reaching bolts, and scorn her frown?
    Brave Luther answered, "Yes"; that thunder's swell
      Rocked Europe, and discharmed the triple crown.
      - James Russell Lowell, To W.L. Garrison
         (st. 5)

When you choose your fields of labor, go where nobody elese is willing to go.
      - Mary Lyon,
        in J.T. Gracey's Eminent Missionary Women


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