Quotations About / On: COURAGE

  • 51.
    Live can be wonderful if you're not afraid of it. All it takes is courage, imagination ... and a little dough.
    (Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977), British actor, screenwriter, director. Calvero (Charles Chaplin), Limelight, to Terry (Claire Bloom) as he lectures her on what he's learned in his life (1952).)
  • 52.
    Comfortless was my religion, anxiety of the anxieties, for I believed God was not love, but courage. Love came only as a reward.
    (Norman Mailer (b. 1923), U.S. author. Stephen Rojack, in An American Dream, ch. 7, "Dial" (1965).)
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  • 53.
    The report reflects incredibly terrible judgments, shockingly sparse concern for human life, instances of officials lacking the courage to exercise the responsibilities of their high office and some very bewildering thought processes.
    (Jane Jarrell Smith, U.S. widow of American astronaut Michael J. Smith. As quoted in Newsweek magazine, p. 13 (June 30, 1986). On the Rogers Commission report which described the circumstances surrounding the explosion of the Challenger, the American space shuttle on which her husband and the other six crew members were killed. As it turned out, the explosion was caused by faulty "O-ring" seals.)
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  • 54.
    The courage of a soldier is found to be the cheapest and most common quality of human nature.
    (Edward Gibbon (1737-1794), British historian. The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, vol. 3, ch. 26 (1776-1788).)
  • 55.
    You haven't wasted all your time in Rome, since you know how to defend yourself so gallantly: you have wit, even if you haven't courage.
    (Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French playwright. Nicomède to the Roman-trained Attale, in Nicomède, act 3, sc. 6 (1651).)
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  • 56.
    It takes physical courage to indulge in wickedness. The "good" are too cowardly to do it.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 13, p. 478, selection 15[118], eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Unpublished fragments dating to Spring 1888, "Maxims of a Hyperborean." Recorded among other epigrammatic commentaries later published in the section on "Maxims and Arrows" in Twilight of the Idols (1888).)
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  • 57.
    People are capable of doing an awful lot when they have no choice and I had no choice. Courage is when you have choices.
    (Terry Anderson, U.S. hostage. International Herald Tribune (Paris, May 6, 1992).)
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  • 58.
    War alone brings up to their highest tension all human energies and imposes the stamp of nobility upon the peoples who have the courage to make it.
    (Benito Mussolini (1883-1945), Italian dictator. "The Political and Social Doctrine of Fascism," publ. In Enciclopedia Italiana (1932).)
  • 59.
    Courage is not simply one of the virtues but the form of every virtue at the testing point, which means at the point of highest reality.
    (C.S. (Clive Staples) Lewis (1898-1963), British author. quoted in The Unquiet Grave, pt. 3, Cyril Connolly (1944, rev. 1951).)
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  • 60.
    Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of a readiness to die.
    (Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. Orthodoxy, ch. 6 (1909).)
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