Quotations About / On: COURAGE

  • 61.
    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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  • 62.
    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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  • 63.
    The society of the energetic class, in their friendly and festive meetings, is full of courage, and of attempts, which intimidate the pale scholar.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Manners," Essays, Second Series (1844).)
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  • 64.
    He that fails in his endeavours after wealth or power will not long retain either honesty or courage.
    (Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author, lexicographer. repr. in Works of Samuel Johnson, vol. 2, eds. W.J. Bate, John M. Bullitt, and L.F. Powell, 1963). Adventurer, no. 99 (October 16, 1753).)
  • 65.
    Courage is a quality so necessary for maintaining virtue, that it is always respected, even when it is associated with vice.
    (Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author, lexicographer. Quoted in James Boswell, Life of Samuel Johnson, June 11, 1784 (1791).)
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  • 66.
    Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads.
    (Erica Jong (b. 1942), U.S. author. "The Artist as Housewife," The First Ms. Reader, ed. Francine Kragbrun (1972).)
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  • 67.
    Talent got a bit thin when it came down to me. And the courage, too.
    (John Osborne (1929-1994), British screenwriter, and Tony Richardson. Frank Rice (Alan Bates), The Entertainer, about not going into show business (1960).)
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  • 68.
    'It takes more strength than courage to be accountable for your mistakes. As it takes more courage than strength to realize what you have to be accountable for, to move beyond those experiences and apply the lessons learnt in that situation. Only then will you free yourself from the guilt and pain, allowing others to see you for who you truly are... A Beautiful Spirit learning the lessons of the Human existence.'
    (strength, letting go, true to you.)
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  • 69.
    Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear—not absence of fear. Except a creature be part coward it is not a compliment to say it is brave; it is merely a loose application of the word. Consider the flea!—incomparably the bravest of all the creatures of God, if ignorance of fear were courage.
    (Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910), U.S. author. "Pudd'nhead Wilson's Calendar," ch. 12, Pudd'nhead Wilson (1894).)
  • 70.
    When an Indian is burned, his body may be broiled, it may be no more than a beefsteak. What of that? They may broil his heart, but they do not therefore broil his courage,—his principles. Be of good courage! That is the main thing.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Letter, December 19, 1854, to Harrison Blake, in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 6, p. 242, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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