Marching is when the pulse of the hero beats in unison with the pulse of Nature, and he steps to the measure of the universe; then there is true courage and invincible strength.
(Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 1, p. 183, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
Do you really think, Arthur, that it is weakness that yields to temptation? I tell you that there are terrible temptations that it requires strength, strength and courage, to yield to.
(Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Sir Robert Chiltern, in An Ideal Husband, act 2.
To Lord Goring; on the same theme, Wilde wrote, in The Picture of Dorian Gray, ch. 2: "The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it.")
In America, the traditional routes to black identity have hardly been normal. Suicide (disappearance by imitation, or willed extinction), violence (hysterical religiosity, crime, armed revolt), and exemplary moral courage; none of these is normal.
(June Jordan (b. 1939), U.S. poet, civil rights activist. repr. In Moving Towards Home: Political Essays (1989). Black Studies: Bringing Back the Person, Evergreen Review (Oct. 1969).)
Courage, then, for the end draws near! A few more years of persistent, faithful work and the women of the United States will be recognized as the legal equals of men.
(Mary A. Livermore (1821-1905), U.S. suffragist. As quoted in History of Woman Suffrage, vol. 4, ch. 22, by Susan B. Anthony and Ida Husted Harper (1902).
In a letter to the sixteenth annual convention of the American Woman Suffrage Association, which was held November 19- 20, 1884, in Chicago. In fact, thirty-six more years would pass before women would be granted suffrage.)
In spite of the six thousand manuals on child raising in the bookstores, child raising is still a dark continent and no one really knows anything. You just need a lot of love and luckand, of course, courage.
(Bill Cosby (20th century), U.S. comedian. Fatherhood, ch. 1 (1986).)
There is one expanding horror in American life. It is that our long odyssey toward liberty, democracy and freedom-for-all may be achieved in such a way that utopia remains forever closed, and we live in freedom and hell, debased of style, not individual from one another, void of courage, our fear rationalized away.
(Norman Mailer (b. 1923), U.S. author. "My Hope for America," pt. 1, Cannibals and Christians (1966).)
The first element of greatness is fundamental humbleness (this should not be confused with servility); the second is freedom from self; the third is intrepid courage, which, taken in its widest interpretation, generally goes with truth; and the fourththe power to lovealthough I have put it last, is the rarest.
(Margot Asquith (1864-1945), British socialite. The Autobiography of Margot Asquith, vol. 1, ch. 8 (1920).)