Life Shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.
-- Anais Nin
Courage is the atom of change.
Bettina R. Flores
You are never asked
to do more than you are able
without being given
the strength and ability
to do it.
-- Eileen Caddy
Until you try, you don’t know that you can’t do.
-- Henry James
Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always
ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is
one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and
splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then
providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never
otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision,
raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and
material assistance which no man could have dreamed would have come his way.
Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power
and magic in it. Begin it now.
Wolfgang von Goethe
Our doubts are traitors,
and make us lose the good we oft might win
by fearing to attempt.
Courage is rarely reckless or foolish . . . courage usually involves a
highly realistic estimate of the odds that must be faced.
Sometimes even to live is an act of courage.
Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there
is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always
difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To
map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same
courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave
men and women to win them.
Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocre minds. The
latter cannot understand it when a [person] does not thoughtlessly submit to
hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses their intelligence.
Everyone has talent.
What is rare
is the courage
to follow that talent
to dark place where it leads.
Self-esteem is so delicate a flower that praise tends to make it bloom,
while discouragement often nips it in the bud.
You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you
really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I
have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.'
You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
-- Eleanor Roosevelt
To have courage for whatever comes in life-everything lies in that.
-- Mother Teresa
It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to
embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer
meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in
movement there is life, and in change there is power.
If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps life moving, you
lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you go on in spite of it
all. And so today I still have a dream.
Luther king, Jr., The Trumpet of Conscience
History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with
courage, need not be lived again.
You don't develop courage by being happy in your relationships everyday. You
develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity.
Barbara De Angelis
Often the difference between a successful person and a failure is not one
has better abilities or ideas, but the courage that one has to bet on one's
ideas, to take a calculated risk -- and to act.
Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers, but to be fearless in facing
them. Let me not beg for the stilling of my pain, but for the heart to
Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something
else is more important than fear.
Courage is reclaiming your life after a devastating event robs you of your
confidence and self-esteem. It is facing tomorrow with a firm resolve to
reach deep within yourself to find another strength, another talent. ... It
is taking yourself to another level of your own existence where you are once
again whole, productive, special...
Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which
guarantees the others.
The courage of life is often a less dramatic spectacle than the courage of a
final moment, but it is no less than a magnificent mixture of triumph and
tragedy. People do what they must–in spite of personal consequences, in
spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures–and that is the basis of all