There are people who put their dreams in a little box and say, "Yes, I've
got dreams, of course I've got dreams." Then they put the box away and bring
it out once in awhile to look in it, and yep, they're still there. These are
great dreams, but they never even get out of the box. It takes an uncommon
amount of guts to put your dreams on the line, to hold them up and say, "How
good or how bad am I?" That's where courage comes in.
Never grow a wishbone, daughter, where you backbone ought to be.
Be afraid of nothing
you have within you–
-- Eileen Caddy
Only if you have ego is there a conflict between
the dark and the light. If there is no ego, there is no fight. There is only
a divine vulnerability, which is your very best shield and defense.
Andrews, Woman of the Sacred Garden
What is needed, rather than running away or controlling or suppressing or
resistance, is understanding fear; that means, watch it, learn about it,
come directly into
contact with it. We are here to learn about fear, not how to escape from it.
The purpose of life is the expansion of happiness.
You begin saving the world by saving one person at a time; all else is
grandiose romanticism or politics.
What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us
are tiny matters compared to what lives within us.
Always do what you are afraid to do.
To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming is the only
end of life.
You have been criticizing yourself for years, and it hasn't worked. Try
approving of yourself and see what happens.
Louise L. Hay
Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it.
Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.
I'm not afraid of storms for I'm learning how to sail my ship.
Louisa May Alcott
Do not follow where the path may lead.
Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
If you're able to be yourself, then you have no competition. All you have to
do is get closer and closer to that essence.
Man cannot discover
new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.
Nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than
The art of living lies not in eliminating but in growing with troubles.
Bernard M. Baruch
Proust has pointed out that the predisposition to love creates its own
is this not also true of fear?
We are so obsessed with doing
that we have no time
and no imagination left for being.
As a result, men are valued not for what they are
but for what they do or what they have
— for their usefulness.
It's not true that nice guys finish last.
Nice guys are winners before the game even starts.
What worries you, masters you.
Haddon W. Robinson
If you let fear of consequence prevent you from following your deepest
instinct, then your life will be safe, expedient and thin.
Katharine Butler Hathaway
"Come to the edge," he said. They said, "We are afraid." "Come to the edge,"
he said. They came. He pushed them ... and they flew.
Confront your fears, list them, get to know them, and only then will you be
able to put them aside and move ahead.
Each time a person stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of
others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of
hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and
daring, these ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest
walls of oppression and resistance.
Robert F. Kennedy
I have not ceased being fearful, but I have ceased to let fear control me. I
have accepted fear as a part of life–specifically the fear of change, the
fear of the unknown; and I have gone ahead despite the pounding in my heart
that says: turn back, turn back, you'll die if you venture too far.
It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who you really are.
If you listen to your fears, you will die never knowing what a great person
you might have been.
-- Robert H. Schuller
It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we
do not dare that things are difficult.
Something happens to me when I witness someone's courage. They may not know
I'm watching and I might not let them know. But something happens to me that
will last me for a lifetime. To fill me when I'm empty, and rock me when I'm
Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that
you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to
believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and
follow it to an end requires courage.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson