Quotations for Daily Use

Courage, Bravery vs Timidity

"Back at college I'd been reading about courage in my philosophy classes. There were a number of definitions of courage, but now I was seeing it in its simplest form: you do what has to be done day after day, and you never quit." (The speaker was traveling into Rwanda after many people were slaughtered.) Eric Greitens, author, in The Heart and the Fist

"Courage calls to courage everywhere." Dame Millicent Garrett Fawcett (11 June 1847 – 5 August 1929),was an English political leader, activist and writer. Known primarily as a campaigner for women's suffrage, she took a moderate line on women's rights, but campaigned tirelessl. In this statement Millicent was insisting that one person's courage emboldens others calling timid souls into action.

"Courage is not having the strength to go on; it is going on when you don't have the strength. Industry and determination can do anything that genius and advantage can do and many things that they cannot." Theodore Roosevelt, (October 27, 1858 – January 6, 1919), often referred to as Teddy or TR, was an American statesman, author, explorer, soldier, naturalist, and reformer who served as the 26th President of the United States, from 1901 to 1909

"Courage is not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it." Nelson Mandela - Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013) was a South African anti-apartheidrevolutionary, political leader, and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999.

"Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities because . . . it is the quality which guarantees all others". Winston Churchill as quoted in The Last Lion - Defender of the Realm, 1940 - 1965 by Paul Reid (He was paraphrasing Samuel Johnson.)

"Courage is taking those first steps to your dream even if you can't see the path ahead."  Author unknown

"Everything you've ever wanted is on the other side of fear." George Addair

"He is a 'sheep in sheep's clothing.' " Winston Churchill, (1874–1965), British statesman; prime minister 1940–45 and 1951–55; this statement was referring to the current prime minister, Clement Atlee.

"I have learned over the years that when one's mind is made up, this diminishes fear." Rosa Parks, (1913–2005), US civil rights pioneer

"If there be one thing upon this earth that mankind love and admire . . . it is a brave man." 20th USA President James A. Garfield

"Keep your fears to yourself but share your courage with others." Robert Louis Stevenson, (1850–94), Scottish novelist, poet, and travel writer

"One man with courage makes a majority." (Attributed to Andrew Jackson, but he never said it.) Author James Parton published a three-volume Life of Andrew Jackson and on the title page he placed the epigraph "Desperate Courage Makes One a Majority." He put it in quotation marks but not in a way to suggest that Jackson Himself had said it.

". . . they've taught me that without courage, compassion falters, and that without compassion, courage has no direction." Eric Greitens, author of The Heart and the Fist "Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears." Les Brown, motivational speaker

"To try to be brave is to be brave. The coward who tries to be brave is before the man who is brave because he is made so, and never had to try." George MacDonald, At the Back of the North Wind George MacDonald (10 December 1824 – 18 September 1905) was a Scottish author, poet and Christian minister. He was a pioneering figure in the field of fantasy literature and the mentor of fellow writer Lewis Carroll. (This quote was shared with me by Kari Schrock 9-15-19.)

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