An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





There are high spots in all of our lives and most of them have come about through encouragement from someone else. I don't care how great, how famous or successful a man or woman may be, each hungers for applause.


George M. Adams (1878-1962, American author)


What after all has maintained the human race on this old globe, despite all the calamities of nature and all the tragic failings of mankind, if not the faith in new possibilities and the courage to advocate them?


Jane Addams (1860-1935, American writer, social reformer)


Courage that grows from constitution often forsakes a man when he has occasion for it.  Courage which arises from a sense of duty acts in a uniform manner.


Joseph Addison (1672-1719, British essayist, poet, statesman)


There is another side to chivalry. If it dispenses leniency, it may with equal justification invoke control.


Freda Adler (1934-, American author)


As a rock on the seashore he standeth firm, and the dashing of the waves disturbeth him not. He raiseth his head like a tower on a hill, and the arrows of fortune drop at his feet. In the instant of danger, the courage of his heart here, and scorn to fly.


Akhenaton (1375 BC, Egyptian king, monotheist)


Often the test of courage is not to die but to live.


Vittorio, Conte Di Alfieri (1749-1803, Italian poet, playwright)


Whether you be man or woman you will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.


James Allen (1864-1912, British-born American essayist, author, "As A Man Thinketh")


You will never do anything in this world without courage.


James Allen (1864-1912, British-born American essayist, author, "As A Man Thinketh")


Human beings need to belong to a tradition and equally need to know about the world in which they find themselves.


Paula Gunn Allen


How, then, find the courage for action? By slipping a little into unconsciousness, spontaneity, instinct which holds one to the earth and dictates the relatively good and useful.... By accepting the human condition more simply, and candidly, by dreading troubles less, calculating less, hoping more.


Henri Frederic Amiel (1821-1881, Swiss philosopher, poet, critic)


We need to find the courage to say NO to the things and people that are not serving us if we want to rediscover ourselves and live our lives with authenticity.


Barbara De Angelis (American expert on relationship & love, author)


It takes a certain courage and a certain greatness to be truly base.


Jean Anouilh (1910-1987, French playwright)


True miracles are created by men when they use the courage and intelligence that God gave them.


Jean Anouilh (1910-1987, French playwright)


Until the day of his death, no man can be sure of his courage.


Jean Anouilh (1910-1987, French playwright)


It is easy to fly into a passion... anybody can do that, but to be angry with the right person to the right extent and at the right time and in the right way? that is not easy.


Aristotle (BC 384-322, Greek philosopher)


The beauty of the soul shines out when a man bears with composure one heavy mischance after another, not because he does not feel them, but because he is a man of high and heroic temper.


Aristotle (BC 384-322, Greek philosopher)


The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of circumstances.


Aristotle (BC 384-322, Greek philosopher)


Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and I may not forget you.


William Arthur


The spirit of man is an inward flame; a lamp the world blows upon but never puts out.


Margot Asquith (1864-1945, British socialite)


There are some women who seem to be born without fear, just as there are people who are born without the ability to feel pain.... Providence appears to protect such women, maybe out of astonishment.


Margaret Atwood (1939-, Canadian novelist, poet, critic)


Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.


Sir Cecil Beaton (1904-1980, British-born American photographer)


You've got to jump off cliffs and build your wings on the way down.


Ray Bradbury (1920-, American science fiction writer)


The brave man is not he who feels no fear, For that were stupid and irrational; But he, whose noble soul its fears subdues, And bravely dares the danger nature shrinks from.


Joanna Baillie (1762-1851, British Romantic writer)


If you have enough fantasies, you're ready, in the event that something happens.


Sheila Ballantyne


Courage is the lovely virtue -- the rib of Himself that God sent down to His children.


James M. Barrie (1860-1937, British playwright)


Courage is the thing. All goes if courage goes.


James M. Barrie (1860-1937, British playwright)


Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside them was superior to circumstance.


Bruce Barton (1886-1967, American author, advertising expert)


The scars you acquire while exercising courage will never make you feel inferior.


D.A. Battista


Courage is facing your fears. Stupidity is fearing nothing.


Todd Bellemare


Courage is a special kind of knowledge; the knowledge of how to fear what ought to be feared and how not to fear what ought not to be feared.


David Ben-Gurion (1886-1973, Polish-born Israeli Prime Minister)


Courage to start and willingness to keep everlasting at it are the requisites for success.


Alonzo Newton Benn


It is often wonderful how putting down on paper a clear statement of a case helps one to see, not perhaps the way out, but the way in.


Arthur Christopher Benson (1862-1925, British author, poet)


On many of the great issues of our time, men have lacked wisdom because they have lacked courage.


William Benton


It is the perpetual dread of fear, the fear of fear, that shapes the face of a brave man.


Georges Bernanos (1888-1948, French novelist, political writer)


Courage is fear that has said its prayers.


Dorothy Bernard


If we have the courage and tenacity of our forebears who stood firmly like a rock against the lash of slavery, we shall find a way to do for our day what they did for theirs.


Mary McLeod Bethune (1875-1955, American educator, consultant for the U.S. government)


The more thou dost advance, the more thy feet pitfalls will meet. The Path that leadeth on is lighted by one fire -- the light of daring burning in the heart. The more one dares, the more he shall obtain. The more he fears, the more that light shall pale


Helena Petrova Blavatsky (1831-1891, Russian author, translator, theosophist)


I like the man who faces what he must, With steps triumphant and a heart of cheer; Who fights the daily battle without fear.


Sarah Knowles Bolton


It takes a lot of courage to show your dreams to someone else.


Erma Bombeck (1927-, American author, humorist)

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Courage is like love; it must have hope to nourish it.


Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821, French general, emperor)


It requires more courage to suffer than to die.


Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821, French general, emperor)


We can easily become as much slaves to precaution as we can to fear.


Randolph S. Bourne (1886-1918, American writer)


Courage enlarges, cowardice diminishes resources. In desperate straits the fears of the timid aggravate the dangers that imperil the brave.


John Christian Bovee (1820-1904, American author, lawyer)


Bravery is the capacity to perform properly even when scared half to death.


Omar Nelson Bradley (1893-1981, American general)


Bravery and faith bring both material and spiritual rewards.


Preston Bradley


Act boldly and unseen forces will come to your aid.


Dorothea Brande (American success writer)


As you get older, you find that often the wheat, disentangling itself from the chaff, comes out to meet you.


Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-, American poet)


It is brave to be involved, to be fearful is to be unresolved.


Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-, American poet)


A lot of people do not muster the courage to live their dreams because they are afraid to die.


Les Brown (1945-, American speaker, author, trainer, motivator,)


I advise you to say your dream is possible and then overcome all inconveniences, ignore all the hassles and take a running leap through the hoop, even if it is in flames.


Les Brown (1945-, American speaker, author, trainer, motivator,)


The world's male chivalry has perished out, but women are knights-errant to the last; and, if Cervantes had been greater still, he had made his Don a Donna.


Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861, British poet)


One who never turned his back but marched breast forward, never doubted clouds would break, never dreamed, though right were worsted, wrong would triumph.


Robert Browning (1812-1889, British poet)


Courage is the integrating strength that causes one to overcome tragedy.


Eugene E. Brussell


There's no substitute for guts.


Bear Bryant (1913-1983, American football coach)


You can surmount the obstacles in your path if you are determined, courageous and hardworking.... Do not fear to pioneer, to venture down new paths of endeavor.


Ralph Bunche


You can surmount the obstacles in your path if you are determined, courageous and hardworking.... Do not fear to pioneer, to venture down new paths of endeavor.


Ralph Bunche


I thought ten thousand swords must have leaped from their scabbards to avenge even a look that threatened her with insult. But the age of chivalry is gone. That of sophists, economists and calculators has succeeded; and the glory of Europe is gone forever.


Edmund Burke (1729-1797, British political writer, statesman)


What I emphasize is for people to make choices based not on fear, but on what really gives them a sense of fulfillment.


Pauline Rose Chance


This is no time for ease and comfort. It is the time to dare and endure.


Winston Churchill (1874-1965, British statesman, Prime Minister)


True courage is a result of reasoning. A brave mind is always impregnable.


Jeremy Collier (1650-1726, British clergyman, conjuror)


Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace.


Amelia Earhart (1897-1937, American aviator, author)


Stride forward with a firm, steady step knowing with a deep, certain inner knowing that you will reach every goal you set yourselves, that you will achieve every aim .


Eileen Caddy (American spiritual writer)


To accept whatever comes, regardless of the consequences, is to be unafraid.


John Cage (1912-1992, American composer)


I'm very brave generally, he went on in a low voice: only today I happen to have a headache.


Lewis Carroll (1832-1898, British writer, mathematician)


The last thing a woman will consent to discover in a man whom she loves, or on whom she simply depends, is want of courage.


Joseph Conrad (1857-1924, Polish-born British novelist)


All my life I knew that there was all the money you could want out there. All you have to do is go after it.


Curtis Carlson (American businessman, founder of Carlson Companies, Inc.)


The courage we desire and prize is not the courage to die decently, but to live manfully.


Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881, Scottish philosopher, author)


Most of us have far more courage than we ever dreamed we possessed.


Dale Carnegie (1888-1955, American trainer, author, "How to Win Friends and Influence People")


You are merely not feeling equal to the tasks before you.


Dale Carnegie (1888-1955, American trainer, author, "How to Win Friends and Influence People")


I don't think about risks much. I just do what I want to do. If you gotta go, you gotta go.


Lillian Carter


Prudence which degenerates into timidity is very seldom the path to safety.


Viscount Cecil


He who loses wealth loses much; he who loses a friend loses more; but he who loses his courage loses all.


Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616, Spanish novelist, dramatist, poet)


The brave man carves out his fortune, and every man is the son of his own works.


Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616, Spanish novelist, dramatist, poet)


At the bottom of not a little of the bravery that appears in the world, there lurks a miserable cowardice. Men will face powder and steel because they have not the courage to face public opinion.


Edwin Hubbel Chapin (1814-1880, American author, clergyman)


Brave men are all vertebrates; they have their softness on the surface and their toughness in the middle.


Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936, British author)


Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live, taking the form of a readiness to die.


Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936, British author)


Courage is getting away from death by continually coming within an inch of it.


Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936, British author)


The paradox of courage is that a man must be a little careless of his life in order to keep it.


Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936, British author)


Courage is rightly considered the foremost of the virtues, for upon it all others depend.


Winston Churchill (1874-1965, British statesman, Prime Minister)


Courage is the first of human qualities, because it is the quality which guarantees all others.


Winston Churchill (1874-1965, British statesman, Prime Minister)


Here is the answer which I will give to President Roosevelt. Give us the tools, and we will finish the job.


Winston Churchill (1874-1965, British statesman, Prime Minister)


I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.


Winston Churchill (1874-1965, British statesman, Prime Minister)


A man of courage is also full of faith.


Marcus T. Cicero (c. 106-43 BC, Roman orator, politician)


Courage is the virtue which champions the cause of right.


Marcus T. Cicero (c. 106-43 BC, Roman orator, politician)


It shows a brave and resolute spirit not to be agitated in exciting circumstances.


Marcus T. Cicero (c. 106-43 BC, Roman orator, politician)


No one can be brave who considers pain to be the greatest evil in life, or can they be temperate who considers pleasure to be the highest good.


Marcus T. Cicero (c. 106-43 BC, Roman orator, politician)


Have the courage to live. Anyone can die.


Robert Cody


Courage is generosity of the highest order, for the brave are prodigal of the most precious things.


Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832, British sportsman writer)


Physical courage, which engages all danger, will make a person brave in one way; and moral courage, which defies all opinion, will make a person brave in another.


Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832, British sportsman writer)


The superior man makes the difficulty to be overcome his first interest; success comes only later.


Confucius (BC 551-479, Chinese ethical teacher, philosopher)


Facing it, always facing it, that's the way to get through. Face it.


Joseph Conrad (1857-1924, Polish-born British novelist)


Among wellborn spirits courage does not depend on age.


Pierre Corneille (1606-1684, French dramatist)


The most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well.


Baron Pierre De Coubertin


It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who you really are.


EE Cummings (1894-1962, American poet)


Courage to be is the key to revelatory power of the feminist revolution.


Mary Daly (1928-, American feminist and theological writer)


Ideas are powerful things, requiring not a studious contemplation but an action, even if it is only an inner action.


Midge Decter (1927-, American author, editor, social critic)


Courage is clearly a readiness to risk self-humiliation.


Nigel Dennis


It is impossible to win the race unless you venture to run, impossible to win the victory unless you dare to battle.


Richard M. DeVos (1926-, American businessman, co-founder of Amway Corp.)


All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.


Walt Disney (1901-1966, American artist, film producer)


Courage is fire, and bullying is smoke.


Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881, British statesman, Prime Minister)


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