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





Courage is the greatest of all the virtues. Because if you haven't courage, you may not have an opportunity to use any of the others.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


He that would be superior to external influences must first become superior to his own passions.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


It's only when we have nothing else to hold onto that we're willing to try something very audacious and scary.


Sonia Johnson


I have lived my life according to this principle: If I'm afraid of it, then I must do it.


Erica Jong (1942-, American author)


It takes courage to lead a life. Any life.


Erica Jong (1942-, American author)


If men knew all that women think, they would be twenty times more daring.


Alphonse Karr


It takes more courage to reveal insecurities than to hide them, more strength to relate to people than to dominate them, more "manhood" to abide by thoughtout principles rather than blind reflex. Toughness is in the soul and spirit, not in muscles and an immature mind.


Alex Karras


There is plenty of courage among us for the abstract, but not for the concrete.


Helen Keller (1880-1968, American blind/deaf author, lecturer, amorist)


To keep our faces toward change, and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate, is strength undefeatable.


Helen Keller (1880-1968, American blind/deaf author, lecturer, amorist)


Courage is a peculiar kind of fear.


Charles Kennedy


For without belittling the courage with which men have died, we should not forget those acts of courage with which men have lived.


John F. Kennedy (1917-1963, American President (35th))


Moral courage is a more rare commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence.


Robert F. Kennedy (1925-1968, American attorney general, senator)


It's better to be a lion for a day, than a sheep all your life.


Sister Elizabeth Kenny


It requires courage not to surrender oneself to the ingenious or compassionate counsels of despair that would induce a man to eliminate himself from the ranks of the living; but it does not follow from this that every huckster who is fattened and nourished in self-confidence has more courage than the man who yielded to despair.


Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855, Danish philosopher, writer)


We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.


Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968, American Civil Rights leader, Nobel Prize winner, 1964)


Courage is never letting your actions be influenced by your fears.


Arthur Koestler (1905-1983, Hungarian born British writer)


You take a number of small steps which you believe are right, thinking maybe tomorrow somebody will treat this as a dangerous provocation. And then you wait. If there is no reaction, you take another step: courage is only an accumulation of small steps.


George Konrad (1933-, Hungarian writer, politician)


All of the significant battles are waged within the self.


Sheldon Kopp (1929-, American psychologist)


Although we don't have the courage to say that in general, we have no faults and our enemies have no good qualities; in reality, we are not far from believing so.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


Being "brave" means doing or facing something frightening.... Being "fearless" means being without fear.


Penelope Leach


Fate loves the fearless.


James Russell Lowell (1819-1891, American poet, critic, editor)


Perfect bravery and total cowardice are two extremes that are rarely found. The space between them is vast, and embraces all other sorts of courage...


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


Perfect courage is to do without witnesses what one would be capable of doing with the world looking on.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


Perfect valor is to do without any witnesses what one would do before the entire world.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


Some allow themselves to be overcome by panic, and others charge because they dare not remain at their posts. Some may be found whose courage is strengthened by small perils that prepare them to face greater dangers. Some are daring when facing swords but dread facing bullets; others dread bullets little but fear facing swords a lot.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


These varied kinds of courage have this in common: darkness, by increasing fear and concealing both gallant and cowardly actions, allows men to spare themselves.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


True bravery is shown by performing without witness what one might be capable of doing before all the world.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


We can never be certain of our courage until we have faced danger.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


If I were asked to give what I consider the single most useful bit of advice for all humanity it would be this: Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life and when it comes, hold you head high, look it squarely in the eye and say, "I will be bigger than you. You cannot defeat me."


Ann Landers (1918-, American advice columnist)


When life's problems seem overwhelming, look around and see what other people are coping with.You may consider yourself fortunate.


Ann Landers (1918-, American advice columnist)


Be gentle and you can be bold; be frugal and you can be liberal; avoid putting yourself before others and you can become a leader among men.


Lao-Tzu (BC 600-?, Chinese philosopher, founder of Taoism)


Because of a great love, one is courageous.


Lao-Tzu (BC 600-?, Chinese philosopher, founder of Taoism)


To love someone deeply gives you strength. Being loved by someone deeply gives you courage.


Lao-Tzu (BC 600-?, Chinese philosopher, founder of Taoism)


The great virtue in life is real courage that knows how to face facts and live beyond them.


D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930, British author)


The great virtue in life is real courage that knows how to face facts and live beyond them.


D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930, British author)


Real courage is when you know you're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.


Harper Lee (1926-, American author)


All reformations seem formidable before they are attempted.


Hannah Moore


To boldly go where no one has gone before.


Star Trek Movie


He who has the courage to laugh is almost as much the master of the world as he who is ready to die.


Giacomo Leopardi (1798-1837, Italian poet, scholar)


When you're my size in the pros, fear is a sign that you're not stupid.


Jerry Levias


Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point, which means at the point of highest reality.


C. S. Lewis (1898-1963, British academic, writer, Christian apologist)


Pugnacity is a form of courage, but a very bad form.


Sinclair Lewis (1885-1951, American novelist, winner of the Nobel Prize for literature)


The fly that doesn't want to be swatted is most secure when it lights on the fly-swatter.


Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799, German physicist, satirist)


It isn't for the moment you are stuck that you need courage, but for the long uphill climb back to sanity and faith and security.


Anne Morrow Lindbergh (1906-2001, American author)


It takes as much courage to have tried and failed as it does to have tried and succeeded.


Anne Morrow Lindbergh (1906-2001, American author)


Is he alone who has courage on his right hand and faith on his left hand?


Charles A. Lindbergh (1902-1974, American pilot, made the first flight from New York to Paris)


In difficult situations, when hope seems feeble, the boldest plans are safest.


Titus Livy (BC 59-17 AD, Roman historian)


Go forth to meet the shadowy Future without fear and with a manly heart.


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1819-1892, American poet)


Write on your doors the saying wise and old. "Be bold!" and everywhere -- "Be bold; Be not too bold!" Yet better the excess than the defect; better the more than less sustaineth him and the steadiness of his mind beareth him out.


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1819-1892, American poet)


I became more courageous by doing the very things I needed to be courageous for -- first, a little, and badly. Then, bit by bit, more and better. Being avidly -- sometimes annoyingly -- curious and persistent about discovering how others were doing what I wanted to do.


Audre Lorde


Courage is the ladder on which all the other virtues mount.


Clare Boothe Luce (1903-1987, American diplomat, writer)


The brave don't live forever, but the cautious don't live at all. Here's to the brave!


Timothy Luce


Here I stand; I can do no other. God help me. Amen!


Martin Luther (1483-1546, German leader of the protestant reformation)


There is nothing in the universe that I fear, but that I shall not know all my duty or fail to do it.


Mary Lyon


Last, but by no means least, courage -- moral courage, the courage of one's convictions, the courage to see things through. The world is in a constant conspiracy against the brave. It's the age-old struggle -- the roar of the crowd on one side and the voice of your conscience on the other.


Douglas Macarthur (1880-1964, American army general during WW II)


I realized that if what we call human nature can be changed, then absolutely anything is possible. And from that moment, my life changed.


Shirley MacLaine (1934-, American actress)


The finest gift you can give anyone is encouragement. Yet, almost no one gets the encouragement they need to grow to their full potential. If everyone received the encouragement they need to grow, the genius in most everyone would blossom and the world would produce abundance beyond the wildest dreams. We would have more than one Einstein, Edison, Schweitzer, Mother Theresa, Dr. Salk and other great minds in a century.


Sidney Madwed


Courage is to feel the daily daggers of relentless steel and keep on living.


Douglas Malloch


Stand up to crises. Don't let them throw you! Fight to stay calm... even surmount the crisis completely and turn it into an opportunity. Refuse to renounce your self-image. No matter what happens, you must keep your good opinion of yourself. No matter what happens, you must hold your past successes in your imagination, ready for showing in the motion picture screen of your mind. No matter what happens, no matter what you lose, no matter what failures you must endure, you must keep faith in yourself. Then you can stand up to crises, with calm and courage, refusing to buckle; then you will not fall through the floor. You will be able to support yourself.


Maxwell Maltz (1944-, Canadian-born American plastic surgeon, author of "Psycho-Cybernetics")


I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.


Nelson Mandela (1918-, South African president)


Be larger than your task.


Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924, American author, founder of Success Magazine)


This is the test of your manhood: How much is there left in you after you have lost everything outside of yourself?


Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924, American author, founder of Success Magazine)


Courage is required not only in a person's occasional crucial decision for his own freedom, but in the little hour-to-hour decisions which place the bricks in the structure of his building of himself into a person who acts with freedom and responsibility.


Rollo May (1931-, American psychologist)


The acorn becomes an oak by means of automatic growth; no commitment is necessary. The kitten similarly becomes a cat on the basis of instinct. Nature and being are identical in creatures like them. But a man or woman becomes fully human only by his or her choices and his or her commitment to them. People attain worth and dignity by the multitude of decisions they make from day by day. These decisions require courage.


Rollo May (1931-, American psychologist)


The world is not perishing for the want of clever or talented or well-meaning men. It is perishing for the want of men of courage and resolution.


Robert J. McCracken


Get in front of the ball, you won't get hurt. That's what you've got a chest for, young man.


John McGraw


If you are brave too often, people will come to expect it of you.


Mignon McLaughlin (1915-, American author, editor)


Never ask the Gods for life set free from grief, but ask for courage that endureth long.


Menander of Athens (BC 342-291, Greek dramatic poet)


Though the practice of chivalry fell even more sadly short of its theoretic standard than practice generally falls below theory, it remains one of the most precious monuments of the moral history of our race, as a remarkable instance of a concerted and organized attempt by a most disorganized and distracted society, to raise up and carry into practice a moral ideal greatly in advance of its social condition and institutions; so much so as to have been completely frustrated in the main object, yet never entirely inefficacious, and which has left a most sensible, and for the most part a highly valuable impress on the ideas and feelings of all subsequent times.


John Stuart Mill (1806-1873, British philosopher, economist)


There ain't nothing from the outside can lick any of us.


Margaret Mitchell (1900-1949, American novelist)


Courage, not compromise, brings the smile of God's approval.


Thomas S. Monson


The strangest, most generous, and proudest of all virtues is true courage.


Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592, French philosopher, essayist)


Valor is stability, not of legs and arms, but of courage and the soul.


Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592, French philosopher, essayist)


Valor is stability, not of legs and arms, but of courage and the soul.


Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592, French philosopher, essayist)


Stand upright, speak thy thoughts, declare the truth thou hast, that all may share; Be bold, proclaim it everywhere: They only live who dare.


Lewis Morris (1835-1907, Welsh lawyer, writer of British verse)


Candor gives wings to strength.




In fighting and in everyday life you should be determined though calm. Meet the situation without tenseness yet not recklessly, your spirit settled yet unbiased. An elevated spirit is weak and a low spirit is weak. Do not let the enemy see your spirit.


Miyamoto Musashi (1584-1645, Japanese Samurai Warrior, strategist)


With courage you will dare to take risks, have the strength to be compassionate and the wisdom to be humble. Courage is the foundation of integrity.


Keshavan Nair


If you aren't going all the way, why go at all?


Joe Namath (1943-, American football player)


Courage is knowing what not to fear.


Napoleon Bonaparte


You don't change the course of history by turning the faces of portraits to the wall.


Jawaharlal Nehru (1889-1964, Indian nationalist, statesman)


Courage does not consist in calculation, but in fighting against chances.


John Henry Newman (1801-1890, British religious leader, prelate, writer)


One must need to be strong, otherwise one will never become strong.


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


We ought to face our destiny with courage.


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


Courage changes things for the better. With courage, you can stay with something long enough to succeed at it, realizing that it usually takes two, three, or four times as long to succeed as you thought or hoped.


Earl Nightingale (1921-1989, American radio announcer, author, motivator, speaker)


It takes courage to push yourself to places that you have never been before... to test your limits... to break through barriers. And the day came when the risk it took to remain tight inside the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.


Anais Nin (1914-1977, French-born American novelist, dancer)


Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.


Anais Nin (1914-1977, French-born American novelist, dancer)


People living deeply have no fear of death.


Anais Nin (1914-1977, French-born American novelist, dancer)


There were always in me, two women at least, one woman desperate and bewildered, who felt she was drowning and another who would leap into a scene, as upon a stage, conceal her true emotions because they were weaknesses, helplessness, despair, and present to the world only a smile, an eagerness, curiosity, enthusiasm, interest.


Anais Nin (1914-1977, French-born American novelist, dancer)


No matter how small, acknowledge the achievement.


Greg Henry Quinn


Courage does not always march to airs blown by a bugle, it is not always wrought out of the fabric ostentation wears.


Frances Rodman


Courage is sometimes frail as hope is frail: a fragile shoot between two stones that grows brave toward the sun though warmth and brightness fail, striving and faith the only strength it knows.


Frances Rodman


Part of courage is simple consistency.


Peggy Noonan (1950-, American author, presidential speechwriter)


As for courage and will -- we cannot measure how much of each lies within us, we can only trust there will be sufficient to carry through trials which may lie ahead.


Andre Norton


Fleeing and running are not the same thing.


Nicaraeuan Proverb


The highest courage is not to be found in the instinctive acts of men who risk their lives to save a friend or slay a foe; the physical fearlessness of a moment or an hour is not to be compared with immolation of months or years for the sake of wisdom or art.


Joseph H. Odell


To create one's own world in any of the arts takes courage.


Georgia O'Keeffe (American painter)


In order to feel anything, you need strength.


Anna Maria Ortese


Courage conquers all things.  It even gives strength to the body.


Ovid (BC 43-18 AD, Roman poet)


Happy the man who ventures boldly to defend what he holds dear.


Ovid (BC 43-18 AD, Roman poet)


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