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Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage. 
Anais Nin
Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can,
And the wisdom to know the difference.
Reinhold Niebuhr
Courage is the ladder on which all the other virtues mount.
--Clare Boothe Luce
Without courage, all other virtues lose their meaning.
W. Churchill
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've lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along." You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
Wisdom and courage make mutual contributions to greatness.
Baltasar Gracian
"So to feel brave, act as if we were brave, use all our will to that end,,,,, and a courage-fit will very likely replace the fit of fear.
James, William.
Freedom, Happiness, Responsibility or tranquillity can be frightening, intimidating, overwhelming or awful.
Relaxation frees the heart.
Courage opens the heart.
Compassion fills the heart
In fear, the brain starves the heart of its bravest blood.
Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.
The future does not belong to those who are content with today, apathetic toward common problems and their fellow man alike, timid and fearful in the face of bold projects and new ideas. Rather, it will belong to those who can blend passion, reason and courage in a personal commitment to the ideals of American society.
--Robert F Kennedy
Believe me! The secret of reaping the greatest fruitfulness and the greatest enjoyment from life is; live dangerously.
Friederich Nietzsche 1844-1900
Self-control is only courage under another form. It may also be regarded as the primary essence of character.
Samuel Smiles, CHARACTER
The secret of happiness is freedom, and the secret of freedom, courage.
Thucydides, funeral speech for Pericles
Those who have courage to love should have courage to suffer.
Anthony Trollope 1815-1882 Autobiography
Courage is adversity's lamp.
Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear -- not absence of fear.
Mark Twain, from Pudd'nhead Wilson
It is stupidity rather than courage to refuse to recognize danger when it is close upon you.
Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) Scottish author, physician; creator of Sherlock Holmes
Courage: doing what you're afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you're scared.
--Eddie Rickenbacker
A great deal of talent is lost to the world for want of a little courage. --Goethe
A great part of courage is the courage of having done the thing before.
2. It (the heart) is supposed in popular language, to be the seat sometimes, of courage, sometimes of affection, sometimes of honesty, or baseness.
Johnson, definition in Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
"Perfect courage consists in doing that without witnesses, which it would be capable of doing before all the world."
LaRochefoucauld \216
"This brilliant courage that in you we see
Will master all if you its master be."
Voltaire, Adelaide du Guesclin, act 2, sc.1
The men and women who have the right ideals ... are those who have the courage to strive for the happiness which comes only with labor and effort and self-sacrifice, and those whose joy in life springs in part from power of work and sense of duty.
--Theodore Roosevelt
The human body can do so much, and then the heart and spirit take over.
Sung Ki Chung, olympic Marathon winner
The courage to imagine the otherwise is our greatest resource, adding color and suspense to all our life.
Daniel J. Boorstin
To see what is right and not to do it, is want of courage.
Confucius Analects
Heroism is the brilliant triumph of the soul over the flesh-- over fear. .... Heroism is the dazzling and glorious concentration of courage.
Henri-Frederic Amiel, 1828-1881, Journal, OCt. 1, 1849
Audacity augments courage; hesitation, fear.
Publilius Syrus
What might be a brave choice for you, for another person they may simply not experience fear.
Marlon Brando
All our dreams can come true-- if we have the courage to pursue them.
Walt Disney
Cowards can never be moral.
Mahatma Gandhi
One man with courage makes a majority.
Andrew Jackson
Accept the challenge so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory.
George S. Patton
Nothing but courage can guide life.
Valor lies halfway between rashness and cowardice.
"So to feel brave, act as if we were brave, use all our will to that end,,,,, and a courage-fit will very likely replace the fit of fear.
James William
One isn't necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.
--Maya Angelou
To call war the soil of courage and virtue is like calling debauchery the soil of love."
--George Santayana
"Without courage, wisdom bears no fruit."
Baltasar Gracian
When you have no choice, mobilize the spirit of courage.
Jewish Proverb
The human body can do so much, and then the heart and spirit take over.
Sung Ki Chung, olympic Marathon winner
Nothing but courage can guide life.
"How few there are who have courage enough to own their faults, or resolution enough to mend them."
Franklin, Benjamin, POOR RICHARD'S ALMANAC
"That is at the bottom the only courage that is demanded of us: to have courage for the most strange, the most singular, and the most inexplicable that we may encounter. That mankind has in this sense been cowardly has done life endless harm; the experience that are called "visions," the whole so-called "spirit world," death, all those things are so closely akin to us, have by daily parrying been so crowded out of life that the senses with which we could have grasped them are atrophied. To say nothing of God."
Rainer Maria Rilke
Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow that talent to the dark place where it leads. 
Erica Jong
To Cowardly Lion:"As for you my fine friend, you are a victim of disorganized thinking. You are under the unfortunate delusion that simply because you run away from danger, you have no courage. You're confusing courage with wisdom.
Frank Morgan as the Wizard of Oz
"Courage faces fear and thereby masters it."
Martin Luther King, Jr.
"These days I'm feeling all right
'cept I can't tell my courage from my desperation"
- Bruce Springsteen