Tidbits of Wisdom

Quotes on Courage

“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important that fear.”
— Ambrose Red Moon

“Courage is not the absence of fear, but the capacity to act in the presence of fear. Faith is not the absence of doubt, but the courage to believe in spite of doubt. Trust is not the absence of qualms, but the capacity to go forward despite misgivings.”
— Rev. Mary Harvey

“Courage is the ability to solve problems realistically in the presence of fear.”
— Stuart Walker

“Courage is not the absence of fear and pain, but the affirmation of life despite fear and pain.”
— Rabbi Earl Grollman

“Bravery is the capacity to perform properly even when scared half to death.”
— Omar Bradley

“Courage is doing what your afraid to do. There can be no courage unless your scared.”
— Eddie Rickenbacker

“I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self.”
— Aristotle

“A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Courage is not the absence of fear, but the mastery of it.”
— Found attributed to Mark Twain

“This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish selfish clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.

I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no ‘brief candle’ to me. It is sort of a splendid torch which I have a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it over to future generations.”
— George Bernard Shaw

“Without belittling the courage with which men have died, we should not forget those acts of courage with which men have lived. The courage of life is often a less dramatic spectacle than the courage of a final moment; but it is no less a magnificent mixture of triumph and tragedy. A man does what he must in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures and that is the basis of all human morality. In whatever arena of life one may meet the challenge of courage, whatever may be the sacrifices he faces if he follows his conscience the loss of his friends, his fortune, his contentment, even the esteem of his fellow men each man must decide for himself the course he will follow. The stories of past courage can define that ingredient they can teach, they can offer hope, they can provide inspiration. But they cannot supply courage itself. For this each man must look into his own soul.”
— John F. Kennedy

“It has been said that something as small as the flutter of a butterfly’s wing can ultimately cause a typhoon halfway around the world.”
— Chaos Theory

“Each smallest act of kindness, reverberates across great distances and spans of time –affecting lives unknown to the one who’s generous spirit, was the source of this good echo. Because kindness is passed on and grows each time it’s passed until a simple courtesy becomes an act of selfless courage, years later, and far away. Likewise, each small meanness, each expression of hatred, each act of evil.”
— Dean Koontz, From the Corner of His Eye

Other Quotes

“I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish that He didn’t trust me so much.”
— Mother Teresa

“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.”
— Mother Teresa

“My concern is not just about survival.  I will not live at any cost.  But my attempt is to do better than just survive… but to thrive… and to thrive with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”
— Maya Angelou

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”
— Mahatma Gandhi

“The purpose of life is a life of purpose.”
–Robert Byrne

“It takes but one positive thought when given a chance to survive & thrive to overpower an entire army of negative thoughts.”
— Robert H. Schuller

 “To believe that we can and must hide the parts of us that are broken, out of fear that others are incapable of loving the parts of us that we cannot love ourselves, is to believe that sunshine is incapable of entering a broken window and warming an empty room.”
— Sandra Kring

“Whatever increases, decreases, limits or extends the body’s power of action, increases decreases, limits, or extends the mind’s power of action. And whatever increases, decreases, limits, or extends the mind’s power of action, also increases, decreases, limits, or extends the body’s power of action.”
— Spinoza (1632-1677)

“The wound is the place where the Light enters you.”
— Rumi

“In a real sense all life is inter-related. All men are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be, and you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be. This is the inter-related structure of reality.”
— Reverend Martin Luther king, Jr.

“My belief is in the blood and flesh as being wiser than the intellect. The body-unconscious is where life bubbles up in us. It is how we know that we are alive, alive to the depths of our souls and in touch somewhere with the vivid reaches of the cosmos.”
— D.H. Lawrence

“It’s not always the things we do that make the biggest difference in our lives; it’s often the things we avoid doing that have the biggest effect.”
— Paul Hudson

“Love feels no burden, thinks nothing of its trouble, attempts what is above its strength, pleads no excuse for impossibility, for it thinks all things are lawful for itself, and all things are possible.”
— Thomas Kemp

“Don’t tell someone to get over it; help them get through it.”
— Sue Fitzmaurice

“No external thing or person is ever coming to you, which will make you happy or complete you. As long as you are waiting for something to make you happy — happiness will never come. Expectancy creates disappointment. Chasing the external to achieve joy is a death-trap for personal-development. The external only creates dependency. The foundation of joyful independence is being content with yourself; self-love. You’re the one you’ve been looking for; you complete you. Recognize that you are enough, and that all external gifts are simply extra blessings. Praise first the mighty blessing of yourself! Find your own joy within and then greater joy will be added to you.

The paradise you seek is a frame of mind. Each moment of gratitude awareness reveals the total beauty which surrounds you. Each step on the beautiful path of gratitude awareness moves you toward your life’s highest possibility. The gift of life is present at every moment — even moments that seem insignificant or unpleasant. You will be blessed the moment you realize you already are. Start the daily practice of joyful living. Start walking now on the beautiful path already before you.”
— Bryant McGill

“A season of loneliness and isolation is when the caterpillar gets its wings. Remember that next time you feel alone.”
— Mandy Hale

“For a seed to achieve its greatest expression, it must come completely undone. The shell cracks, its insides come out and everything changes. To someone who doesn’t understand growth, it would look like complete destruction.”
— Cynthia Occelli

“Seek the truth or hide your head in the sand. Both require digging.”
— Andrew Nolan

“Grief is like the ocean; it comes in waves, ebbing and flowing. Sometimes the water is calm, and sometimes it is overwhelming. All we can do is learn to swim.”
— Vicki Harrison

As I said when I began this story, hope is a constant companion in this life. It is the one thing that neither cruel nature, God, nor other men can wrench from us. Health, wealth, parents, beloved brothers and sisters, children, friends, the past, the future — all can be stolen from us as easily as an unguarded purse. But our greatest treasure, hope, remains. It is a sturdy little motor within, purring, ticking, driving us on when reason would suggest surrender. It is both the most pathetic and noblest thing about us, the most absurd and the most admirable quality we possess, for as long as we have hope, we have the capacity for love, for caring, for decency.”
— Dean Koontz

“Sometimes, you feel as though you are riding the bicycle backwards. You feel like you are backtracking and heading in the wrong direction, but really what’s happening is contraction and release. The universe is preparing you for something much greater and like a sling shot, it’s going to shoot you forward—you just have to move backwards for a little bit.”
— Author Unknown

“Anyone can love a rose, but it takes a lot to love a leaf. It’s ordinary to love the beautiful, but it’s beautiful to love the ordinary.”
— Author Unknown

“The harder you fall, the higher you bounce.”
— Author Unknown

 “Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goals.”
— Author Unknown

“The things we avoid the most are often the exact things we need”
— Author Unknown

“If life can remove someone you never dreamed of losing, it can replace them with someone you never dreamt of having.”
— Author Unknown

“Rumors are carried by haters, spread by fools, and accepted by idiots.”
— Author Unknown

“It takes a strong heart to love, but it takes a stronger heart to continue to love after it’s been hurt.”
— Author Unknown

“Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.”
— From a headstone in Ireland