Since the last post with Inspirational Quotes was on fear I thought I'd fill this one with thoughts on courage. Enjoy!
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.
Without courage, wisdom bears no fruit.
Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.
When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
When the road you're trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit
Rest if you must, but don't you quit.
Success is failure turned inside out,
The silver tint on the clouds of doubt,
And you can never tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems afar.
So, stick to the fight when you're hardest hit
It's when things go wrong that you mustn't quit.
Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.
The best way out is always through.
Don't get discouraged; it is often the last key in the bunch that opens the lock.
To dare is to lose one's footing momentarily. To not dare is to lose oneself.
Trust the still, small voice that says, “this might work and I'll try it.”
The greatest test of courage on the earth is to bear defeat without losing heart.
R. G. Ingersoll
It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes short again and again, who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause, who at best knows achievement and who at the worst if he fails at least fails while daring greatly so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.
Remember that failure is an event, not a person.
Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.
Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right.
Ralph Waldo Emerson