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In Chinese, the word for crisis is weiji, composed of the character wei, which means danger, and ji, which means opportunity.
My advice to you, if you should ever be in a hold up, is to line up with the cowards and save your bravery for an occasion when it may be of some benefit to you.
It is easy enough to praise men for the courage of their convictions. I wish I could teach the sad young of this mealy generation the courage of their confusions.
It takes a kind of shabby arrogance to survive in our time, and a fairly romantic nature to want to.
Growth demands a temporary surrender of security.
Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.
No one provokes me with impunity (nemo me impune lacessit)
Neither have they hearts to stay, Nor wit enough to run away.
Respectability: the offspring of a liaison between a bald head and a bank account.
Until the day of his death, no man can be sure of his courage.
There is no such thing as bravery; only degrees of fear.
"Why not" is a slogan for an interesting life.
You don't learn to hold your own in the world by standing on guard, but by attacking, and getting well hammered yourself.
Here I stand. I can do no other. God help me. Amen.
Many become brave when brought to bay.
O God, give us serenity to accept what cannot be changed; courage to change what should be changed; and wisdom to distinguish the one from the other.
The first virtue in a soldier is endurance of fatigue; courage is only the second virtue.
Courage is fear holding on a minute longer.
We could be cowards, if we had courage enough.
Showing up is eighty percent of life.
A high station in life is earned by the gallantry with which appalling experiences are survived with grace.
A decline in courage may be the most striking feature which an outside observer notices in the West in our days. The Western world has lost its civic courage, both as a whole and separately, in each country, in each government, in each political party, and, of course, in the United Nations. Such a decline in courage is particularly noticeable among the ruling groups and the intellectual elite, causing an impression that the loss of courage extends to the entire society.
Courage is doing what you're afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you're scared.
One man with courage makes a majority.
If one is forever cautious, can one remain a human being?
Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way. And don't pray when it rains if you don't pray when the sun shines.
The Ancient Mariner said to Neptune during a great storm, 'O God, you will save me if you wish, but I am going to go on holding my tiller straight.'
Fight on, my merry men all, I'm a little wounded, but I am not slain; I will lay me down for to bleed a while, Then I'll rise and fight with you again.
The paradox of courage is that a man must be a little careless of his life even in order to keep it.
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.
Please understand there is no depression in this house and we are not interested in the possibilities of defeat. They do not exist.
Now the trumpet summons us again - not as a call to bear arms, though arms we need; not as a call to battle, though embattled we are; but a call to bear the burden of a long twilight struggle, year in and year out, 'rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation', a struggle against the common enemies of man: tyranny, poverty, disease and war itself.
To be brave one short instant is no easy matter; it is easier to die for a cause than to live for it.
The courage we desire and prize is not the courage to die decently, but to live manfully.
Have the courage to act instead of react.
Courage! I have shown it for years; think you I shall lose it at the moment when my sufferings are to end?
Necessity does the work of courage.
Courage is a quality so necessary for maintaining virtue that it is always respected, even when it is associated with vice.
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 morality.
He was a bold man that first ate an oyster.
Unless one says goodbye to what one loves, and unless one travels to completely new territories, one can expect merely a long wearing away of oneself.
A decent boldness ever meets with friends.
Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.
One doesn't discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.
The fly ought to be used as the symbol of impertinence and audacity; for whilst all other animals shun man more than anything else, and run away even before he comes near them, the fly lights upon his very nose.
Valour lies just halfway between rashness and cowardice.
Never undertake anything for which you wouldn't have the courage to ask the blessings of heaven.
As to moral courage, I have very rarely met with the two o'clock in the morning kind. I mean unprepared courage, that which is necessary on an unexpected occasion, and which, in spite of the most unforeseen events, leaves full freedom of judgement and decision.
The guts carry the feet, not the feet the guts.
Clothes and courage have much to do with each other.
A great part of courage is the courage of having done the thing before.
Courage - fear that has said its prayers.
Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all others.
Constant exposure to dangers will breed contempt for them.
(Courage) a perfect sensibility of the measure of danger, and a mental willingness to endure it.
Not simply one of the virtues but the form of every virtue at the testing point, which means at the point of highest reality.
At the bottom of a good deal of the bravery that appears in the world there lurks a miserable cowardice. Men will face powder and steel because they cannot face public opinion.
Whether it be to failure or success, the first need of being is endurance -to endure with gladness if we can, with fortitude in any event.


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