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" And as a child I was filled with passionate admiration for acts of civic courage I had seen performed by an elderly military doctor, who was a friend of my family. "
" I learned to love who I am despite what anyone would say about or to me. This gave me the courage to really stand up to anyone or any obstacle in my life. "
" Whether you be man or woman you will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor. "
" My education was dominated by modernist thinkers and artists who taught me that the supreme imperative was courage to face the awful truth, to scorn the soft-minded optimism of religious and secular romantics as well as the corrupt optimism of governments, advertisers, and mechanistic or manipulative revolutionaries. "
" We've let the blade of our innocence dull over time, and it's only in innocence that you find any kind of magic, any kind of courage. "
" If his presidency is to represent the full power of the idea that black Americans are just like everyone else - fully human and fully capable of intellect, courage and patriotism - then Barack Obama has to be subject to the same rough and tumble of political criticism experienced by his predecessors. "
" Courage is the capacity to confront what can be imagined. "
" I'm sick of all these labels and these manufactured subdivisions of music that don't even exist. And even though I'm pierced myself, I'm sick of everyone equating body piercing with musical courage. If you ask me, it takes a lot more than that. "
" Pugnacity is a form of courage, but a very bad form. "
" I don't know what kind of courage it took thousands of years ago, but I know how courageous women need to be today. "
" I feel most alive, most electric with faith, breath, and courage, when I think of God as a current that runs through all that is. Not by will or by choice. Not as a benediction but because there are laws even God must obey. "
Tracy K. Smith
" Values are principles and ideas that bring meaning to the seemingly mundane experience of life. A meaningful life that ultimately brings happiness and pride requires you to respond to temptations as well as challenges with honor, dignity, and courage. "
" I can tell you character traits I admire and work to develop in myself - perseverance, self-discipline, courage to stand up for what is right even when it is against one's friends or one's self. "
" It shouldn't take extreme courage and a willingness to go to prison for decades or even life to blow the whistle on bad government acts done in secret. But it does. And that is an immense problem for democracy, one that all journalists should be united in fighting. "
" Unjust. How many times I've used that word, scolded myself with it. All I mean by it now is that I don't have the final courage to say that I refuse to preside over violations against myself, and to hell with justice. "
" I once wrote a book on courage and what made people courageous. I found it was a strength of belief matched by a strength of willpower. "
" If I have brought any message today, it is this: Have the courage to have your wisdom regarded as stupidity. Be fools for Christ. And have the courage to suffer the contempt of the sophisticated world. "
" Nothing gives us courage more readily than the desire to avoid looking like a damn fool. "
" I think we need people with stronger ideals than John Kerry or Bill Clinton. I think we need people with more courage and vision. "
Octavia E. Butler
" The eyes of the world are fixed on the U.S. to see if we have the political courage and moral sense to solve our debt crisis. "
" The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart. "
Robert Green Ingersoll
" One of the biggest ways we don't support ourselves is by not asking for support. Asking can take courage, but the reward is immense. "
" To show that a comedian on stage in India talking about sanitation or in South Africa talking about HIV and AIDS awareness, if you follow the joke into their lives, you can see that, like, oh, these things aren't just contrived in joke books. This is real life. I think the best comedians have that bravery and courage to say, Oh, this is what it is. "
" In men's sports, people criticize coaches and managers all the time, call out teammates, too, and it's not that huge of a deal. Often, the guy speaking out is even lauded for having the courage to tell the truth. When it happens in women's sports, though, it always seems to be viewed as a nasty, claws-out cat fight. "
" There can be no failure to a man who has not lost his courage, his character, his self respect, or his self-confidence. He is still a King. "
Orison Swett Marden
" I'm grateful to God for His bountiful gifts... He gave me courage and faith in myself. "
" When you question this war on poverty, you get all the criticisms from adherents to the status quo who just don't want to see anything change. We got to have the courage to face that down, just as we did in the welfare reform of the late 1990s, and if we succeeded, we can help resuscitate this culture and get people back to work. "
" Honest conviction is my courage; the Constitution is my guide. "
" The difficult thing is that vulnerability is the first thing I look for in you and the last thing I'm willing to show you. In you, it's courage and daring. In me, it's weakness. "
" It takes courage to know when you ought to be afraid. "
James A. Michener
" No, I am not a homosexual. If I were a homosexual, I would hope I would have the courage to say so. What's cruel is that you are forcing me to say I am not a homosexual. This means you are putting homosexuals down. I don't want to do that. "