Courage, fear, worry

Quotations: Courage, fear, worry

One man with courage makes a majority.
— Andrew Jackson, 7th president (1767-1845)

To see what is right and not to do it is cowardice.
— Confucius, Chinese philosopher (551 BC-479 BC)

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved.
— Helen Keller, American social activist, public speaker and author (1880-1968)

If we are forced, at every hour, to watch or listen to horrible events, this constant stream of ghastly impressions will deprive even the most delicate among us of all respect for humanity.
— Cicero (Marcus Tullius), Roman orator, philosopher and statesman (106-43 B.C.)

Prudence reproaches; conscience accuses.
— Immanuel Kant, Prussian geographer and philosopher (1724-1804)

Worrying is like a rocking chair: it gives you something to do, but it doesn’t get you anywhere.
— Unknown

Nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think.
— Benjamin Disraeli, British statesman and novelist (1804-1881)

Courage is the price life exacts for peace.
— Amelia Earhart, American aviator (1897-1937)

Courage is being scared to death — and saddling up anyway.
— John Wayne (Marion Morrison), American actor (1907-1979)

The mighty oak was once a little nut that stood its ground.
— Unknown

Courage is like a muscle; it is strengthened by use.
— Ruth Gordon, American actress (1896-1985)

No one reaches a high position without daring.
— Publilius Syrus, Syrian-born Latin writer of maxims (fl. 1st century B.C.)

Great occasions do not make heroes or cowards; they simply unveil them to the eyes. Silently and imperceptibly, as we wake or sleep, we grow strong or we grow weak, and at last some crisis shows us what we have become.
— Brooke Foss Westcott, British theology professor and bishop (1825-1901)

The one permanent emotion of the inferior man is fear—fear of the unknown, the complex, the inexplicable. What he wants beyond everything else is safety.
— H. L. Mencken, American journalist and humorist (1880-1956)

I believe that anyone can conquer fear by doing the things he fears to do, provided he keeps doing them until he gets a record of successful experiences behind him.
— Eleanor Roosevelt, American stateswoman, First Lady (1884-1962)

Life is a compromise of what your ego wants to do, what experience tells you to do, and what nerves let you do.
— Bruce Crampton, professional golfer (b. 1935)

The art of living lies not in eliminating but in growing with troubles.
— Bernard M. Baruch, American financier (1870-1965)

All problems become smaller if you don’t dodge them, but confront them. Touch a thistle timidly, and it pricks you; grasp it boldly, and its spines crumble.
— William S. Halsey

Fortunately for themselves and the world, nearly all men are cowards and dare not act on what they believe. Nearly all our disasters come of a few fools having the courage of their convictions.
— Coventry Patmore, British poet (1823-1896)

It isn’t the absence of conscience or values that prevents us from being all we should be, it is simply the lack of moral courage.
— Michael Josephson, American ethicist

It is better to die on one’s feet than to live on one’s knees.
— Albert Camus, French existentialist novelist (1913-1960)

Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once.
— William Shakespeare, English dramatist (1564-1616)

Cowardice. . . is almost always simply a lack of ability to suspend the functioning of the imagination.
— Ernest Hemingway, American novelist (1899-1961)

Courage easily finds its own eloquence.
— Plautus, Roman comic dramatist (c. 254-184 B.C.)

The basest of all things is to be afraid.
— William Faulkner, American novelist (1897-1962)

In times of stress, be bold and valiant.
— Horace, Roman poet (65-8 B.C.)

Grief has limits, whereas apprehension has none. For we grieve only for what we know has happened, but we fear all that possibly may happen.
— Pliny the Younger, Roman judge and man of letters (61-113 A.D.)

Fear is an instructor of great sagacity, and the herald of all revolutions.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist, public philosopher and poet (1803-1882)

The world has no room for cowards.
— Robert Louis Stevenson, Scottish novelist and adventurer (1850-1894)

If you let fear of consequence prevent you from following your deepest instinct, then your life will be safe, expedient and thin.
— Katharine Butler Hathaway, author

Proust has pointed out that the predisposition to love creates its own objects; is this not also true of fear?
— Elizabeth Bowen, Irish novelist (1899-1973)

What you are afraid to do is a clear indicator of the next thing you need to do.
— Unknown

When it comes to the pinch, human beings are heroic.
— George Orwell (Eric Blair), English journalist and novelist (1903-1950)

If we could be heroes, if just for one day.
— David Bowie (David Robert Jones), English pop music performer (b. 1947)

One must think like a hero merely to behave like a decent human being.
— May Sarton, American essayist and novelist (1912-1995)

What worries you, masters you.
— Haddon W. Robinson, American preacher, author, professor and TV show host

And each man stand with his face in the light of his own drawn sword. Ready to do what a hero can.
— Elizabeth Barrett Browning, English poet (1806-1861)

Necessity makes even the timid brave.
— Sallust, Roman historian and politician (c. 86-c. 35 B.C.)

False hope is worse than despair.
— Jonathan Kozol, American journalist and author (b. 1936)

I do get scared about the physical danger from drug dealers. But it’s not in the same league as the danger I feel eating an $80 lunch with my privileged friends to discuss hunger and poverty. That’s when my soul feels imperiled.
— Jonathan Kozol, American journalist and author (b. 1936), on his work chronicling the lives of the poor in the Bronx.

Don’t worry. Be happy.
— Meher Baba, Indian spiritual leader (1894-1969), quote popularized in a song by Bobby McFerrin, 20th-century American songwriter and performer

Nine requisites for contented living: Health enough to make work a pleasure. Wealth enough to support your needs. Strength to battle with difficulties and overcome them. Grace enough to confess your sins and forsake them. Patience enough to toil until some good is accomplished. Charity enough to see some good in your neighbor. Love enough to move you to be useful to others. Faith enough to make real the things of God. Hope enough to remove all anxious fears concerning the future.
— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German poet, dramatist and scientist (1749-1832)

There are two levers for moving men — interest and fear.
— Napoleon Bonaparte, French general and emperor (1769-1821)

In a president, character is everything. A president doesn’t have to be brilliant… He doesn’t have to be clever; you can hire clever… You can hire pragmatic, and you can buy and bring in policy wonks. But you cant buy courage and decency, you cant rent a strong moral sense. A president must bring those things with him. He needs to have, in that much maligned word, but a good one nonetheless, a vision of the future he wishes to create.. But a vision is worth little if a president doesn’t have the character – the courage and heart – to see it through.
— Peggy Noonan, 20th century American author, speech writer for U.S. President Ronald Reagan

Leaders are visionaries with a poorly developed sense of fear and no concept of the odds against them. They make the impossible happen.
— Dr. Robert Jarvik, 20th-century American heart surgeon

An election is a moral horror, as bad as battle except for the blood; a mud bath for every soul concerned.
— George Bernard Shaw, Anglo-Irish dramatist and wit (1856-1950)

Washington is a place where men praise courage and act on elaborate personal cost-benefit calculations.
— John Kenneth Galbraith, North American economist, novelist and diplomat (b. 1908)

Never create by law what can be accomplished by morality.
— Charles-Louis de Secondat Baron de Montesquieu, French jurist and political philosopher (1689-1755)

Worrying is like a rocking chair: it gives you something to do, but it doesn’t get you anywhere.
— Unknown

The gem cannot be polished without friction.
— Chinese proverb

We cannot learn without pain.
— Aristotle, Greek philosopher (384-322 B.C.)

You should not suffer the past. You should be able to wear it like a loose garment, take it off and let it drop.
— Eva Jessye, American musician and author (1895-1992)

What does not destroy makes me stronger.
— Friedrich Nietzsche, German philosopher (1844-1900)

Dictators lead through fear; good coaches do not.
— John Wooden, basketball coach

The difference between a successful person and others is not lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but a lack of will.
— Vince Lombardi, football coach

The will must be stronger than the skill.
— Muhammed Ali, boxer

All bullies are cowards, and most cowards are bullies.
— Proverb

Don’t let what you can’t do stop you from doing what you can do.
— John Wooden, UCLA basketball coach (1910-2010)

Once the ‘what’ is decided, the ‘how’ always follows. We must not make the ‘how’ an excuse for not facing and accepting the ‘what.’
— Pearl S. Buck, American writer (1892-1973)

To know what is right and not do it is the worst cowardice.
— Confucius (K’ung Fu-tzu), Chinese sage (551-479 B.C.)

Fortune lost, nothing lost; courage lost, much lost; honor lost, more lost; soul lost, all lost.
— Dutch proverb

Don’t worry about the world coming to an end; it’s already tomorrow in Australia.
— Charles Schultz