Expediency asks the question: is it politic? Vanity asks the question: is it popular? But conscience asks the question: is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular- but one must take it simply because it is right. There can be no courage unless you're scared. Kennedy - , 35th President of the United States.
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. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs.
Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle. Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost. Those having it never know for sure whether they have it till the test comes.
And those having it in one test never know for sure if they will have it when the next test comes. Return from Quotes about Courage to the Decision Quotes page. I share the story of Debi Jackson page , whose courage was the greatest gift she could offer her three-year-old transgender daughter as they navigated largely uncharted territory together, with love and courage as their guides. I have been touched by countless stories of the courage of the dying—those in war zones, those living with terminal illness.
When life is on the line and death is closing in, this is when we often find the courage to live full out. They will ruin everything for you. We tend to think that enduring great pain and suffering is the truest mark of courage, but sometimes it is making the choice to walk away from pain that requires the greatest courage—leaving a relationship that has become impossible to repair or revive, a career that has lost its potency, or ideas and institutions that hold us back.
When we are young, we are afforded the chance to try on courage in its many guises. We can push ourselves to our edge in sports or academics. We can stand up to bullies and speak up for the unpopular or afraid. We can imagine our futures lived boldly, and then take the first tentative steps along the path. When I was vice president of Bennington College, I was always inspired to hear the president greet the incoming freshmen, urging them to take the courses that frightened them, offering them the chance to practice courage.
It is a joy to share the story of the remarkable Gaby Chavez Hernandez page , whose courage defined her as a very young child and, at the age of twenty-two, has already led her into the future that she dared to dream.
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In his twenties, college student Tim DeChristopher seized an unanticipated moment of courage that has set the course for a life devoted to extraordinarily bold commitment and activism page Opening to courage so powerfully made it impossible for him to live any less fully. To be a journalist in our times requires having the courage to put oneself on the line every day. In our country, what used to be the peaceful beat of our Main Streets is now often charged with hatred and violence.
And the reporters who go to remote war zones do so believing that the value of their contribution outweighs the heavy risks. The Newseum, an interactive museum of journalism in Washington, DC, lists the names of 2, journalists who have died reporting the news.
In alone, fifty journalists were killed in the line of work, some cruelly and publicly beheaded. For Joe, courage did not come easily. He forced himself to search for it everywhere, and ultimately was able to find it in a most unexpected and inspiring place. The stories of Edith and Loet Velmans page 35 poignantly demonstrate the ways in which early courageous experiences can plant the seeds that grow and flourish throughout long lives and, many years later, bloom into a final chapter of joy and gratitude for lives lived fully. Diana Nyad whose story appears on page 51 has been a hero to me for many decades because I, too, am a swimmer.
The ocean is simply the setting in which her astonishing spiritual courage manifests.
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For the remarkable Buddhist teacher Allan Lokos page 89 , who survived a catastrophic plane accident and a long series of surgeries and treatments that ultimately gave him back his life, courage was the essential element for recreating his shattered life. I have felt for some time that a commitment to a life of disciplined spiritual practice requires great courage.
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Buddhist teacher Larry Yang page lived a young life marked by discrimination, addiction, and exclusion. Meditation practice helped him navigate the choppy waters of recovery, and ultimately opened a path of Buddhist study and practice, as well as a dedication to actively serving the underserved. Congolese prosecutor Amani Mirielle Kahatwa who is profiled on page stands up to the strong and powerful every day as she seeks out and brings to justice those who have used rape as a weapon of war. Her courage serves as both the voice of, and the inspiration for, those too fearful to speak up.
My childhood, like so many others, was marked by long periods of challenge and sadness. When I look back, I realize that I always held the unshakable belief that I was headed into a life in which I would have some extra armor of resistance, determination, and strength. But not everyone is so fortunate. Thanks for sticking around! Nothing more, nothing less. A much beloved teacher and friend, Mu Soeng, offers this seemingly simple recipe for a life well lived: Live simply, care deeply, die joyfully. Simple, that is, if you add courage as the essential ingredient in the mix.
During the writing of this book, my son was diagnosed with cancer—the single most terrifying thing I could imagine. Now, having come through the storms of surgery and treatment, we all rejoice in his return to vibrant, good health, relishing our great good fortune and able to see the courage that carried us all through this journey. I always knew Charlie was courageous.
Now he has become truly intimate with courage. We are all courageous in our own ways—some of us have simply had it tested a bit more than others. Such trials are the stuff of life that we would never wish for but, at the end of the tunnel, find ourselves grateful for having passed through them. Like love, courage never goes away, only changes form from time to time, builds on itself, evolves, expands, and enhances everything it touches.
In offering you this book, my hope is that you will tap into the fire of your own inner courage and feel its transformative power to light your way. It is conformity. Even a dead fish can go with the flow. The many faces of courage In selecting the thirteen stories for this book, I took a long and inspiring tour through the many ways that courage can define our lives.