Courage:  mental, emotional, moral strength to act, speak persevere, in spite of  fear, danger, or difficulty


Act as if you have faith and courage (and it will appear)

Go for the roar (it may just be a toothless old lion behind the bush)

Put your fear on the tip of your sword

Stay open to all that you feel. It will pass. Do not close.


“Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.”
John Wayne

“Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.”
Brené Brown, Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. (Isaiah 41:13)
In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength (Isaiah 30:15)
For God gave us not a spirit of fearfulness; but of power and love and discipline. (2 Timothy 1:7)

The Lord is my light and my salvation–whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life–of whom shall I be afraid? (Psalm 27:1)

“The most fundamental aggression to ourselves, the most fundamental harm we can do to ourselves, is to remain ignorant by not having the courage and the respect to look at ourselves honestly and gently.” Pema Chödrön, When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times

“The essence of bravery is being without self-deception.” Pema Chodron, The Places that Scare You, A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times

“Meet everybody and every circumstance on the battlefield of life with the courage of a hero and the smile of a conqueror.” Paramahansa Yogananda

“When you know who you are, you know how to act.”

Courage is the measure of our heartfelt participation with life, with another, with a community, a work; a future. To be courageous is to stay close to the way we are made. David Whyte, Consolations: The Solace, Nourishment and Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words

“We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves, otherwise we harden.” Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

“If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.” Jesus according to the Gnostic Gospels of Thomas.

“You have the right to work, but never to the fruit of work. You should never engage in action for the sake of reward, nor should you long for inaction. Perform work in this world -as a man established within himself – without selfish attachments, and alike in success and defeat.” Anonymous, The Bhagavad Gita

“Fortitude in adversity. If you have the strength to tackle any one misfortune, you can tackle all. When once virtue has toughened the mind it renders it invulnerable on every side.” On the Shortness of Life, by Seneca

“What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?”
Vincent van Gogh
William Penn  “Avoid popularity. It has many snares and no real benefit.”