I love quotes from famous people or even not so famous people. I find them amusing, inspiring and thought provoking all at once. I have made quotes about people on various people throughout the years on this old blog. It's been a while since I did this. So, I thought I would start out today with famous quotes about courage. We live in perilous times. I'm sure many generations have said that about their time also. But, we live in a world with absolute savagery as we have witnessed by the latest terrorists in the Middle East, ISIS. We must face this latest menace with the same, grit, determination and courage as our parents and grandparents did in WWII. Our generation is facing Muslim fanatics who want to kill anyone who is not of their particular faith. ISIS even kill other Muslims who do not subscribe to their warped belief. So, why not have a few quotes to inspire us for this week? Let's take a look at a few.
"I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear."--Nelson Mandela (This from a man who knew a thing or two about courage as he faced down apartheid in South Africa)
"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition:.~~Steve Jobs (I have always been a great admirer of Steve Jobs, a true visionary of the 20th and 21st centuries)
"One isn't necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest."~~Maya Angelou (One of the greatest poets and authors of all time in my opinion)
"Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy."~~Dale Carnegie (This quote is so true...the fear of failure inhibits many of us from accomplishing so much in life. Inaction is the kryptonite of being successful)
"Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear."~~Mark Twain (One of my favorite authors, Mark Twain gives the absolute perfect definition of "courage" in the simplest of terms).
"God, give us grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, courage to change the things which should be changed and the wisdom to distinguish the one from the other."~~Reinold Neibuhr (One of my absolute favorite quotes and it shows how important courage is in distinguishing good from bad)
"You have to really be courageous about your instincts and your ideas. Otherwise you'll just knuckle under, and things that might have been memorable will be lost."~~Francis Ford Coppola (Indeed, if Mr. Coppola had not agreed to direct a movie he was warned not to, where would we have all those great quotes from The Godfather movies?)
"A great deal of talent is lost to the world for want of a little courage. Every day sends to their graves obscure men whose timidity prevented them from making a first effort."~~Sydney Smith (So very true in regard to those who were too afraid to try for lack of courage. Very sad when you think about it)