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In a nation of sheep, one brave man is a majority. (Edward Abbey)

I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship. (Louisa May Alcott)

Be brave enough to live creatively. The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. (Alan Alda)

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. (James Allen)

Dare to be strong and courageous. That is the road. Venture anything... (Sherwood Anderson)

Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can't practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage. (Maya Angelou)

Real courage is displayed by those who are afraid to go, but go. (Anonymous)

The principal act of courage is to endure and withstand dangers doggedly rather than to attack them. (St. Thomas Aquinas)

You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor. (Aristotle)

We must be willing to fall flat on our faces. Fearlessly putting ourselves out there is simply a required part of the process. At the very least, it results in the gift of humility and, at best, the triumph of our human spirit. (Jill Badonsky)

Just put a mark of paint on the canvas and let yourself carry on directed by hidden instinct. That takes courage. To control but yet not to control. (Moncy Barbour)

Cowardice and courage are never without a measure of affectation. Nor is love. (Jean Baudrillard)

Be brave enough to bring your life and life experiences into your work. There is something only YOU can give to art! (Mary Todd Beam)

It is often wonderful how putting down on paper a clear statement of a case helps one to see, not perhaps the way out, but the way in. (Arthur Christopher Benson)

s not life that matters, it's the courage you bring to it. (Yogi Bhajan)

The weak in courage is strong in cunning. (William Blake)

The courage to imagine the otherwise is our greatest resource, adding colour and suspense to all our lives. (Daniel J. Boorstin)

We fear things in proportion to our ignorance of them. (Christian Nestell Bovee)

Bravery is the capacity to perform properly even when scared half to death. (Omar Bradley)

Patience is the courage of the conqueror, the strength of man against destiny. (Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton)

Leap, and the net will appear. (John Burroughs)

Tell a person they are brave and you help them become so. (Thomas Carlyle)

...if he will only have the courage of sincerity, taking hold with both hands and discounting tradition. (Franklin Carmichael)

The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud. (Coco Chanel)

-Eastward Ho, act 5, sc. 1 (1605)...
I will neither yield to the song of the siren nor the voice of the hyena, the tears of the crocodile nor the howling of the wolf. (George Chapman)

The paradox of courage is that a man must be a little careless of his life in order to keep it. (G. K. Chesterton)

Like all explorers, we are drawn to discover what's out there without knowing yet if we have the courage to face it. (Pema Chodron)

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen. (Winston Churchill)

Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities... because it is the quality which guarantees all others. (Winston Churchill)

A man full of courage is also full of faith. (Cicero)

The bravest of individuals is the one who obeys his or her conscience. (J. F. Clarke)

If we choose to be no more than clods of clay, then we shall be used as clods of clay for braver feet to tread on. (Marie Corelli)

I love the courage and freedom that comes with being a crazy old lady... no holds, no barriers, no fear. (Kay Cox)

No daring is fatal. The whole logic of the universe is contained in daring, in creating from the flimsiest, slenderest support. (Rene Crevel)

It takes great courage to look where you have to look, which is in yourself, in your experience, in your relationship with fellow beings, your relationship to the earth, to the spirit or to the first cause - to look at them and make something of them. (Harry Crews)

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are. (e. e. cummings)

Shakyamuni taught that the shallow is easy to embrace, but the profound is difficult. To discard the shallow and seek the profound is the way of a person of courage. (Nichiren Daishonin)

Courage is like – it's a habitus, a habit, a virtue: you get it by courageous acts. It's like you learn to swim by swimming. You learn courage by couraging. (Mary Daly)

In short, we need to recover the courage we celebrate in our heroes, and in particular, the courage to tolerate... a level of risk we hardly ever imagined in the past. (Daniel Dennett)

Most acts of assent require far more courage than most acts of protest, since courage is clearly a readiness to risk self-humiliation. (Nigel Dennis)

-from his own pre-painting list...
Don't be a Pollyanna! (Richard Diebenkorn)

Aren't the artists brave to go out and paint a sea as rough as that?... I don't see how he kept his canvas dry. (Ruth Draper)

Boldness is a mask for fear, however great. (John Dryden)

Only those who have dared to let go can dare to reenter. (Meister Johann Eckhart)

Success is never final and failure is never fatal. It's courage that counts. (Jules Ellinger)

A great part of courage is having done the thing before. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

There is a fine line between bravery and stupidity. If you get away with it, you are brave. If you don't, you are stupid. (Francisco Escario)

Don't let life discourage you; everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was. (Richard L. Evans)

What makes for great art is the courage to speak and write and paint what you know and care about. (Audrey Flack)

We put our art out for others to see like laundry on the line. We expose ourselves to the core. It takes great courage to be an artist. (Gwen Fox)

Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties. (Erich Fromm)

If you're looking for something to be brave about, consider fine arts. (Robert Frost)

Dare to be naive. (Buckminster Fuller)

A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave. (Mahatma Gandhi)

Ready or not, Tell yourself to jump. (Chris Gardner)

You have to be bold because there will be folks who will say, "You can't" or "You shouldn't" or "Why?" There is a certain boldness to saying, "Well, I really don't want to be a high-powered corporate lawyer. I'm really passionate about painting." (Chris Gardner)

Why did I hesitate to put all this glory of the sun on my canvas? (Paul Gauguin)

I begin to feel an enormous need to become savage and to create a new world. (Paul Gauguin)

Pay no attention to the less courageous. (Sara Genn)

What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything? (Vincent van Gogh)

We have come into this exquisite world to experience ever and ever more deeply our divine courage, freedom and light! (Hafiz)

It requires courage to face and to conquer the immense weight of inertia and the dead and dying traditions and sophistications that clutter the minds of men and mould them into the mimicry of living ways... (Lawren Harris)

No one has yet computed how many imaginary triumphs are silently celebrated by people each year to keep up their courage. (Henry S. Haskins)

Courage is grace under pressure. (Ernest Hemingway)

Cowardice... is almost always simply a lack of ability to suspend functioning of the imagination. (Ernest Hemingway)

One man with courage makes a majority. (Andrew Jackson)

Artists who have the courage, during sieges of warmongers, to still create their expressions should be honored with medals for their service to mankind, as they use a paintbrush instead of a gun. (Minaz Jantz)

Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary. (Steve Jobs)

There is a place within us that is courageous beyond our human understanding; it yearns to explore beyond the boundaries of our daily life. (Dennis Merritt Jones)

Never retreat. Never explain. Get it done and let them howl. (Benjamin Jowett)

The first prerogative of an artist in any medium is to make a fool of himself. (Pauline Kael)

From a real antagonist one gains boundless courage. (Franz Kafka)

My message, especially to young people, is to have courage to think differently, courage to invent, to travel the unexplored path, courage to discover the impossible and to conquer the problems and succeed. (Abdul Kalam)

Be Bold. It's just canvas, just paint. If it doesn't work for you, paint over it and start again. Don't be afraid that you are wasting supplies. Every failure teaches something, if only what not to do. (Tiko Kerr)

What is needed, rather than running away or controlling or suppressing or any other resistance, is understanding fear; that means, watch it, learn about it, come directly into contact with it. (Jiddu Krishnamurti)

It takes courage to live your dream and bounce back up when you have been knocked down. Your dreams give you the energy and inspiration to live a great life. (Justin Langer)

Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. (C. S. Lewis)

This is the art of courage: to see things as they are and still believe that the victory lies not with those who avoid the bad, but those who taste, in living awareness, every drop of the good. (Victoria Lincoln)

Courage is the power to let go of the familiar. (Raymond Lindquist)

It is by presence of mind in untried emergencies that the native metal of man is tested. (James Russell Lowell)

Courage is the ladder on which all the other virtues mount. (Clare Boothe Luce)

The most salient mark of a creative person... is not physical courage... it is a personal courage, a courage of the mind and spirit, psychological or spiritual courage that is the radius of a creative person: the courage to question what is generally accepted; the courage to be destructive in order that something better can be constructed; the courage to be open to experience both from within and without; the courage to imagine the impossible and try to achieve it; the courage to stand aside from collectivity and in conflict with it, if necessary; the courage to become and to be oneself. (D.W. MacKinnon)

People become discouraged when they listen to their 'inner critic'... Whatever that voice is saying, articulate a response, drawing from the part of you that feels strong and confident. Be your own cheerleader. (Lauren Mackler)

Nearly everything in the scheme of things works to dull a first-rate talent. But the worst probably is cowardice. (Norman Mailer)

We must have courage to bet on our ideas, to take the calculated risk, and to act. Everyday living requires courage if life is to be effective and bring happiness. (Maxwell Maltz)

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)

-in a letter to Isabelle...
I would kiss you, had I the courage. (Edouard Manet)

Success is not measured by what you accomplish, but by the opposition you have encountered, and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds. (Orison Swett Marden)

The effort to see things without distortion takes something like courage and this courage is essential to the artist, who has to look at everything as though he saw it for the first time. (Henri Matisse)

Whereas moral courage is the righting of wrongs, creative courage, in contrast, is the discovering of new forms, new symbols, new patterns on which a new society can be built. (Rollo May)

Courage is when you do what you have to do though people don't think you can. Courage is when you think you can't do something, but you do it. (Adam McCord)

Courage can't see around corners but goes around them anyway. (Mignon McLaughlin)

The road to positivity is strewn with the abandoned vehicles of the faint-hearted. (Peter McWilliams)

I'm a hero with coward's legs. (Spike Milligan)

It's raining again and once again I have had to put the studies I started to one side... I am witnessing a complete transformation taking place in Nature, and my courage is failing as a result. (Claude Monet)

The only cats worth anything are the cats who take chances. Sometimes I play things that I never heard myself. (Thelonius Monk)

With courage you will dare to take risks, have the strength to be compassionate and the wisdom to be humble. Courage is the foundation of integrity. (Keshavan Nair)

All you need is the plan, the road map, and the courage to press on to your destination. (Earl Nightingale)

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage. (Anais Nin)

To create one's own world, in any of the arts, takes courage. (Georgia O'Keeffe)

I've been absolutely terrified every moment of my life and I've never let it keep me from doing a single thing that I wanted to do. (Georgia O'Keeffe)

In this world the greatest courage is to drop the mind aside... see the world without the barrier of the mind, just as it is. It is tremendously different, utterly beautiful. (Osho)

Courage conquers all things: it even gives strength to the body. (Ovid)

You'll never do a whole lot unless you're brave enough to try. (Dolly Parton)

Courage is fear holding on a minute longer. (George Smith Patton, Jr.)

Don't be afraid in nature: one must be bold, at the risk of having been deceived and making mistakes. (Camille Pissarro)

Courage is a kind of salvation. (Plato)

Courage easily finds its own eloquence. (Plautus)

Without the looming possibility of defeat, glory would lose its taste. (Todd Plough)

The more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it. (Steven Pressfield)

A timid person is frightened before a danger, a coward during the time, and a courageous person afterward. (Jean Paul Richter)

Courage is doing what you're afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you're scared. (Edward Rickenbacker)

It takes courage to step away from the familiar. (Chris Riley)

This is in the end the only kind of courage that is required of us: the courage to face the strangest, most unusual, most inexplicable experiences that can meet us. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Perhaps all of the Dragons of our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us once beautiful and brave. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, 'I will try again tomorrow.' (Theodore Roosevelt)

All great and beautiful work has come of first gazing without shrinking into the darkness. (John Ruskin)

Valor is a gift. 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. (Carl Sandburg)

Speech is always bolder than action. (Johann Friedrich von Schiller)

We learn courageous action by going forward whenever fear urges us back. (David Seabury)

It's not just a matter of saying you have to have courage, because you learn courage. (Linda Seger)

A great deal of talent is lost to the world for want of a little courage. Every day sends to their graves obscure men whom timidity prevented from making a first effort. (Sydney Smith)

Courage of soul is necessary for the triumphs of genius. (Madame de Stael)

Gratefulness has the courage to trust and so overcomes fear. (David Steindl-Rast)

Courage, the footstool of the Virtues, upon which they stand. (Robert Louis Stevenson)

Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others. (Robert Louis Stevenson)

Courage is not the towering oak that sees storms come and go; it is the fragile blossom that opens in the snow. (Alice Mackenzie Swain)

To have courage for whatever comes in life - everything lies in that. (Saint Teresa of Avila)

Whatever your sex or position, life is a battle in which you are to show your pluck, and woe be to the coward. Whether passed on a bed of sickness or a tented field, it is ever the same fair play and admits no foolish distinction. (Henry David Thoreau)

Courage always starts out by feeling like fear. Fear is an invitation for us to respond with belief in ourselves. (John Paul Thornton)

The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and notwithstanding, go out to meet it. (Thucydides)

We all are born into a world that already exists and are brainwashed from the minute we take our first breath... It's easy to be a follower... It takes courage to be a good leader. (Helena Tiainen)

The courage to be is the courage to accept oneself, in spite of being unacceptable. (Paul Tillich)

Courage is found in unlikely places. (J. R. R. Tolkien)

Think before you act and then act decisively. Fortune favours the brave. (Brian Tracy)

Incorrect assumptions lie at the root of every failure. Have the courage to test your assumptions. (Brian Tracy)

Those who have courage to love should have courage to suffer. (Anthony Trollope)

All art requires courage. (Anne Tucker)

The human race is a race of cowards; and I am not only marching in that procession but carrying a banner. (Mark Twain)

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. (Mark Twain)

It is curious--curious that physical courage should be so common in the world, and moral courage so rare. (Mark Twain)

Keeping your fears to yourself is a form of courage. (Frank Tyger)

Because of a great love, one is courageous. (Lao Tzu)

A dream with courage is innovation... A dream without courage is a delusion. (Author unknown)

Action makes more fortune than caution. (Marquis de Vauvenargues)

This world is not for cowards. Do not try to fly. Look not for success or failure. Join yourself to the perfectly unselfish will and work on. (Swami Vivekananda)

Stand upright, speak thy thoughts, declare / The truth thou hast, that all may share; / Be bold, proclaim it everywhere: / They only live who dare. (Voltaire)

If you stand up and be counted, from time to time you may get yourself knocked down. But remember this: A man flattened by an opponent can get up again. A man flattened by conformity stays down for good. (Thomas J. Watson, Sr.)

Courage is being scared to death--but saddling up anyway. (John Wayne)

Dare to be irrational! - keep free from formulas, open to any fresh impulse, fluid. (Edward Weston)

Everything is out there waiting for you. All you have to do is walk up and declare yourself in. No need for permission. You just need courage to say, 'Include me.' Providing you have the energy to pull it off you can do what you like. And the Universal Law, being impartial, will be only too delighted to deliver. (Stuart Wilde)

Maintaining a precarious balance on the fine line between success and failure takes a lot of nerve. (Trevor Winkfield)

Though nothing can bring back the hour /Of splendor in the grass, or glory in the flower /We will grieve not, rather find /Strength in what remains behind. (William Wordsworth)

A man shows reckless courage in entering into the abyss of himself. (William Butler Yeats)


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