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TOPIC: Bravery/Courage Quotes


"...we dread nothing but slavery. Death is the creature of a poltroon's brains; 'tis immortality to sacrifice ourselves for the salvation of our country. We fear not death. That gloomy night, the palefaced moon, and the affrighted stars that hurried through the sky, can witness that we fear not death. Our hearts which, at the recollection, glow with rage that four revolving years have scarcely taught us to restrain, can witness that we fear not death..."

Source: Boston Massacre Oration, March 5, 1774
Author: Hancock, John
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"We are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of Nature has placed in our power. ...The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave."

Source: A speech in the Virginia Convention, March 23, 1775
Author: Henry, Patrick
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"Men who are familiarized to danger, meet it without shrinking, whereas those who have never seen service often apprehend danger where no danger lies."

Source: A letter to the Continental Congress, February 9, 1776
Author: Washington, George
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"Bravery is a quality not to be dispensed within officers-like charity, it covers a great many defects."

Source: A letter to James Simons, December 13, 1798
Author: Stoddert, Benjamin
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"Deep down in our non-violent creed is the conviction there are some things so dear, some things so precious, some things so eternally true, that they're worth dying for. And if a man happens to be 36-years-old, as I happen to be, some great truth stands before the door of his life--some great opportunity to stand up for that which is right.
A man might be afraid his home will get bombed, or he's afraid that he will lose his job, or he's afraid that he will get shot, or beat down by state troopers, and he may go on and live until he's 80. He's just as dead at 36 as he would be at 80, and the cessation of breathing in his life is merely the belated announcement of an earlier death of the spirit. He died... A man dies when he refuses to stand up for that which is right. A man dies when he refuses to stand up for justice. A man dies when he refuses to take a stand for that which is true.
So we're going to stand up amid horses. We're going to stand up right here in Alabama, amid the billy-clubs. We're going to stand up right here in Alabama amid police dogs, if they have them. We're going to stand up amid tear gas!
We're going to stand up amid anything they can muster up, letting the world know that we are determined to be free!"

Source: A speech on courage, Selma, Alabama, March 8, 1965.
Author: King Jr., Dr. Martin Luther
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"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."

Source: 'Strength to Love' by Martin Luther King (1963) First Fortress Press 1981 Edition, Chpt. 3 'On being a good neighbor,' pg. 35
Author: King Jr., Dr. Martin Luther
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"I love the man that can smile at trouble; that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death."

Source: 'The American Crisis: No 1', written December 19, 1776 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania during the American Revolutionary War
Author: Paine, Thomas
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Author: Dwight D. Eisenhower
Source: The President's News Conference of August 11, 1954
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"You cannot tell from appearances how things will go. Sometimes imagination makes things out far worse than they are; yet without imagination not much can be done. Those people who are imaginative see many more dangers than perhaps exist; certainly many more than will happen; but then they must also pray to be given that extra courage to carry this far-reaching imagination. But for everyone, surely, what we have gone through in this period - I am addressing myself to the School - surely from this period of ten months this is the lesson: never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never-in nothing, great or small, large or petty - never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy."
Author: Winston Churchill
Source: A speech given at Harrow School on 29 October 1941
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"I am afraid you don't understand. When Columbus discovered America did he know toward what he was sailing? His goal was to go ahead, straight in front of him. Himself was his goal, impelling him to go ahead...I have often thought...that in art, and particularly in literature, the only people that count are those that launch out on to unknown seas. One doesn't discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time."
Author: Andre Gide
Source: 'Les faux-monnayeurs' (1925) English translation called 'The Counterfeiters: A Novel' by André Gide (1927), pg. 353 in Vintage Books edition 1973 (This quote is in a dialogue between Bernard and Edouard)
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