Saturday, August 27, 2011

Weekend Wise Words

Be Smart! Be Brilliant! Be Courageous!

Yes, for today I've added one more: Courage. Because to be outstanding, is to be courageous and so it is important. Many times in being smart, in being brilliant, one has to have courage to persevere in the face of adversity and contrary commentary or even (and more frequently) diatribe. Rather than hold your tongue because you may be wrong or party wrong, isn't it better to speak out, rather than to be quiet? Even if you are wrong, you may learn the error of your ways in being heard, and the next time you speak out you may be absolutely correct. We become correct in a process of false starts, education through discourse and error correction.

And when you are correct, others may shout you down, but then later, possibly in the privacy of their own mind, come to realize that you were right. They may not be able to accept it, but perhaps others may realize you were right also and therefore you may have sown a seed that will change the unchangeable.

And so I offer you these comments from those who have come before you and have had wise things to say that we may profit from.

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear.  ~Ambrose Redmoon (James Neil Hollingworth (1933–1996) was a beatnik, hippie, writer, and former manager of the psychedelic folk rock band Quicksilver Messenger Service. He wrote under the pseudonym Ambrose Redmoon.)

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.  ~Winston Churchill (One of my favorite individuals out of History)

Courage doesn't always roar.  Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I'll try again tomorrow.  ~Mary Anne Radmacher

It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.  ~Mark Twain (Another of my favorite individuals out of History)

Courage is being afraid but going on anyhow.  ~Dan Rather 
 Bravery is being the only one who knows you're afraid.  ~Franklin P. Jones

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

True courage is not the brutal force of vulgar heroes, but the firm resolve of virtue and reason.  ~Alfred North Whitehead

I'm not funny.  What I am is brave.  ~Lucille Ball

Courage is being scared to death... and saddling up anyway.  ~John Wayne

A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Cowardice, as distinguished from panic, is almost always simply a lack of ability to suspend the functioning of the imagination.  ~Ernest Hemingway, Men at War, 1942

[from Courage Quotes

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