Fortunately for themselves and the world, nearly all men are cowards and dare not act on what they believe. Nearly all our disasters come of a few fools having the courage of their convictions.
It is a healthy symptom when a man is dissatisfied without being discouraged.
Do it before you’re ready.
I would define true courage to be a perfect sensibility of the measure of danger, and a mental willingness to endure it.
The test of tolerance comes when we are in a majority; the test of courage comes when we are in a minority.
Let the man who has to make his fortune in life remember this maxim: Attacking is the only secret. Dare and the world always yields; or if it beats you sometimes, dare it again and it will succumb.
It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world, and moral courage so rare.
True courage is not the brutal force of vulgar heroes, but the firm resolve of virtue and reason.
Only as a grand gesture of defeat will men creep into the arms of the state and seek refuge in its power rather than their own courage.
Why should we honor those that die upon the field of battle? A man may show as reckless a courage in entering into the abyss of himself.