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Foundations of Courage



And as passion is the foundation of courage, such warlike natures, whether of men or animals, will be full of passion. ~Plato


Confidence is the foundation of courage and the mainspring of action. ~Yoritomo-Tashi, as quoted in B. Dangennes, Influence: How to Exert It, 2008


Justice is the foundation of courage... ~James Murray, 1780


In all animals the amorous instinct is supposed to be the foundation of courage: the one endowment is constantly found proportioned to the other. ~"Zoology," Pantologia: A New Cabinet Cyclopædia, 1819


Optimism is the foundation of courage. ~Nicholas Murray Butler (1862–1947), unverified


The existence of truth is the foundation of intelligence; the fountain of love is the foundation of benevolence; the beginning of movement is the foundation of courage. ~Chen Li‑fu, 1948


Courage is the foundation of integrity. ~Keshavan Nair, Beyond Winning, 1990


The foundation of courage is solid,
The rock that doesn’t roll.
Courage is the freedom
Of our mind, body, and soul!
~Author unknown, "Courage," c. 2000


Courage is the foundation of leadership. ~Peter Koestenbaum, 2002


Vision is the foundation of courage and the fuel of persistence. ~Myles Munroe, 2003


The leering face of guilt continuously scorned my want of courage. I needed humility, which is the foundation of courage. Guilt and courage were the soldiers fighting a war in me. ~Joanne Mazzotta, Why Whisper?: A Memoir, 2011


The heart is the center of the body, the physicality. It's the foundation of courage and will. It's emotion and love, passion and compassion. Heart, heart, heart, heart, it's the center of everything. ~Arnold Schwarzenegger, Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story, 2012  [a little altered –tg]


Vulnerability is the opposite of weakness. It is the foundation of courage because it requires the ability to navigate uncertainty, risk and emotional exposure. ~Brené Brown, paraphrased by Lisa Falkenberg, 2017


Courage is the very basis for a life well lived. Courage is the opposite of selfishness because you are willing to put what is right ahead of what you desire. Integrity is built on that foundation of courage because it provides you with the strength to always do what is right instead of what is convenient. ~H. Guthrie Chamberlain, III, 2017


Intellectual courage is the foundation of good judgment. It is a balance between the strength of conviction and flexibility. ~Christopher Kolenda





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