On Courage


From the Art of Living  by Wilferd Peterson

Fear is a wild horse that needs a tight rein, for it is both friend and foe, both good and evil, and to live effectively a man must learn to master it….

By flooding the dark corners of fear and superstition with the bright light of reason and knowledge, thus mapping the unknown, overcoming fancy with fact, dispersing hobgoblins of the imagination and revealing the truth that sets men free.

By accepting the fact that old age and death are natural and inevitable, that to fear them is futile, and that they can be faced with calm and quiet mind by ignoring them and gallantly living a day at a time.

By willingly taking the risk of enriching adventures tinged with danger, knowing that the sheltered and protected life misses much and that as the Bard of Avon expressed it: “Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste death but once.”

By facing fear boldly and practicing the precept of Emerson: “Do the thing you fear and the death of fear is certain.”

By discovering the mightest law of all is this: “Perfect love casts out fear.”




  1. Gail Sheehy

    Growth demands a temporary surrender of security.
  2. Anais Nin

    "Life Shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage."
  3. Mason Cooley

    "Why not" is a slogan for an interesting life.
  4. Eddie Rickenbacker

    Courage is doing what you're afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you're scared.
  5. G.K. Chesteron

    The paradox of courage is that a man must be a little careless of his life even  in order to keep it.
  6. Montaigne

    The Ancient Mariner said to Neptune during a great storm, 'O God, you will save me if you wish, but I am going to go on holding my tiller straight".
  7. Jonathon Swift

    He was a bold man that first ate the oyster.
  8. Mark Twain

    Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.
  9. Cervantes

    Valour lies just halfway between rashness and cowardice.
  10. Winston Churchill

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

A wonderful lecture that touches on key points about courage.

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