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Courage
Don't be afraid to go out on a limb. That's where the fruit is. ~H. Jackson Browne

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Courage is the price life exacts for granting peace. ~Amelia Earhart

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Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads. ~Erica Jong

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The great soul is the person who has taken on the task of change. If he or she is able to transcend fear, to act out of courage, the whole of its group will benefit and each one, in his or her own life, will be suddenly more courageous, though they may not see how or why. ~Gary Zukav

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It must be borne in mind that the tragedy of life doesn't lie in not reaching your goal. It lies in having no goal to reach. It is not a calamity to die with dreams unfilled, but it is a calamity not to dream. It is not a disgrace not to reach the stars, but it is a disgrace not to have any stars to reach. Not failure, but low aim, is the real sin. ~Benjamin Mays

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I have three treasures:
The first is love;
The second is never too much;
The third is never try to be first in the world.
Through love one has courage;
In moderation one has strength;
In never trying to be first
One gives one's talents time to mature. ~from the Tao-Te-Ching

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Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside of them was superior to circumstance. ~Bruce Barton

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Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark. The real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light. ~Plato

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The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding go out to meet it. ~Thucyclides

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I'm not afraid of storms for I'm learning how to sail my ship. ~Louisa May Alcott

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Curiosity will conquer fear even more than bravery will. ~James Stephens

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The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart. ~Robert Green Ingersoll

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The more you try to avoid suffering, the more you suffer, because smaller and more insignificant things begin to torture you, in proportion to your fear of being hurt. ~Thomas Merton

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It's amazing what one can do when one doesn't know what one can't do. ~Jim Davis

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It is better to be happy for a moment and be burned up with beauty than to live a long time and be bored all the while. ~Helen Adams Keller

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The worst thing one can do is not to try, to be aware of what one wants and not give in to it, to spend years in silent hurt wondering if something could have materialized — never knowing. ~Jim Rohn

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What great thing would you attempt if you knew you could not fail? ~Robert H. Schuller

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There are people who put their dreams in a little box and say, "Yes, I've got dreams, of course I've got dreams." Then they put the box away and bring it out once in awhile to look in it, and yep, they're still there. These are great dreams, but they never even get out of the box. It takes an uncommon amount of guts to put your dreams on the line, to hold them up and say, "How good or how bad am I?" That's where courage comes in. ~Erma Louise Bombeck

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Live your life while you have it. Life is a splendid gift — there is nothing small about it. ~Florence Nightingale

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We promise according to our hopes, and perform according to our fears. ~Fran├žois Duc de La Rochefoucauld

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Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help you create the fact. ~William James

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The difference between great and average is, mostly, having the imagination and zeal to re-create yourself daily. ~Tom Peters

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You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do. ~Eleanor Roosevelt

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Willing to experience aloneness,
I discover connection everywhere;
Turning to face my fear,
I meet the warrior who lives within;
Opening to my loss,
I gain the embrace of the Universe;
Surrendering into emptiness,
I find fullness without end.
Each condition I flee from pursues me,
Each condition I welcome transforms me . . . ~Jennifer Welwood

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It is not an easy or convenient life for which I search ... but a life lived to the edge of my possibility. ~M.A. Radmacher-Hershey

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It is not enough to have the courage of your convictions, you must also have the courage to have your convictions challenged. ~Christopher Phillips

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Change and growth take place when a person has risked himself and dares to become involved with experimenting with his own life. ~Herbert Otto

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It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power. ~Alan Cohen

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One's real life is so often the life that one does not lead. ~Oscar Wilde

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How glorious it is — and also how painful — to be an exception. ~Alfred de Musset

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The deepest human defeat suffered by human beings is constituted by the difference between what one was capable of becoming and what one has in fact become. ~Ashley Montagu

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The Four-Fold Way

Show up in all ways.
Pay attention to what has heart and meaning.
Tell the truth without judgment or blame.
Be open to outcomes but not attached to outcomes. ~Angeles Arrien

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To dare is to lose one's footing momentarily. To not dare is to lose oneself. ~Soren Kierkegaard

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When we walk to the edge of all the light we have and take a step into the darkness of the unknown, we must believe one of two things will happen — there will be something solid for us to stand upon, or we will be taught to fly. ~Claire Morris

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It is better to make a mistake with the full force of your being than to carefully avoid mistakes with a trembling spirit. Responsibility means recognizing both pleasure and price, making a choice based on that recognition, and living with that choice without concern. ~Dan Millman

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All growth is a leap in the dark, a spontaneous unpremeditated act without benefit of experience. ~Henry Miller

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Ultimately we know deeply that the other side of every fear is a freedom. ~Marilyn Ferguson

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Life is too short to be little. Man is never so manly as when he feels deeply, acts boldly, and expresses himself with frankness and with fervour. ~Benjamin Disraeli

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The relinquishing of the lesser is the gaining of the greater. Give up all and you gain all. ~Sri Nisargatta Maharaj

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The important thing is this: To be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become. ~Charles duBois

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It is chaos the provides the growing spaces, the open spaces in which life evolves. The significant gift of chaos is to create the "differences that make a difference", through which we learn. ~Harrison Owen

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Try looking at life as a beautifully well-organized dynamic. Trust the universe. Trusting means that the circumstance that you are in is working toward your best and most appropriate end. There is no when to that. There is no if to that. It is. Release your specifications and say to the Universe: Find me where you know I need to be. Let them go and trust that the Universe will provide, and so it shall. Let go of all. Let your higher self complete its task. Feel your intentions in your heart. You will not find God in your intellect. Divine intelligence is in the heart. ~Gary Zukav

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You have to accept whatever comes and the only important thing is that you meet it with courage and with the best you have to give. ~Eleanor Roosevelt

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To be a warrior is to learn to be genuine every moment of your life. ~Chogyam Trungpa

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Leap and the net will appear. ~Western Proverb

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The great virtue in life is real courage, that knows how to face facts and live beyond them. ~D.H. Lawrence

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In avoiding all pain and seeking comfort at all costs we may be left without mercy and compassion. In rejecting change and risk, we often cheat ourselves of the quest. In denying suffering, we may never know our strength and our greatness. ~Rachel Remen

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He has not learned the lesson of life who does not every day surmount a fear. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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I have been absolutely terrified every moment of my life and I have never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do. ~Georgia O'Keefe

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Living with integrity means:
  • Not settling for less than what you know you deserve in your relationships.
  • Asking for what you want and need from others.
  • Speaking your truth, even though it might create conflict or tension.
  • Behaving in ways that are in harmony with your personal values. Making choices based on what you believe, and not what others believe.
  • ~Barbara De Angelis