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  1. Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear--not absence of fear.

       -- Mark Twain

  2. Bravery has no place where it can avail nothing.

       -- Samuel Johnson

  3. Give us the fortitude to endure the things which cannot be changed, and the courage to change the things which should be changed, and the wisdom to know one from the other.

       -- Oliver J. Hart

  4. Last, but by no means least, courage--moral courage, the courage of one's convictions, the courage to see things through. The world is in a constant conspiracy against the brave. It's the age-old struggle--the roar of the crowd on one side and the voice of your conscience on the other.

       -- Douglas MacArthur

  5. I'd rather give my life than be afraid to give it.

       -- Lyndon Baines Johnson

  6. Courage is almost a contradiction in terms: it means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die.

       -- Gilbert K. Chesterton

  7. Half a man's wisdom goes with his courage.

       -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

  8. I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and row brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.

       -- Thomas Paine

  9. No man in the world has more courage than the man who can stop after eating one peanut.

       -- Channing Pollock

  10. What a new face courage puts on everything!

       -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

  11. The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart.

       -- Robert Green Ingersoll

  12. Courage that grows from constitution often forsakes a man when he has occasion for it courage which arises from a sense of duty acts in a uniform manner.

       -- Joseph Addison

  13. Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the grey twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.

       -- Theodore Roosevelt

  14. It takes vision and courage to create--it takes faith and courage to prove.

       -- Owen D. Young

  15. One man with courage makes a majority.

       -- Andrew Jackson

  16. This is no time for ease and comfort. It is the time to dare and endure.

       -- Winston Churchill

  17. True courage is like a kite; a contrary wind raises it higher.

       -- John Petit-Senn

  18. The brave man is not he who feels no fear,
    For that were stupid and irrational;
    But he, whose noble soul its fears subdues,
    And bravely dares the danger nature shrinks from.

       -- Joanna Baillie

  19. Courage is grace under pressure.

       -- Ernest Hemingway

  20. Courage is simply the willingness to be afraid and act anyway.

       -- Robert Anthony, Think, Think On and Think Again

  21. Since fear is mostly about ignorance, the best part is that it's as temporary as you choose.

       -- Christine Comaford, 1996

  22. The best way out is always through.

       -- Robert Frost, A Servant to Servants, 1914

  23. Running away will never make you free.

       -- Kenny Loggins, I'm Free, 1984

  24. Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.

       -- Ambrose Redmoon

  25. Courage is doing what you are afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you're scared.

       -- Eddie Rickenbacher

  26. Cowards die many times before their deaths;
    The valiant never taste of death but once.

       -- William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar

  27. 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.

       -- Thucydides


  28. The penalty for laughing in a courtroom is six months in jail; if it were not for this penalty, the jury would never hear the evidence.
       -- H. L. Mencken

  29. A court is a place where what was confused before becomes more unsettled than ever.
       -- Henry Waldorf Francis

  30. ... a place where they dispense with justice.
       -- Arthur Train

  31. Dictum is what a court thinks but is afraid to decide.
       -- Henry Waldorf Francis

  32. The place of justice is a hallowed place.
       -- Francis Bacon


  33. Intelligence and courtesy not always are combined;
    Often in a wooden house a golden room we find.
       -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

  34. Politeness is the art of choosing among one's real thoughts.
       -- Abel Stevens

  35. The small courtesies sweeten life; the greater ennoble it.
       -- Christian Nestell Bovee

  36. It is better to have too much courtesy than too little, provided you are not equally courteous to all, for that would be injustice.
       -- Baltasar Gracián

  37. To speak kindly does not hurt the tongue.
       -- Proverb

  38. Courtesies of a small and trivial character are the ones which strike deepest in the grateful and appreciating heart.
       -- Henry Clay

  39. Life is not so short but that there is always time for courtesy.
       -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

  40. We must be as courteous to a man as we are to a picture, which we are willing to give the advantage of a good light.
       -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

  41. Nothing is ever lost by courtesy. It is the cheapest of the pleasures costs nothing and conveys much. It pleases him who gives and him who receives, and thus, like mercy, it is twice blessed.
       -- Erastus Wiman

  42. If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows he is a citizen of the world.
       -- Francis Bacon

  43. True politeness consists in being easy one's self, and in making every one about one as easy as one can.
       -- Alexander Pope

  44. Men, like bullets, go farthest when they are smoothest.
       -- Jean Paul Richter

  45. Courtesy is a science of the highest importance. It is ... opening a door that we may derive instruction from the example of others, and at the same time enabling us to benefit them by our example, if there be anything in our character worthy of imitation.
       -- Michel de Montaigne


  46. One who is in a perilous emergency thinks with his legs.
       -- Ambrose Bierce

  47. Great occasions do not make heroes or cowards; they simply unveil them to the eyes of men.
       -- Bishop Westcott

  48. Cowardice ... is almost always simply a lack of ability to suspend the functioning of the imagination.
       -- Ernest Hemingway

  49. The people to fear are not those who disagree with you, but those who disagree with you and are too cowardly to let you know.
       -- Napoleon Bonaparte

  50. To know what is right and not to do it is the worst cowardice.
       -- Confucius

  51. It is the coward who fawns upon those above him. It is the coward who is insolent whenever he dares be so.
       -- Junius

  52. How many feasible projects have miscarried through despondency, and been strangled in their birth by a cowardly imagination.
       -- Jeremy Collier

  53. Cowards can never be moral.
       -- Mahatma Gandhi

  54. A cowardly cur barks more fiercely than it bites.
       -- Quintus Curtius Rufus

  55. It is better to be the widow of a hero than the wife of a coward.
       -- Dolores Ibarruri

  56. The cowards never started -- and the weak died along the way.
       -- Anonymous

  57. Faint heart ne'er won fair lady.
       -- Miguel de Cervantes

  58. There are several good protections against temptation, but the surest is cowardice.
       -- Mark Twain

  59. Dishonesty, cowardice and duplicity are never impulsive.
       -- George A. Knight

  60. A coward is much more exposed to quarrels than a man of spirit.
       -- Thomas Jefferson

  61. Fear has its use but cowardice has none.
       -- Mahatma Gandhi

  62. The coward threatens when he is safe.
       -- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

  63. Every hard-boiled egg is yellow inside.
       -- Anonymous

  64. Cowards die many times before their deaths;
    The valiant never taste of death but once.
       -- William Shakespeare


  65. Had I been present at the creation of the world I would have proposed some improvements.
       -- Alfonso X

  66. ... not picked from the leaves of any author, but bred amongst the weeds and tares of mine own brain.
       -- Thomas Browne

  67. Creation is a drug I can't do without.
       -- Cecil B. DeMille

  68. The merit of originality is not novelty; it is sincerity.
       -- Thomas Carlyle

  69. It is wise to learn; it is God-like to create.
       -- John Saxe

  70. Man was made at the end of the week's work when God was tired.
       -- Mark Twain

  71. Ideas are the root of creation.
       -- Ernest Dimnet

  72. The world embarrasses me, and I cannot dream
    That this watch exists and has no watchmaker.
       -- Voltaire

  73. Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.
       -- George S. Patton, Jr.

  74. Top 10 Creative Rules of Thumb:
    1. The best way to get great ideas is to get lots of ideas and throw the bad ones away.
    2. Create ideas that are 15 minutes ahead of their time...not light years ahead.
    3. Always look for a second right answer.
    4. If at first you don't succeed, take a break.
    5. Write down your ideas before you forget them.
    6. If everyone says you are wrong, you're one step ahead. If everyone laughs at you, you're two steps ahead.
    7. The answer to your problem "pre-exists." You need to ask the right question to reveal the answer.
    8. When you ask a dumb question, you get a smart answer.
    9. Never solve a problem from its original perspective.
    10. Visualize your problem as solved before solving it.
       -- Chalres "Chic" Thompson

  75. Don't play what's there, play what's not there.
       -- Miles Davis

  76. A moment's insight is sometimes worth a life's experience.
       -- Oliver Wendell Holmes


  77. Men ... are sent into the world with bills of credit, and seldom draw to their full extent.
       -- Horace Walpole

  78. The private control of credit is the modern form of slavery.
       -- Upton Sinclair

  79. No man's credit is as good as his money.
       -- Ed Howe

  80. The surest way to establish your credit is to work yourself into the position of not needing any.
       -- Maurice Switzer

  81. A person who can't pay, gets another person who can't pay, to guarantee that he can pay.
       -- Charles Dickens

  82. A pig bought on credit is forever grunting.
       -- Spanish Proverb

  83. In God we trust; all others must pay cash.
       -- Anonymous

  84. Credit is like a looking-glass, which when once sullied by a breath, may be wiped clear again; but if once cracked can never be repaired.
       -- Walter Scott

  85. Buying on trust is the way to pay double.
       -- Anonymous

  86. Remember that credit is money.
       -- Benjamin Franklin

  87. Nothing so cements and holds together all the parts of a society as faith or credit, which can never be kept up unless men are under some force or necessity of honestly paying what they owe to one another.
       -- Cicero

  88. Acquaintance: a person whom we know well enough to borrow from, but not well enough to lend to.
       -- Ambrose Bierce


  89. I cannot spare the luxury of believing that all things beautiful are what they seem.
       -- Fitz-Greene Halleck

  90. Credulity is belief in slight evidence, with no evidence, or against evidence.
       -- Tryon Edwards

  91. You believe easily that which you hope for earnestly.
       -- Terence

  92. Let us believe neither half of the good people tell us of ourselves, nor half the evil they say of others.
       -- John Petit-Senn

  93. The more gross the fraud, the more glibly will it go down and the more greedily will it be swallowed, since folly will always find faith wherever imposters will find impudence.
       -- Christian Nestell Bovee

  94. The great masses of the people ... will more easily fall victims to a great lie than to a small one.
       -- Adolf Hitler

  95. When people are bewildered they tend to become credulous.
       -- Calvin Coolidge

  96. We believe at once in evil, we only believe in good upon reflection. Is this not sad?
       -- Madame Dorothée Deluzy

  97. There's a sucker born every minute.
       -- P. T. Barnum

  98. I prefer credulity to skepticism and cynicism for there is more promise in almost anything than in nothing at all.
       -- Ralph Barton Perry

  99. The only disadvantage of an honest heart is credulity.
       -- Philip Sidney


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