not expect to live always on a smooth and even plane. We all face
problems, worries, and fears; we all have our setbacks, our sorrows and
misfortunes. They are part of the substance of living, and non of us can
escape them. "You must make up your mind to the prospect of
sustaining a certain measure of pain and trouble in your passage through
life," said Cardinal Newman.
As John Burroughs so eloquently pointed
out, "We can not walk
through life on mountain peaks," There are rivers and valleys along
the way; and some are deep and treacherous, some a cruel challenge to
human endurance, But courage conquers all things; and down through the
centuries poets and philosophers have been telling us so in a fascinating
vriety of ways. "The things courage can do!" said Sir James M.
- Come what come may; Time and the hour runs through the darkest day.
- The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected
- Make the best out of what is in your power, and take the rest as it
- The burden becomes light which is cheerfully borne.
- Dear God, give us strength to accept with serenity the things that
cannot be changed. Give us courage to change the things that can and
should be changed. And give us wisdom to distinguish one from the
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- It's not life that counts but the fortitude you bring into it.
- Beware of desperate steps; the darkest day, Lived till tomorrow,
will have passed away.
- Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the
pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
In the Fell clutch of circumstance
I have not
winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeoning of chance
My head is
bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the
horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years,
Finds and shall
find me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
with the punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the
captain of my soul.
- It is not what you have lost, but what you have left that counts.
- Be willing to have it so. Acceptance of what has happened is the
first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune.
- I thank God for my handicaps, for, through them, I have found
myself, my work, and my God.
- For those who will fight bravely and not yield, there is triumphant
victory over all the dark things of life.
- Our minds have unbelievable power over our bodies.
- Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others.
- As a physician, I have had the happiness of seeing work cure many
persons who have suffered from trembling palsy of the soul which
results from overmastering doubts, hesitations, vacillation, and fear.
... Courage given us by our work is like the self-reliance which
Emerson has made forever glorious.
- The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.
- I must lose myself in action, lest I wither in despair.
- Never despair. But if you do, work on in despair.
- We shall steer safely through every storm, so long as our heart is
right, our intention fervent, our courage steadfast, and our trust
fixed on God. If at times we are somewhat stunned by the tempest,
never fear. Let us take breath, and go on afresh.
- Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.