courage & The Conquest of Fear

Mother nature led us out of a warm and soft womb, through a hard passage into the world. It is the first courageous act rewarded so, but why think that should be the last!


We can 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. Barrie.

Lillian Eichler Watson

  • Come what come may; Time and the hour runs through the darkest day.

William Shakespeare 

  • The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.


  • Make the best out of what is in your power, and take the rest as it happens.


  • 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 other.

Admiral Thomas C.. Hart 

  • It's not life that counts but the fortitude you bring into it.

John Galsworthy 

  • Beware of desperate steps; the darkest day, Lived till tomorrow, will have passed away.

William Cowper 

  • Out of the night that covers me,
              Black as the pit from pole to pole,
    I thank whatever gods may be
              For my unconquerable soul.
    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,
              How charged with the punishments the scroll,
    I am the master of my fate:
              I am the captain of my soul.

William Earnest Henley 

  • It is not what you have lost, but what you have left that counts.

Harold Russel 

  • Be willing to have it so. Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune.

William James 

  • I thank God for my handicaps, for, through them, I have found myself, my work, and my God.

Helen Keller 

  • For those who will fight bravely and not yield, there is triumphant victory over all the dark things of life.

James Allen 

  • Our minds have unbelievable power over our bodies.

Andre Maurois 

  • Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others.

Robert Louis Stevenson 

  • 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.

Richard C. Cabot 

  • The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.

Franklin D. Roosevelt 

  • I must lose myself in action, lest I wither in despair.

Alfred Tennyson 

  • Never despair. But if you do, work on in despair.

Edmund Burke 

  • 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.

Francis de Sales 

  • Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.

Marie Curie