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    , Courage, Help, , , William J. H. Boetcker   


    The ten cannots 

    1. You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
    2. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
    3. You cannot help little men by tearing down big men.
    4. You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
    5. You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
    6. You cannot establish sound security on borrowed money.
    7. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
    8. You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than you earn.
    9. You cannot build character and courage by destroying men’s initiative and independence.
    10. And you cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they can and should do for themselves.

    -William J. H. Boetcker



     
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    Train yourself to let go of everything you fear to lose.

    -Yoda



     
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    Leap, and the net will appear.
    -John Burroughs



     
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    Where the Mind is Without Fear by Rabindranath Tagore 

    Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high;
    Where knowledge is free;
    Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow domestic walls;
    Where words come out from the depth of truth;
    Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection:
    Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way into the dreary desert sand of dead habit;
    Where the mind is lead forward by thee into ever-widening thought and action–
    Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.



     
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    Acchhamillai Acchamillai – அச்சல்லை யச்சமில்லை 

    அச்சல்லை யச்சமில்லை அச்ச்மனெப தில்லையே
    இச்ச்கத்து ளோரெல்லாம் எதிர்த்துநின்ற பொதினும்
    அச்சல்லை யச்சமில்லை அச்ச்மனெப தில்லையே
    துச்ச்மாக வெண்ணிநம்மை தூறுசெய்த பொதினும்
    அச்சல்லை யச்சமில்லை அச்ச்மனெப தில்லையே
    பிச்சைவாங்கி உண்னும்வாழ்க்கை பெற்றுவிட்ட பொதினும்
    அச்சல்லை யச்சமில்லை அச்ச்மனெப தில்லையே
    இச்சைகொண்ட பொருளெலாம் இழந்துவிட்ட பொதினும்
    அச்சல்லை யச்சமில்லை அச்ச்மனெப தில்லையே
    கச்சணிந்த கொங்கைமாதர் கண்க்ள்வீசு போதினும்
    அச்சல்லை யச்சமில்லை அச்ச்மனெப தில்லையே
    நச்சைவாயி லேகொண்ர்ந்து நண்பரூட்டு பொதினும்
    அச்சல்லை யச்சமில்லை அச்ச்மனெப தில்லையே
    பச்சையூ னியைந்த்வேற் படைக்ள்வந்த பொதினும்
    அச்சல்லை யச்சமில்லை அச்ச்மனெப தில்லையே
    உச்சிமீது வானிடிந்து வீழுகின்ற் பொதினும்
    அச்சல்லை யச்சமில்லை அச்ச்மனெப தில்லையே



     
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    , Courage, , , Sir Edmund Hillary   


    It is not the mountain that we conquer but ourselves.

    -Sir Edmund Hillary



     
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    Spiritual practice is will asserted and re-asserted. Who has not the daring will not accept the real even when offered. Unwillingness born out of fear is the only obstacle.

    -Nisargadatta Maharaj (I am that, Chapter 38)



     
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    Courage, , , , William Ernest Henley   


    Invictus – William Ernest Henley 

    “Invictus” is an adjective in Latin meaning ‘unconquerable’. Here are the reasons why Invictus is a powerful  poem.

     

    1. 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 first four lines we understand that there is pitch black darkness disguised as a gloomy problem or despair and there seems to be no way out of it. He ‘prays’ to the gods in most agnostic way possible by saying ‘whatever gods may be’. But even as he prays, he doesn’t ask for strength to deal with the crisis looming overhead, he simply thanks them for the strength he already has. That itself is an indication of how is soul is invincible.

    2. In the fell clutch of circumstance
      I have not winced nor cried aloud.
      Under the bludgeonings of chance
      My head is bloody, but unbowed.

      The second stanza stands tall and continues to tell the tale of a courageous soul that never complained once in the wake of difficult circumstances; a soul that never flinched once even as the problems were staring into its eyes. The power is demonstrated as the poet writes ‘ bloody, but unbowed’ which tells us that he’d rather endure the beating than call for a surrender.

    3. 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.

      I know that I am living a life filled with constant threats and I know that the future holds a greater problem (death, perhaps). But I know that all the troubles I have sustained over the years have prepared me to face what lies ahead.

    4. It matters not how strait the gate,
      How charged with punishments the scroll,
      I am the master of my fate:
      I am the captain of my soul.

      The meaning of ‘strait gate’  is judgement day and even then, he recognizes no one but himself as his own master. Only he can decide what is to be done with his soul and hence, his fate. This is makes it evident that he has strong will.

    The poem continues to inspire many because of the feeling it incites that you alone can control your fate, you alone know what is best for you and you alone know which path you choose. It is a poem that’s strong at heart and strong-headed.



     
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    Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.

    –Anais Nin



     
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    A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.

    -John A Shedd



     
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    Andre Gide, Courage, Discovery, ,   


    Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.

    -Andre Gide



     
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    It takes a great deal of courage to see the world in all its tainted glory and still to love it.

    -Oscar Wilde



     
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    Kung fu Panda – Secrets of the furious five 

    “Kung fu” means excellence of self.
    Being the best you can be.

    Mantis had found the one thing he’d been missing. Patience.

    Viper found courage, a power far more potent than venom.

    Crane felt something new. Confidence! He felt it from the bottom of his skinny feet to the tip of his beak. Even his hat was full of confidence!

    Tigress tried her best, but she still couldn’t control her temper. And so the weeks turned into months.Until one day…she had done it.

    Find the one thing that you were denied so long ago. Compassion. And so, Monkey learned how to treat others the way he wanted to be treated.



     
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    There are worse things than being alone – but it often takes decades to realize this and most often when you do, it is too late and there’s nothing worse than too late.

    Charles Bukowski, Oh Yes


     
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    Knowledge is an antidote to fear.

    Ralph Waldo Emerson


     
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    Courage is a special kind of knowledge; the knowledge of how to fear what ought to be feared and how not to fear what ought not to be feared.

    David Ben Gurion


     
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    Carrie Jones, Courage, , ,   


    The secret of happiness is freedom, the secret of freedom is courage.

    Carrie Jones


     
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    Courage, , Hunter Thompson,   


    So we shall let the reader answer this question for himself: Who is the happier man, he who has braved the storm of life and lived or he who has stayed securely on shore and merely existed?

    Hunter S. Thompson


     
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    Success is not final; failure is not fatal : it is the courage to continue that counts.

    Winston Chruchill


     
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    Go Forward With Courage 

    When you are in doubt, be still, and wait;
    When doubt no longer exists for you then go forward with courage.
    So long as mists envelop you, be still;
    Be still until the sunlight pours through and dispels the mists
    As it surely will.
    Then act with courage.

    -Ponca Chief White Eagle



     
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    The secret of Happiness is Freedom, and the secret of Freedom, Courage.

    Thucydides (Ancient Greek historian and author, 460-404 BC)


     
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    One is happy as a result of one’s efforts once one knows the necessary ingredients of happiness: simple tastes, a certain degree of courage, self-denial to a point, love of work, and above all, a clear conscience.

    George Sand


     
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    Most people lose initiative since they fear failures. Hence when others try to take initiative, they predict failure. It is only your courage that can propel you to take initiative in life and do great work for the self and the humanity.

    Lena Tamilvanan


     
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