Courage - The Power of One

Courage - The Power of One/The Power of Choice


Risk it for the biscuit!


Be the change you want to see in the world! (M. Ghandi).


It's not important to be strong but to feel strong (Into the wild/world ;)


Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself (L. Tolstoy)


You haven't lived until you've found a cause for dying! (J. Muir)


I would rather die a meaningful death than to live a meaningless life! (Corazon Aquino)


How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world (Anne Frank)


If you don't ask, you don't get it! It's a lost chance and opportunity killed before it even lived.


The average man don't like trouble and danger (Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain)


You’re not only responsible for what you say, but also for what you do not say (Martin Luther)


Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen (W. Churchchill). --> We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced (Malala Yousafzai)


Courage comes from the french word coeur, which means heart. So courage is the courage to overcome all your fears and anxieties and choose love instead for something which is super important for you in the core of your heart!


It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who you really are (E. E. Cummings)


The two most important days in your life are the day you're born and and the day you find out why (Mark Twain)


Be yourself, everyone else is already taken (Oscar Wilde).


Imitation is suicide (Ralph W.Emerson)


There are two ways of spreading light. To be the candle or the mirror that reflects it (E. Wheaton)


Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle and the life of the candle will never shorten. Happiness never decreases by being shared. Happiness is contagious (Buddha)


A hero is not braver than an ordinary man, but he is brave 5 minutes longer (W. Emerson)


It takes a lot of courage to say I've made a mistake and even more courage to forgive a friend or yourself for something, but this is also the courage which defines you as extraordinary and brave!


"The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong (L. Tolstoy)


Courage can come in baby steps to be built up over a life or it can be an explosion, because something seems so wrong and so against your will and your dreams of life and how it should be, that you have to choose love and courage and you have to stand up.


Enabling a person to discover or to learn something for themselves (Greek: find/discover)

 A technique, on any approach to problem solving or self-discovery that employs a practical method that is not guaranteed to be optimal, perfect or rational, but which is nevertheless sufficient for reaching an intermediate short-term goal.


“We make hundred or thousands of decisions every day. Breakfast, steps, thoughts. If we would try to analyze every single aspect of every situation or decision, we would never be done with anything.


"Courage is grace under pressure (Ernest Hemmingway).


“Sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul.” (Edward Abbey)


To have striven, to have made the effort, to have been true to certain ideals - this is worth the struggle (William Penn)


“People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can't find them, make them” (George B. Shaw)


When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the aeroplane takes off against the wind, not with it! (Henry Ford)


No difficulty can discourage, no obstacle dismay, no trouble dishearten the man who has acquired the art of being alive. Difficulties are but dares of fate (The Art of Being Alive, Ella Wheeler Wilcox).


Sorrow is a fruit. God does not make it grow on limbs too weak to bear it (Victor Hugo).


“Please read this poem. Feel it. Let the words sink in.


Go all the way — Charles Bukowski


"If you're going to try, go all the way


Otherwise, don’t even start.


This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives and maybe even your mind.


It could mean not eating for three or four days.


It could mean freezing on a park bench.


It could mean jail.


It could mean derision.


It could mean mockery — isolation.


Isolation is the gift.


All the others are a test of your endurance, of how much you really want to do it.


And, you’ll do it, despite rejection and the worst odds.


And it will be better than anything else you can imagine.


If you’re going to try, go all the way.


There is no other feeling like that.


You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire.


You will ride life straight to perfect laughter.


It’s the only good fight there is.”




The Power of One, Bryce Courtenay


The Art of Being Alive, Ella Wheeler Wilcox (


Are you alive?


The Art of Being Alive by Ella Wheeler Wilcox.




Cease wondering why you came--


Stop looking for faults and flaws;


Rise up to-day in your pride and say,


"I am part of the First Great Cause!"


In every thousand people who are living on this earth, not more than one is alive.


To be really alive means more than to be a moving, breathing, eating, drinking, and talking human creature.


He who is actually alive finds the days too short for all the wonderful explorations which life offers in three realms to the reverent and aspiring adventurer.


He finds life itself a continual adventure, an unfolding panorama, with opportunities for pleasure and achievement at every turn.


He finds himself an object of interesting study, however dissatisfied he may be with the present results of that study, for he perceives that he is a crude chunk of Eternity, and that in himself lie all the powers and possibilities latent in the Universe. And that in himself lies the will to work out these possibilities.


He who is fully alive enjoys the earth and all its pleasures. He loves the slap of the wind upon his cheek, the dash of the waves up on his breast, the motion of his limbs in the swift walk; the thrill of the good steed's body under his own; the ecstasy of rhythm in the dance; the vibrant swing of the oar. He loves labor, and the fatigue which follows; and in his harmoniously developed frame there is not one lazy or unused muscle.


But being alive does not stop here.


The man who is practicing the art of being alive to its full extent has an alert, receptive brain and an awakened spirit. Without these he would simply be a splendid animal. With these he is the highest expression of the Creative Power visible to mortal vision. And with these he finds his opportunities for happiness, usefulness, and pleasure in existence threefold.


He knows the pleasures of the physical plane, for which his body is fashioned; he draws to himself the pleasures of the mental plane, and he senses the pleasures of the spiritual plane, which lies near, and derives power therefrom.


The man who is alive in all these ways must radiate light, cheer, sympathy, and helpfulness to all who come within his aura. Being alive to the vibrations from three realms, he knows all temptations; and having made many missteps himself, in his road to unfoldment, he can sympathize, counsel, and help onward those who have not been able to keep step with him in his progress.


The man who is really alive realizes that he must use his own position in the world, and his own environment, as the first field of action if he hopes to reach success in any venture. He must not wait for luck or a miracle to give him a change of location and surroundings better suited to his taste. Out of whatever destiny has bestowed upon him he will make the conditions which he desires.


And out of every earth day he will make a little bit of heaven.


No difficulty can discourage, no obstacle dismay, no trouble dishearten the man who has acquired the art of being alive. Difficulties are but dares of fate, obstacles but hurdles to try his skill, troubles but bitter tonics to give him strength; and he rises higher and looms greater after each encounter with adversity.


The man who is wholly alive finds pleasure in the simplest things; and to him nothing is commonplace, nothing is menial. And he is never bored, for nature and human nature and himself are ever interesting subjects of contemplation and study. And the future to him is a radiant vision, growing ever more and more wonderful.


If you are alive you are in touch with every new movement; you are awake to the consciousness of the march of progress and the discoveries of science; and you are lending a listening ear to what the students of metaphysical thought have to say.


If you are dull or indifferent or unbelieving when the great facts relative to this subject are mentioned in your presence, then you are no more alive to the vital truths of the day than is the child unborn, or the victim of the sleeping sickness, who lies for months in a state of lethargy, unable to think or reason, even though not dead. The marvels which exist all but you, the wonderful experiences which are related by thousand of intelligent human beings, who have given time and concentration to the exploration of the mental realm, have appealed to your mind and heart sufficiently to awaken your respectful interest, if you are really alive.


If you are bored with life and work, if you think the years of early youth alone are happy years, if you believe sentiment and romance are evanescent feelings, if you find daily life commonplace, if you imagine you are too old or too busy to make something worth while out of your opportunities, then you are not alive.


If you believe sickness, poverty, and unhappiness cannot be changed to health, comfort, and peace by yourself, then you are indeed unborn; and if you think elasticity of body and mind, and a joyful outlook, and worthy achievements, and vital joy in life cannot accompany human beings along the way after the half-century mark has been passed, you are not alive. You merely exist. And you are losing your wonderful chance to utilize for the good of the world and for your own good, here and hereafter, these golden days by knowledge and use of the Divine Will in yourself.



Tumwater, WA: The Ella Wheeler Wilcox Society, 2006.


Based on the edition: New York, London: Harper, 1914.


Song: Conquer of the Paradise - Vangelis

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