Quotes #6: The Eye of a Tiger: Famous Quotes on Courage & Leadership
Courage: Life's Unbreakable Golden Thread
Courage is the fuel that gives us strength to make our journey through life. If you feel you are lacking in courage, know that coming to Earth to have a spiritual experience was in and of itself a great act of bravery. Aristotle said that "courage is the first among human qualities because it guarantees the others". So it is: courage is the golden thread that draws us ever higher into the inner realms of God.
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Courage & Leadership:
The Eye of the Tiger
"It's the eye of the tiger: it's
thrill of the fight. Rising up to the challenge of our
rivals. And the last known survivor will be winning the
fight. And they're owing it all to the eye of the
"I know I have the body of a weak
and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a
king, and of a King of England too."
"Persevere in thy quest and thou
shalt find what thou seekest. Pursue thy aim unswervingly
and thou shalt gain victory. Struggle earnestly and thou
"Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman,
before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish."
"As a rock on the seashore he standeth firm,
and the dashing of the waves disturbeth him not. He raiseth his head
like a tower on a hill, and the arrows of fortune drop at his feet.
In the instant of danger, the courage of his heart is here, and
scorns to fly."
"It is only through labor and prayerful effort,
by grim energy and resolute courage, that we move on to better things
in life… Speak softly but carry a big stick.."
"The brave man is not he who feels no fear,
"Rest not. Life is sweeping by; go and dare
before you die.
"Resolve to take fate by the
throat and shake a living out of her."
"Roman matrons used to say to
their sons: 'Come back with your shield or on it.' Later
on, this custom declined. So did Rome..." (but not
before it created an Empire that changed the world -EM).
"It takes courage to grow up and
become who you really are."
"Make it so. Engage."
Where Do Leaders Come From? Outcasts!
"Leaders when not leading are
"If a man loses pace with his
companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different
drummer. Let him step to the music in which he hears,
however measured, or far away."
"A round man cannot be expected to
fit in a square hole right away. He must have time to
modify his shape."
"Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and
"The instinct of nearly all
societies is to lock up anybody who is truly free. First,
society begins by trying to beat you up. If this fails,
they try to poison you. If this fails too, the finish by
loading honors on your head."
"All truth passes through three
stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently
opposed. Third, it is accepted as being
"What is man born for but to be a
Reformer, a Remaker of what man has made? A renouncer of
lies; a restorer of truth and good? Imitating that great
Nature which embossoms us all, and which sleeps no moment
on an old past, but every hour repairs herself, yielding
us every morning a new day, with every breath a new
"Then the Lord put forth his hand,
and touched my mouth. And the Lord said unto me, 'Behold,
I have put my words in thy mouth. See, I have this day
set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root
out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down,
to build, and to plant'."
"The secret of a leader lies in
the tests he has faced over the whole course of his life
and the habit of action he develops in meeting those
"One's philosophy is not best
expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one
makes. In the long run, we shape our lives and ourselves.
The process never ends until we die. And, the choices we
make are ultimately our own responsibility."
"What does not destroy me makes me
"God has administered to us of the
present age, a bitter draught and a harsh physician, on
account of our abounding infirmities."
"Well, the truth is usually just
an excuse for a lack of imagination."
The Fortunes of War and The Birth of Genius
"Grant me the serenity to accept
the things I cannot change,
"One can be Captain of their ship
but one can never be Captain of the Ocean."
"Necessity is the mother of invention."
"The greatest inspiration is often born
"Genius is one percent inspiration
and ninety-nine percent perspiration."
"All our dreams can come true, if we have the
courage to pursue them."
"The most important thing in life is not the
triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered
but to have fought well."
"When human power becomes so great and original
that we can account for it only as a kind of divine imagination, we
call it genius."
"The human heart is like a ship on
a stormy sea driven about by winds blowing from all four
corners of heaven."
"To believe your own thought, to believe
that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all
men -- that is genius. That is the essence of courage!"
"Neither a lofty degree of
intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the
making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of
"The strong do what they can and
the weak suffer what they must."
"Be courageous. I have seen many depressions
in business. Always America has emerged from these stronger and more
prosperous. Be brave as your fathers before you. Have faith!
"The meek will inherit the Earth -
that's what they'll get: dirt."
Lonely is the Head that Wears the Crown
"I need to talk about this. I have
to justify what's happened - what I've done - at least to
myself. I can't talk about this to anyone else."
because what goes on "in the pale moonlight"
only a Captain can know.
"The people may be made to follow
a path of action, but they may not be made to understand
"A real leader faces the music,
even when he doesn't like the tune."
"The very essence of leadership is
that you have to have a vision."
"The real leader has no need to
lead - he is content to point the way."
"A leader is best when people
barely know that he exists- not so good when people obey
and acclaim him- worst when they despise him... (So) I have
three precious things which I hold fast and prize. The first
is gentleness; the second is frugality; the third is humility,
which keeps me from putting myself before others. Be gentle
and you can be bold; be frugal and you can be liberal;
avoid putting yourself before others and you can become a
leader among men."
"Wearing the crown is more
glorious to them that see it than to them that wear
"Anyone can hold the helm when the
sea is calm."
"Courage is resistance to fear,
mastery of fear - not absence of fear."
"You gain strength, courage, and
confidence by every experience in which you look fear in
the face. You must do the thing which you think you
"Nothing in life is to be feared.
It is only to be understood."
"If you believe the doctors,
nothing is wholesome; if you believe the theologians,
nothing is innocent; if you believe the soldiers, nothing
"Character- the willingness to
accept responsibility for one's own life-is the source
from which self-respect springs..." and the
unfailing source of courage. (-EM).
"Uneasy lies the head that wears a
"The first duty of every officer
is to do the right thing."
"This above all: to thine own self
"Live your beliefs and you can
turn the world around."
"What is genius or courage without
"To know what is right and not to
do it is the worst cowardice."
"The only thing necessary for the
triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."
"Drumsound rises on the air, its
throb, my heart.
"Never, never, never, never
letting go, never giving up, never saying 'No'. Just do,
do, do the right thing."
"Followers can 'do things right'
but it is up to Leaders to 'do the right thing'."
"I have never been especially
impressed by the heroics of people who are convinced they
are about to change the world. I am more awed by those
who struggle to make one small difference after
"The conscience is eternal and
never dies. Peace if possible, but truth at any
"Labor to keep alive in your
breast that spark of celestial fire called
"No man can purchase his virtue
too dear, for it is the only thing whose value must ever
increase with the price it has cost us. Our integrity is
never worth so much as when we have parted with our all
to keep it."
"Idealism is the noble toga that
political gentlemen drape over their will to power."
"Always do right, this will
gratify some people and astonish the rest."
"Endurance is the crowning
quality, and patience all the passion of great
"Thanks to Those Who Wish Me Well,
All the Rest Can Go to Hell"
"It is difficult to make a man
miserable while he feels worthy of himself and claims
kindred to the great God who made him."
"Hold on to your power: don't let
others squash it.
"Self-worth comes from one thing -
thinking that you are worthy."
"Why are you worthy? There is one
correct answer: because you believe you are."
"No one can make you feel inferior
without your consent."
"If you really put a small value
upon yourself, rest assured that the world will not raise
"Re-examine all you have been told
... Dismiss what insults your Soul."
"A winner never quits and a
quitter never wins."
"No man is ever whipped until he
quits - in his own mind."
"Others can stop you temporarily:
you are the only one who can do it permanently."
"You cannot consistently perform
in a manner which is inconsistent with the way you see
"Happiness doesn't depend upon who
you are or what you have; it depends solely upon what you
"Remember, today is the tomorrow
you worried about yesterday."
"Whether you think you can or
think you can't. You're right!"
"Our own worst enemy cannot harm
us as much as our unwise thoughts. No one can help us as
much as our own compassionate thoughts."
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