Category Archives: COURAGE


looking off the short horizon,
the Sun a white daystar of squinch
glazing the ground like frozen twilight,

no life, no company, no nearness,
never a memory or a joke . . .



“The two hardest tests on the spiritual road are the patience to wait for the right moment and the courage not to be disappointed with what we encounter.”

Paulo Coelho, Veronika Decides to Die

I feel akin to the Platypus. An orphan in a family. A swimmer, a recluse. Part bird, part fish, part lizard. Trevor Dunn

The Bard and the Lizard by John Shaw Neilson

The lizard leans in to October,
He walks on the yellow and green;
The world is awake and unsober,
It knows where the lovers have been.
The wind, like a faint violoncello,
Comes up and commands him to sing:
He says to me, “Courage, good fellow!
We live by the folly of Spring!”


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Luck will carry a man across the brook if he is not too lazy to leap. Dan.

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“There is no more sagacious animal than the Icelandic horse. He is stopped by neither snow, nor storm, nor impassable roads, nor rocks, glaciers, or anything. He is courageous, sober, and surefooted. He never makes a false step, never shies. If there is a river or fjord to cross (and we shall meet with many) you will see him plunge in at once, just as if he were amphibious, and gain the opposite bank.”

Jules Verne, Journey to the Center of the Earth

Stroke the churl, and he will scratch you, Strike him, and he will come to your hand. — Gaelic.

He that handles a nettle tenderly is soonest stung. — E. If you gently touch a nettle. It will sting you for your pains ; Grasp it like a man of mettle, . It as soft as silk remains.

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Now I am in the public house and lean upon the wall,

So come in rags or come in silk,

in cloak or country shawl,

And come with learned lovers or with what men you may

For I can put the whole lot down,

and all I have to say

Is fol de rol de rolly O.

[William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish

Well as giraffes say, you don’t get no leaves unless you stick your neck out. (Sid Waddell)

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Its nose is long, its teeth are big, 
for  tearing leaves , on which to feast „ 
Its horns are like round rubber stamps; 
a haughty, bureaucratic beasts 

The ancients found it very strange 
and called it the camelopard; 
indeed, to, spot it among trees, 
can often prove extremely hard. 

It has a useful turn of speed 
when chased by lions across the veldt 
and, with its lanky legs, can give 
pursuing predators a belt. 

But the giraffe is at a loss 
at water-holes because, to sup 
it nearly has to do the splits; 
an awkward case of bottoms up.' 

“Be brave, little rabbit. Take a chance.” ― Cherise Sinclair, Breaking Free

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“One minute I’m just another rabbit and happy about it, next minute whazaam, I’m thinking. That’s a major drawback if you’re looking for happiness as a rabbit, let me tell you. You want grass and sex, not thoughts like ‘What’s it all about, when you get right down to it?'”

(Terry Pratchett, Moving Pictures)

The first river you paddle runs through the rest of your life. It bubbles up in pools and eddies to remind you who you are. Lynn Noel


Be strong, O paddle! be brave, canoe!
The reckless waves you must plunge into.
Reel, reel.
On your trembling keel,
But never a fear my craft will feel.
E. Pauline Johnson (Tekahionwake), Flint and Feather: The Complete Poems

Eat my bubbles.

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“Two bubbles found they had rainbows on their curves. 
They flickered out saying: 
“It was worth being a bubble, just to have held that rainbow thirty seconds.” 

― Carl Sandburg

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Life is mostly froth and bubble,
Two things stand like stone,
KINDNESS in another’s trouble,
COURAGE in your own.”

Adam Lindsay Gordon.

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The Maitland Daily Mercury (NSW : 1894 – 1939), Saturday 6 May 1899, 

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Break the rules. Find your freedom. Live your life.

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“There is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me.”

― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

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Sunday Times (Sydney, NSW : 1895 – 1930), Sunday 22 November 1903,

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Emancipate yourself from mental slavery

A quote from Bob Marley, which means that in order for you to be truly free, you must not let others get inside your head and dictate how to live your life.

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Nothing but tolerance would change the course of her winds … Freedom, to unlock denial; freedom, that incorrigible weapon.

Vicki Viidikas

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With the grace of a woman, not the grief of a child.


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Fear not, we are of the nature of the lion, and cannot descend to the destruction of mice and such small beasts.

Elizabeth I



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In making your escape, where is it you’re going to?

Do you plan to creep back in here where you emerged from?
Opening her robe to expose her virgina, a mother confronts her son who had fled from a battle.

“Agua!, cielos”, dijo un pato cuando volar ya no pudo

Water!, Oh Heavens!”, said a duck when it could no longer fly
This proverb can be woven into conversation, by way of exclamation, to highlight a situation where there seems to be no way out.
When a duck in the air realizes it´s no longer able to fly, its options are not many. The best it can hope for is water – to make a soft landing.

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a gate wide open

moving forward with courage

toward the unknown


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Well, fuck a duck.
― Henry Miller, Tropic of Cancer

In life as in the dance, grace glides on blistered feet. Alice Abrams

– Quoted in Revised Edition, St. Martin’s Press, NY, NY, 2003, p. 285



When love awakens in your life, in the night of your heart, it is like the dawn breaking within you. Where before there was anonymity, now there is intimacy; where before there was fear, now there is courage; where before in your life there was awkwardness, now there is a rhythm of grace and gracefulness; where before you used to be jagged, now you are elegant and in rhythm with your self. When love awakens in your life, it is like a rebirth, a new beginning.

John O’Donohue, Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom


Let us reach together, touch the monster’s face, decipher the walls of the cave. I will be calling your name. Call back to me. There is always space for courage.

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(Koketsu ni irazunba koji wo ezu)

If you do not enter the tiger’s cave, you will not catch its cub.

Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

You can’t do anything without risking something.

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Roosters’ tail feathers: pretty but always behind. Malagasy


Más vale que digan “aquí corrió una gallina” y no “aquí murió un gallo”

It is preferable that people say “here fled a hen” rather than “here died a rooster”.

Better for people to conclude and say you are a coward than that they sing your praises over your dead body. 

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Beauty stands and waits with gravity to start her death-defying leap

Lawrence Ferlinghetti


In a dancer, there is a reverence for such forgotten things as the miracle of the small beautiful bones and their delicate strength. In a thinker, there is a reverence for the beauty of the alert and directed and lucid mind. In all of us who perform there is an awareness of the smile which is part of the equipment, or gift, of the acrobat. We have all walked the high wire of circumstance at times. We recognize the gravity pull of the earth as he does. The smile is there because he is practicing living at that instant of danger. He does not choose to fall.
At times I fear walking that tightrope. I fear the venture into the unknown. But that is part of the act of creating and the act of performing.
That is what a dancer does.

(Martha Graham in ‘I am a Dancer’)

It’s all very simple. But maybe because it’s so simple, it’s also hard.” Natsuki Takaya


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A thistle is a thistle is sometimes a thistle in name only. So it is with creeping
knapweed, aka hardhead thistles or just hardheads.

Hardheads might be hard to grasp taxonomically. Not so in practice. Unlike thistles,
the hardhead, all knapweeds in fact, are spineless.

Noëlle Janaczewska

Ask yourself: Have you been kind today? Make kindness your daily modus operandi and change your world.

Annie Lennox

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Another king I knew had twelve champions,
each chosen for his astrological sign.
My favourite was the Piscean who combined
courage and gentleness but who eventually
was slain by the Aquarian, a mess of
ambition and impeccable manners.