courage quells despair

Courage is the price that Life exacts for granting peace. ~ Earhart

Courage can be knowing when to speak up … and knowing when to be quiet.  I am reminded that Jesus spoke not a word in defense when Pilate confronted him.


Watch a man in times of… adversity to discover what kind of man he is; for then at last words of truth are drawn from the depths of his heart, and the mask is torn off.  ~Lucretius

Our adversities unmask us … they reveal the inner life.  The poet encourages us to courage … the antidote to despair … 

    Life, believe, is not a dream
    So dark as sages say;
    Oft a little morning rain
    Foretells a pleasant day.
    Sometimes there are clouds of gloom,
    But these are transient all;
    If the shower will make the roses bloom,
    O why lament its fall?
    Rapidly, merrily,
    Life’s sunny hours flit by,
    Gratefully, cheerily
    Enjoy them as they fly!
    What though Death at times steps in,
    And calls our Best away?
    What though sorrow seems to win,
    O’er hope, a heavy sway?
    Yet Hope again elastic springs,
    Unconquered, though she fell;
    Still buoyant are her golden wings,
    Still strong to bear us well.
    Manfully, fearlessly,
    The day of trial bear,
    For gloriously, victoriously,
    Can courage quell despair!
~Charlotte Bronte


Wait and hope for and expect the Lord; be brave and of good courage and let your heart be stout and enduring. Yes, wait for and hope for and expect the Lord. ~ Amplified version of Ps. 27:14

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