„I believe that courage is morally neutral. I can well imagine wicked people being brave and good people being timid or afraid. I don't consider it a moral virtue.“

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„Moral courage has rewards that timidity can never imagine.“

—  Billy Graham American Christian evangelist 1918
Context: I feel sorry for the man who has never known the bracing thrill of taking a stand and sticking to it fearlessly. Moral courage has rewards that timidity can never imagine. Like a shot of adrenaline, it floods the spirit with vitality. "A Time for Moral Courage", Reader’s Digest (July 1964)<!-- Reprinted in The Virgin Island Daily News (29 October 1964) http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=757&dat=19641029&id=rIcwAAAAIBAJ&sjid=lEQDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6379,1764784 with the permission of Reader's Digest -->

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„Patience, that blending of moral courage with physical timidity.“

—  Thomas Hardy English novelist and poet 1840 - 1928
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„In any age courage is the simple virtue needed for a human being to traverse the rocky road from infancy to maturity of personality. But in an age of anxiety, an age of her morality and personal isolation, courage is a sine qua non.“

—  Rollo May US psychiatrist 1909 - 1994
Context: In any age courage is the simple virtue needed for a human being to traverse the rocky road from infancy to maturity of personality. But in an age of anxiety, an age of her morality and personal isolation, courage is a sine qua non. In periods when the mores of the society were more consistent guides, the individual was more firmly cushioned in his crises of development; but in times of transition like ours, the individual is thrown on his own at an earlier age and for a longer period. p. 191

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„Little boldness is needed to assail the opinions and practices of notoriously wicked men; but to rebuke great and good men for their conduct, and to impeach their discernment, is the highest effort of moral courage.“

—  William Lloyd Garrison American journalist 1805 - 1879
Context: Little boldness is needed to assail the opinions and practices of notoriously wicked men; but to rebuke great and good men for their conduct, and to impeach their discernment, is the highest effort of moral courage. The great mass of mankind shun the labor and responsibility of forming opinions for themselves. The question is not — what is true? but — what is popular? Not — what does God say? but — what says the public? Not — what is my opinion? but — what do others believe? Introductory Remarks

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„I don't want to be considered a hero. Imagine young people would grow up with the feeling that you have to be a hero to do your human duty. I am afraid nobody would ever help other people, because who is a hero? I was not. I was just an ordinary housewife and secretary.“

—  Miep Gies Dutch citizen who hid Anne Frank 1909 - 2010
Miep Gies, who helped hide Anne Frank, dies at 100 http://web.archive.org/web/20100113212438/news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100112/ap_on_re_eu/eu_netherlands_obit_miep_gies (January 12, 2010)

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„On behalf of the British people I salute the skill and courage which have brought man to the moon. May this endeavour increase the knowledge and well-being of mankind.“

—  Isabel II do Reino Unido queen of the UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, and head of the Commonwealth of Nations 1926
Message left on the moon by the crew of Apollo 11; NASA documentation http://history.nasa.gov/ap11-35ann/goodwill/Apollo_11_material.pdf#page=34 (13 July 1969)

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„All too often men with physical courage are disappointing in their moral imagination.“

—  Norman Mailer American novelist, journalist, essayist, playwright, film maker, actor and political candidate 1923 - 2007

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„I find that moral courage is the most valuable and most usually absent characteristic.“

—  George S. Patton United States Army general 1885 - 1945
In a letter to Beatrice (22 August 1943), published in The Patton Papers 1940-1945 (1996) edited by Martin Blumenson https://books.google.com/books?id=eV2pRL7arKkC&pg=PT239&dq=Moral+courage+is+the+most+valuable+and+usually+the+most+absent+characteristic+in+men.&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjPrbHtvsXVAhXBRyYKHUz6CAw4ChDoAQhCMAU#v=onepage&q=Moral%20courage%20is%20the%20most%20valuable%20and%20usually%20the%20most%20absent%20characteristic%20in%20men.&f=false

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