„We must dare to be great; and we must realize that greatness is the fruit of toil and sacrifice and high courage“
— Theodore Roosevelt American politician, 26th president of the United States 1858 - 1919
Context: Greatness means strife for nation and man alike. A soft, easy life is not worth living, if it impairs the fibre of brain and heart and muscle. We must dare to be great; and we must realize that greatness is the fruit of toil and sacrifice and high courage... We are face to face with our destiny and we must meet it with a high and resolute courage. For us is the life of action, of strenuous performance of duty; let us live in the harness, striving mightily; let us rather run the risk of wearing out than rusting out. Address at the opening of the gubernatorial campaign, New York City (5 October 1898), reported in "The Duties of a Great Nation", Campaigns and Controversies, vol. 14 of The Works of Theodore Roosevelt, national ed. (1926), chapter 45, p. 291
— Wassily Kandinsky Russian painter 1866 - 1944
„Churchill must not forget that the Italians have nothing more to lose and they possess a courage of despair.“
— Alessandro Pavolini Italian politician and writer 1903 - 1945
Quoted in "New Invasion Fear In Italy Reported" - "New York Times" article - June 3, 1943.
— Jonas Salk Inventor of polio vaccine 1914 - 1995
On testing his vaccine against polio on himself, his wife, and his three sons (9 May 1955)
— Joseph Addison politician, writer and playwright 1672 - 1719
Act V, scene i.
— Walter Scott Scottish historical novelist, playwright, and poet 1771 - 1832
Context: On his bold visage middle age Had slightly pressed its signet sage, Yet had not quenched the open truth And fiery vehemence of youth; Forward and frolic glee was there, The will to do, the soul to dare, The sparkling glance, soon blown to fire, Of hasty love or headlong ire. Canto I, stanza 21.
„There has never been anything great in the world except through the courage and resolve of one man who defies the prejudices of the multitude.“
— François-Noël Babeuf French political agitator and journalist of the French Revolutionary period 1760 - 1797
— Ovid Roman poet -43 - 17 до н.э.
„When the soul, then, in any degree possesses the spirit of solitary love, we must not interfere with it.“
— John of the Cross Spanish mystic and Roman Catholic saint 1542 - 1591
Context: When the soul, then, in any degree possesses the spirit of solitary love, we must not interfere with it. We should inflict a grievous wrong upon it, and upon the Church also, if we were to occupy it, were it only for a moment, in exterior or active duties, however important they might be. When God Himself adjures all not to waken it from its love, who shall venture to do so, and be blameless? In a word, it is for this love that we are all created. Let those men of zeal, who think by their preaching and exterior works to convert the world, consider that they would be much more edifying to the Church, and more pleasing unto God — setting aside the good example they would give if they would spend at least one half their time in prayer, even though they may have not attained to the state of unitive love. Note to Stanza 28 part 3
— Pericles Greek statesman, orator, and general of Athens -494 - -429 до н.э.
As quoted in Homage to Greece (1943)
„The artist begins with a vision — a creative operation requiring effort. Creativity takes courage.“
— Henri Matisse French artist 1869 - 1954
As quoted in Artist to Artist : Inspiration and Advice from Visual Artists Past & Present (1998), p. 62