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Quotations of Courage
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Thoughts from Later
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" I'm afraid " — how easily the phrase
rises to our lips ! As if life were a game
of chess, we fear to make a move, in
doubt how it will be met by another.
One moment's call within, to " Halt ! "
and we realize our professed faith is
In reading the Holy Scriptures we
frequently meet the command, "Fear
not,'* followed by comforting words of
strength and encouragement.
Many of these Promises and Com-
mands are here collected with added
thoughts of "living saints and dead'*
whose words and deeds alike challenge
us to fear not — for "the Sword of
the Spirit which is the Word of God"
conquers with the same power as when
first spoken. .^ w -^
The Pines, Dickinson, Texas.
Why Live and Not Be Glorious
Life's more than breath, and the quick round
'Tis a great spirit and a busy heart ;
The coward and the small in soul scarce do
One generous feeling, one great thought, one
Of good, ere night, would make life longer seem
Than if each year might number a thousand
Spent as is this by nations of mankind.
We live in deeds, not years ; in thoughts, not
In feelings, not in figures on a dial.
W^e should count time by heart-throbs. He
W^ho thinks most, feels the noblest, acts the
Life's but a means unto an end, — that end,
To those who dwell in Him, He most in them.
Beginning, mean, and end of all things, — God.
Why will we live and not be glorious ?
Philip James Bailey,
Fear not : • . • God meant it unto
good, to bring to pass, as it is this day.
Geneaia i : J9'20.
Be ye not afraid, neither doubt, for
God is your guide. Eadraa xvi : 75.
Give us this day our daily bread, we
And give us likewise. Lord, our
That our poor souls may strength-
en as they ought.
And starve not on the husks of yester-
day. PhiUipa Brooka.
But the Lord is my defence; and
my God is the rock of my refuge.
Paalma xciv: 22,
Thou shalt not be afraid for the ter-
ror by night ; nor for the arrow that
flieth by day; for the pestilence that
walketh in darkness; nor for the
destruction that wasteth at noonday,
Pamlma xci: 5*6,
Do we believe in the existence of a
spiritual Kingdom, a life of supernatural
power, the working of the laws of Life
that are as inevitable as they are in-
scrutable ? Let us live as if we believed
so. From Dear Feast of Lent Palm Sunday.
Be not afraid, only believe.
St. Mark v: 36.
. . . And whosoever among you
feareth God, to you is the word of this
salvation sent. Acta xui: 26.
This was the first angelic word
The startled shepherds heard —
"Fear not!" Beloved, it comes to you,
A celestial message sweet and true.
As true for you as it was for them
In the lonely fields of Bethlehem ;
As sweet today as it was that night.
When the glory dazzled their mortal
sight. Frances R. Havergal.
Fear thou not: . . . Let not thine
hands be slack. zechtruh m: is.
Hearken unto me, ye that know
righteousness; . . • fear ye not the re-
proach of men, neither be ye afraid of
their revilings. laauh u: r.
It is not to taste sweet things, but to
do noble and true things^ and vindicate
himself under God's Heaven as a god-
made Man, that poorest son of Adam
dimly longs. Show him the way of
doing that, the dullest day-drudge
kindles into a hero. Thommm Cmrlyle.
. . . Fear not the gods of the
Amorites in whose land ye dwell.
Judges Ti: 10.
With him is an arm of flesh; but
with us is the LORD our God to help
us, and to fight our battles.
// Chronicles xxxil: 8.
Courage does not consist in the ab-
sence of fear, but in the subjugation of
fear. Some of the bravest men have
had the most intense perception of dan-
ger, and the most sensible apprehension
of its fatal consequences.
And the LORD said unto him, Peace
be unto thee; Fear not.
Judges vi: 33.
Behold, the Lord GOD will come
with strong hand, and his arm shall
rule for him: behold, his reward is
with him, and his work before him.
IsMiah xl: 10.
I came from God, and I'm going
back to God, and I won't have any
gaps of death in the middle of my life.
Fear not, O land ; be glad and rejoice :
for the Lord will do great things.
Joel ii: 21.
The Lord is my light and my sal-
vation; of whom shall I fear?
Psalms xxvii: 1,
He that abideth in Him will bring
forth much fruit; and bringing forth
much fruit is Happiness. The infallible
receipt for Happiness then is to do good ;
and the infallible receipt for doing good
is to abide in Christ, Drummond.
• . . Fear not, neither be dismayed.
Deuteronomy xxxi: 8,
Ye that fear the LORD, trust in the
LORD: he is their help and their
shield. P9Mim» cxv: n.
There is no power in the world so
irrepressible as the power of personal
holiness. A man's gifts may lack op-
portunity, his efforts be misunderstood
and resisted, but the spiritual power of
a consecrated will needs no opportun-
ity, and can enter where the doors are
shut. Yes, in this strange and tangled
business of human life there is no ener-
gy that so steadily does its work as the
mysterious, unconscious, silent, unob-
trusive, impenetrable influence which
comes from a man who has done with
The BiBhop of Oxford,
Fear not, stand still, and see the sal-
vation of the LO R D . Exodus xiV ; 13,
Behold, God is mighty, and despiseth
not any: he is mighty in strength and
wisdom. Job xxxvi: 5.
O divine Lx)ve, I have not loved
Thee strongly, deeply, warmly enough,
. . I beseech Thee, accept me and use
me a little for Thy glory. I have done
nothing for Thee yet, and I would like
to do something. Oh, do, do, I beseech
Thee, accept me and my service and
take Thou all the glory.
Thus saith the LORD that made thee,
. . . which will help thee: Fear not.
lemiah x/iV: 3,
It is better to trust in the LORD than
to put confidence in princes.
Pamlma cxviii: 9.
It is no delusion, no dream of a hot
brain, no error of a too confiding soul,
that has made the children of God de-
light to trust in His Providential aid
W^hen Grod, in deed and in truth, is
present and dominant in the soul of
a man. He can and He will give to
that soul a real guidance.
Henry Septimum Sutton,
But fear not thou, . . . for, behold,
I will save thee from afar off.
Jeremiah xlvi: 27*
For the LORD Crod is a sun and
shield: the LORD will give grace and
glory : no good thing vAU he withhold
from them that walk uprightly.
Psalms Ixxjuv : 11,
Do thou have God before thine eyes,
and contend not with peevish words.
Thomas a Kempia^
. . . Peace be to you, fear not.
Gexieaia xJiii: 23,
O that there were such an heart in
them, that they would fear me, and
keep all my commandments always,
that it might be well with them, and
with their children for ever!
Deuteronomy r ; 29,
Mind, it is our best work He wants,
not the dregs of our exhaustion. I think
He must prefer quality to quantity.
. . . Why are ye fearfiil, O ye of lit-
tle faith ? St Matthew^ viii . Q6,
. . • Fear not; the LORD shall fight
for you. Exodum xiV ; 13, 14.
Every trouble is an opportunity to
win the grace of strength. Whatever
else trouble is in the world for, it is here
for this good purpose: to develop
strength. Fortunately, every day is
crowded with care. Every day to
every one of us brings its questions,
its worries, and its tasks, — brings its
sufficiency of trouble. Thus we get our
daily spiritual exercise. Every day we
are blessed with new opportunities for
the development of strength of soul.
Rev. George Hodgea, D.D.
The Lord is my strength and song,
and is become my salvation.
PsAlma cxviii: 14,
Fear not ; for I am with thee: be not
dismayed; for I am thy God: I will
strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee;
yea, I will uphold thee with the right
hand of my righteousness.
lamimh xli: 10.
It is thy duty to put on the new man
and to be changed into another man.
It is thy duty ofttimes to do what thou
wouldst not; thy duty to leave undone
what thou wouldst do.
Thomms a Kempia.
When thou liest down, thou shalt not
be afraid : yea, thou shalt lie down, and
thy sleep shall be sweet.
Proverbs iU: 24.
... I will make darkness light before
them, and crooked things straight.
These things will I do unto them, and
not forsake them. j^^^ ^,^, ^^.
Only believe, in spite of all present
discouragement, that God will assur-
edly fiilfil, and is now fulfilling. His
promise, even though we are not con-
scious of His operation. And Cjod will
indeed fiilfil His Word. selected.
And, behold, an hand touched me, . . .
then said he unto me, Fear not.
Dmniel x: 10, 12.
So that we may boldly say, The
Lord is my helper, I will not fear what
man shall do unto me.
Hebrewa xiii: 6.
Come hither, all whom pain
Bringing all your sins to sight —
Come hither, all ;
Taste, and Fear not; God is here
In this cheer.
And on sin doth cast the fright.
Rev. George Herbert,
* FEAR NOT*
... It is I ; be not afraid.
St Matthew xiv: Q7.
Arise therefore, . . . doubting nothing.
Acta x: 20.
The struggle for self-mastery, the
desire to overcome pride and sensuality,
to bring rebellious passion into the sub-
jection of the spirit, are not things to
be feared. As the pine on the moun-
tainside has more stability than the
sycamore of the vale, because of the
tempests it has endured, so does the
soul attain the true fibre of Christian
virtue and perfection by triumphing
over the storms of passion and the
aridity of doubt.
Rair, P. /. Healy, S. T. D.
* FEAR NOT*
For then shalt thou lift up thy face
without spot ; yea, thou shalt be stead-
fast, and shalt not fear. j^^ ^ . ^5
And I will strengthen them in the
Lord; and they shalt walk up and
down in his name, saith the LORD.
Zechariah x: 1^4
The healthy sense of progress, which
is necessary to the strength and happi-
ness of men, does not consist in the
anxiety of a struggle to attain a higher
place or rank, but in gradually perfect-
ing the manner and accomplishing the
ends of the life which we have chosen,
or which circumstances have deter-
mined for us. ^„3;^^.
Fear not, little flock ; for it is your
Father's good pleasxire to give you the
kingdom. S^, j^^jte rU: 32.
. . . For there is no restraint to the
Lord to save by many or by few.
1 Samuel xiV: 6.
God regards the personality of man.
He persuades, He invites, He knocks
at the door of the soul, but man must
respond, for even to God the Will of
man is sacred, and even from Him it
suffers no violence. j,,^^^^ Thompson.
And Moses said unto the people,
Fear not: for God is come to prove
you, and that his fear may be before
your faces, that ye sin not
ExoduB XX.* 30,
. . . The Lord shall give thee rest
from thy sorrow, and from thy fear.
JaatMh xir: 3,
God gives us always strength enough
and sense enough for what He wants
us to do : if we either tire ourselves or
puzzle ourselves, it is our own fault.
And we may always be sure whatever
we are doing, that we cannot be pleas-
ing Him, if we are not happy ourselves.
And the LORD said unto Joshua,
Fear not, neither be thou dismayed.
Joshua viii: 1.
Behold, God is my salvation ; I will
trust, and not be afraid ; for the LORD
Jehovah is my strength and my song.
Isaiah xii: 2.
Grant us the knowledge that we need
To solve the questions of the mind ;
Light Thou our candle while we read.
And keep our hearts from going blind.
Enlarge our vision to behold
The wonders Thou hast wrought of
Reveal Thyself in every law,
And gild the towers of Truth with
holy awe. van Dyke.
Fear none of those things which thou
Shalt suffer. Revelation ii: 10,
Unto thee, O my strength, will I sing :
for G^ ^s my defence, and the god of
my mercy. p.^^, ^, ^^^
Fight like a good soldier: and if
thou sometimes fall through frailty, take
again greater strength than before,
trusting in my more abundant grace,
and take great heed of vain pleasing
of thyself and of pride.
Thomas a Kempis.
Also thou shall lie down, and none
shalt make thee afraid. ^^^ ^.. ^g
Have not I commanded thee? Be
strong and of a good courage; be not
afraid, neither be thou dismayed : for
the Lord thy God is with thee wither-
soever thou goest j^^t,^^ y, p.
Train yourself to find good in what
seems evil; to make of disaster an op-
portunity for your courage ; to master
suffering by patience; to learn from
sorrow, sympathy. ^, 3^ ^^„,^^^
... Ye shall not be afraid of the face
of man ; for the judgment is God's.
Deuteronomy i : 1 7.
He staggered not at the promise of
God through unbelief; but was strong
in faith, giving glory to God ; and being
fully persuaded that, what he had
promised, he was able also to perform.
Romans iv: 20, 3L
Earth is for work, heaven for wages;
this life for the battle, another for the
crown ; time for employment, eternity
for enjoyment. g„,;^,.,.
Thou drewest near in the day that I
called upon thee : thou saidst, Fear not.
Lamentations Hi: 57,
. . . Deal covirageously, and the LORD
shall be with the good.
11 Chroniclea xix: It.
Sad will be the day for any man
when he becomes absolutely contented
with the life he is living, with the
thoughts he is thinking, and the deeds
that he is doing — when there is not
forever beating at the doors of his soul
some great desire to do something
larger which he knows that he was
meant and made to do because he is
called a child of God. p^.^,;^^ brooks.
* FEAR NOT*
He shall deliver thee in six troubles :
yea, in seven there shall no evil touch
*^- Job v: 19.
... Be not afraid of them, neither
be afraid of their words, though briers
and thorns be with thee.
Bayard Taylor, who overcame so
many difficulties in the course of his
courageous life, once said finely: "The
soul must sweat blood. Nothii^ is well
done that is done easily."
Fear ye not therefore, ye are of
more value than many sparrows.
St. Matthew x: 31,
Let not your heart be troubled : ye
believe in God, believe also in me.
St. John xiv: 1.
Think not thyself wholly left, al-
though for a time I have sent thee some
tribulation, or even have withdrawn
thy desired comfort ; for this is the way
to the kingdom of Heaven.
T/iomas « Kempim.
For I the LORD thy God will hold
thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear
not ; I will help thee. j^^^ ^. jj
Thou, O Lord, art a shield for me ;
• • • I will not be afraid often thousands
of people. P3^3 ^... j^ 5.
To work fearlessly, to follow earn-
estly after truth, to rest with a childlike
confidence in God's guidance, to leave
one's lot willingly and heartily to
Him — this is my sermon to myself.
If we could live more within sight of
heaven, we should care less for the
turmoil of earth. ^^^ ^ .^^^^ ^reen.
Fear not : for I have redeemed thee.
Isaiah xliii: 1,
Now therefore keep thy sorrow to
thyself, and bear with a good courage
that which has befallen thee.
BadrtLS x: IS.
Submission, courage, exertion — these
seem to be the weapons with which we
must fight life's long battle.
. . . Fear them not, neither be dis-
mayed at their looks. ^zekM m: 9.
Though an host shotdd encamp
against me, my heart shall not fear.
Paalma xxvii: 3.
The whole duty of man is embraced
in two principles of abstinence and
patience : temperance in prosperity, and
courage in adversity. s,„,^
The angel of the LORD encampeth
round about them that fear him.
Paalma xxxiv: 7,
Be strong and of a good courage,
fear not, nor be afraid of them: for
the Lord thy God, he it is that doth
go with thee ; he will not fail thee, nor
forsake thee. Deuteronomy xjod: 6.
Happy and strong and brave shall
we be, able to endure all things and to
do all things — if we believe that, every
day, every hour, every moment of our
life is in His hands. ^^^^ y^ r>yke.
. . . The Lord is with us : fear them
^^^^ Numbers xiv: 9.
Be of gocxi courage, and he shall
strengthen your heart, all ye that hope
in the LORD.
Pamlms xxvU: 16 (Prayer Book Version),
When anything goes wrong the
trouble is apt to be with ourselves.
Instead of blaming others or murmur-
ing at circumstances, let us ask God to
flash the light of the Holy Spirit upon
our own hearts, revealing what is con-
trary to His will, and then enabling us
to rectify it by His grace and power.
. . . Thou Shalt not fear.
Immiah liv: 14,
The name of the LORD is a strong
tower: the righteous runneth into it^
and IS safe. proverbs xviii: 10.
Every evil to which we do not suc-
cumb is a benefactor. As the Sandwich
Islander believes that the strength and
valor of the enemies that he kills pass
into himself, so we gain strength of the
temptations we resist. Emerson.
Fear not, neither be afraid. ... Is
there a God beside me ? j^^ ^^, ^
. . . The Lord will again rejoice over
thee for good, as he rqoiced over thy
fathers. Deuteronomy xxx; 9.
Sharp sorrow, at one time or another,
will come to each of us, if indeed it has
not already come. But this same sor-
row is a gentle teacher, and reveals
many things that would otherwise be
hard to understand. Sorrow passes.
" See," says a keen observer, " how lit-
tle trace a single sorrow, even a great
one, leaves in any life." He did not
mean that the influence of sorrow is
slight, he only meant that Life is greater
than sorrow and need not be overborne
•^y *^' AnnM Robertson Brown,
... Be not affrighted : ye seek Jesus
of Nazareth. StMarkx^l: 6.
They that wait upon the Lord shall
renew their strength. j^^ ^. ^^
Who comes to God an inch through
In blazing light He will approach a
yard toward him.
If I Speak of strer.gth, lo, he is strong.
Be not afraid of their faces : for I am
with thee to deliver thee, saith the
^^^^^- Jeremiah i: 8.
If we can only get out of our souls
the thought that it matters not if we
are happy or sorrowful, if only we
are dutiful and faithful and brave and
strong, then we should be in the
atmosphere, we should be in the great
company of the Christ.
. . . Why are ye so fearfiil ? how is
it that ye have no faith ?
St Mark iv: 40.
For there stood by me this night the
angel of Crod, whose I am, and whom
I serve, saying, Fear not
AcU xxvii: Q3, 24.
You ask from God and say, Lord,
give this or that to me. What can He
give you whose hands are filled with
other things? God wishes to bestow
upon you His gifts and does not see
where He can put them.
Fear not therefore: ye are of more
value than many sparrows.
St Luke xii: 7.
Wait on the LORD: be of good
courage, and he shall strengthen thine
heart : wait, I say, on the Lord.
Pmmlm9 xxvii: 14,
" Tie up thy fears ;
He that forbears
To suit and serve his need
Deserves his load."
But as I raved and grew more
fierce and wild
At every word,
Methought I heard one call-
And I repUed, " My Lord."
Rev. George Herbert.
. . • As thy days, so shall thy strength
*^^* Deuteronomy xxxiii: 25m
But when Jesus heard it, he an-
swered him, saying, Fear not : believe
only, and she shall be made whole.
St Luke viii: 50.
Devout fellowship with God is the
spring of all our life and the strength
of it. By this contact with the world
unseen we receive continual accesses
of strength. As our day, so is our
strength. ^. ^^ Manning,
Fear not : for I am with thee.
IsMimh xliii: 5,
. . . Let not your heart faint. Fear
not, for the LORD your God is he that
goeth with you, ... to save you.
Deuteronomy xz ; 3, 4»
Then, welcome each rebuff
That turns earth's smoothness rough.
Each sting that bids nor sit, nor stand,
but go !
Be our joys three parts pain !
Strive, and hold cheap the strain ;
Learn, nor account the pang; dare,
never grudge the throe.
For Gcxi hath not given us the spirit
of fear ; but of power, and of love, and
of a sound mind. jj ^.^^,^^ . . ^^
After these things the word of the
Lord came unto Abram in a vision,
saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy
shield, and thy exceeding great reward.
Genesis xv; 1,
Should we feel at times disheartened
and discouraged, a confiding thought,
a simple movement of heart towards
God will renew our powers.
The secret of the LORD is with them
that fear him. p,^^, „^ . ^^
Fear none of those things : ... be
thou faithful unto death, and I will give
thee a crown of life.
Revelation ii : 10,
O friend, never strike sail to a fear !
Come into port greatly, or sail with
God the seas. Not in vain you live, for
every passing eye is cheered and re-
fined by the vision. Emerson.
But the angel said unto him, Fear
not, Zacharias : for thy prayer is heard.
St Luke i: 13.
Not that we are sufficient of ourselves
to think any thing as of ourselves; but
our sufficiency is of God.
// Corinthiana Hi: 5.
Our only victory over temptations is
through persisting courage and an
Frederic W. Fmber.
Fear not ; from henceforth thou shalt
catch men. ^^ ^^^ ^. j^
Thou therefore, my son, be strong in
the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
// Timothy ii: 1,
What else is Wisdom ? What of man's
Or God's high grace so lovely and so
Fear not ! From fear set free, to breathe
To hold a hand uplifted over Hate;
And shall not Loveliness be loved
The Lord is on my side ; I will not
fear: What can man do unto me ?
Paalma cxviii: 6»
And Joshua said imto them, Fear
not, nor be dismayed, be strong and of
good courage : for thus shall the LORD
do to all your enemies against whom ye
^S^^ JoMhua x: as.
Where Thou art not, man hath
Every bold deed and thought
Comes from Thy Divinity.
. . • Fear God, and keep his com-
mandments : for this is the whole duty
of man. Eccleaiaates xii: 13.
There is no fear in love ; but perfect
love casteth out fear. ^^^^ ^^ . ^^
The Commandments of Cxod are not
grievous because we have a Power
implanted in us mightier than all which
would dispute the sway of God's Com-
mandments and God's Love, — a Power
which would lift us above all hin-
drances, carry us over all temptations,
impel our listlessness, sweep with it
whatever opposes it — sweep with it
even the dullness or sluggishness of our
own \Vills, — the Almighty Power of
the Grace of God.
Edwmrd B. Puaey.
The Star of the Unconquered
The Star of the unconquered will,
He rises in my breast,
Serene, and resolute, and still.
And calm, and self-possessed.
And thou, too, whosoe'er thou art.
That readest this brief psalm.
As one by one thy hopes depart
Be resolute and calm.
O fear not in a worid like this.
And thou shalt know ere long, —
Know how sublime a thing it is
To suffer and be strong*
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