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“There are four qualities which I love to see manifested in people: first, enthusiasm and courage; second, a face wreathed in smiles and a radiant countenance; third, that they see all things with their own eyes and not through the eyes of others; fourth, the ability to carry a task, once begun, through to the end.”(‘Abdu’l-Baha cited in Hand of the Cause of God Mr. Furitan. Stories of Baha’u’llah.


Oxford Dictionaries

  • the ability to do something that frightens one; bravery
  • strength in the face of pain or grief


  • have the courage of one’s convictions
  • act on one’s beliefs despite danger or disapproval
    • lead your own life and have the courage of your convictions
    • pluck up (or screw up or take) courage
    • make an effort to do something that frightens one
  • I plucked up the courage to go out by myself
    • take one’s courage in both hands
  • nerve oneself to do something that frightens one
    • taking her courage in both hands, she knocked on the door

Origin: Middle English (denoting the heart, as the seat of feelings): from Old French corage, from Latin cor ‘heart’
“Courage is bravery in the face of fear. You do the right thing even when it is hard or scary. When you are courageous, you don’t give up. You try new things. You admit mistakes. Courage is the strength in your heart.” Virtues project

From the Baha’i Writings

“The source of courage and power is the promotion of the Word of God, and steadfastness in His Love.” From the ASL-I-KULLU’L-KHAYR (Words of Wisdom), Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh Revealed After the Kitab-i-Aqdas, p. 156

“…The invisible hosts of the Kingdom are ready and eager to rush forth to the assistance of such as will have the courage to weigh the issues involved and to take the decision commensurate with these issues.” (From a letter dated September 6, 1949 to the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of British Isles; in Shoghi Effendi. Unfolding Destiny, THE MESSAGES FROM THE GUARDIAN OF THE BAHÁ’Í FAITH TO THE BAHÁ’Í COMMUNITY OF THE BRITISH ISLES p. 233)

“…the sustaining grace promised to all those who will arise, with single-mindedness, courage, dedication and high resolve, to aid in the attainment of these noble objectives, is of such potency that no earthly power can resist the ultimate fulfillment of so glorious a task, or even delay its eventual fruition.” (From a letter dated June 27, 1957 to the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of New Zealand in Arohanui: Letters from Shoghi Effendi to New Zealand).

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