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In order to have an enemy, one must be somebody. One must be a force before they can be resisted by another force. A malicious enemy is better than an aloof friend. 

Madame Sophie Swetchine (pron “SVYEE-chen”; Public Domain)

(Madame Swetchine was a Russian mystic who converted to Catholicism in 1815 and, as a result, was forced to emigrate to Paris.) 

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Keller on Boldness

Security is mostly an illusion. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.

—Helen Keller (1920; Public Domain)

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Whatever you can do—or dream you can—begin it; boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.

—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (by JK Stieler, 1828; Public Domain)

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Always listen to experts. They’ll tell you what can’t be done, and why. Then go do it.

Robert Heinlein (signing autographs at the World Science Fiction Convention in Kansas City, 1976; Creative Commons)

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Boldness be my friend.

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William Shakespeare (Public domain)

…It is so easy to remain in our comfort zone, maintain the status quo. But, in the eloquent words of Pope Benedict XVI, “you were not made for comfort, you were made for greatness.” Greatness in your own unique way.

If we don’t push the boundaries of our little comfort bubble, our mind begins to atrophy. Our dreams wither and our ambitions die a slow death. But, if we live with a calculated, controlled boldness, something amazing happens. First—and this is the hard part—we face immediate resistance. We open ourselves up to criticism and the unknown. It is not easy and it is not comfortable. However, if we maintain our bold mindset in the face of this resistance, we suddenly begin to experience life once again. That spark, that excitement, that passion we used to feel all the time when we were younger.

When we live with boldness as our friend, we still may not end up precisely where we set out for, but the Journey will have been incredible.

MSH

 

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It is better by noble boldness to run the risk of being subject to half the evils we anticipate, than to remain in cowardly listlessness for fear of what might happen.

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Herodotus (b: 485 BC, photo: public domain)

…this is always a better choice than inaction, though it may take some time for us to realize it.

MSH

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Freedom lies in being bold.

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—Robert Frost

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