Courage is one of the 4 Stoic virtues. Virtue is the sole good, so it is extremely important. Courage is the ability to exert ones will in the face of risk. Aristotle said that the highest risk was death and that the most courageous man was the one that acted fearlessly in the face of death.
An interesting fact is that fear is always present. The courageous man does not feel less fear than the coward, however, he decides to act in spite of it and that is what makes him courageous. Just a quick intro to set some context.
Stoic quotes on courage.
“Sometimes even to live is an act of courage.”
“Circumstances don’t make the man, they only reveal him to himself.”
“The greater the difficulty, the more glory in surmounting it. Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempests. ”
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