Always do what you are afraid to do.
 Ralph Waldo Emerson, Heroism (1841). copy citation

Author Ralph Waldo Emerson
Source Heroism
Topic fear bravery action
Date 1841
Language English
Reference in "Essays: First Series"


“If you would serve your brother, because it is fit for you to serve him, do not take back your words when you find that prudent people do not commend you. Adhere to your own act, and congratulate yourself if you have done something strange and extravagant, and broken the monotony of a decorous age. It was a high counsel that I once heard given to a young person, — "Always do what you are afraid to do." A simple, manly character need never make an apology, but should regard its past action with the calmness of Phocion, when he admitted that the event of the battle was happy, yet did not regret his dissuasion from the battle.” source

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