Amanda Gorman Quotes

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There is always light.  Only if we are brave enough to see it.

Somehow we’ve weathered and witnessed a nation that isn’t broken, but simply unfinished.

Amanda Gorman (born 1998) is an American poet and activist.  She is the first person to be named National Youth Poet Laureate.

Conquering Another Day

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Sweating with every footstep

Laboring muscles whisper

“Quitting now?”—never happen

Eyeing lasting prize ahead

 

Trusting in life’s conviction

Traveling onward, upward

Adopting new direction

Leaving unhappiness for good

 

Finding courage, gaining strength

Leaving past of long ago

Conquering another day

Surviving for tomorrow

 

Escaping darkest valley

Scaling destiny’s mountain

Climbing with perseverance

Reaching its lofty summit

 

Overwhelming ecstasy

Believing, pressing forward

Looking ahead to next test

Seeking another challenge

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Enduring Qualities (Haiku Series #194)

Civility

Permanent header

Each social media page—

“Please respect others!”

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Character

Stacking up higher

One lie follows another—

Is anyone counting?

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Valor

 Stepping with courage

Into challenges light, but—

Shard of darkness breathes

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Winston Churchill Quotes

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One man with conviction will overwhelm a hundred who have only opinions.

All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word:  freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.

Winston Churchill (1874-1965) served the United Kingdom as Prime Minister from 1940-1945 and later from 1951-1955.  He unwavering leadership during World War II lifted the spirits of his nation in the darkest of times.  He was also a prolific writer with countless published works.

Day’s Reflections (Haiku Series #190)

Painful

Each dollar now counts

Inflation deflates wallet—

Misery for all

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Incomplete

World of tiny bursts

One sound bite’s information—

Where’s rest of story?

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Resolute

Undaunted voices

Place country over party—

Profiles in courage

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Anais Nin Quotes

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Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.

We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.

Anais Nin (1903-1977) was a French-born American writer of novels and short stories.  Much of her published works came from her diaries.

Margaret Chase Smith Quotes

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Standing for right when it is unpopular is a true test of moral character.

Moral cowardice that keeps us from speaking our minds is as dangerous to this country as irresponsible talk.

Margaret Chase Smith (1897-1995) served in the United States House of Representatives (1940-1949) and the United States Senate (1949-1973).  She was the first woman elected to both houses of Congress.  In her 1950 speech, “Declaration of Conscience,” she challenged and condemned the tactics of Senator Joseph McCarthy’s anti-communist witch hunt.

E. E. Cummings Quotes

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It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.

Love is the voice under all silences, the hope which has no opposite of fear; the strength so strong mere force is feebleness:  the truth more first than sun, more last than star.

E. E. (Edward Estlin) Cummings (1894-1962) was a gifted American poet, writer, playwright, and essayist.  Many regard him as one of the most influential poets of the 20th century.

Stepping Forward (Haiku Series #170)

Halting Steps

Worries and fears grow

Never-ending appetite—

Consuming spirit

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Courageous Steps

In darkest of times

Winning race with final push—

Running with boldness

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Harmony’s Steps

Day’s delightful pause

Joyous memories drop in—

Dancing in one’s heart

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Monday Memories: Steadfast Courage

From Matthew 14:25-27:  “And early in the morning He came walking toward them on the sea.  But when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were terrified, saying, ‘It is a ghost!’  And they cried out in fear.  But immediately Jesus spoke to them and said, ‘Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.'”

person climbing on gray rock

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Following God’s commandments

Delivering steadfast courage

Building up one’s faith and trust

Go sends us forth, encouraged

 

Imagine walking each day

With Biblical superstars

Amazing stories with truth

God waiting near, not too far

 

Israel cries out in Egypt

God hears their anguish and pain

Moses’ courage answers prayers

Pharaoh’s heart, forever slain

 

God commissions a leader

Joshua destined to lead

His faith in God carries strength

His plan and vision succeeds

 

Daniel faces certain death

Overcoming his demise

God foils lions’ hunger

Courage arrives in disguise

 

Christ completes His final task

A Cross marks defeat, they say

His living breath creates light

Salvation, lives from that day

 

Boldness, defined by our Lord

Confronting uncertain pain

Faithful and steadfast courage

God’s love, never will abstain

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From American film actress, Dorothy Bernard:  “Courage is fear that has said its prayers.”