This post (c) Doris McCraw


All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. Walt Disney

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

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear. Mark Twain

Faced with what is right, to leave it undone shows a lack of courage. Confucius

These are some quotes on courage, at least some of my favorites. We as humans are asked to be courageous many times in our lives. Sometimes it is a major event, but many times it is in our day-to-day activities we find and show the most courage.

The writer, painter, politician and philosopher all show courage when they offer their ideas, their work to the world. Whether we agree or not, compassion for their effort is the least we can do. Offering suggestions, support, and strength for their creation seems the honorable route.


In my novel “Josie’s Dream” which releases on Tuesday January 17, 2017, my main character Josephine Forrester, is following her dream of being a doctor in a small town in Eastern Colorado.  Yes, in the 1870’s when this story takes place, women were doctors, many who attending medical school. It took courage to follow your dream, you passion then as well as now. In many ways, the above quotes played a part in the writing of this story. The eleven authors who contributed to this series all showed courage in telling their story.


So whenever you wonder if you should try, take heart and follow your dream with courage. Regardless of the outcome, you will have traveled another step on the journey of your life.

For those interested in the novel/series, check out Amazon’s “Grandma’s Wedding Quilts”.  

Angela Raines is the pen name for Doris McCraw. Doris also writes haiku posted at –  Check out her other work and like her Amazon author page:






23 thoughts on “Courage

  1. You are right, we all need courage at some point in our lives, and sometimes very often. I think think of several times that I had to muster up courage. Thanks for the thoughts and quotes. Cher’ley


    1. It just seemed like the topic that was calling to me. Life can throw curves and we can sometimes be overwhelmed. Courage get us through it. Thank you for the kind words Cherley. Doris

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  2. Reblogged this on Abbie's Corner of the World and commented:
    Doris’s post is fitting for today, Martin Luther King Day, not because it’s about this charismatic leader, but because it’s about something Martin Luther King Jr. had, courage. With our country turning over a new leaf in just a few days, we all need courage to stand up for what’s right.


  3. Wonderful post, Doris, and as Abbie said, very appropriate for today. I pre-ordered your book, and I look forward to reading the story you so courageously composed! I met with a writer friend earlier today to share two stories I plan to submit to Chicken Soup for the Soul — sometimes I tremble when I share a story draft, so I guess I showed some courage this morning. 🙂 Thanks for your wonderful reminders in this lovely post!


    1. Yes, you did show courage. I believe when we share our work we are sharing a part of our soul. But the world needs to see what we have to offer.

      Thank you for your kinds words, and let honestly know what you think of the story. *Smile* Doris

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  4. I think it’s easy to forget that courage happens in the face of fear, not absence of it. Life takes courage, and I think people who truly understand the ramifications of something exhibit more courage when acting than I do when I forge ahead sometimes without thinking. As Abbie said, great post for MLK day!


    1. Thank you Neva. I wanted people to understand how courageous they are. We are such magnificient people, we should be proud of what we can accomplish. Doris


  5. What a perfect post! Most of us probably don’t think about courage on a day-to-day basis, until a hero comes along and we take notice. The people you have cited are all great people and worthy to have words to say on the subject. Thank you for this post – it comes at a good time!


    1. Thanks Linda. When we realize how courageous we all are, the world tends to open up so many possibilities. Your words made my day. Doris


    1. Thank you Sarah. I confess to loving quotes. Short, but powerful.

      I confess this novel is one I didn’t see coming, but am glad I wrote it. I appreciate the good wishes. Doris


  6. I feel the need to have courage for the year to come for many different reasons. I like the Confucius quote. Josie’s Dream sounds a good one that I’ll enjoy soon! Good luck with it.


    1. nancy, I’ll share my courage with you, if you want. (Don’t know that I’m courageous, but as an actor, I fake it well. *Smile*).

      Thank you for the kind words. This book has been a great learning experience that will help me in the future. I do hope you enjoy her story. Doris


  7. Love that you brought your women doctor research to life using Josephine Forrester as a character in a novel that sounds mighty interesting. I’ve plenty of examples of courage in my Civil War novel — the main character who stands his ground in battle, though his instinct says to seek safety; the families on the home front that have to battle their fears for their loved ones with the armies. Really enjoyed your post.


    1. Thank you Mike. I do think the research we are passionate about shows up in our writings. I know I’m looking forward to your novel. I wish you the best with it, and a thrilled at your courage in brining it to the world. Doris


    1. Kathy, Thank You! So far I’ve had positive responses to the story. I think being in the improv writing group, where we just write to prompts and don’t critique has helped me greatly. Gives you confidence. *Smile*



  8. I love living by the quote, “you will never know unless you ask.” Not sure who first said but now I do. Another I love is, “If you have dreams and goals, go out and make them happen.”
    Living by inspirational quotes is by far the greatest motivation.


    1. Darrah,

      I’ve always loved quotes. They say so much in just a few words. Another quote I love is “Give someone a chance to say yes”.

      Here’s to a wonderful life full of inspiration. Doris


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