History of the English Language

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What it means to apart of the world’s bravest.
By Allie Rapp

“I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you're licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do."
                                                -Atticus Finch
To Kill a Mockingbird

Editor’s note
Courage, bravery when said aloud are words that sound dignified. They carry extra meanings. To be called courageous is an honor. To be called brave is a privilege it is something to achieve and to strive for. When given the opportunity to choose a word to study over these past few weeks, I jumped at the words courage and bravery. To me, these words mean so much more than myself. Being able to dive deep into the history and the meaning of the word was something I could boast about, something to be proud of. They’re things I look for in a person. I look up to people who exemplify courage and bravery. It only made perfect sense to choose these two words to pick apart and truly understand on more than just a basic level.

“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.'”
Eleanor Roosevelt
“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”
Winston Churchill.
“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”
Nelson Mandela
“He is a man of courage who does not run away, but remains at his post and fights against the enemy.”
“What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?”
Vincent Van Gogh...