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Summoning courage

 

Ad Lib

Summoning courage ...

There’s a fine line between courage and risk-taking: sky diving is risky, but confronting a wrong is courageous. I think courage can be measured by how much one fights against injustice, especially when there are mountainous obstacles in the way. Being courageous is extremely difficult; I don’t think everyone needs to be courageous, and I don’t think courage is a trait that all successful people have.
VANESSA WEBER ’09,
Skidmore News news editor

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These days, educational institutions are inclined to become more corporate. Those that keep education as the basis for all macro and micro decisions will contribute tenfold more than those that get sucked into the corporate mentality. It takes courage to look beyond the corporate stat sheets and numbers, courage to envision an educated, compassionate, and productive society, and courage to make tough decisions that will create a positive, fruitful world.
JAN VINCI, senior artist-in- residence

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The Northern Irish poet W. R. Rodgers once wrote, “So God save Ireland from her heroes,/ For what is needed is not heroism,/ But normal courage.” This image of “normal courage” has always stuck in my mind. Such courage as exists in the world, I believe, is rarely dramatic, rarely accompanied by drumrolls or theatrics.
JIM KENNELLY,
associate professor of management and business

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Courage is landing on your face and then doing it again until you get it right. I think it’s located somewhere around the heart, but it allows you to do the unimaginable. It means ignoring your rational well-being, if only for an instant, and trusting your natural abilities. It is the transformation of fear into progressive action, and it’s the key ingredient to human success.
ERIC BERZINS ’08, varsity diver


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