The Thing You Think You Cannot Do

The Thing You Think You Cannot Do

Thirty Truths About Fear and Courage

Book - 2012 | 1st DaCapo Press ed
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Contents: It is dying that makes life important
Fear is the death of reason
Matters of the heart (or of state) that begin with a lie rarely end well
You have never suffered enough
Sometimes courage is hoping against hope
Old age is the revenge of the ugly
In life beyond high school, no one give you credit for effort
Fear lurks behind perfectionism
Courage is not a feeling; it is a habit
Beware of ideas on which we all agree
There is no humor in heaven
Determination in the pursuit of folly is the indulgence of fools
Courage can be taught only by example
Nothing prepares us for the terrible risk of intimacy
Life is not a rehearsal
Courage is like love; it must have hope to nourish it
Punishment and revenge are the favored responses of fearful people
Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage
Cowardice is the incapacity to love anything but oneself
Honesty is a prerequisite for courage
Fear springs from ignorance
It is pointless to fear the past
There are wounds that doctors cannot reach, that gratitude cannot heal
Courage is required to bear the unbearable
Ignorance can be remedied; stupidity has no cure
Heroism is sometimes stubbornness in the face of adversity
Life is not a spectator sport
One of the greatest risks is to be honest with ourselves
At the heart of anger is sadness
The quest for courage is a journey within
Publisher: Boston, MA : Da Capo Lifelong c2012
Edition: 1st DaCapo Press ed
Branch Call Number: 158 L
Characteristics: xix, 199 p. ; 19 cm
ISBN: 9780738215525


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Feb 16, 2013

Thought-provoking. It's about moral courage and kindness from the perspective of a Vietnam vet who is now a psychiatrist. Very American in its examples, but I liked it, perhaps because I lived through the Vietnam period myself. He also makes an good case for thoughtful, non-religious morality.


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