Lord Baden-Powell on Courage

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102. The pluck required of a [military] scout is of a vary high order.

103. No one is born brave; ability begets confidence; confidence begets courage.

104. When there is danger before you, don’t stop and look at it – the more you look at it the less you will like it – but take the plunge, go boldly in at it, and it won’t be half as bad as it looked, when you are once in it.

105. St. George was typical of what a Scout should be.  When he was faced by a great difficulty or dante, however great it appeared, he did not avoid it or fear it, but went at it with all the power he could put into himself and his horse.

106. Some men are born brave, others require to have course thrust upon them.  Bin in the large majority of cases it is a quality which can be cultivated.

107. When you are in a funk you must not on any account show it.  This is the time to whistle and smile as if you liked it.


Baden-Powell of Gilwell, Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell – Mario Sica – Nuova Fiordaliso – 2002

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