You know bravery when you see it. Bravery can be as simple as sleeping over a friends house for the first time even when you are scared to do so. It can be standing up for someone in their time of need. It can be as difficult as undergoing years of painful medical treatments.
Being brave makes you better at everything that you do whether it enables you to participate more in class, speak in public or try a new sport or activity. In fact, developing bravery – little by little – is one of the best things you can do set yourself up for success in life.
Here are some great quotes on the topic of bravery and strength:
- “We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.” ― J.K. Rowling
- “You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” ― Marcus Aurelius
- “With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt
- “Be strong. Live honorably and with dignity. When you don’t think you can, hold on.” ― James Frey
- “The golden rule is that is to act fearlessly upon what one believes to be right. – Mahatma Gandhi
- “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” ― Winston S. Churchill
- “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” ― Mark Twain
- “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
- “Being brave is when you have to do something because you know it is right, but at the same time, you are afraid to do it, because it might hurt or whatever. But you do it anyway.” ― Meg Cabot
- “When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.” ― Billy Graham
- “The future doesn’t belong to the light-hearted. It belongs to the brave.” ― Ronald Reagan
- “He who is brave is free” ― Seneca
- “Heroes are people who face down their fears. It is that simple.” – David Gemmell
- “Sooner I realized, he doesn’t need to be big to be brave, because bravery is the courage found in the heart…” ― Aishah Madadiy
Topics for Discussion:
- What is something brave that you’ve done? How did you feel after you did it?
- Who is the bravest person that you know? What makes them brave?
- What are some things you can do in your life that take require bravery?
- The next time you are afraid to do something but you know it is the right thing to do, just do it. See how it makes you feel.
- Do something to help another person in need even if it is not easy or convenient for you. This can be as simple as becoming friends with someone that is being bullied, like the Queen Creek football team did or like Kevin Curwick did.
- Find a cause that you care about, such as animals, and find something you can do to help. Click here for a great list of ideas to help animals from the ASPCA or here for ways to help the environment.
- Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for elementary school students.
- Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for middle school students.