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    To be courageous under all circumstances

    The word ‘courage’ takes on added meaning if you keep in mind that it is derived from the Latin word ‘cor’ meaning ‘heart.’ The dictionary defines courage as a ‘quality which enables one to pursue a right course of action, through which one may provoke disapproval, hostility, or contempt.’ Over 300 years ago La Rochefoucauld went a step further when he said: “Perfect courage is to do unwitnessed what we should be capable of doing before all men.” It is not easy to show moral courage in the face of either indifference or opposition. But persons who are daring in
    taking a wholehearted stand for truth often achieve results that surpass their expectations. On the other hand,
    halfhearted individuals are seldom distinguished for courage even when it involves their own welfare. To be courageous under all circumstances requires strong determination.


    I can't get the theme of this writing. Does it say that we need to be courageous despite any conditions?
    People usually show courageous actions in front of others to show a heroic action, so the first underlined doesn't seem to make sense. The more people watch you, the more courageous you become, I think.

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    Re: To be courageous under all circumstances

    The first underlined text says that since it's easier to be brave when people are watching, it's especially praiseworthy to be brave when you are alone and "unwitnessed" (i.e., seen by nobody).
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