Simple Definition: very confident and daring: very bold and surprising or shocking
1: (a) intrepidly daring; ADVENTUROUS (b) recklessly bold : RASH
2: contemptuous of law, religion, or decorum: INSOLENT
3: marked by originality and verve



Audacious (adj.): 1540s, “confident, intrepid,” from Middle French audacieux, from audaceboldness,” from Latin audaciadaring, boldness, courage,” from audaxbrave, bold, daring,” but more often “bold” in a bad sense, “rash, foolhardy,” from audereto dare, be bold.” Bad sense of “shameless” is attested from 1590s in English.




“God himself helps those who dare.”

Ovid (43 BC – 17 AD, born Publius Ovidius Naso, Roman poet of erotica, who wrote “Ars amatoria” and “Metamorphoses.” He was banished and exiled from Rome around 8 A.D. by Emperor Augustus. In his poem “Epistulae ex Ponto,” Ovid states the reason was “a poem and a mistake.”)

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“Audacity augments courage; hesitation, fear.”

Publilius Syrus (85 BC – 43 BC, Latin writer, best known for his sentential; Syrian slave brought to Italy, but by his wit and talent won favor of his master, who freed and educated him.)

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“Such is the audacity of man, that he hath learned to counterfeit Nature, yea, and is so bold as to challenge her in her work.”

Pliny the Elder (23 AD – 79 AD, Roman savant and author of “Natural History,” an encyclopedic work on scientific matters up the Middle Ages)

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“Tact in audacity is knowing how far you can go without going too far.”

Jean Cocteau (1889-1963, Jean Maurice Eugéne Clément Cocteau, French author, actor, director, designer, playwright, artist, and filmmaker, best known for his novel, “Les Enfant Terribles,” one of the most influential creative figures in the Parisian avant-garde between the two World Wars.)

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“Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of imagination.”

John Dewey (1859-1952, American philosopher, psychologist, and educational reformer)

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“If the leader is filled with high ambition and if he pursues his aims with audacity and strength of will, he will reach them in spite of all obstacles.”

Carl von Clausewitz (1780-1831, born Carl Philipp Gottlieb von Clausewitz, Prussian general and military thinker, who work, “Vom Kriege” (On War) has become one of the most respect classics on military strategy.)

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“She was fierce in the presence of death, heroic even, as she was at no other time. Its threat gave her direction, clarity, audacity.”

Toni Morrison (b. 1931, American editor, writer, playwright, literary critic, and Nobel Prize- and Pulitzer Prize- recipient; best known for writing the novels, “Song of Solomon,” “The Bluest Eye,” “Beloved” and “Sula.”)

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“I didn't cross the line, you drew it in after I traversed it.”

Russell Brand (b. 1975, English comedian, actor, radio host, author, and activist; his career began as a stand-up comedian and MTV presenter)

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“She was fierce in the presence of death, heroic even, as she was at no other time. Its threat gave her direction, clarity, audacity.”

— Toni Morrison

What if, we had the audacity to abide in Life more fully instead of fighting against death or change?  What if we have the courage to love boldly and authentically despite our circumstances?  What if, we were strong enough to live in clarity and humility with our God-given capabilities, to not only to see, but to hear, feel, discern, and know what is needed and how to step forward in service.  Just think of the unique wisdom and strengths we could then build for ourselves.  How large, deep, and wide would our love for Life be?

It’s about the willingness to be self-caring and self-loving.  But, how about the courage to harmoniously participate with others and apply, as English poet and philosopher David Whyte wisely recommended, “the arrogance of belonging.”

The other day, I was watching a taped television episode of Charlie Rose on a PBS.  Rose was having a conversation with the New York Times columnist David Brooks, who is also the author of The Road to Character, a book I want to master.  So, I was very interested in also studying this conversation.

Brooks, a conservative political commentator on “The Newshour,” now teaches at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs.  He said he advises his students to have four long-term commitments outside of themselves that include:

  1. Spouse/Family
  2. Vocation
  3. Faith/Philosophy
  4. Community

Brooks defines a long-term commitment as, “falling in love with something and building a structure of behavior around it for when love falters.”

As imperfect beings love in our immature hands will always falters.  It’s a given.  But, our audacious reach for love, no matter how flawed, will always produce miracles and possible “divine encounters.”

Have a Glorious day, sojourners!

Faithfully Yours, Tonya




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