…I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do.
Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird (Warner Books, 1960) 112.
This is a passage from, To Kill a Mockingbird, where Atticus Finch tells his son, Jem, what courage is. This instruction arises in response to the death of Mrs. Dubose, who in spite of the suffering involved, had devoted her final days to overcoming her addiction to morphine. In the end she died free.