Definitions: (1) having or showing courage; intrepid; (2) to meet or endure with fortitude and moral strength; dauntless; (3) to defy the odds; to challenge; to dare
Derivations: Latin, “barbarous;” Old Spanish, “courageous;” Danish, “worthy”
Synonyms: bold, gallant, great-hearted, hearty, heroic
Brave is a general term that suggests fortitude, daring, and resolve; courageous implies a higher or nobler kind of bravery, especially as resulting from an inborn quality of mind or spirit; fearless implies unflinching spirit and coolness in the face of danger; valiant implies an inner strength manifested by brave deeds.
Balancing Qualities: practical, safe
Note: Caution needs to be modified with courage and adventure, but bravery needs to be modified with the discretion of safety, practicality, and reality.
Saying: Fortes fortuna juvat (Latin): “Fortune favors the brave.”
• To be brave, one must be cheerful. — L. Frank Baum (1856-1919) The Patchwork Girl of Oz
• [Colonel Plum] “There are many kinds of bravery and one cannot be expected to possess them all. I myself am brave as a lion in all ways until it comes to fighting, but then my nature revolts.” — L. Frank Baum (1856-1919) Tik-Tok of Oz
Fiction: Henry Fleming, a soldier, is ashamed of his natural impulse to flee the horrors of war. Nonetheless, he distinguishes himself as brave. — Stephen Crane (1871-1900) Red Badge of Courage
Legendary Figure: Sir Lancelot, the bravest of King Arthur’s knights