“One isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We cannot be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.”
It’s good to know that each of us has the capacity to be better people. Like anything, self-improvement takes work. Taking the high road in life takes discipline of character. There are many things that can turn us off and cause us to be less honest, less merciful and less generous but it does take courage to cultivate and maintain the greater qualities of life that Angelou mentions above.