"Speak the truth, even if your voice shakes."
As noted by Rachel Star in my previous reblog post, Maggie Kuhn is credited with saying, “Speak the truth, even if your voice shakes.”
In Googling Maggie I discovered that her actual words were probably more like, “Stand before the people you fear and speak your mind — even if your voice shakes.”
There is an interesting, if subtle, distinction between the mis-quote and the actual quote. Both contain the idea of speaking courageously, but the difference between “truth” and “mind” is important.
Speaking your mind is about communicating from your authentic core. Speaking the truth implies that there is an objective truth, and you know what it is. The first is not as pompous as the second.
And humility is an important part of courage. Courage without humility is bravado.