These two novels, which are considered to be among the canon of the greatest classical works of literature, are definitely worth picking up again if you need characters to inspire you. They will remind you of the most defining and beneficial character traits which are so rare, but sing so loudly from these pages.
We all respond to crisis differently. Catastrophe strikes and some of us wallow in pity, others live in denial, while others handle it all with grace. Of course, if we're lucky enough to get through it, we all tend to go back to living life as if nothing ever happened. But perhaps this is the problem.
Everyone has had their moments of courage, when they stood up for what they knew was right or when they bucked the tide. Sometimes being brave is just a matter of overcoming long-held positions; it can take guts to do or say something you know won't be popular. Sometimes it takes courage to say things when you fear the repercussions. Here's my list of the eight bravest things I ever said: