Courage is a hard thing to figure. You can have courage based on a dumb idea or a mistake, but you are not supposed to question adults or your coach or your teacher. Because they make the rules. Maybe they know the best or maybe they don't. It all depends on who you come and where they come from. Didn't at least the six hundred guys think of giving up and joining with the other side. I mean The Valley Of Death! That's pretty salty stuff. That's why courage is tricky, should you always do what others tell you to do? Sometimes you might not even know why you do something. I mean any fool can have courage. But honor, that's the real reason you do something or you don't. Its who you are and maybe who you want to be. If you die trying for something important then you have both honor and courage and that's pretty good. I think that's what the writer was saying,
"..that you should hope for courage and try for honor and maybe even pray that the people telling you what to do have some too..."