105 Courage Quotes


Have the courage to live. Anyone can die. – Robert Cody


Believe in yourself. You are braver than you think, more talented than you know, and capable of more than you imagine. – Roy T. Bennett


Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than one’s fear. – Ambrose Redmoon


Every man has his own courage, and is betrayed because he seeks in himself the courage of other persons. – Ralph Waldo Emerson


Courage is a love affair with the unknown. – Osho


Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage. – Lao Tzu


It is curious, curious that physical courage should be so common in the world, and moral courage so rare. – Mark Twain


Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen. – Winston Churchill


Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow. – Mary Anne Radmacher


It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends. – J.K. Rowling


People are made of flesh and blood and a miracle fibre called courage. – Mignon McLaughlin


Sometimes even to live is an act of courage. – Lucius Annaeus Seneca


Courage is reckoned the greatest of all virtues; because, unless a man has that virtue, he has no security for preserving any other. – Samuel Johnson


It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are. – E.E. Cummings


Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear—not absence of fear. Except a creature be part coward, it is not a compliment to say he is brave; it is merely a loose misapplication of the word. – Mark Twain


It was times like these when I thought my father, who hated guns and had never been to any wars, was the bravest man who ever lived. – Harper Lee


Courage is being afraid but going on anyhow. – Dan Rather


Courage is doing what you’re afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you’re scared. – Edward Vernon Rickenbacker


Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently. – Maya Angelou


A coward is a hero with a wife, kids, and a mortgage. – Marvin Kitman


Coward: A man in whom the instinct of self-preservation acts normally. – Sultana Zoraya


Bravery is being the only one who knows you’re afraid. – Franklin P. Jones


You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore. – William Faulkner


Courage can’t see around corners, but goes around them anyway. – Mignon McLaughlin


If God wanted us to be brave, why did He give us legs? – Marvin Kitman


Coward: One who, in a perilous emergency, thinks with his legs. – Ambrose Bierce


Everyone has talent. What’s rare is the courage to follow it to the dark places where it leads. – Erica Jong


Let courage break through the cracks in your fear. – Terri Guillemets


Sometimes the biggest act of courage is a small one. – Lauren Raffo


The opportunity to live my life was always present, but the courage was not. I bemoaned conditions, when I should have bemoaned merely the faint heart within me. – Muriel Strode


Don’t be afraid of your fears. They’re not there to scare you. They’re there to let you know that something is worth it. – C. JoyBell C.


Cowardice, as distinguished from panic, is almost always simply a lack of ability to suspend the functioning of the imagination. – Ernest Hemingway


Some have been thought brave because they were afraid to run away. – Thomas Fuller


Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time. – Maya Angelou


Fear and courage are brothers. – Terri Guillemets


Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. – C. S. Lewis


Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth. – Rumi


The courage of life is often a less dramatic spectacle than the courage of a final moment; but it is no less a magnificent mixture of triumph and tragedy. – John F. Kennedy


One man with courage makes a majority. – Andrew Jackson


Courage is the power to let go of the familiar. – Raymond Lindquist


Valor is stability, not of legs and arms, but of courage and the soul. – Michel de Montaigne


Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage. – Anais Nin


When we are afraid we ought not to occupy ourselves with endeavoring to prove that there is no danger, but in strengthening ourselves to go on in spite of the danger. – Mark Rutherford


A good part of courage is just being sick and tired. – Robert Brault

A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for. – John A. Shedd


True courage is not the brutal force of vulgar heroes, but the firm resolve of virtue and reason. – Alfred North Whitehead


Courage, in the final analysis, is nothing but an affirmative answer to the shocks of existence. – Kurt Goldstein


To live with fear and not be afraid is the final test of maturity. – Edward Weeks


A man of courage never wants weapons. – Unknown


Scared is what you’re feeling. Brave is what you’re doing.- Emma Donoghue


Do not look upon this world with fear and loathing. Bravely face whatever the gods offer. – Morihei Ueshiba


Healing takes courage, and we all have courage, even if you have to dig a little. – Tori Amos


It is easy to be brave from a safe distance. – Aesop


A brave arm makes a short sword long enough. – French proverb


Courage is found in unlikely places. – J.R.R. Tolkien


No one has yet computed how many imaginary triumphs are silently celebrated by people each year to keep up their courage. – Henry S. Haskins


There is no such thing as bravery; only degrees of fear. – John Wainwright


I’m not funny. What I am is brave. – Lucille Ball


Courage isn’t having the strength to go on – it is going on when you don’t have strength. – Napoleon Bonaparte


Courage is a peculiar kind of fear. – Charles Kennedy


For without belittling the courage with which men have died, we should not forget those acts of courage with which men have lived. – John F. Kennedy


Courage is fear that has said its prayers. – Dorothy Bernard


Courage is fear holding on a minute longer. – George Smith Patton


Be brave to stand for what you believe in even if you stand alone. – Roy T. Bennett


Courage is tiny pieces of fear all glued together. – Terri Guillemets


Courage is… the knowledge of how to fear what ought to be feared and how not to fear what ought not to be feared. – David Ben-Gurion


Courage is knowing what not to fear. – Plato


Courage is grace under pressure. – Ernest Hemingway


Optimism is the foundation of courage. – Nicholas Murray Butler


To a coward, courage always looks like stupidity. – Bill Maher


Let your fear dance with courage and let courage lead. – Terri Guillemets


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No matter how long you train someone to be brave, you never know if they are or not until something real happens. – Veronica Roth


Courage is as often the outcome of despair as of hope; in the one case we have nothing to lose, in the other everything to gain. – Diane de Poitiers


To him that waits all things reveal themselves, provided that he has the courage not to deny, in the darkness, what he has seen in the light. – Coventry Patmore


Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway. – John Wayne


Courage. Kindness. Friendship. Character. These are the qualities that define us as human beings, and propel us, on occasion, to greatness. – R.J. Palacio


Bravery is going on anyhow when you are so terrified your sphincters won’t hold and you can’t breathe and your heart threatens to stop. – Robert A. Heinlein


Necessity does the work of courage. – Nicholas Murray Butler


A man with outward courage dares to die; a man with inner courage dares to live. – Lao Tzu


Perfect courage means doing unwitnessed what we would be capable of with the world looking on. – Duc de La Rochefoucauld


Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of a readiness to die. – Gilbert K. Chesterton


Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow. – Mary Anne Radmacher


Courage climbs atop fear and screams loud its mighty victory! – Terri Guillemets


Courage is the fear of being thought a coward. – Horace Smith


Courage is to feel the daily daggers of relentless steel and keep on living. – Douglas Malloch


Keep in mind that many people have died for their beliefs; it’s actually quite common. The real courage is in living and suffering for what you believe. – Christopher Paolini


The only real progress lies in learning to be wrong all alone. – Albert Camus


Courage is nine-tenths context. What is courageous in one setting can be foolhardy in another and even cowardly in a third. – Joseph Epstein


In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot. – Mark Twain


The secret of happiness is freedom, the secret of freedom is courage. – Carrie Jones,


A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer. – Ralph Waldo Emerson


Courage is never to let your actions be influenced by your fears. – Arthur Koestler


Taste just a sliver of courage and it’s hard to go back to fear. – Terri Guillemets


It is not the strength of the body that counts, but the strength of the spirit. – J.R.R. Tolkien


Courage is a kind of salvation. – Plato


Underneath courage shouts fear but of a hoarse voice. – Terri Guillemets


Valor is a gift. Those having it never know for sure if they have it till the test comes. And those having it in one test never know for sure if they will have it when the next test comes. – Carl Sandburg


Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others. – Robert Louis Stevenson


Courage ought to have eyes as well as arms. – H.G. Bohn


You can’t test courage cautiously. – Anne Dillard


The only courage that matters is the kind that gets you from one moment to the next. – Mignon McLaughlin


What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything? – Vincent Van Gogh


I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do. – Harper Lee


A timid person is frightened before a danger, a coward during the time, and a courageous person afterward. – Jean Paul Richter


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