Most popular courage quotes
Be brave enough to break your own heart.
Bravery is acknowledging your fear and doing it anyway.
True courage is like a kite: a contrary wind raises it higher.
I can't die but once.
One doesn't discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.
To persevere, trusting in what hopes one has, is courage in a man. The coward despairs.
Courage is grace under pressure.
Courage is like love; it must have hope for nourishment.
Courage is doing what you're afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you're scared.
Courage without conscience is a wild beast.
One man with courage makes a majority.
This is courage in a man to bear unflinchingly what heaven sends.
Courage is a kind of salvation.
Bravery never goes out of fashion.
Discretion is the better part of valor.
Fear always springs from ignorance.
Courage is like a muscle. We strengthen it with use.
Develop enough courage so that you can stand up for yourself and then stand up for somebody else.
Have enough courage to love.
If one has courage, nothing can dim the light which shines from within.
It is said that courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can't practice any other virtue with consistency.
I had long known that there were worlds of difference between males and men, as there were between females and women. Genitalia indicated sex, but work, discipline, courage, and love were needed for the creation of men and women.
Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.
Real courage is when you know you're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.
Courage is being scared to death—and saddling up anyway.
Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death.
Facing it—always facing it—that's the way to get through. Face it!
Pain nourishes courage. You can't be brave if you've only had wonderful things happen to you.
Success is never final and failure never total. It's courage that counts.
Courage is the ladder on which all the other virtues mount.
It's when you run away that you're most liable to stumble.
Curiosity will conquer fear even more than bravery will.
Courage is often lack of insight, whereas cowardice in many cases is based on good information.
There is a time to take counsel of your fears, and there is a time to never listen to any fear.
Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage.
You can't test courage cautiously.
Courage is not the towering oak that sees storms come and go; it is the fragile blossom that opens in the snow.
Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are stiffened.
The way you overcome shyness is to become so wrapped up in something that you forget to be afraid.
The heart is the toughest part of the body. Tenderness is in the hands.
It's better to be a lion for a day than a sheep all your life.
What is more mortifying than to feel that you have missed the plum for want of courage to shake the tree?
It takes as much courage to have tried and failed as it does to have tried and succeeded.
What I admire in Columbus is not his having discovered a world but his having gone to search for it on the faith of an opinion.
The test of courage comes when we are in the minority. The test of tolerance comes when we are in the majority.
He was a bold man that first ate an oyster.
Nature loves courage. You make the commitment and nature will respond to that commitment by removing impossible obstacles. Dream the impossible dream and the world will not grind you under, it will lift you up. This is the trick. This is what all these teachers and philosophers who really counted, who really touched the alchemical gold, this is what they understood. This is the shamanic dance in the waterfall. This is how magic is done. By hurling yourself into the abyss and discovering it's a feather bed.
It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees.
Don't wish me happiness - I don't expect to be happy; it's gotten beyond that, somehow. Wish me courage and strength and a sense of humor - I will need them all.
Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.
The man who knows when not to act is wise. To my mind, bravery is forethought.
To bear other people's afflictions, everyone has courage and enough to spare.
A coward is a hero with a wife, kids, and a mortgage.
If God wanted us to be brave, why did he give us legs?
Have the courage to act instead of react.
A timid person is frightened before a danger, a coward during the time, and a courageous person afterward.
None but a coward dares to boast that he has never known fear.
Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more;. Or close the wall up with our English dead.
The last thing a woman will consent to discover in a man whom she loves, or on whom she simply depends, is want of courage.
True bravery is shown by performing... True bravery is shown by performing without witness what one might be capable of doing before all the world.
Some have been thought brave because they were afraid to run away.
Heroes may not be braver than anyone else. They're just braver five minutes longer.
Courage is very important. Like a muscle, it is strengthened by use.
It is a brave act of valor to contemn death; but where life is more terrible than death, it is then the truest valor to dare to live.
No one can prove his courage when he has never been in danger.
But screw your courage to the sticking place, and you'll not fail.
What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight--it is the size of the fight in the dog.
A man of courage never needs weapons, but he may need bail.
What can't be cured must be endured.
Don't be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated. You can't cross a chasm in two small jumps.
I have not yet begun to fight. (Sometimes quoted as "I have just begun to fight.")
If You can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you,... you'll be a Man, my son.
If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs, it's just possible you haven't grasped the situation.
The first and great commandment is, don't let them scare you.
If blood be shed, let it be our blood. Cultivate the quiet courage of dying without killing. For man lives freely only by his readiness to die, if need be, at the hands of his brother, never by killing him.
When the going gets tough, the tough get going.
Anything worth having is worth fighting for.
Cowardice and courage are never without a measure of affectation. Nor is love. Feelings are never true. They play with their mirrors.
If a grasshopper tries to fight a lawnmower, one may admire his courage but not his judgment.
Never grow a wishbone, daughter, where your backbone ought to be.
No phallic hero, no matter what he does to himself or to another to prove his courage, ever matches the solitary, existential courage of the woman who gives birth.
Always do the things you fear the most; courage is an acquired taste, like caviar.
Courage charms us because it indicates that a man loves an idea better than all the things in the world, that he is thinking neither of his bed, nor his dinner, nor his money, but will venture all to put in act the invisible thought of his mind.
Courage is caution overcome.
Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air.
Courage makes a man more than himself; for he is then himself plus his valor.
Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.
Until the day of his death, no man can be sure of his courage.
Courage is Fear That has said its prayers.
No man was ever ruined from without; the final ruin comes from within, when you turn hopeless and lose courage.
Courage is the thing. All goes if courage goes.
True courage is in facing danger when you are afraid, and that kind of courage you have in plenty.
The weak in courage is strong in cunning.
But how cool, how quiet is true courage!
The paradox of courage is that a man must be a little careless of his life even in order to keep it.
Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities, because, as has been said, it is the quality which guarantees all others.
The Red Badge of Courage.
Courage and grace is a formidable mixture. The only place to see it is the bullring.
Courage is the price that Life exacts for granting peace, The soul that knows it not, knows no release From little things.
It sometimes requires courage to fly from danger.
Any coward can fight a battle when he's sure of winning; but give me the man who has pluck to fight when he's sure of losing.
What a new face courage puts on everything!
This is courage in a man: to bear unflinchingly what heaven sends.
Either life entails courage, or it ceases to be life.
Many of our fears are tissue-paper-thin, and a single courageous step would carry us clear through them.
Life is mostly froth and bubble, Two things stand like stone, Kindness in another's trouble, Courage in your own.
Courage is very important. Like a muscle, it is strengthened by use.
Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.
Courage has need of reason, but it is not reason's child; it springs from deeper strata.
The greatest test of courage on the earth is to bear defeat without losing heart.
My definition of courage is never letting anyone define you.
Courage is a quality so necessary for maintaining virtue, that it is always respected, even when it is associated with vice.
Courage is the only Magick worth having.
Without belittling the courage with which men have died, we should not forget those acts of courage with which men...have lived.
In whatever arena of life one may meet the challenge of courage, whatever may be the sacrifices he faces if he follows his conscience—the loss of his friends, his fortune, his contentment, even the esteem of his fellow men—each man must decide for himself the course he will follow.
We must constantly build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.
Complete courage and absolute cowardice are extremes that very few men fall into. The vast middle space contains all the intermediate kinds and degrees of courage; and these differ as much from one another as men's faces or their humors do.
Perfect courage is to do without witnesses what one would be capable of doing with the world looking on.
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.
It isn't for the moment you are struck that you need courage but for the long uphill climb back to sanity and faith and security.
Courage is not a virtue or value among other personal values like love or fidelity. It is the foundation that underlies and gives reality to all other virtues and personal values.
It is highly significant, and indeed almost a rule, that moral courage has its source in identification through one's own sensitivity with the suffering of one's fellow human beings.
Courage can't see around corners, but goes around them anyway.
Courage cannot be counterfeited. It is one virtue that escapes hypocrisy.
The difference between a mongrel and a thoroughbred, whether brute or man, is not in swiftness, beauty, or endurance, but in courage.
Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, I will try again tomorrow.
Courage does not always march to airs blown by a bugle.
You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.
There are all kinds of courage. It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.
Why are we inspired by another person's courage? Maybe because it gives us the sweet and genuine surprise of discovering some trace, at least, of the same courage in ourselves.
It is courage, courage, courage that raises the blood of life to crimson splendor.
A great deal of talent is lost to the world for the want of a little courage.
Courage, the footstool of the Virtues, upon which they stand.
Clear thinking requires courage rather than intelligence.
Courage is the willingness to play even when you know the odds are against you.
There is a seed of courage hidden (often deeply, it is true) in the heart of the fattest and most timid hobbit, waiting for some final and desperate danger to make it grow.
Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear—not absence of fear.
'Tisn't life that matters! 'Tis the courage you bring to it.
Courage is a moral quality; it is not a chance gift of nature like an aptitude for games. It is a cold choice between two alternatives.
Courage is a muscle in your brain, and everyday you exercise it makes it stronger.
It is the fear of being called a coward that makes most men courageous in a crisis; but real courage, which is rare, consists in doing what you know is right, regardless of what men may call you.
Courage and cowardice are antithetical. Courage is an inner resolution to go forward in spite of obstacles and frightening situations; cowardice is a submissive surrender to circumstance.
It is stupidity rather than courage to refuse to recognize danger when it is close upon you.
It takes vision and courage to create—it takes faith and courage to prove.
Better to have beasts that let themselves be killed than men who run away.
I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.
It takes moral courage to grieve; it takes religious courage to be joyful.