Courage Quotes

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Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear—not absence of fear.


True courage is like a kite: a contrary wind raises it higher.
Have enough courage to love.


It is stupidity rather than courage to refuse to recognize danger when it is close upon you.


I can't die but once.

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The Red Badge of Courage.
Courage is caution overcome.
Courage is a kind of salvation.
Courage is grace under pressure.
You can't test courage cautiously.

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Bravery never goes out of fashion.


Fear always springs from ignorance.

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What can't be cured must be endured.
One man with courage makes a majority.
Discretion is the better part of valor.


But how cool, how quiet is true courage!
Courage is the only Magick worth having.
Be brave enough to break your own heart.

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The weak in courage is strong in cunning.
Have the courage to act instead of react.
Courage is Fear
That has said its prayers.
What a new face courage puts on everything!
Courage without conscience is a wild beast.
He was a bold man that first ate an oyster.
Anything worth having is worth fighting for.


When the going gets tough, the tough get going.

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Courage is the thing.  All goes if courage goes.
It sometimes requires courage to fly from danger.
Courage is like a muscle. We strengthen it with use.
Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage.


A coward is a hero with a wife, kids, and a mortgage.
Either life entails courage, or it ceases to be life.
If God wanted us to be brave, why did he give us legs?
Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.
— The Diary of Anaïs Nin, 1939–1944


Bravery is acknowledging your fear and doing it anyway.
Courage does not always march to airs blown by a bugle.
Courage is being scared to death—and saddling up anyway.


Courage is like love; it must have hope for nourishment.
Curiosity will conquer fear even more than bravery will.

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Clear thinking requires courage rather than intelligence.


It's when you run away that you're most liable to stumble.
A man of courage never needs weapons, but he may need bail.
Courage is the ladder on which all the other virtues mount.
It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees.
'Tisn't life that matters! 'Tis the courage you bring to it.
My definition of courage is never letting anyone define you.
The first and great commandment is, don't let them scare you.
Courage, the footstool of the Virtues, upon which they stand.
None but a coward dares to boast that he has never known fear.
Until the day of his death, no man can be sure of his courage.
Courage can't see around corners, but goes around them anyway.
No one can prove his courage when he has never been in danger.
It's better to be a lion for a day than a sheep all your life.
Never grow a wishbone, daughter, where your backbone ought to be.


This is courage in a man to bear unflinchingly what heaven sends.
Some have been thought brave because they were afraid to run away.
This is courage in a man:
to bear unflinchingly what heaven sends.
Facing it—always facing it—that's the way to get through. Face it!


But screw your courage to the sticking place, and you'll not fail.
Courage is very important. Like a muscle, it is strengthened by use.
Courage is very important.  Like a muscle, it is strengthened by use.
The heart is the toughest part of the body. Tenderness is in the hands.

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If one has courage, nothing can dim the light which shines from within.
We must constantly build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.


Success is never final and failure never total. It's courage that counts.
— Success Unlimited


Courage cannot be counterfeited. It is one virtue that escapes hypocrisy.
It takes vision and courage to create—it takes faith and courage to prove.

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It takes moral courage to grieve; it takes religious courage to be joyful.

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Better to have beasts that let themselves be killed than men who run away.
Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death.
A great deal of talent is lost to the world for the want of a little courage.


Courage makes a man more than himself; for he is then himself plus his valor.
To bear other people's afflictions, everyone has courage and enough to spare.
The man who knows when not to act is wise. To my mind, bravery is forethought.
Courage is the willingness to play even when you know the odds are against you.
The greatest test of courage on the earth is to bear defeat without losing heart.
Always do the things you fear the most; courage is an acquired taste, like caviar.
It is courage, courage, courage that raises the blood of life to crimson splendor.
Courage is a muscle in your brain, and everyday you exercise it makes it stronger.
I have not yet begun to fight. (Sometimes quoted as "I have just begun to fight.")
Heroes may not be braver than anyone else. They're just braver five minutes longer.
Courage and grace is a formidable mixture.  The only place to see it is the bullring.


To persevere, trusting in what hopes one has, is courage in a man. The coward despairs.


Courage is doing what you're afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you're scared.
Courage has need of reason, but it is not reason's child; it springs from deeper strata.
It takes as much courage to have tried and failed as it does to have tried and succeeded.


Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are stiffened.
Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.
If a grasshopper tries to fight a lawnmower, one may admire his courage but not his judgment.
Pain nourishes courage. You can't be brave if you've only had wonderful things happen to you.

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Courage is often lack of insight, whereas cowardice in many cases is based on good information.

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There is a time to take counsel of your fears, and there is a time to never listen to any fear.


Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more;. Or close the wall up with our English dead.
Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.
Develop enough courage so that you can stand up for yourself and then stand up for somebody else.
True courage is in facing danger when you are afraid, and that kind of courage you have in plenty.
One doesn't discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.


The way you overcome shyness is to become so wrapped up in something that you forget to be afraid.
Don't be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated. You can't cross a chasm in two small jumps.
The paradox of courage is that a man must be a little careless of his life even in order to keep it.
What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight--it is the size of the fight in the dog.
Perfect courage is to do without witnesses what one would be capable of doing with the world looking on.
Many of our fears are tissue-paper-thin, and a single courageous step would carry us clear through them.


What is more mortifying than to feel that you have missed the plum for want of courage to shake the tree?


A timid person is frightened before a danger, a coward during the time, and a courageous person afterward.
No man was ever ruined from without; the final ruin comes from within, when you turn hopeless and lose courage.


Courage is not the towering oak that sees storms come and go; it is the fragile blossom that opens in the snow.
The test of courage comes when we are in the minority. The test of tolerance comes when we are in the majority.


You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.


Life is mostly froth and bubble,
Two things stand like stone,
Kindness in another's trouble,
Courage in your own.


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.
Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air.

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Real courage is when you know you're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.


If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs, it's just possible you haven't grasped the situation.
Courage is the price that Life exacts for granting peace,
The soul that knows it not, knows no release
From little things.
Courage doesn't always roar.  Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, I will try again tomorrow.
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.


Courage is a quality so necessary for maintaining virtue, that it is always respected, even when it is associated with vice.

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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.
Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency.  We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.
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.

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Without belittling the courage with which men have died, we should not forget those acts of courage with which men...have lived.
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.

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Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities, because, as has been said, it is the quality which guarantees all others.
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.
Cowardice and courage are never without a measure of affectation. Nor is love. Feelings are never true. They play with their mirrors.

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The difference between a mongrel and a thoroughbred, whether brute or man, is not in swiftness, beauty, or endurance, but in courage.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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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.


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.
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.
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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.
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.

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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.

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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.


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.
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.

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