Courage Quotes

Best selected courage quotes by some famous people of their times. These courage quotes will motivate and inspire you and you will be much wiser about the subject.


Courage follows action. Mack R. Douglas
Stride forward with a firm, steady step knowing with a deep, certain inner knowing that you will reach every goal you set yourselves, that you will achieve every aim . Eileen Caddy
Quit thinking that you must halt before the barrier of inner negativity. You need not. You can crash through whatever we see a negative state, that is where we can destroy it. Vernon Howard
Here is the answer which I will give to President Roosevelt. Give us the tools, and we will finish the job. Winston Churchill
We can never be certain of our courage until we have faced danger. Francois De La Rochefoucauld
Courage is not the absence of fear, but the conquest of it. Anonymous
Courage and conviction are powerful weapons against an enemy who depends only on fists or guns. Animals know when you are afraid; a coward knows when you are not. David Seabury
It takes far less courage to kill yourself than it takes to make yourself wake up one more time. It is harder to stay where you are than to get out. Judith Rossner
The courage we desire and prize is not the courage to die decently, but to live manfully. Thomas Carlyle
True bravery is shown by performing without witness what one might be capable of doing before all the world. Francois De La Rochefoucauld
All of the significant battles are waged within the self. Sheldon Kopp
The will to do, the soul to dare. Sir Walter Scott
Most of us have far more courage than we ever dreamed we possessed. Dale Carnegie
Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid... for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. Deuteronomy
Success is never final and failure is never fatal. It's courage that counts. Jules Ellinger
But you be strong and do not lose courage, for there is reward for your work. [ 2 Chronicles 15:7] Bible
With courage you will dare to take risks, have the strength to be compassionate and the wisdom to be humble. Courage is the foundation of integrity. Keshavan Nair
At the bottom of not a little of the bravery that appears in the world, there lurks a miserable cowardice. Men will face powder and steel because they have not the courage to face public opinion. Edwin Hubbel Chapin
Follow the path of the unsafe, independent thinker. Expose your ideas to the danger of controversy. Speak your mind and fear less the label of ''crackpot'' than the stigma of conformity. Thomas J. Watson
Facing it, always facing it, that's the way to get through. Face it. Joseph Conrad
Courage is getting away from death by continually coming within an inch of it. Gilbert K. Chesterton
He that would be superior to external influences must first become superior to his own passions. Samuel Johnson
Whether you be man or woman you will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor. James Allen
For the man sound of body and serene of mind there is no such thing as bad weather; every day has its beauty, and storms which whip the blood do but make it pulse more vigorously. George Robert Gissing
Gallantry to women -- the sure road to their favor -- is nothing but the appearance of extreme devotion to all their wants and wishes, a delight in their satisfaction, and a confidence in yourself as being able to contribute toward it. William Hazlitt
Noah was a brave man to sail in a wooden boat with two termites. Anonymous
It takes courage to attempt the impossible. What would we think of Moses today if when it was time to part the red sea, he had said Why don't you guys go build a bridge? Anonymous
Fortune and love favor the brave. Ovid
Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity. W. Clement Stone
Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm. Winston Churchill
Courage brother, do not stumble, though thy path be dark as night: There is a star to guide the humble, Trust in God, and do the right. Let the road be dark and dreary and its end far out of sight. Face it bravely, strong or weary. Trust in God, and do the right. Norman Macleod
I decided once and for all that I was going to make it or die. John Johnson
Pugnacity is a form of courage, but a very bad form. Sinclair Lewis
Courage -- a perfect sensibility of the measure of danger, and a mental willingness to endure it. William T. Sherman
Give us the fortitude to endure the things which cannot be changed, and the courage to change the things which should be changed, ;and the wisdom to know one from the other. Oliver J. Hart
Courage is fear holding on a minute longer. George S. Patton
Physical courage, which engages all danger, will make a person brave in one way; and moral courage, which defies all opinion, will make a person brave in another. Charles Caleb Colton
All my life I knew that there was all the money you could want out there. All you have to do is go after it. Curtis Carlson
There is another side to chivalry. If it dispenses leniency, it may with equal justification invoke control. Freda Adler
To boldly go where no one has gone before. Star Trek Movie
Fortune can take away riches, but not courage. Seneca
Act boldly and unseen forces will come to your aid. Dorothea Brande
You have to be tough. Mike Ditka
Be bold-and mighty forces will come to your aid. Basil King
The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion. Anonymous
Courage conquers all things: it even gives strength to the body. Ovid
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. [Joshua 1:9] Bible
Live as brave men and face adversity with stout hearts. Horace
Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all others. Winston Churchill
Rest not. Life is sweeping by; go and dare before you die. Something mighty and sublime, leave behind to conquer time. Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Courage in danger is half the battle. Titus Maccius Plautus
A timid person is frightened before a danger, a coward during the time, and a courageous person afterwards. Jean Paul Richter
Let us train our minds to desire what the situation demands. Seneca
It is impossible to win the race unless you venture to run, impossible to win the victory unless you dare to battle. Richard M. DeVos
Write on your doors the saying wise and old. ''Be bold!'' and everywhere -- ''Be bold; Be not too bold!'' Yet better the excess Than the defect; better the more than less sustaineth him and the steadiness of his mind beareth him out. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of circumstances. Aristotle
Keep courage. Whatever you do, do not feel sorry for yourself. You will win in a great age of opportunity. Richard L. Evans
The brave love mercy, and delight to save. John Gay
I advise you to say your dream is possible and then overcome all inconveniences, ignore all the hassles and take a running leap through the hoop, even if it is in flames. Les Brown
The beauty of the soul shines out when a man bears with composure one heavy mischance after another, not because he does not feel them, but because he is a man of high and heroic temper. Aristotle
We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear. Martin Luther King Jr.
I've been through it all, baby. I'm Mother Courage. Elizabeth Taylor
Courage means to keep working a relationship, to continue seeking solutions to difficult problems, and to stay focused during stressful periods. Denis Waitley
Courage is fire, and bullying is smoke. Benjamin Disraeli
I never thought much of the courage of a lion tamer. Inside the cage he is at least safe from people. George Bernard Shaw
Life only demands from you the strength that you possess. Only one feat is possible; not to run away. Dag Hammarskjold
Bravery and stupidity go hand in hand. David Summers
Courage is the power to let go of the familiar. Mary Byrant
Courage is the ladder on which all the other virtues mount. Clare Boothe Luce
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
The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart. Robert Green Ingersoll
It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who you really are. E.E. (Edward. E.) Cummings
Do not fear, for those who are with us, are more than those who are with them. [2 Kings 6:16] Bible
It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog. Mark Twain
Courage is poorly housed that dwells in numbers; the lion never counts the herd that are about him, nor weighs how many flocks he has to scatter. Aaron Hill
As for courage and will -- we cannot measure how much of each lies within us, we can only trust there will be sufficient to carry through trials which may lie ahead. Andre Norton
The brave don't live forever, but the cautious don't live at all. Here's to the brave! Timothy Luce
It takes a certain courage and a certain greatness to be truly base. Jean Anouilh
One who never turned his back but marched breast forward, never doubted clouds would break, Never dreamed, though right were worsted, wrong would triumph. Robert Browning
Perfect courage is to do without witnesses what one would be capable of doing with the world looking on. Francois De La Rochefoucauld
The strangest, most generous, and proudest of all virtues is true courage. Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
No one reaches a high position without daring. Publilius Syrus
He who dies before many witnesses always does so with courage. Voltaire
Courage is not simply one of the virtues but the form of every virtue at the testing point, which means at the point of highest reality. C. S. Lewis
Let people go all the way if they have got the balls for it. Anonymous
A lot of people do not muster the courage to live their dreams because they are afraid to die. Les Brown
It requires more courage to suffer than to die. Napoleon Bonaparte
All brave men love; for he only is brave who has affections to fight for, whether in the daily battle of life, or in physical contests. Nathaniel Hawthorne
Courage consists in equality to the problem before us. Ralph Waldo Emerson
But screw your courage to the sticking-place and we'll not fail. William Shakespeare
You take a number of small steps which you believe are right, thinking maybe tomorrow somebody will treat this as a dangerous provocation. And then you wait. If there is no reaction, you take another step: courage is only an accumulation of small steps. George Konrad
Courage is an everyday thing. When we look reality squarely in the eye and refuse to back away from our awareness, we are living courage. Anonymous
Courage is knowing what not to fear. Anonymous
Real courage is when you know you're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what. Harper Lee
'Tis easy enough to be pleasant, When life flows along like a song; But the man worth while is the one who will smile when everything goes dead wrong. Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Often the test of courage is not to die but to live. Vittorio Alfieri
This is the test of your manhood: How much is there left in you after you have lost everything outside of yourself? Orison Swett Marden
Finally, be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of His might. [Ephesians 6:10] Bible
Courage is not the towering oak that sees storms come and go; it is the fragile blossom that opens in the snow. Alice Mackenzie Swaim
Courage is the capacity to confirm what can be imagined. Leo Rosten
Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary. Sir Cecil Beaton
It is the perpetual dread of fear, the fear of fear, that shapes the face of a brave man. Georges Bernanos
A strong man and a waterfall always channel their own path. Anonymous
Courage is acting in spite of fear. Howard W. Hunter
The bravest thing you can do when you are not brave is to profess courage and act accordingly. Corra May Harris
The most glorious moments in your life are not the so-called days of success, but rather those days when out of dejection and despair you feel rise in you a challenge to life, and the promise of future accomplishments. Gustave Flaubert
The brave person thinks of themselves last of all. Johann Friedrich Von Schiller
With your help I can advance against a troop; with my God I can scale a wall. [Psalms 18:29] Bible
The pressure of adversity does not affect the mind of the brave man. It is more powerful than external circumstances. Seneca
Woman and men of retiring timidity are cowardly only in dangers which affect themselves, but the first to rescue when others are in danger. Jean Paul Richter
What you resist, persists If you take ownership and deal with things that are bothering you, then, in the very process of dealing with them they very often will go away. Anonymous
To love someone deeply gives you strength. Being loved by someone deeply gives you courage. Lao-Tzu
Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside them was superior to circumstance. Bruce Barton
If men knew all that women think, they would be twenty times more daring. Alphonse Karr
This is no time for ease and comfort. It is the time to dare and endure. Winston Churchill
One man with courage makes a majority. Andrew Jackson
True courage is like a kite; a contrary wind raises it higher. John Petit-Senn
Anybody with a little guts and the desire to apply himself can make it, he can make anything he wants to make of himself. Willie Shoemaker
Moral courage is a more rare commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence. Robert F. Kennedy
Until the day of his death, no man can be sure of his courage. Jean Anouilh
Courage stands halfway between cowardice and rashness, one of which is a lack, the other an excess of courage. Plutarch
What a new face courage puts on everything! Ralph Waldo Emerson
I'd rather give my life than be afraid to give it. Lyndon B. Johnson
More firm and sure the hand of courage strikes, when it obeys the watchful eye of caution. James Thomson
A person who walks in another's tracks leaves no footprints. Anonymous
What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything? Vincent Van Gogh
When a resolute young fellow steps up to the great bully, the world, and takes him boldly by the beard, he is often surprised to find it comes off in his hand, and that it was only tied on to scare away the timid adventurers. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Courage without conscience is a wild beast. Robert Green Ingersoll
One who lacks courage to start has already finished. Anonymous
Courage charms us, because it indicates that a man loves an idea better than all 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. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Conscience is the root of all true courage; if a man would be brave let him obey his conscience. James Freeman Clarke
Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death. Earl Wilson
Bravery is the capacity to perform properly even when scared half to death. Omar Bradley
We are made strong by the difficulties we face not by those we evade. Anonymous
Some have been thought brave because they didn't have the courage to run away. Proverb
A great deal of talent is lost in the world for want of courage. Sydney Smith
A man not perfect, but of heart so high, of such heroic rage, That even his hopes became a part of earth's eternal heritage. Richard Watson Gilder
Courage enlarges, cowardice diminishes resources. In desperate straits the fears of the timid aggravate the dangers that imperil the brave. Christian Nevell Bovee
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
Is he alone who has courage on his right hand and faith on his left hand? Charles A. Lindbergh
Discoveries are often made by not following instructions, by going off the main road, by trying the untried. Frank Tyger
To put it boldly, it is the attempt at a posterior reconstruction of existence by the process of conceptualization. Albert Einstein
Courage is sometimes frail as hope is frail: a fragile shoot between two stones that grows brave toward the sun though warmth and brightness fail, striving and faith the only strength it knows. Frances Rodman
I am more important than my problems. Jose Ferrer
Courage that grows from constitution often forsakes a man when he has occasion for it; courage which arises from a sense of duty acts ;in a uniform manner. Joseph Addison
It takes as much courage to have tried and failed as it does to have tried and succeeded. Anne Morrow Lindbergh
And what he greatly thought, he nobly dared. Homer
There's no substitute for guts. Bear Bryant
Courage is a quality so necessary for maintaining virtue, that it is always respected, even when it is associated with vice. Samuel Johnson
If you stand up to be counted, someone will take your seat. Anonymous
Be larger than your task. Orison Swett Marden
Part of courage is simple consistency. Peggy Noonan
Good courage in a bad affair is half of the evil overcome. Plaut
Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace. The soul that knows it not, knows no release from little things; knows not the livid loneliness of fear. Amelia Earhart
No matter how carefully you plan your goals they will never be more than pipe dreams unless you pursue them with gusto. W. Clement Stone
Private bravery is often the price of personal victory. Anonymous
Have courage for the great sorrows of life, and patience for the small ones. When you have laboriously accomplished your daily tasks, go to sleep in peace. God is awake. Victor Hugo
The courage of life is often a less dramatic spectacle than the courage of the final moment; but it is no less a magnificent mixture of triumph and tragedy. John F. Kennedy
The brave man is not he who feels no fear, For that were stupid and irrational; But he, whose noble soul its fears subdues, And bravely dares the danger nature shrinks from. Joanna Baillie
I can do all things through him who strengthens me. [Philippians 4:13] Bible
If we have the courage and tenacity of our forebears, who stood firmly like a rock against the lash of slavery, we shall find a way to do for our day what they did for theirs. Mary Mcleod Bethune
Courage leads to heaven; fear leads to death. Seneca
I thought ten thousand swords must have leaped from their scabbards to avenge even a look that threatened her with insult. But the age of chivalry is gone. That of sophists, economists and calculators has succeeded; and the glory of Europe is gone forever. Edmund Burke
Like a boxer in a title fight, you have to walk in that ring alone. Billy Joel
I'm very brave generally, he went on in a low voice: only today I happen to have a headache. Lewis Carroll
Courage is rightly considered the foremost of the virtues, for upon it, all others depend. Winston Churchill
It is in great dangers that we see great courage. Jean Francois Regnard
True courage is cool and calm. The bravest of men have the least of a brutal, bullying insolence, and in the very time of danger are found the most serene and free. Lord Shaftesbury
We need to find the courage to say NO to the things and people that are not serving us if we want to rediscover ourselves and live our lives with authenticity. Barbara De Angelis
That's a valiant flea that dares eat his breakfast on the lip of a lion. William Shakespeare
Because of a great love, one is courageous. Lao-Tzu
The real acid test of courage is to be just your honest self when everybody is trying to be like somebody else. Andrew Jensen
All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. Walt Disney
It takes a lot of courage to show your dreams to someone else. Erma Bombeck
Wealth lost is something lost, honor lost is something lost: Courage lost all is lost. Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Half a man's wisdom goes with his courage. Ralph Waldo Emerson
True courage is not the brutal force of vulgar heroes. Rather the firm resolve of virtue and reason. Alfred North Whitehead
Have the courage of your desire. George Robert Gissing
The human race afraid of nothing, rushes on through every crime. Horace
I would define true courage to be a perfect sensibility of the measure of danger, and a mental willingness to endure it. William T. Sherman
Courage and modesty are the most unequivocal of virtues, for they are of a kind that hypocrisy cannot imitate; they too have this quality in common, that they are expressed by the same color. Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat. Winston Churchill
The more wit the less courage. Thomas Fuller
True courage is a result of reasoning. A brave mind is always impregnable. Jeremy Collier
I think of those who were truly great. The names of those who in their lives fought for life, Who wore at their hearts the fire's center. Stephen Spender
Here I stand; I can do no other. God help me. Amen! Martin Luther
If we must fall, we should boldly meet the danger. Publius Cornelius Tacitus
To do anything truly worth doing, I must not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger, but jump in with gusto and scramble through as well as I can. Og Mandino
Brave men are all vertebrates; they have their softness on the surface and their toughness in the middle. Gilbert K. Chesterton
It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world, and moral courage so rare. Mark Twain
Better to die on one's feet than to live on one's knees. Emiliano Zapata
Courage is like love; it must have hope to nourish it. Napoleon Bonaparte
The bravest are the most tender; the loving are the daring. Bayard Taylor
It is amidst great perils we see brave hearts. Jean Francois Regnard
Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear. Ambrose Redmoon
Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage. Anais Nin
Courage consists not in hazarding without fear; but being resolutely minded in a just cause. Plutarch
Courage is fear that has said its prayers. Dorothy Bernard
Life becomes real only when we begin to face and solve our own problems. Until then we only swim in circles in a large fantasy world which tends to make us very tired of living. Don't waste energy! Face life now! Anonymous
Courage is a special kind of knowledge: the knowledge of how to fear what ought to be feared and how not to fear what ought no to be feared. David Ben-Gurion
The scars you acquire while exercising courage will never make you feel inferior. D.A. Battista
The ideas that have lighted my way and, time after time, have given me new courage to face life cheerfully have been Kindness, Beauty, and Truth. Albert Einstein
You are under the unfortunate delusion that simply because you run away from danger, you have no courage. You're confusing courage with wisdom. Anonymous
Screw up your courage, you screwed up everything else. Donald Smith
Nothing gives a fearful man more courage than another's fear. Umberto Eco
It takes vision and courage to create -- it takes faith and courage to prove. Owen D. Young
It is a blessed thing that in every age some one has had the individuality enough and courage enough to stand by his own convictions. Robert Green Ingersoll
The test of tolerance comes when we are in a majority; the test of courage comes when we are in a minority. Ralph W. Stockman
Courage is doing what you're afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you're scared. Edward Vernon Rickenbacker
There is nothing in the world so much admired as a man who knows how to bear unhappiness with courage. Seneca
Courage, not compromise, brings the smile of God's approval. Thomas S. Monson
What you have outside you counts less than what you have inside you. B. C. Forbes
It's better to be a lion for a day, than a sheep all your life. Sister Elizabeth Kenny
Courage is grace under pressure. Ernest Hemingway
No more turning away from the weak and the weary. No more turning away from the coldness inside. Just a world that we all must share. It's not enough just to stand and stare. Is it only a dream that there'll be no more turning away. David Gilmore
Don't foul, don't flinch. Hit the line hard. Theodore Roosevelt
The burden which is well borne becomes light. Ovid
Bravery has no place where it can avail nothing. Samuel Johnson
Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear -- not absence of fear. Mark Twain
We must have the courage to allow a little disorder in our lives. Ben Weininger
Courage is spelled I-N-T-E-G-R-I-T-Y. Robert H. Schuller
Courage is the capacity to conduct oneself with restraint in times of prosperity and with courage and tenacity when things do not go well. James V. Forrestal
To have courage for whatever comes in life -- everything lies in that. St. Teresa of Avila
Grant what thou commandest and then command what thou wilt. St. Augustine
The most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well. Baron Pierre De Coubertin
Have the courage to live. Anyone can die. Robert Cody
The brave and bold persist even against fortune; the timid and cowardly rush to despair though fear alone. Publius Cornelius Tacitus
We are very much what others think of us. The reception our observations meet with gives us courage to proceed, or damps our efforts. William Hazlitt
As a rock on the seashore he standeth firm, and the dashing of the waves disturbeth him not. He raiseth his head like a tower on a hill, and the arrows of fortune drop at his feet. In the instant of danger, the courage of his heart here, and scorn to fly. Akhenaton
He who loses wealth loses much; he who loses a friend loses more; but he that loses his courage loses all. Miguel De Cervantes
He either fears his fate too much, Or his deserts are small, That dares not put it to the touch, To gain or lose it all. James Graham
I am convinced that one of the biggest factors in success is the courage to undertake something. James A. Worsham
Courage consists not in blindly overlooking danger, but in seeing it, and conquering it. Jean Paul Richter
Most men have more courage than even they themselves think they have. Lord Greville
Never ask the Gods for life set free from grief, but ask for courage that endureth long. Menander of Athens
A true knight is fuller of bravery in the midst, than in the beginning of danger. Sir Philip Sidney
You are merely not feeling equal to the tasks before you. Dale Carnegie
No man in the world has more courage than the man who can stop after eating one peanut. Channing Pollock
Father, may these people have the vision to see, the faith to accept the truth, the courage to stand by that which they know is right. Anonymous
Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air. John Quincy Adams
You've got to jump off cliffs and build your wings on the way down. Ray Bradbury
A great part of courage is the courage of having done the thing before. Ralph Waldo Emerson
The world's male chivalry has perished out, but women are knights-errant to the last; and, if Cervantes had been greater still, he had made his Don a Donna. Elizabeth Barrett Browning
It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult. Seneca
The brave man inattentive to his duty, is worth little more to his country than the coward who deserts in the hour of danger. Andrew Jackson
I dare to do all that may become a man: who dares do more is none. William Shakespeare
It takes guts to get out of the ruts. Robert H. Schuller
Be courageous. I have seen many depressions in business. Always America has emerged from these stronger and more prosperous. Be brave as your fathers before you. Have faith! Go forward! Thomas A. Edison
No one can be brave who considers pain to be the greatest evil in life, or can they be temperate who considers pleasure to be the highest good. Marcus T. Cicero
Nothing recommends a man to the female mind than courage. Anonymous
It shows a brave and resolute spirit not to be agitated in exciting circumstances. Marcus T. Cicero
A man of courage is also full of faith. Marcus T. Cicero
You cannot fly like an eagle with wings of a wren. William Henry Hudson
In love, as in war, a fortress that parleys is half taken. Margaret Valois
Stand upright, speak thy thoughts, declare the truth thou hast, that all may share; Be bold, proclaim it everywhere: They only live who dare. Lewis Morris
No fact of human nature is more characteristic that its willingness to live on a chance. Anonymous
It is easy to fly into a passion... anybody can do that, but to be angry with the right person to the right extent and at the right time and in the right way? that is not easy. Aristotle

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