Courage quotes and sayings

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear.
Ambrose Redmoon

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.
Eleanor Roosevelt

You don’t develop courage by being happy in your relationships everyday. You develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity.
Epicurus

Fortune favours the brave.
Terence

Fear and courage are brothers.
Proverb

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

If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it, I know I can achieve it.
Jesse Jackson

If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps life moving, you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you go on in spite of it all. And so today I still have a dream.
Martin Luther King, jr.

Optimism is the foundation of courage.
Nicholas Murray Butler

Courage, it would seem, is nothing less than the power to overcome danger, misfortune, fear, injustice, while continuing to affirm inwardly that life with all its sorrows is good; that everything is meaningful even if in a sense beyond our understanding; and that there is always tomorrow.
Dorothy Thompson

History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.
Maya Angelou

Success means having the courage, the determination, and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be.
George Sheehan

True courage is a result of reasoning.
Jeremy Collier

And though hard be the task, ‘Keep a stiff upper lip.’
Phoebe Cary

Anyone can give up, it’s the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that’s true strength.
Anonymous

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

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

Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience.
Paulo Coelho

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

Courage is being afraid but going on anyhow.
Dan Rather

I am not belittling the brave pioneer men, but the sunbonnet as well as the sombrero has helped to settle this glorious land of ours.
Edna Ferber

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

A man of courage never wants weapons.
Anonymous

One man with courage makes a majority.
Andrew Jackson

Inside courage laughs fear.
Jareb Teague

You can’t test courage cautiously.
Anne Dillard

Abraham Lincoln did not go to Gettysburg having commissioned a poll to find out what would sell in Gettysburg. There were no people with percentages for him, cautioning him about this group or that group or what they found in exit polls a year earlier. When will we have the courage of Lincoln?
Robert Coles

You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.
Aristotle

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

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

If you could get up the courage to begin, you have the courage to succeed.
David Viscott

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

Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

He lives the poetry that he cannot write. The others write the poetry that they dare not realise.
Oscar Wilde

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

Because of my title, I was the first to enter here. I shall be the last to go out.
Duchesse d’Alencon

Courage consists in the power of self-recovery.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

You cannot build character and courage by taking away man’s initiative and independence.
Abraham Lincoln

The Red Badge of Courage.
Stephen Crane

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
Reinhold Niebuhr

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

God grant me the courage not to give up what I think is right even though I think it is hopeless.
Chester W. Nimitz

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

Courage is a kind of salvation.
Plato

God places the heaviest burden on those who can carry its weight.
Reggie White

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

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

I represent to you all the sins you have never had the courage to commit.
Oscar Wilde

To dream anything that you want to dream. That’s the beauty of the human mind. To do anything that you want to do. That is the strength of the human will. To trust yourself to test your limits. That is the courage to succeed.
Bernard Edmond

I dare do all that may become a man; Who dares do more is none.
William Shakespeare

Most of us have far more courage than we ever dreamed possible.
Dale Carnegie

Courage is tiny pieces of fear all glued together.
Irisa Hail

Many a man will have the courage to die gallantly, but will not have the courage to say, or even to think, that the cause for which he is asked to die is an unworthy one”
Bertrand Russell

The ideals which 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

Any fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius-and a lot of courage-to move in the opposite direction.
Albert Einstein

Falsehood is cowardice, the truth courage.
Hosea Ballou

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

The key to change… is to let go of fear.
Rosanne Cash

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