Selected Quotes about Courage

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

Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish. -- John Quincy Adams

I'm not panicking, and I'm not scared, I've been through the Gulf War, the Asia crisis, and the Russian crisis. -- Prince Alwaleed

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

Cautious, careful people, always casting about to preserve their reputation and social standing, never can bring about a reform. Those who are really in earnest must be willing to be anything or nothing in the world's estimation, and publicly and privately, in season and out, avow their sympathy with despised and persecuted ideas and their advocates, and bear the consequences. -- Susan B. Anthony

Moral excellence comes about as a result of habit. We become just by doing just acts, temperate by doing temperate acts, brave by doing brave acts. -- Aristotle

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

If courage wasn't a standard result of aging, it meant that the young could somehow acquire it as well. -- Lawana Blackwell

In order to free yourself from the domination of arbitrary standards and discover the true standards by which you should behave, you need to find the courage to do what you must without regard to what others may think. -- Chin-Ning Chu

One ought never to turn one's back on a threatened danger and try to run away from it. If you do that, you will double the danger. But if you meet it promptly and without flinching, you will reduce the danger by half. Never run away from anything. Never! -- Winston Churchill

Live as brave men; and if fortune is adverse, front its blows with brave hearts. -- Cicero

Conscience is the root of all true courage; if a man would be brave let him obey his conscience. -- James Freeman Clarke

It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power. -- Alan Cohen

Yesterday I dared to struggle. Today I dare to win. -- Bernadette Devlin

Courage is the main quality of leadership, in my opinion, no matter where it is exercised. Usually it implies some risk — especially in new undertakings. -- Walt Disney

All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. -- Walt Disney

The important thing is this: To be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become. -- Charles DuBois

Courage is the price that Life exacts for granting peace. -- Amelia Earhart

Whoever said anybody has a right to give up? -- Marian Wright Edelman

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

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

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? -- Ralph Waldo Emerson (probably erroneously)

A coward turns away, but a brave man's choice is danger. -- Euripides

I was at Northeastern University playing with the idea and getting feedback from my roommates, and then started drafting a really basic design idea. -- Shawn Fanning

I would rather be a coward than brave because people hurt you when you are brave. -- E. M. Forster

Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties. -- Erich Fromm

The best way out is always through. -- Robert Frost

Dare to be naive. -- Buckminster Fuller

Many would be cowards if they had courage enough. -- Thomas Fuller

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

I believe that the quantum of our knowledge will increase considerably in the coming years and that scientists will continue to be amongst the brave voices speaking out. -- Peter Garrett

The bravest thing you can do when you are not brave is to profess courage and act accordingly. -- Corra Harris

Have no fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you, therefore no harm can befall you; all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence. -- Pope John Paul II

Courage without conscience is a wild beast. -- Robert G. Ingersoll

Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary. -- Steve Jobs

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.

The faith can give us courage to face the uncertainties of the future. -- Martin Luther King, Jr.

I long to accomplish a great and noble tasks, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble. The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker. -- Helen Keller

We could never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world. -- Helen Keller

You see, every person looks for opportunities. If he is a little bit lucky, he finds the opportunities. If he is less lucky, but is ready to break the law, then he finds other opportunities. -- Mikhail Khodorkovsky

In our common struggle, I rely heavily on the vibrant energy, talent and courage of people across the length of the country, but for my words to be heard all over Russia and all over the world, I need to run in Moscow. -- Mikhail Khodorkovsky

To dare is to lose one's footing momentarily. To not dare is to lose oneself. -- Soren Kierkegaard

The trouble in America is not that we are making too many mistakes, but that we are making too few. -- Phil Knight

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. -- Harper Lee

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

A man can be as great as he wants to be. If you believe in yourself and have the courage, the determination, the dedication, the competitive drive and if you are willing to sacrifice the little things in life and pay the price for the things that are worthwhile, it can be done. -- Vince Lombardi

Courage is the ladder on which all the other virtues mount. -- Clare Booth Luce

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

Let bravery be thy choice, but not bravado. -- Menander

War alone brings up to their highest tension all human energies and imposes the stamp of nobility upon the peoples who have the courage to make it. -- Benito Mussolini

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage. -- Anais Nin

It often takes tremendous courage just to keep going, to work hard to pay the bills every month, to meet the next financial or emotional challenge that comes along. -- Suze Orman

The courage to be rich goes beyond the chains and limitations of our minds and present-day circumstances, and it brings tomorrow into every today. -- Suze Orman

The "as if" principle works. Act "as if" you were not afraid and you will become courageous, "as if" you could and you'll find you can. Act "as if" you like a person and you'll find a friendship. -- Norman Vincent Peale

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

Courage is doing what you're afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you're scared. -- Eddie Rickenbacker

Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great. -- John Rockefeller

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

It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes short again and again, who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause, who at best knows achievement and who at the worst if he fails at least fails while daring greatly so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat. -- Theodore Roosevelt

I think that the moment for women has arrived. Not for women but simply for the harmony of life. -- Segolene Royal

Being able to find a compromise is about being brave and serving France. -- Nicolas Sarkozy

When you meet your antagonist, do everything in a mild and agreeable manner. Let your courage be as keen, but at the same time as polished, as your sword. -- Richard Brinsley Sheridan

Truly great talents with capabilities and strategy are extremely rare and the extra margin on inventiveness, courage and prudence is even rarer and must be rewarded. -- Li Ka Shing

Moral cowardice that keeps us from speaking our minds is as dangerous to this country as irresponsible talk. The right way is not always the popular and easy way. Standing for right when it is unpopular is a true test of moral character. -- Margaret Chase Smith

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

All serious daring starts from within. -- Harriet Beecher Stowe

Fortune helps the brave. -- Terence

Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person. -- Mother Teresa

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

Only when we are no longer afraid do we begin to live. -- Dorothy Thompson

When I hear music, I fear no danger. I am invulnerable. I see no foe. I am related to the earliest times, and to the latest. -- Henry David Thoreau

Most people who do have the instincts will never recognize that they do, because they don't have the courage or the good fortune to discover their potential. -- Donald Trump

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear. -- Mark Twain

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

Fortune favors the brave. -- Virgil

High expectations are the key to everything. -- Sam Walton

Swim upstream. Go the other way. Ignore the conventional wisdom. -- Sam Walton

Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway. -- John Wayne

To go against the dominant thinking of your friends, of most of the people you see every day, is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform. -- Theodore H. White

Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death. -- Harold Wilson

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