Courage Quotes

Whether you’re seeking inspiration, motivation, or simply looking to reflect on the essence of courage, you’ve come to the right place. In this curated compilation, we’ve gathered a diverse selection of quotes that capture the essence of courage in various aspects of life. From famous historical figures to contemporary voices, these quotes are sure to inspire and empower you. Feel free to explore and use these quotes in your own creative ways – whether it’s sharing them with friends, placing them on images, or enhancing them with stylish fonts. Let the wisdom and words of others guide you on your own courageous journey.

Now, without further ado, scroll down to discover a wide range of thought-provoking and insightful quotes on courage. Find the ones that resonate with you the most and remember that courage is not the absence of fear, but the determination to move forward despite it. So, go ahead and explore the world of courage through the words of others, and may these quotes inspire you to embrace bravery in your own life!

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

We must become bigger than we have been: more courageous, greater in spirit, larger in outlook. We must become members of a new race, overcoming petty prejudice, owing our ultimate allegiance not to nations but to our fellow men within the human community. Haile Selassie

Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore. Andre Gide

Courageous people do not fear forgiving, for the sake of peace. Nelson Mandela

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

Happy are those who dare courageously to defend what they love. Ovid

One man with courage is a majority. Thomas Jefferson

To have courage for whatever comes in life – everything lies in that. Saint Teresa of Avila

I think my mother… made it clear that you have to live life by your own terms and you have to not worry about what other people think and you have to have the courage to do the unexpected. Caroline Kennedy

The greatest obstacle to being heroic is the doubt whether one may not be going to prove one’s self a fool; the truest heroism is to resist the doubt; and the profoundest wisdom, to know when it ought to be resisted, and when it be obeyed. Nathaniel Hawthorne

Clear thinking requires courage rather than intelligence. Thomas Szasz

Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better. Harry S Truman

We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

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. Nelson Mandela

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

Valor grows by daring, fear by holding back. Publilius Syrus

Never be discouraged. If I were sunk in the lowest pits of Nova Scotia, with the Rocky Mountains piled on me, I would hang on, exercise faith, and keep up good courage, and I would come out on top. Joseph Smith, Jr.

He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life. Muhammad Ali

Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections. Saint Francis de Sales

To create one’s world in any of the arts takes courage. Georgia O’Keeffe

God, give us grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, courage to change the things which should be changed and the wisdom to distinguish the one from the other. Reinhold Niebuhr

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

A great deal of talent is lost to the world for want of a little courage. Every day sends to their graves obscure men whose timidity prevented them from making a first effort. Sydney Smith

Failure is unimportant. It takes courage to make a fool of yourself. Charlie Chaplin

Let us not pray to be sheltered from dangers but to be fearless when facing them. Rabindranath Tagore

Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can’t practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage. Maya Angelou

Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction. John F. Kennedy

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

The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart. Robert Green Ingersoll

Courage is the greatest of all virtues, because if you haven’t courage, you may not have an opportunity to use any of the others. Samuel Johnson

Success is never final, failure is never fatal. It’s courage that counts. John Wooden

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

True courage is being afraid, and going ahead and doing your job anyhow, that’s what courage is. Norman Schwarzkopf

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

The best protection any woman can have… is courage. Elizabeth Cady Stanton

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

People with courage and character always seem sinister to the rest. Hermann Hesse

If you are lucky enough to find a way of life you love, you have to find the courage to live it. John Irving

I’m grateful to God for His bountiful gifts… He gave me courage and faith in myself. Loretta Young

Courage, above all things, is the first quality of a warrior. Carl von Clausewitz

The trials on the road to world harmony are no greater than the courage of those who accept the challenge. Carl Lewis

Love bravely, live bravely, be courageous, there’s really nothing to lose. There’s no wrong you can’t make right again, so be kinder to yourself, you know, have fun, take chances. There’s no bounds. Jewel

Courage is being afraid but going on anyhow. Dan Rather

From caring comes courage. Lao Tzu

The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud. Coco Chanel

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

Courage is a kind of salvation. Plato

Courage is on display every day, and only the courageous wring the most out of life. Zig Ziglar

Courage is the capacity to confront what can be imagined. Leo Rosten

It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends. J. K. Rowling

Courage is fear holding on a minute longer. George S. Patton

The minute a person whose word means a great deal to others dare to take the open-hearted and courageous way, many others follow. Marian Anderson

Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye. Helen Keller

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

Courage is grace under pressure. Ernest Hemingway

I know of no higher fortitude than stubborness in the face of overwhelming odds. Louis Nizer

My message, especially to young people is to have courage to think differently, courage to invent, to travel the unexplored path, courage to discover the impossible and to conquer the problems and succeed. These are great qualities that they must work towards. This is my message to the young people. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

A great part of courage is the courage of having done the thing before. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Courage is found in unlikely places. J. R. R. Tolkien

Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. Victor Hugo

Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened. Billy Graham

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. T. S. Eliot

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex… It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction. E. F. Schumacher

Courage is fire, and bullying is smoke. Benjamin Disraeli

You have to really be courageous about your instincts and your ideas. Otherwise you’ll just knuckle under, and things that might have been memorable will be lost. Francis Ford Coppola

People say to me all the time, ‘You have no fear.’ I tell them, ‘No, that’s not true. I’m scared all the time. You have to have fear in order to have courage. I’m a courageous person because I’m a scared person.’ Ronda Rousey

What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything? Vincent Van Gogh

I feel quite fearless protecting the people I love. Paloma Faith

It requires greater courage to preserve inner freedom, to move on in one’s inward journey into new realms, than to stand defiantly for outer freedom. It is often easier to play the martyr, as it is to be rash in battle. Rollo May

If you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life. Marcus Garvey

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

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

Courage is knowing what not to fear. Plato

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ Eleanor Roosevelt

The secret to happiness is freedom… And the secret to freedom is courage. Thucydides

We have a powerful potential in out youth, and we must have the courage to change old ideas and practices so that we may direct their power toward good ends. Mary McLeod Bethune

Loyalty and devotion lead to bravery. Bravery leads to the spirit of self-sacrifice. The spirit of self-sacrifice creates trust in the power of love. Morihei Ueshiba

There are no easy answers, but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right. Ronald Reagan

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. Steve Jobs

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 not to be feared. David Ben-Gurion

It requires more courage to suffer than to die. Napoleon Bonaparte

He is a man of courage who does not run away, but remains at his post and fights against the enemy. Socrates

Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads. Erica Jong

The courage to be is the courage to accept oneself, in spite of being unacceptable. Paul Tillich

The only service a friend can really render is to keep up your courage by holding up to you a mirror in which you can see a noble image of yourself. George Bernard Shaw

Jump, and you will find out how to unfold your wings as you fall. Ray Bradbury

It is only necessary to have courage, for strength without self-confidence is useless. Giacomo Casanova

The opposite for courage is not cowardice, it is conformity. Even a dead fish can go with the flow. Jim Hightower

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

Don’t Make Assumptions. Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life. Don Miguel Ruiz

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

Hope, like faith, is nothing if it is not courageous; it is nothing if it is not ridiculous. Thornton Wilder

The opposite of courage in our society is not cowardice, it is conformity. Rollo May

Courage – a perfect sensibility of the measure of danger, and a mental willingness to endure it. William Tecumseh Sherman

Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. C. S. Lewis

To see the right and not to do it is cowardice. Confucius

Always be courageous and strong, and don’t fear. Gabby Douglas

He who is brave is free. Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen. Winston Churchill

Anton Usov
Anton Usov
I am Anton Usov, an educator with a passion for quotes that resonate with the human experience. Over many years, I have curated a collection that reflects wisdom and emotions across time. Join me in exploring the power of words to inspire and enlighten our paths.
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