What is Courage? 

Courage is that strength we find in ourselves when we least expect it. Moments in life that you must be forced to face something that is painful or frightening, and sometimes even life threatening. Call it instinct or an adrenaline rush, it only takes a split second to have the courage to be a hero.

Many quotations and sayings have been passed down through the ages about many different apects of life, including the subject of courage. Remember, courage is found when we take chances in life, so no matter what may be your biggest fear, may you have the courage to face and conquer it....  

 ~ Courage is knowing what not to fear.~ Plato

~ You can't test courage cautiously.~ Anne Dillard

~ Have the courage to live. Anyone can die. ~ Robert Cody

~Sometimes the biggest act of courage is a small one. ~ Lauren Raffo

~ Courage is never to let your actions be influenced by your fears. ~ Arthur Koestler

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

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

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

~ Every day you either see a scar or courage. Where you dwell will define your struggle. ~ Dodinsky

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

~ Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities... because it is the quality which guarantees all others. ~ Winston Churchill

~ Every man has his own courage, and is betrayed because he seeks in himself the courage of other persons.~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


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

~ Courage is grace under pressure. ~ Ernest Hemingway

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

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

~ Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.~ Lao Tzu

~ To live with fear and not be afraid is the final test of maturity. ~ Edward Weeks

~ Courage is tiny pieces of fear all glued together. ~ Terri Guillemets

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

~ You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. Please remember that your difficulties do not define you. They simply strengthen your ability to overcome. ~ Maya Angelou

~ Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I'll try again tomorrow. ~ Mary Anne Radmacher 

~ Courage follows action. ~ Mack R. Douglas

~ Despair gives courage to a coward. ~ Thomas Fuller

~ Courage is being afraid but going on anyhow. ~ Dan Rather

~ Just as courage imperils life, fear protects it. ~ Leonardo da Vinci

~ If God wanted us to be brave, why did He give us legs? ~ Marvin Kitman

~ Sometimes even to live is an act of courage. ~ Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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

~ Courage can't see around corners, but goes around them anyway. ~ Mignon McLaughlin

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

~ I never thought much of the courage of a lion tamer. Inside the cage he is at least safe from people. ~ George Bernard Shaw

~ Courage is doing what you're afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you're scared. ~ Edward Vernon Rickenbacker

~ 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.~ Albert Einstein

~ A man of courage flees forward, in the midst of new things. ~ Jacques Maritain

~ Life is to entered upon with courage.~ Alexis de Tocqueville

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

~ It takes a great deal of courage to follow another person's lead. ~ Bill Hybels

~ Courage is simply the willingness to be afraid and act anyway. ~ Dr. Robert Anthony

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

~ Fear is the father of courage and the mother of safety. ~ Henry H. Tweedy

~ Do one thing everyday that scares you. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

~ Half a man's wisdom goes with his courage. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

~ Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm. ~ Winston Churchill

~ A team is where a boy can prove his courage on his own. A gang is where a coward goes to hide. ~ Mickey Mantle

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

~ Many people have died for what they believe, the real courage is living and suffering for what you believe. ~ Christopher Paolini

~ Courage is getting away from death by continually coming within an inch of it. ~ G. K. Chesterton

~ The paradox of courage is that a man must be a little careless of his life even in order to keep it. ~ Gilbert K. Chesterton

~ He who loses wealth loses much; he who loses a friend loses more; but he that loses his courage loses all. ~ Miguel de Cervantes

~ 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

~ When we are afraid we ought not to occupy ourselves with endeavoring to prove that there is no danger, but in strengthening ourselves to go on in spite of the danger. ~ Mark Rutherford

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


~ There is no such thing as bravery; only degrees of fear. ~ John Wainwright




~ One man with courage makes a majority. ~ Andrew Jackson

~ Courage is fear holding on a minute longer. ~ George Smith Patton

~ Courage is the power to let go of the familiar. ~ Raymond Lindquist

~ It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.~ e. e. cummings

~ Those who lack the courage will always find a philosophy to justify it.~ Albert Camus

~ Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. ~ Winston Churchill

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

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

~ How few there are who have courage enough to own their faults, or resolution enough to mend them. ~ Benjamin Franklin


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


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

~ The weak in courage is strong in cunning. ~ William Blake

~ Have the courage to act instead of react. ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

~ Until the day of his death, no man can be sure of his courage. ~ Jean Anouilh

~ It takes a lot of courage to show your dreams to someone else. ~ Erma Bombeck

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

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

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

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


~ Necessity does the work of courage.~ Nicholas M. Butler

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

~ The greatest barrier to success is the fear of failure. ~ Sven Goran Eriksson

~ He who moves not forward, goes backward. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

~ To me, there is no greater act of courage than being the one who kisses first. ~ Janeane Garofalo

~ A lot of people do not muster the courage to live their dreams because they are afraid to die.~ Les Brown

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

~ It takes as much courage to have tried and failed as it does to have tried and succeeded. ~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh

~ If human beings had genuine courage, they'd wear their costumes every day of the year, not just on Halloween. ~ Doug Coupland

~ Perfect courage means doing unwitnessed what we would be capable of with the world looking on. ~ Fran├žois de la Rochefoucauld

~ To dare to live alone is the rarest courage; since there are many who had rather meet their bitterest enemy in the field, than their own hearts in their closet. ~ Charles Caleb Colton

~ Because a fellow has failed once or twice or a dozen times, you don't want to set him down as a failure till he's dead or loses his courage. ~ George Lorimer

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