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Quotations about Courage

There can be heroism in the moment, but courage is always in the day-to-day. ~Robert Brault,

Sir, you know courage is reckoned the greatest of all virtues; because, unless a man has that virtue, he has no security for preserving any other. ~Samuel Johnson, quoted in James Boswell's Life of Johnson

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than one's fear. ~Ambrose Redmoon (James Neil Hollingworth) (1933–1996), "No Peaceful Warriors!," 1991

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 Em Radmacher

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; it is also what it takes, on occasion, to sit down and listen. ~William Arthur Ward, Thoughts of a Christian Optimist, 1968

Moral bravery is superior to physical. ~John W. Barber's Proverbs, 1855

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

People are made of flesh and blood and a miracle fibre called courage.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1963

Courage consists not in hazarding without fear, but in being resolutely minded in a just cause. ~Proverb

You make me feel super brave. ~Criminal Minds, "A Beautiful Disaster" [S11, E18, 2016, Penelope to Derek], written by Kirsten Vangsness and Erica Messer  [Goodbye, Shemar/Morgan! —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage. ~Anaïs Nin

I fertilize great, barren wastes of me into a yielding abundance. I reset the stakes of my courage. ~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), "A Soul's Faring: XLIII," A Soul's Faring, 1921

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear—not absence of fear. Except a creature be part coward, it is not a compliment to say he is brave; it is merely a loose misapplication of the word. ~Mark Twain

It was times like these when I thought my father, who hated guns and had never been to any wars, was the bravest man who ever lived. ~Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird, 1960

Courage can't see around corners, but goes around them anyway.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1963

Strength will not help you if all you can do is move boulders, but strength along with courage can accomplish anything. ~Cody William Jenson, @CoJMontauk, September 2010 entry to The Quote Garden create your own quote contest on Twitter, @quotegarden

The opportunity to live my life was always present, but the courage was not. I bemoaned conditions, when I should have bemoaned merely the faint heart within me. ~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), My Little Book of Life, 1912

Cousin Hobson:  Things are so soon forgotten; a brave act grows out of date.
Agatha:  A brave act is never out of date.
~G.M. Robins, "The Weirdale Assize," The Relations and What They Related, 1902

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, The Screwtape Letters, 1942

Let courage break through the cracks in your fear. ~Terri Guillemets

The Estimate and Valour of a Man consist in the Heart, and in the Will, there his true Honour lives. Valour is Stability, not of Legs and Arms, but of the Courage, and the Soul; it does not lie in the valour of our Horse, or our Weapons, but in ourselves. He that falls obstinate in his Courage, Si succiderit de genu pugnat. If his Legs fail him, he Fights upon his Knees. ~Michel de Montaigne (1533–1592), translated from French by Charles Cotton (1630–1687)  [a little altered —tg]

A good part of courage is just being sick and tired. ~Robert Brault,

Cowards, 'tis said, in certain situations,
Derive a sort of courage from despair,
And then perform, from downright desperation,
Much more than many a bolder man would dare.
~Thomas Ingoldsby, "The Ghost," 1837

The only courage that matters is the kind that gets you from one moment to the next. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966, ©Thomas Paine McLaughlin

A brave arm makes a short sword long enough. ~French proverb

Courage is fear that has said its prayers. ~American proverb

Courage is armor
A blind man wears,
The calloused scar
Of outlived despairs:
Courage is Fear
That has said its prayers.
~Karle Wilson Baker, "Courage," c.1921

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

I have no fear! what is in store for me
Shall find me self-reliant, undismayed.
God grant my only cowardice may be:
Afraid to be afraid!
~Everard Jack Appleton, quoted in Journal of Education, vol. 81, Boston University, 1915

Courage is fear turned inside out; it is caution that has learned to be brave. ~William Arthur Ward (1921–1994)

To a coward, courage always looks like stupidity. ~Bill Maher, Real Time with Bill Maher (season 13, episode 1, original airdate 2015 January 9th)

If there's one thing that I pray for,
      As I live my daily life,
      It's that I may be courageous
      When I'm faced with bitter strife!...
So, I humbly pray for courage
      To be with me morn and night,
      Thro' the coldness of the Winter
      And the Summer's bright sunlight!
~Gertrude Tooley Buckingham (1880–1971), "Courage"

To let no one know of your vulnerabilities is to let no one know of your courage. ~Robert Brault,

Bravery is going on anyhow when you are so terrified your sphincters won't hold and you can't breathe and your heart threatens to stop... ~Robert A. Heinlein, Glory Road, 1963

Consider the flea! Incomparably the bravest of all the creatures of God, if ignorance of fear were courage. ~Mark Twain

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, Orthodoxy, 1908

Courage is nine-tenths context. What is courageous in one setting can be foolhardy in another and even cowardly in a third. ~Joseph Epstein, as quoted by The Reader's Digest

I wanted the scream of the petrel in the storm, yet where was that in me that did not fear being lashed to a mast? ~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), "A Soul's Faring: XLVIII," A Soul's Faring, 1921

Taste just a sliver of courage and it's hard to go back to fear. ~Terri Guillemets

Courage is the quality it takes to look at yourself with candor, your adversaries with kindness and your setbacks with serenity. ~William Arthur Ward, Thoughts of a Christian Optimist, 1968

In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot. ~Mark Twain, 1904

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. You rarely win, but sometimes you do. ~Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird, 1960

And as passion is the foundation of courage, such warlike natures, whether of men or animals, will be full of passion. ~Plato

Justice is the foundation of courage... ~James Murray, 1780

In all animals the amorous instinct is supposed to be the foundation of courage: the one endowment is constantly found proportioned to the other. ~"Zoology," Pantologia: A New Cabinet Cyclopædia, 1819

The existence of truth is the foundation of intelligence; the fountain of love is the foundation of benevolence; the beginning of movement is the foundation of courage. ~Chen Li‑fu, 1948

Courage is the foundation of integrity. ~Keshavan Nair, Beyond Winning, 1990

Courage is the foundation of leadership. ~Peter Koestenbaum, 2002

Vision is the foundation of courage and the fuel of persistence. ~Myles Munroe, 2003

The leering face of guilt continuously scorned my want of courage. I needed humility, which is the foundation of courage. Guilt and courage were the soldiers fighting a war in me. ~Joanne Mazzotta, Why Whisper?: A Memoir, 2011

The heart is the center of the body, the physicality. It's the foundation of courage and will. It's emotion and love, passion and compassion. Heart, heart, heart, heart, it's the center of everything. ~Arnold Schwarzenegger, Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story, 2012  [a little altered –tg]

Courage is the very basis for a life well lived. Courage is the opposite of selfishness because you are willing to put what is right ahead of what you desire. Integrity is built on that foundation of courage because it provides you with the strength to always do what is right instead of what is convenient. ~H. Guthrie Chamberlain, III, 2017

Intellectual courage is the foundation of good judgment. It is a balance between the strength of conviction and flexibility. ~Christopher Kolenda

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