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Quotations about Courage

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

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  (Thanks, Frank Lynch)

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

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

Courage is a love affair with the unknown. ~Osho

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

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

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, 1960

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

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]

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 is being afraid but going on anyhow.  ~Dan Rather

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

A coward is a hero with a wife, kids, and a mortgage.  ~Marvin Kitman

Coward:  A man in whom the instinct of self-preservation acts normally.  ~Sultana Zoraya

Bravery is being the only one who knows you're afraid.  ~Franklin P. Jones

Courage can't see around corners, but goes around them anyway.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960

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

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

Coward:  One who, in a perilous emergency, thinks with his legs.  ~Ambrose Bierce

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

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

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

Cowardice, as distinguished from panic, is almost always simply a lack of ability to suspend the functioning of the imagination.  ~Ernest Hemingway, Men at War, 1942

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

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

Fear and courage are brothers. ~Terri Guillemets

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

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

One man with courage makes a majority.  ~Andrew Jackson

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

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]

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

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

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

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

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

A man of courage never wants weapons.  ~Author Unknown

Do not look upon this world with fear and loathing.  Bravely face whatever the gods offer.  ~Morihei Ueshiba

Healing takes courage, and we all have courage, even if you have to dig a little.  ~Tori Amos

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

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

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

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

I'm not funny.  What I am is brave.  ~Lucille Ball

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

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

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

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 tiny pieces of fear all glued together. ~Terri Guillemets

Courage is... 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

Courage is knowing what not to fear.  ~Plato

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"

Let your fear dance with courage — and let courage lead. ~Terri Guillemets

Courage is as often the outcome of despair as of hope; in the one case we have nothing to lose, in the other everything to gain.  ~Diane de Poitiers

To him that waits all things reveal themselves, provided that he has the courage not to deny, in the darkness, what he has seen in the light.  ~Coventry Patmore

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

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

Necessity does the work of courage.  ~Nicholas Murray Butler

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

Perfect courage means doing unwitnessed what we would be capable of with the world looking on.  ~François, Duc de La Rochefoucauld, Maxims, 1678

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 climbs atop fear and screams loud its mighty victory! ~Terri Guillemets

Courage is the fear of being thought a coward.  ~Horace Smith

Courage is to feel the daily daggers of relentless steel and keep on living.  ~Douglas Malloch

The only real progress lies in learning to be wrong all alone.  ~Albert Camus

Courage is nine-tenths context.  What is courageous in one setting can be foolhardy in another and even cowardly in a third.  ~Joseph Epstein

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

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

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

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

Courage is a kind of salvation. ~Plato

Underneath courage shouts fear but of a hoarse voice. ~Terri Guillemets

Valor is a gift. Those having it never know for sure if they have it till the test comes. And those having it in one test never know for sure if they will have it when the next test comes. ~Carl Sandburg

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

You can't test courage cautiously.  ~Anne Dillard

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

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

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

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