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Courage Quotes About Life, Strength and Facing Fear

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Many people think it is in the grand gestures and the major acts.

However, courage can be in the small choices that we make each day, in doing something despite being afraid of it. It is facing a fear, or jumping into something, even if we are unsure of the outcome.

 

What does it mean to have courage? How can we be more courageous in our daily life?

 

If take stock in ourselves and our thoughts and actions, we may find that we have more courage than we give ourselves credit for. More importantly, we need to refine our definition of what courage truly is.

Here are some courage quotes on what it is, and how different it can look to each and every one of us.

 

Courage quotes for pushing past fear

1.) “One isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.”- Maya Angelou

 

2.) “Without courage, wisdom bears no fruit.”- Baltasar Gracian

 

3.) “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”- Anais Nin

Courage Quotes about life

4.) “When things go wrong as they sometimes will,

When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,

When the funds are low and the debts are high,

And you want to smile but you have to sigh,

When care is pressing you down a bit

Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.

Success is failure turned inside out,

The silver tint on the clouds of doubt,

And you can never tell how close you are,

It may be near when it seems afar.

So, stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit

“It’s when things go wrong that you mustn’t quit.”- Unknown

 

5.) “Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.”- Bertrand Russell

 

6.) “The best way out is always through.”- Robert Frost

 

7.) “Only be you strong, and very courageous, then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” – Joshua 1:7-8

 

8.) “The greatest test of courage on the earth is to bear defeat without losing heart.”- R. G. Ingersoll

 

9.) “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

 

10.) “Don’t get discouraged; it is often the last key in the bunch that opens the lock.”- Unknown

Courage Quotes about life

 

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11.) “To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. To not dare is to lose oneself.”- Soren Kierkegaard

 

12.) “Remember that failure is an event, not a person.”- Unknown

 

13.) “Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right.”- Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

14.) “Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities . . . because it is the quality which guarantees all others.” – Winston Churchill

 

15.) “The encouraging thing is that every time you meet a situation, though you may think at the impossibility and you go through the tortures of the damned, once you have met it and lived through it you find that forever after you are freer than you ever were before. If you can live through that you can live through anything.

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you 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.’ The danger lies in refusing to face the fear, in not daring to come to grips with it.

If you fail anywhere along the line, it will take away your confidence. You must make yourself succeed every time. You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt, You Learn By Living (1960)

 

16.) “The desire for safety stands against every great and noble enterprise.” – Tacitus, Roman historian

 

More quotes about courage and success

 

17.) “I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflections.” – Thomas Paine

 

18.) “There is nothing in the world so much admired as a man who knows how to bear unhappiness with courage.” – Seneca

 

19.) “Bravery is a complicated thing to describe. You can’t say it’s three feet long and two feet wide and that it weighs four hundred pounds or that it’s colored bright blue or that it sounds like a piano or that it smells like roses. It’s a quality, not a thing.” – Mickey Mantle, The Quality of Courage

 

20.) “Courage is doing what you’re afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you’re scared.” – Eddie Rickenbacker, World War I hero

 

21.) “Fight hard when you are down; die hard—determine at least to do—and you won’t die at all.” – James H. West

Courage Quotes about life

 

More Inspiring Courage Quotes about fighting for your dreams

22.) “Whatever your sex or position, life is a battle in which you are to show your pluck, and woe be to the coward. Whether passed on a bed of sickness or a tented field, it is ever the same fair play and admits no foolish distinction. Despair and postponement are cowardice and defeat. Men were born to succeed, not to fail.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

23.) “What separates the winners from the losers is how a person reacts to each new twist of fate.” – Donald Trump

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24.) “Courage is not limited to the battlefield or the Indianapolis 500 or bravely catching a thief in your house. The real tests of courage are much quieter. They are the inner tests, like remaining faithful when nobody’s looking, like enduring pain when the room is empty, like standing alone when you’re misunderstood.” – Charles Swindoll

 

25.) “Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.” – Babe Ruth

 

26.) “No captain can do very wrong if he places his ship alongside that of the enemy.” – Admiral Horatio Nelson

 

27.) “[Admiral Nelson’s counsel] guided me time and again. On the eve of the critical battle of Santa Cruz, in which the Japanese ships outnumbered ours more than two to one, I sent my task force commanders this dispatch: ATTACK REPEAT ATTACK. They did attack, heroically, and when the battle was done, the enemy turned away.

All problems, personal, national, or combat, become smaller if you don’t dodge them, but confront them. Touch a thistle timidly, and it pricks you; grasp it boldly, and its spines crumble. Carry the battle to the enemy! Lay your ship alongside his!” – Admiral William “Bull” Halsey

 

28.) “Trust the still, small voice that says, “this might work and I’ll try it.” – Diane Mariechild

 

29.) “Come to the edge, He said.

They said: We are afraid.

Come to the edge, He said.

They came. He pushed them,

And they flew . . .” – Guillaume Apollinaire, French poet

Courage quotes about strength and love

30.) “Never forget that no military leader has ever become great without audacity.” – Karl von Clausewitz

 

31.) “Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill, British Prime Minister

quotes on courage32.) “To look at something as though we had never seen it before requires great courage.” – Henri Matisse

 

33.) “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not the absence of fear. Except a creature be part coward it is not a compliment to say it is brave.” – Mark Twain, The Tragedy of Pudd’nhead Wilson

 

34.) “Courage is being scared to death—but saddling up anyway.” – John Wayne

 

35.) “Begin it now. The moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. ”

 

36.) “We need to wake up from a thought that lasts too long.” – Paul Valéry

 

37.) “In the age-old contest between popularity and principle, only those willing to lose for their convictions are deserving of posterity’s approval.” – Gerald R. Ford

 

38.) “To uncover your true potential you must first find your own limits and then you have to have the courage to blow past them.” – Picabo Street

 

39.) “Courage is more exhilarating than fear and in the long run it is easier. We do not have to become heroes overnight. Just a step at a time, meeting each thing that comes up, seeing it is not as dreadful as it appeared, discovering we have the strength to stare it down.”- Eleanor Roosevelt, You Learn By Living (1960)

 

40.) “I have endured a great deal of ridicule without much malice; and have received a great deal of kindness, not quite free from ridicule. I am used to it.” – Abraham Lincoln, November 2, 1863 in letter to James H. Hackett

 

41.) “Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” – Marie Curie

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Courage quotes on following your dreams

42.) “Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at.  It matters that you don’t just give up.” ― Stephen Hawking

 

43.) “I know what I want, I have a goal, an opinion, I have a religion and love. Let me be myself and then I am satisfied. I know that I’m a woman, a woman with inward strength and plenty of courage.” ― Anne Frank

 

44.) “We need a backbone, not a wishbone.” ― Joyce Meyer

 

45.) “Stories make us more alive, more human, more courageous, more loving.” ― Madeleine L’Engle

 

46.) “When I step out on stage in front of thousands of people, I don’t feel that I’m being brave. It can take much more courage to express true feelings to one person. […] In spite of the risks, the courage to be honest and intimate opens the way to self-discovery. It offers what we all want, the promise of love. ”
― Michael Jackson

 

47.) “I told myself, Malala, you have already faced death. This is your second life. Don’t be afraid — if you are afraid, you can’t move forward.” ― Malala Yousafzai

 

48.) “The only tyrant I accept in this world is the ‘still small voice’ within me. And even though I have to face the prospect of being a minority of one, I humbly believe I have the courage to be in such a hopeless minority.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

 

49.) “What we know matters but who we are matters more.” ― Brené Brown

 

50.) “Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees the others.” ― Aristotle

 

Courage quotes to help you find your inner bravery

 

51.)  “I beg you take courage; the brave soul can mend even disaster.” – Catherine the Great

 

52.) “Faced with what is right, to leave it undone shows a lack of courage.” – Confucius

 

53.) “Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.” – Maya Angelou

 

54.) It takes courage to examine your life and to decide that there are things you would like to change, and it takes even more courage to do something about it. – Sue Hadfield

 

55.) “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.” – Mary Anne Radmacher

 

Other motivational courage quotes

 

56.) “Courage is looking fear right in the eye and saying, “Get the hell out of my way, I’ve got things to do.” – Unknown

 

57.) “It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.”― E.E. Cummings

58.) “You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.”― William Faulkner

 

59.) “Everyone has talent. What’s rare is the courage to follow it to the dark places where it leads.” ― Erica Jong

 

60.) “Courage is found in unlikely places.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien

 

Did you enjoy these courage quotes?

It’s not easy to forget your fear.

But by understanding that courage was never the absence of it, you will find that it’s possible to be really brave every day.

We hope that these courage quotes have redefined what it means to be brave in the face of challenges or adversity today.

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