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Courage quotes and quotations

The bravest thing you can do when you are not brave is to profess courage and act accordingly.
Corra Harris

Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others.
Robert Louis Stevenson

Conscience is the root of all true courage; if a man would be brave let him obey his conscience.
James Freeman Clarke

If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps life moving, you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you go on in spite of it all. And so today I still have a dream.
Martin Luther King, jr.

Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air.
John Quincy Adams

Live as brave men; and if fortune is adverse, front its blows with brave hearts.
Marcus Tullius Cicero

I would rather be a coward than brave because people hurt you when you are brave.
E. M. Forster

Only when we are no longer afraid do we begin to live.
Dorothy Thompson

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

A coward turns away, but a brave man's choice is danger.
Euripides

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

All serious daring starts from within.
Harriet Beecher Stowe

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

Fortune helps the brave.
Publius Terentius Afer

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

The best way out is always through.
Robert Frost

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

Dare to be naive.
Buckminster Fuller

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

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

Courage without conscience is a wild beast.
Robert G. Ingersoll

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

Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.
John Quincy Adams

With courage you will dare to take risks, have the strength to be compassionate, and the wisdom to be humble. Courage is the foundation of integrity.
Keshavan Nair

Whoever said anybody has a right to give up?
Marian Wright Edelman

The important thing is this: To be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.
Charles DuBois

Yesterday I dared to struggle. Today I dare to win.
Bernadette Devlin

To dare is to lose one's footing momentarily. To not dare is to lose oneself.
Soren Kierkegaard

Without courage, wisdom bears no fruit.
Baltasar Gracian

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

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

To go against the dominant thinking of your friends, of most of the people you see every day, is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform.
Theodore H. White

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

Moral excellence comes about as a result of habit. We become just by doing just acts, temperate by doing temperate acts, brave by doing brave acts.
Aristotle

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

We could never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world.
Helen Keller

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

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.
Eleanor Roosevelt

When a resolute young fellow steps up to the great bully, the world, and takes him boldly by the beard, he is often surprised to find it comes off in his hand, and that it was only tied on to scare away the timid adventurers.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

When I hear music, I fear no danger. I am invulnerable. I see no foe. I am related to the earliest times, and to the latest.
Henry David Thoreau

Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway.
John Wayne

If courage wasn't a standard result of aging, it meant that the young could somehow acquire it as well.
Lawana Blackwell

Physical courage, which despises all danger, will make a man brave in one way; and moral courage, which despises all opinion, will make a man brave in another.
Charles Caleb Colton

The fact is, that to do anything in the world worth doing, we must not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger, but jump in and scramble through as well as we can.
Robert Cushing

In order to discover new lands, one must be willing to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.
Anonymous

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