Thursday, July 11, 2013


I got interested in courage again and decided to try to collect and arrange some quotes I found meaningful.  Enjoy!

"Every day begins with an act of courage and hope: getting out of bed."  --Mason Cooley

"I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear." --Nelson Mandela

"Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy." --Dale Carnegie

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

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

"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

"Courage is knowing what not to fear." --Plato

"When God speaks, oftentimes His voice will call for an act of courage on our part." --Charles Stanley

"You have to have courage to be obedient to God." --Charles Stanley

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

"Believers, look up - take courage. The angels are nearer than you think." --Billy Graham

"Never undertake anything for which you wouldn't have the courage to ask the blessings of heaven." --Georg C. Lichtenberg

"There can be no great courage where there is no confidence or assurance,
and half the battle is in the conviction that we can do what we undertake." --Orison Swett Marden

"The courage of very ordinary people is all that stands between us and the dark." --Pam Brown

"Every man of courage is a man of his word." --Pierre Corneille

"Determination, energy, and courage appear spontaneously when we care deeply about something. We take risks that are unimaginable in any other context." --Margaret J. Wheatley

"Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can't practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage." --Maya Angelou

"Courage to continue comes from deeper sources than outward results." --Kenneth L. Pike

"Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point."
--C. S. Lewis

"Courage is grace under pressure." --Ernest Hemingway

"The test of courage comes when we are in the minority. The test of tolerance comes when we are in the majority." --Ralph W. Sockman

"He who knows no hardships will know no hardihood. He who faces no calamity will need no courage. Mysterious though it is, the characteristics in human nature which we love best grow in a soil with a strong mixture of troubles." --Harry Emerson Fosdick

"True courage is like a kite; a contrary wind raises it higher." --John Petit-Senn

"Never be discouraged. If I were sunk in the lowest pits of Nova Scotia, with the Rocky Mountains piled on me, I would hang on, exercise faith, and keep up good courage, and I would come out on top."  --Joseph Smith, Jr.

"If we survive danger it steels our courage more than anything else." --Reinhold Niebuhr

"You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really 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.'" --Eleanor Roosevelt

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

"One man with courage is a majority." --Thomas Jefferson

"There can be no failure to a man who has not lost his courage, his character, his self respect, or his self-confidence. He is still a King." --Orison Swett Marden

"With enough courage, you can do without a reputation." --Margaret Mitchell

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

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

"Courage stands halfway between cowardice and rashness, one of which is a lack, the other an excess of courage." --Plutarch

"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

"Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die." --Gilbert K. Chesterton

"It requires more courage to suffer than to die." --Napoleon Bonaparte

"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

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

Some cautions

"Courage without conscience is a wild beast." --Robert Green Ingersoll

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


Corine said...

Courage makes life both bearable, and WONDERFUL! :D THANKS FOR THE GREAT QUOTES! :D

Michaela Stephens said...

You're welcome, Corine! Nice of you to stop by and visit!