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The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.

NELSON MANDELA, Autobiography

Cowards die many times before their deaths
The valiant never taste of death but once.


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

BILLY GRAHAM, Reader's Digest, Jul. 1964

One man with courage makes a majority.

HORACE, Carmina

Until the day of his death, no man can be sure of his courage.


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.

HARPER LEE, To Kill a Mockingbird

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

ANAIS NIN, The Diary of Anais Nin

It sometimes requires courage to fly from danger.

MARIA EDGEWORTH, Mademoiselle Panache

Often the test of courage is not to die but to live.


It requires more courage to suffer than to die.


There is no living thing that is not afraid when it faces danger. The true courage is in facing danger when you are afraid.

L. FRANK BAUM, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

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

MARK TWAIN, The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson

Unless you have courage, a courage that keeps you going, always going, no matter what happens, there is no certainty of success. It is really an endurance race.

HENRY FORD, Theosophist Magazine, Feb. 1930

'Tis not too late to-morrow to be brave.

JOHN ARMSTRONG, The Art of Preserving Health

Courage is the thing. All goes if courage goes.

J.M. BARRIE, speech, May 3, 1922

Courage quote

Courage is worthy of respect when displayed in the maintenance of legitimate claims and in the repelling of aggressions, bodily or other. Courage is worthy of yet higher respect when danger is faced in defence of claims common to self and others, as in resistance to invasion. Courage is worthy of the highest respect when risk to life or limb is dared in defence of others.

HERBERT SPENCER, The Study of Sociology

When you jump across a canyon, cautious small steps and vacillation won't work. Sometimes you just have to go for it.

RICK WARREN, Ladies' Home Journal, Oct. 2008

There are all kinds of courage. It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.

J. K. ROWLING, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

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

MUHAMMAD ALI, Woman's Day, Apr. 1, 2009

Courage is the virtue of the free.


My definition of courage is never letting anyone define you.

JENNA JAMESON, Esquire, Aug. 2008

Any coward can fight a battle when he's sure of winning; but give me the man who has pluck to fight when he's sure of losing.

GEORGE ELIOT, Janet's Repentance

You shout because it makes you brave or you want to announce your recklessness.

DON DELILLO, Underworld

The difference between a mongrel and a thoroughbred, whether brute or man, is not in swiftness, beauty, or endurance, but in courage.

AUSTIN O'MALLEY, Keystones of Thought

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

JOHN QUINCY ADAMS, oration at Plymouth, 1802

The shortest route to courage is absolute ignorance.


Courage is the only asset
That will conquer in the fight
If you have the will to mass it
On the lines of truth and right.

JACK CRAWFORD, "The Harvest"

Courage is a quality so necessary for maintaining virtue, that it is always respected, even when it is associated with vice.

SAMUEL JOHNSON, attributed, Life of Samuel Johnson

'Tis said that courage is common, but the immense esteem in which it is held proves it to be rare. Animal resistance, the instinct of the male animal when cornered, is no doubt common; but the pure article, courage with eyes, courage with conduct, self-possession at the cannon's mouth, cheerfulness in lonely adherence to the right, is the endowment of elevated characters.

RALPH WALDO EMERSON, Society and Solitude

Courage is finding the inner strength and bravery required when confronting danger, difficulty, or opposition. Courage is the energy current behind all great actions and the spark that ignites the initial baby steps of growth. It resides deep within each of us, ready to be accessed in those moments when you need to forge ahead or break through seemingly insurmountable barriers. It is the intangible force that propels you forward on your journey.

CHERIE CARTER-SCOTT, If Life Is a Game, These Are the Rules

Courage is fear that has said its prayers.

KARLE WILSON BAKER, Dreamers on Horseback

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, Courage Doesn't Always Roar

Courage is the price life exacts for granting peace.

AMELIA EARHART, attributed, Another Country

Without belittling the courage with which men have died, we should not forget those acts of courage with which men … have lived. 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. A man does what he must—in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures—and that is the basis of all human morality…. In whatever arena of life one may meet the challenge of courage, whatever may be the sacrifices he faces if he follows his conscience—the loss of his friends, his fortune, his contentment, even the esteem of his fellow men—each man must decide for himself the course he will follow. The stories of past courage can define that ingredient—they can teach, they can offer hope, they can provide inspiration. But they cannot supply courage itself. For this each man must look into his own soul.

JOHN F. KENNEDY, Profiles in Courage

Either life entails courage, or it ceases to be life.

E. M. FORSTER, Pharos and Pharillon

A single feat of daring can alter the whole conception of what is possible.

GRAHAM GREENE, The Heart of the Matter

Courage is the standing army of the soul which keeps it from conquest, pillage, and slavery.

HENRY VAN DYKE, "Courage," Counsels by the Way

Fortune favors the brave.

TERENCE, Phormio


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