Courage Quotes

 One man with courage makes a majority.

Andrew Jackson

Courage is a mean with regard to fear and confidence.


Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees the others.


Courage is fire, and bullying is smoke.

Benjamin Disraeli

Believers, look up – take courage. The angels are nearer than you think.

Billy Graham

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

Billy Graham

Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.

Bruce Lee

Failure is unimportant. It takes courage to make a fool of yourself.

Charlie Chaplin

To see what is right, and not to do it, is want of courage or of principle.


Valor is stability, not of legs and arms, but of courage and the soul.

Michel De Montaigne

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

Courage is the power to let go of the familiar.

Raymond Lindquist

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

Edward Vernon Rickenbacker

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

Sultana Zoraya

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

Thomas Fuller

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

Marvin Kitman

Fear and courage are brothers.


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

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

Mignon Mclaughlin

Sometimes the biggest act of courage is a small one.

Lauren Raffo

Cowardice, as distinguished from panic, is almost always simply a lack of ability to suspend the functioning of the imagination.

Ernest Hemingway

Courage is being afraid but going on anyhow.

Dan Rather

One man with courage makes a majority.

Andrew Jackson

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

Ambrose Bierce

Courage is the fear of being thought a coward.

Horace Smith

Courage is a kind of salvation.


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

Douglas Malloch

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

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

Marvin Kitman

Courage is fear holding on a minute longer.

George S. Patton

Necessity does the work of courage.

Nicholas Murray Butler

Courage is tiny pieces of fear all glued together.

Terri Guillemets

Courage ought to have eyes as well as arms.

H.G. Bohn

Courage is a peculiar kind of fear.

Charles Kennedy

You can’t test courage cautiously.

Anne Dillard

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

Alfred North Whitehead

Courage is fear that has said its prayers.

Dorothy Bernard

Optimism is the foundation of courage.

Nicholas Murray Butler

An explanation of cause is not a justification by reason.

C. S. Lewis

Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.

C. S. Lewis

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

Mark Twain

Courage cannot be counterfeited. It is one virtue that escapes hypocrisy.

Napoleon Bonaparte

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Robert Louis Stevenson

Courtesy is as much a mark of a gentleman as courage.

Theodore Roosevelt

The weak in courage is strong in cunning.

William Blake

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

Winston Churchill

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

Muhammad Ali

You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.


Courage is being scared to death… and saddling up anyway.

John Wayne

Courage is grace under pressure.

Ernest Hemingway

Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.

John F. Kennedy

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.

Lao Tzu

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.

Winston Churchill

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.

E. E. Cummings

We believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another.

Veronica Roth

Everyone has talent. What’s rare is the courage to follow it to the dark places where it leads.

Erica Jong

The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.

Coco Chanel

Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.

Maya Angelou

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear.

Ambrose Redmoon

I want to grow old without facelifts. I want to have the courage to be loyal to the face I have made.

Marilyn Monroe

Courageous people do not fear forgiving, for the sake of peace.

Nelson Mandela

Clear thinking requires courage rather than intelligence….

Thomas Szasz

Courage is fire, and bullying is smoke.

Benjamin Disraeli

Courage, above all things, is the first quality of a warrior.

Carl Von Clausewitz

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

Arthur Koestler

The best protection any woman can have… is courage.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton

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

Mark Twain

Failure is unimportant. It takes courage to make a fool of yourself.

Charlie Chaplin

Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.

Maya Angelou

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

Anais Nin

With enough courage, you can do without a reputation.

Margaret Mitchell

All happiness depends on courage and work.

Honore De Balzac

Imagination does not become great until human beings, given the courage and the strength, use it to create.

Maria Montessori

All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.

Walt Disney Company

Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.

Erich Fromm

Always be courageous and strong, and don’t fear.

Gabby Douglas

From caring comes courage.

Lao Tzu

Courage is the capacity to confront what can be imagined.

Leo Rosten

Courage is found in unlikely places.

J.R.R. Tolkien

Courage is fear holding on a minute longer.

George S. Patton

If you are lucky enough to find a way of life you love, you have to find the courage to live it.

John Irving

Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace.

Amelia Earhart

Life is to be entered upon with courage.

Alexis De Tocqueville

But in the end one needs more courage to live than to kill himself.

Albert Camus

Dare to be strong and courageous. That is the road. Venture anything.

Sherwood Anderson

Courage isn’t having the strength to go on it is going on when you don’t have strength.

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

One man with courage is a majority.

Thomas Jefferson

The secret to happiness is freedom… And the secret to freedom is courage.


I’m grateful to God for His bountiful gifts… He gave me courage and faith in myself.

Loretta Young

Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.

Andre Gide

Courage is knowing what not to fear.


Without courage we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.

Maya Angelou

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.

Stedman Graham

Courage is the magic that turns dreams into reality.

Aster and Richter Abend

Courage is a mean with regard to fear and confidence.


Go to the edge of the cliff and jump off. Build your wings on the way down.

Ray Bradbury

Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities, because, as has been said, ‘it is the quality which guarantees all others.’

Winston Churchill

Have the courage to think and act on your own. And have the courage to disobey.

Sage Yulyana

All doubt is cowardice — all trust is brave.

Edward Bulwer-Lytton

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

G K Chesterton

A great part of courage is the courage of having done the thing before.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

E.M. Forster

Courage is very important. Like a muscle, it is strengthened by use.

Ruth Gordon

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

Billy Graham

Courage is the ladder on which all the other virtues mount.

Clare Boothe Luce

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.

Nelson Mandela

It doesn’t do any good to have the courage if you can’t get anywhere with the question.

Richard Feynman

There is in true beauty, as in courage, somewhat which narrow souls cannot dare to admire.

William Congreve

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