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Quotations about Courage
Foundations of Courage
Every man has his own courage, and is betrayed because he seeks in himself the courage of other persons. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
There can be heroism in the moment, but courage is always in the day-to-day. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
Courage is reckoned the greatest of all virtues; because, unless a man has that virtue, he has no security for preserving any other. ~Samuel Johnson (Thanks, Frank Lynch)
Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than one's fear. ~Ambrose Redmoon (James Neil Hollingworth) (1933–1996), "No Peaceful Warriors!," 1991
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
Moral bravery is superior to physical. ~John W. Barber's Proverbs, 1855
It is curious—curious that physical courage should be so common in the world, and moral courage so rare. ~Mark Twain
People are made of flesh and blood and a miracle fibre called courage. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1963
Courage consists not in hazarding without fear, but in being resolutely minded in a just cause. ~Proverb
You make me feel super brave. ~Criminal Minds, "A Beautiful Disaster" [S11, E18, 2016, Penelope to Derek], written by Kirsten Vangsness and Erica Messer [Goodbye, Shemar/Morgan! —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]
I fertilize great, barren wastes of me into a yielding abundance. I reset the stakes of my courage. ~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), "A Soul's Faring: XLIII," A Soul's Faring, 1921
Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear—not absence of fear. Except a creature be part coward, it is not a compliment to say he is brave; it is merely a loose misapplication of the word. ~Mark Twain
It was times like these when I thought my father, who hated guns and had never been to any wars, was the bravest man who ever lived. ~Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird, 1960
Courage can't see around corners, but goes around them anyway. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1963
Strength will not help you if all you can do is move boulders, but strength along with courage can accomplish anything. ~Cody William Jenson, @CoJMontauk, September 2010 entry to The Quote Garden create your own quote contest on Twitter, @quotegarden
The opportunity to live my life was always present, but the courage was not. I bemoaned conditions, when I should have bemoaned merely the faint heart within me. ~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), My Little Book of Life, 1912
Cousin Hobson: Things are so soon forgotten; a brave act grows out of date.
Agatha: A brave act is never out of date.
~G.M. Robins, "The Weirdale Assize," The Relations and What They Related, 1902
Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point, which means, at the point of highest reality. ~C. S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters, 1942
Let courage break through the cracks in your fear. ~Terri Guillemets
The Estimate and Valour of a Man consist in the Heart, and in the Will, there his true Honour lives. Valour is Stability, not of Legs and Arms, but of the Courage, and the Soul; it does not lie in the valour of our Horse, or our Weapons, but in ourselves. He that falls obstinate in his Courage, Si succiderit de genu pugnat. If his Legs fail him, he Fights upon his Knees. ~Michel de Montaigne (1533–1592), translated from French by Charles Cotton (1630–1687) [a little altered —tg]
A good part of courage is just being sick and tired. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
Cowards, 'tis said, in certain situations,
Derive a sort of courage from despair,
And then perform, from downright desperation,
Much more than many a bolder man would dare.
~Thomas Ingoldsby, "The Ghost," 1837
The only courage that matters is the kind that gets you from one moment to the next. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966, ©Thomas Paine McLaughlin
A brave arm makes a short sword long enough. ~French proverb
Courage is fear that has said its prayers. ~American proverb
Courage is tiny pieces of fear all glued together. ~Terri Guillemets
I have no fear! what is in store for me
Shall find me self-reliant, undismayed.
God grant my only cowardice may be:
Afraid to be afraid!
~Everard Jack Appleton, quoted in Journal of Education, vol. 81, Boston University, 1915
To a coward, courage always looks like stupidity. ~Bill Maher, Real Time with Bill Maher (season 13, episode 1, original airdate 2015 January 9th)
Fear and courage are brothers. ~Terri Guillemets
If there's one thing that I pray for,
As I live my daily life,
It's that I may be courageous
When I'm faced with bitter strife!...
So, I humbly pray for courage
To be with me morn and night,
Thro' the coldness of the Winter
And the Summer's bright sunlight!
~Gertrude Tooley Buckingham (1880–1971), "Courage"
Bravery is going on anyhow when you are so terrified your sphincters won't hold and you can't breathe and your heart threatens to stop... ~Robert A. Heinlein, Glory Road, 1963
Consider the flea! Incomparably the bravest of all the creatures of God, if ignorance of fear were courage. ~Mark Twain
Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of a readiness to die. ~Gilbert K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy, 1908
Let your fear dance with courage — and let courage lead. ~Terri Guillemets
Courage is nine-tenths context. What is courageous in one setting can be foolhardy in another and even cowardly in a third. ~Joseph Epstein
I wanted the scream of the petrel in the storm, yet where was that in me that did not fear being lashed to a mast? ~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), "A Soul's Faring: XLVIII," A Soul's Faring, 1921
Taste just a sliver of courage and it's hard to go back to fear. ~Terri Guillemets
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, 1904
Courage climbs atop fear and screams loud its mighty victory! ~Terri Guillemets
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. You rarely win, but sometimes you do. ~Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird, 1960
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