118 Famous and Inspirational Quotes And Sayings About Courage

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At least once in our lives, we’ve heard stories of people who have shown courage —those who fought wars, brought social changes, or stood up for something good. People admire them for their courageous acts.

For some, however, being courageous is not as easy. It can be even more difficult because, often, people forget that courage is not always about these extravagant deeds.

Simple things can be acts of courage. From the smallest everyday decision making to significant financial risks, we can show courage.

Here are 118 inspirational courage quotes to remind us to have courage each day of our lives.

1. “Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace.” – Amelia Earhart

2. “The best protection any woman can have… is courage.” – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

3. “Let who will boast their courage in the field, I find but little safety from my shield, Nature’s, not honour’s
law we must obey: This made me cast my useless shield away.”
– Archilochus

4. “Courage is a mean with regard to fear and confidence.” – Aristotle

5. “Limit to courage? There is no limit to courage.” – Gabriele D’Annunzio

Limit to courage? There is no limit to courage. – Gabriele D'Annunzio #courage #quotes #no #limit

6. “Courage to be is the key to revelatory power of the feminist revolution.” – Mary Daly

7. “It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” – e. e. cummings

8. “Courage! I have shown it for years; think you I shall lose it at the moment when my sufferings are to end?” – Marie Antoinette

9. “Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees the others.” – Aristotle

10. “Real courage is knowing what faces you and knowing how to face it.” – Timothy Dalton

Real courage is knowing what faces you and knowing how to face it. – Timothy Dalton #courage #quotes #real #what #and #how

11. “Whether you be man or woman you will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.” – James Allen

12. “To have courage for whatever comes in life – everything lies in that.” – Saint Teresa of Avila

13. “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

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

15. “Genius is talent set on fire by courage.” – Henry Van Dyke

16. “Courage follows action.” – Mack R. Douglas

17. “Ofttimes the test of courage becomes rather to live than to die.” – Vittorio Alfieri

18. “Often the test of courage is not to die but to live.” – Vittorio Alfieri

19. “To live we must conquer incessantly, we must have the courage to be happy.” – Henri Frederic Amiel

20. “Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you’re scared to death.” – Earl Wilson

Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death. – Earl Wilson #courage #quotes #art #only #one #scared #to #death

21. “Then there is a still higher type of courage – the courage to brave pain, to live with it, to never let others know of it and to still find joy in life; to wake up in the morning with an enthusiasm for the day ahead.” – Howard Cosell

22. “Either life entails courage, or it ceases to be life.” – E. M. Forster

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

24. “Courage is never to let your actions be influenced by your fears.” – Arthur Koestler

25. “Courage is simply the willingness to be afraid and act anyway.” – Robert Anthony

26. “Courage, my friends; ’tis not too late to build a better world.” – Tommy Douglas

27. “Courage is just fear, plus prayers, plus understanding.” – Edward Albert

28. “He who has faith has… an inward reservoir of courage, hope, confidence, calmness, and assuring trust
that all will come out well – even though to the world it may appear to come out most badly.”
– B. C. Forbes

29. “Courage enlarges, cowardice diminishes resources. In desperate straits the fears of the timid aggravate the dangers that imperil the brave.” – Christian Nestell Bovee

30. “I think that people need to have the courage of their convictions and not be trying to fool people into thinking that they’ve changed overnight.” – Chris Bell

I think that people need to have the courage of their convictions and not be trying to fool people into thinking that they've changed overnight. – Chris Bell #courage #quotes #convictions #changed #overnight

31. “Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities… because it is the quality which guarantees all others.”Winston Churchill

32. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill

33. “Although the war in which you fought took place more than half-a-century ago, your courage, your sacrifice and your patriotism reaches through the decades and inspires us today.” – Mike Ferguson

34. “Courage: Great Russian word, fit for the songs of our children’s children, pure on their tongues, and free.” – Anna Akhmatova

35. “You don’t develop courage by being happy in your relationships everyday. You develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity.” – Epicurus

36. “All of us have moments in out lives that test our courage. Taking children into a house with a white carpet is one of them.” – Erma Bombeck

37. “Courage, above all things, is the first quality of a warrior.” – Karl Von Clausewitz

38. “The man who has the courage of his platitudes is always a successful man.” – Van Wyck Brooks

39. “It takes a lot of courage to show your dreams to someone else.” – Erma Bombeck

40. “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”Walt Disney

All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. – Walt Disney #courage #quotes #dreams #come #true #pursue

41. “Every day begins with an act of courage and hope: getting out of bed.” – Mason Cooley

42. “True courage is a result of reasoning. A brave mind is always impregnable.” – Jeremy Collier

43. “My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry; to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return.” – Maya Angelou

44. “You have to really be courageous about your instincts and your ideas. Otherwise you’ll just knuckle under, and things that might have been memorable will be lost.” – Francis Ford Coppola

45. “It is a wise man who knows where courage ends and stupidity begins.” – Jerome Cady

46. “To persevere, trusting in what hopes he has, is courage in a man.” – Euripides

47. “I know that if I’d had to go and take an exam for acting, I wouldn’t have got anywhere. You don’t take exams for acting, you take your courage.” – Dame Edith Evans

48. “The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.” – Coco Chanel

49. “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

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

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

51. “Courage is fire, and bullying is smoke.” – Benjamin Disraeli

52. “Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities – because it is the quality which guarantees all others.” – Joseph Chamberlain

53. “He who loses wealth loses much; he who loses a friend loses more; but he that loses his courage loses all.” – Miguel de Cervantes

54. “To dare to live alone is the rarest courage; since there are many who had rather meet their bitterest enemy in the field, than their own hearts in their closet.” – Charles Caleb Colton

55. “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

56. “It requires more courage to suffer than to die.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

57. The courage of very ordinary people is all that stands between us and the dark.” – Pam Brown

58. “Until the day of his death, no man can be sure of his courage.” – Jean Anouilh

59. “Way down deep, we’re all motivated by the same urges. Cats have the courage to live by them.” – Jim Davis

60. “Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – Lord Chesterfield

Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore. – Lord Chesterfield #courage #quotes #discover #oceans #sight #shore

61. “It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power.” – Alan Cohen

62. “Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.” – Harry S. Truman

63. “Those who are rooted in the depths that are eternal and unchangeable and who rely on unshakeable principles, face change full of courage, courage based on faith.” – Emily Greene Balch

64. “Our democracy poses problems and these problems must and shall be solved by courageous leadership.” – Charles Edison

65. “In fact, my courage and my bravery at a young age was the thing I was bullied for, a kind of ‘Who do you think you are?’” – Lady Gaga

66. “But steel bars have never yet kept out a mob; it takes something a good deal stronger: human courage backed up by the consciousness of being right.” – Ray Stannard Baker

67. “Courage is like love; it must have hope for nourishment.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

68. “I have reached the conclusion that those who have physical courage also have moral courage. Physical courage is a great test.” – Oriana Fallaci

69. “It is a blessed thing that in every age some one has had the individuality enough and courage enough to stand by his own convictions.” – Robert Green Ingersoll

70. “Keep courage. Whatever you do, do not feel sorry for yourself. You will win in a great age of opportunity.” – Richard L. Evans

Keep courage. Whatever you do, do not feel sorry for yourself. You will win in a great age of opportunity. – Richard L. Evans #courage #quotes #sorry #opportunity

71. “Those who lack the courage will always find a philosophy to justify it.”Albert Camus

72. “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

73. “Yes, you must have the courage of being free.” – Jose Carreras

74. “We have a powerful potential in out youth, and we must have the courage to change old ideas and practices so that we may direct their power toward good ends.” – Mary McLeod Bethune

75. “You can’t test courage cautiously.” – Annie Dillard

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

77. “Our situation today shows that beauty demands for itself at least as much courage and decision as do truth and goodness, and she will not allow herself to be separated and banned from her two sisters without taking them along with herself in an act of mysterious vengeance.” – Hans Urs von Balthasar

78. “To dare to live alone is the rarest courage since there are many who had rather meet their bitterest enemy in the field, than their own hearts in their closet.” – Charles Caleb Colton

79. “Courage that grows from constitution often forsakes a man when he has occasion for it; courage which arises from a sense of duty acts; in a uniform manner.” – Joseph Addison

80. “Courage ought to have eyes as well as arms.” – H. G. Bohn

Courage ought to have eyes as well as arms. – H. G. Bohn #courage #quotes #eyes #arms

81. “The courage we desire and prize is not the courage to die decently, but to live manfully.” – Thomas Carlyle

82. “I’ll know how to die with courage; that is easier than living.” – Georg Buchner

83. “Necessity does the work of courage.” – Nicholas M. Butler

84. “Men who live valiantly and die nobly have a strength and a courage from the eternal Father.” – Josephus Daniels

85. “Such decisions will be far reaching and difficult. But you never lacked courage in the past. Your courage is now needed for the future.” – Gerry Adams

86. “To bathe a cat takes brute force, perseverance, courage of conviction – and a cat. The last ingredient is usually hardest to come by.” – Stephen Baker

87. “Every man has his own courage, and is betrayed because he seeks in himself the courage of other persons.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

88. “A great part of courage is the courage of having done the thing before.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

89. “Healing takes courage, and we all have courage, even if we have to dig a little to find it.” – Tori Amos

90. “A man of courage is also full of faith.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero

A man of courage is also full of faith. – Marcus Tullius Cicero #courage #quotes #full #of #faith

91. “Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men.” – Confucius

92. “There is in true beauty, as in courage, something which narrow souls cannot dare to admire.” – William Congreve

93. “It often takes more courage to change one’s opinion than to keep it.” – Willy Brandt

94. “It takes a certain courage and a certain greatness to be truly base.” – Jean Anouilh

95. “I beg you take courage; the brave soul can mend even disaster.” – Catherine II

96. “My mother taught me about the power of inspiration and courage, and she did it with a strength and a passion that I wish could be bottled.” – Carly Fiorina

97. “You will find as you grow older that courage is the rarest of all qualities to be found in public life.” – Benjamin Disraeli

98. “It is only necessary to have courage, for strength without self-confidence is useless.” – Giacomo Casanova

99. “The really courageous and bold thing is to make movies about human behaviour.” – Laura Dern

100. “Courage and grace are a formidable mixture. The only place to see it is in the bullring.” – Marlene Dietrich

Courage and grace are a formidable mixture. The only place to see it is in the bullring. – Marlene Dietrich #courage #quotes #grace #formidable #mixture

101. “Falsehood is cowardice, the truth courage.” – Hosea Ballou

102. “Most of us have far more courage than we ever dreamed we possessed.” – Dale Carnegie

103. “Is he alone who has courage on his right hand and faith on his left hand?” – Charles Lindbergh

104. “Every man of courage is a man of his word.” – Pierre Corneille

105. “The word courage – God, I love that word. Words are so important to me.” – Peter Fonda

106. “Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of
readiness to die.”
– Gilbert K. Chesterton

107. “It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power.” – Alan Cohen

108. “The courage to imagine the otherwise is our greatest resource, adding color and suspense to all our life.” – Daniel J. Boorstin

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

110. “Cowardice and courage are never without a measure of affectation. Nor is love. Feelings are never true. They play with their mirrors.” – Jean Baudrillard

 Cowardice and courage are never without a measure of affectation. Nor is love. Feelings are never true. They play with their mirrors. – Jean Baudrillard #courage #quotes #cowardice #affectation

111. “I have no physical courage, I’ve asked for a double.” – Catherine Deneuve

112. “We have a powerful potential in out youth, and we must have the courage to change old ideas and practices so that we may direct their power toward good ends.” – Mary McLeod Bethune

113. “Being gifted needs courage.” – Georg Brandes

114. “Nothing gives a fearful man more courage than another’s fear.” – Umberto Eco

115. “People don’t follow titles, they follow courage.” – William Wells Brown

116. “The kind of beauty I want most is the hard-to-get kind that comes from within – strength, courage, dignity.” – Ruby Dee

117. “We need to find the courage to say NO to the things and people that are not serving us if we want to rediscover ourselves and live our lives with authenticity.” – Barbara de Angelis

118. “My mother taught me that we all have the power to achieve our dreams. What I lacked was the courage.” – Clay Aiken