150 Courage Quotes

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Please enjoy these beautiful courage quotes. I hope they will help you find the strength to overcome the challenges you’re facing today. And remember: you can do more than you think. Keep going!

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I have not ceased being fearful, but I have ceased to let fear control me. Erica Jong

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Where your fear is, there is your task. Carl Jung

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I have lived my life according to this principle: If I’m afraid of it, then I must do it. Erica Jong

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I believe in getting into hot water; it keeps you clean. G.K. Chesterton

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A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is brave five minutes longer. Ralph Waldo Emerson


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Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen. Winston Churchill

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The more you are motivated by love, the more fearless and free your action will be. Dalai Lama

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Stand for something or you will fall for anything. Today’s mighty oak is yesterday’s nut that held its ground. Rosa Parks

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The important thing is this: To be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become. Charles DuBois

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Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen. Brené Brown


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Do you have the courage to act outwardly on what you see inwardly. T.D. Jakes

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Courage means doing what’s right no matter what they say. Maxime Lagacé

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Courage is a love affair with the unknown. Osho

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First principle: never to let one’s self be beaten down by persons or by events. Marie Curie

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What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything? Vincent van Gogh

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The Best Courage Quotes

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Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm. Winston Churchill

Always do the things you fear the most. Courage is an acquired taste, like caviar. Erica Jong

Amateurs are scared – scared to be vulnerable and honest with themselves. Professionals feel like they are capable of handling almost anything. Shane Parrish (fs.blog)

Lean into (not away from) what’s making you uncomfortable. Shane Parrish

Will you dare to try and learn and grow? Or will you allow fear to take over? Life happens in the river, not on the shore. Maxime Lagacé

Don’t be ashamed to need help. Like a soldier storming a wall, you have a mission to accomplish. And if you’ve been wounded and you need a comrade to pull you up? So what? Marcus Aurelius

I want to be in the arena. I want to be brave with my life. And when we make the choice to dare greatly, we sign up to get our asses kicked. We can choose courage or we can choose comfort, but we can’t have both. Not at the same time. Brené Brown

It’s better to cross the line and suffer the consequences than to just stare at the line for the rest of your life. Paulo Coelho

Running away from the immediacy of our experience is like preferring death to life. Pema Chödrön

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Accept in an unruffled spirit that which is inevitable. Seneca


Let us not pray to be sheltered from dangers but to be fearless when facing them. Rabindranath Tagore

The best way to neutralize our natural impatience is to cultivate a kind of pleasure in pain – like an athlete, you come to enjoy rigorous practice, pushing past your limits, and resisting the easy way out. Robert Greene

The only alternative to a shuddering paralysis is to leap into action regardless of the consequences. Alan Watts

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 (To Kill a Mockingbird)

Having lived the life I’ve lived, and having seen the other side, not being afraid to attack what was in front of me, has made me happy. David Goggins

Have the courage to be who you are, not what people expect you to be. David Goggins

I beg you take courage; the brave soul can mend even disaster. Catherine the Great

The hard choices – what we most fear doing, asking, saying – these are very often exactly what we most need to do. Tim Ferriss

Think of yourself as an explorer. You cannot find anything new if you are unwilling to leave the shore. Robert Greene

Understand: we are all too afraid – of offending people, of stirring up conflict, of standing out from the crowd, of taking bold action. Robert Greene

You can choose to let this thing bother you or let this be an adventure and welcome the challenge. Fred Rogers

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

The opposite for courage is not cowardice, it is conformity. Even a dead fish can go with the flow. Jim Hightower

To stand up straight with your shoulders back is to accept the terrible responsibility of life, with eyes wide open. Jordan Peterson

Don’t avoid something frightening if it stands in your way. Jordan Peterson

Our fear of messing up should give way to the only real danger there is, that of never trying. Alain de Botton

What Is Courage?

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Courage is the power to let go of the familiar. Raymond Lindquist

Courage is seeing too much comfort will make you weak. Maxime Lagacé

Courage is a heart word. The root of the word courage is cor – the Latin word for heart. In one of its earliest forms, the word courage meant “To speak one’s mind by telling all one’s heart”. Brené Brown (I Thought It Was Just Me)

Courage is the ladder on which all the other virtues mount. Clare Boothe Luce

Courage is risking the known for the unknown, the familiar for the unfamiliar. Osho

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Part 2. Courage Quotes That Are…

The Most Famous Courage Quotes

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

Death is nothing, but to live defeated is to die every day. Napoleon Bonaparte

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

Be humble. Be hungry. And always be the hardest worker in the room. Dwayne Johnson (The Rock)

A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave. Mahatma Gandhi

Too many men are afraid of being fools. Henry Ford

We ought to face our destiny with courage. Friedrich Nietzsche

No one can construct for you the bridge upon which precisely you must cross the stream of life, no one but you yourself alone. Friedrich Nietzsche

The strangest, most generous, and proudest of all virtues is true courage. Michel de Montaigne

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

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the assessment that something else is more important than fear. Franklin D. Roosevelt

Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. Have the courage to follow your own heart and intuition. Steve Jobs

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

Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. Fyodor Dostoevsky (Crime and Punishment)

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. Martin Luther King Jr

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

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do. Eleanor Roosevelt

Courage is the commitment to begin without any guarantee of success. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

It is not the strength of the body that counts, but the strength of the spirit. J.R.R. Tolkien

Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway. John Wayne

Short Courage Quotes

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One-liners, short courage quotes, sayings, thoughts and captions for your bio, social status, self-talk, motto, mantra, signs, posters, wallpapers, backgrounds.
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Freedom lies in bold action. Robert Frost

Courage, dear heart. C.S. Lewis (The Voyage of the Dawn Treader)

Choose courage over comfort. Brené Brown (Dare to Lead)

A king is one who fears nothing. Seneca

The scared freeze. The brave try. Maxime Lagacé

All serious daring starts from within. Harriet Beecher Stowe

Do one thing every day that scares you. Eleanor Roosevelt

Courage is the only virtue you can’t fake. Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Fear is a reaction. Courage is a decision. Winston Churchill

What is to give light must endure burning. Viktor E. Frankl

No man is defeated unless he is discouraged. Bruce Lee

Nobody learns what he can do except by trying. Seneca

I won’t be intimidated, and I won’t be silenced. Meena Harris

Getting over yourself offers exponential returns. Shane Parrish

Yesterday I dared to struggle. Today I dare to win. Bernadette Devlin

Either life entails courage, or it ceases to be life. E. M. Forster

Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties. Erich Fromm

Vulnerability is our most accurate measurement of courage. Brené Brown

It’s possible to transcend anything that doesn’t kill you. David Goggins (Can’t Hurt Me)

Don’t let not knowing how it will end keep you from starting. Bob Goff

Choose the great adventure of being brave and afraid. At the exact same time. Brené Brown (Dare to Lead)

Inspirational Courage Quotes

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No one knows what he can do till he tries. Publius Syrus

Most of us have far more courage than we ever dreamed we possessed. Dale Carnegie

My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me. Jane Austen (Pride and Prejudice)

Without dreams, there can be no courage. And without courage, there can be no action. Wim Wenders

Self-knowledge leads to purpose. Purpose leads to motivation. Motivation leads to action. Taking action is brave. Maxime Lagacé

While you don’t control the outcome, you do control the effort. Shane Parrish

We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations. Charles Swindoll

Be bold. Be courageous. Never be afraid to speak up and speak out. John Lewis

Change is often a silent inside job that requires patience and courage. Courage to be your self. Courage to resist negativity. Courage to go beyond your boundaries. Courage to take responsibility for your own life. Gordana Biernat

A savage mindset is a conditioned mindset that knows quitting is not part of the plan. It knows that it has to find a way around any and all obstacles to complete the mission. Stay hard! David Goggins

If you want to be one of the few to defy those trends in our ever-softening society, you will have to be willing to go to war with yourself and create a whole new identity, which requires an open mind. David Goggins (Can’t Hurt Me)

Don’t limit expectations of yourself and settle for anything less than what you are truly capable of achieving. David Goggins

To improve at something, consistently put yourself in an uncomfortable place. Start a startup, train for a marathon, or commit to writing every day. Get comfortable with being uncomfortable. Sahil Lavingia

Continue to be bold, courageous. Try to chose the wisest thing and once you’ve chosen the wisest thing go out and try to achieve it. Be it. Maya Angelou

Start living in discomfort. Gradually increase it little by little, and you will steadily grow. If you want sudden growth, deluge yourself in great discomfort and do not retreat from it. The more discomfort you are willing to bear, the more you can grow. The Ancient Sage

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

The sun will stand as your best man and whistle, when you have found the courage to marry forgiveness, when you have found the courage to marry love. Hafez

“Brave” is the only thing that I ask myself to be. Brave to write, to love, to face criticism, to live according my own rules. Paulo Coelho

There is nothing more useful in combating the tragedy of life than to struggle with all your soul on behalf of the good. Jordan Peterson

People have this capacity within them to set the world straight. Jordan Peterson

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Funny Courage Quotes

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If you’re not in the arena also getting your ass kicked, I’m not interested in your feedback. Brené Brown

The world is full of fools and faint hearts; and yet everyone has courage enough to bear the misfortunes, and wisdom enough to manage the affairs, of his neighbor. Benjamin Franklin

Courage is not something that you already have that makes you brave when the tough times start. Courage is what you earn when you’ve been through the tough times and you discover they aren’t so tough after all. Malcolm Gladwell (David and Goliath)

Remember, you can’t steal second if you don’t take your foot off first. Mike Todd

Deep Courage Sayings

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

Trying to run away is never the answer to being fully human. Pema Chödrön

Only those who can accept their own annihilation can have the courage to be true individuals. Alan Watts

The stronger your principles and values, the more you’re willing to die for them. Maxime Lagacé

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

Free people can speak freely. If you fear to speak, you aren’t free. The Stoic Emperor

Your fear of looking stupid is holding you back. Justin Perry

One who asks fearfully teaches us to say no. Seneca

Love is the most difficult and dangerous form of courage. Delmore Schwartz

The traits I respect are erudition and the courage to stand up when half-men are afraid for their reputation. Any idiot can be intelligent. Nassim Nicholas Taleb (The Bed of Procrustes)

The frontier is the edge between what you know and what you don’t know. You want to put yourself on that edge. Jordan Peterson

People are weak because when challenged, they opt for the path of least resistance. Taking the path of least resistance makes them weaker still and thus more likely to opt for the path of least resistance again in the future. It’s a deadly cycle. Zuby

Most of us have two lives: the life we live, and the unlived life within us. Between the two stands Resistance. Steven Pressfield

The pain of trying and failing is intense and over rather quickly. The pain of failing to try, on the other hand, is less intense but never really goes away. Shane Parrish

To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. To not dare is to lose oneself. Søren Kierkegaard

Bliss is the outcome of fearlessness. Fear is death, fearless is eternal life. Osho

Wise Courage Sayings

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There is only the trying. The rest is not our business. T. S. Eliot

Necessity makes even the timid brave. Sallust

The central question of a warrior’s training is not how we avoid uncertainty and fear but how we relate to discomfort. Pema Chödrön

The average man lets fear take over. The wise man feels the fear and do it anyway. The average man has regrets. The wise man none. Maxime Lagacé

Have the fearless attitude of a hero and the loving heart of a child. Soyen Shaku

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

You don’t need enough courage for the entire journey. You only need courage for a few seconds to overcome self-doubt before you take the next step. Shane Parrish (twitter.com)

Whatever we learn to do, we learn by actually doing it; men come to be builders, for instance, by building, and harp players by playing the harp. In the same way, by doing just acts we come to be just; by doing self-controlled acts, we come to be self-controlled; and by doing brave acts, we become brave. Aristotle

If you want to get an idea of a friend’s temperament, ethics, and personal elegance, you need to look at him under the tests of severe circumstances, not under the regular rosy glow of daily life. Nassim Nicholas Taleb

It certainly takes bravery to remain skeptical; it takes inordinate courage to introspect, to confront oneself, to accept one’s limitations – Scientists are seeing more and more evidence that we are specifically designed by mother nature to fool ourselves. Nassim Nicholas Taleb

The paradox of learning is that to get better, you need to go outside your comfort zone, and thus feel worse. The people who grow continuously, thus feel consistently over their heads. Scott Young

Integrity is choosing courage over comfort; it’s choosing what’s right over what’s fun, fast, or easy; and it’s practicing your values, not just professing them. Brené Brown (Dare to Lead)

The only way to solve a problem is to go through it rather than around it. Bill Bradley

Self-knowledge is no guarantee of happiness, but it is on the side of happiness and can supply the courage to fight for it. Simone de Beauvoir

Brilliant thinking is rare, but courage is in even shorter supply than genius. Peter Thiel

Courage doesn’t mean you’re not afraid anymore, it just means your actions isn’t controlled by your doubts. Thibaut

Without courage, wisdom bears no fruit. Baltasar Gracián

We could never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world. Helen Keller

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Part 3. Conclusion

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Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Author Bio

maxime lagace

Maxime Lagacé started collecting quotes in 2004 after he lost his girlfriend in a car accident.

In search of meaning, he dived in the self-improvement world, psychology and trail running. His goal was to understand his pain, his depression, his fears, his lack of motivation and inspiration.

Books, blogs, quotes and nature became his guide.

He finished his software engineering degree in 2007 at the École de Technologie Supérieure de Montréal. He also studied at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. A few years later, he started his first website to share his passion for quotes.

Maxime is a father of two, INFJ and also loves running. His best 5k is 17 minutes 41 seconds and his best marathon (42k) is in 3 hours 33 minutes 11 seconds (with 1800 meters of elevation gain).

Other notable interests of Maxime are health (mental and physical), meditation, nutrition, bananas, SEO, human potential, education, learning, productivity and minimalism.

Finally, he is (very) far from being perfect.

You can find him on Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Quora, Strava, Sportstats, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube.

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October 15, 2019

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November 16, 2021

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