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60 Inspirational Quotes About Courage & Bravery

Looking for motivating courage and bravery quotes?

Many people think it’s only the grand gestures and the major acts.

However, courage can be in the small choices we make every day, in doing something regardless of being scared of it.

What does it mean to have courage? How can we be more courageous in our daily life?

Here are some courage quotes on what it is, and how different it can help every one of us.

  • “Courage is grace under pressure.” –  Ernest Hemingway
  • “Courage in danger is half the battle.” – Plautus
  • “Courage, above all things, is the first quality of a warrior.” –  Carl von Clausewitz
  • “It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” –  E. E. Cummings
  • “Success is never final, failure is never fatal. It’s courage that counts.” – John Wooden
  • “Courage is fear holding on a minute longer.” –  George S. Patton
  • “All your dreams come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney
  • “Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye.” – Helen Keller
  • “He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.” – Muhammad Ali
  • “Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men.” – Confucius
  • “I beg you to take courage; the brave soul can mend even disaster.” – Catherine the Great
  • “Courageous people do not fear forgiving, for the sake of peace.” – Nelson Mandela

  • “If you could get the courage to begin, you have the courage to succeed.” – David Viscott
  • “Fate loves the fearless.” – James Russell Lowell
  • “Courage is a kind of salvation.” – Plato
  • “Clear thinking requires courage rather than intelligence.” – Thomas Szasz
  • “Courage is a ladder on which other virtues mount.” – Clare Boothe Luce
  • “We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • “You can’t test courage cautiously.” – Annie Dillard
  • “Courage is the capacity to confront what can be imagined.” – Leo Rosten
  • “Boldness be my friend.” – William Shakespeare
  • “Courage – a perfect sensibility of measure of danger, a mental willingness to endure it.” – William Tecumseh Sherman
  • “Genius is a talent set on by courage.” – Henry Van Dyke

  • “Way down deep, we’re all motivated by the same urges. Cats have the courage to live by them.” – Jim Davis
  • “Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees the others.” – Aristotle
  • “Courage is like love; it must have hope for nourishment.” – Napoleon Bonaparte
  • “Courage is knowing what not to fear.” – Plato
  • “If one suffers we all suffer. Togetherness is strength. Courage.” – Jean-Bertrand Aristide
  • “Creativity takes courage.” – Henri Matisse
  • “The best protection any woman can have… is courage.” – Elizabeth Cady Stanton
  • “Courage is found in unlikely places.” – J. R. R. Tolkien
  • “Freedom is the sure possession of those alone who have the courage to defend it.” – Pericles
  • “The only courage that matters is the kind that gets you from one moment to the next.” – Mignon McLaughlin

  • “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” – Anais Nin
  • “A man of courage is also full of faith.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero
  • “Creativity requires the courage to let go certainties.” – Erich Fromm
  • “Courtesy is as much a mark of a gentleman as courage.” – Theodore Roosevelt 
  • “Courage is being scared to death… and saddling up anyway.” – John Wayne 
  • “Those who lack courage will always find philosophy to justify it.” – Albert Camus
  • “He who is brave is free.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca
  • “One with courage is a majority.” – Thomas Jefferson
  • “To create one’s world in any of the arts takes courage.” – Georgia O’Keeffe
  • “Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace.” – Amelia Earhart
  • “It takes a lot of courage to show your dreams to someone else.” – Erma Bombeck
  • “Nothing gives a fearful man more courage than another fear.” – Umberto Eco
  • “The opposite of courage in our society is not cowardice, it is conformity.” – Rollo May
  • “Bravery is being the only one who knows you’re afraid.” – Franklin P. Jones
  • “It takes vision and courage to create – it takes faith and courage to prove.” – Owen D. Young
  • “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.” – Mark Twain
  • “Efforts and courage are not without purpose and direction.” – John F. Kennedy
  • “Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.” – T. S. Eliot
  • “Jump, and you will find out how to unfold your wings as you fall.” – Ray Bradbury
  • “The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart.” – Robert Green Ingersoll
  • “The most courageous act is still to think of yourself. Aloud.” – Coco Chanel 
  • “Either you decide to stay in the shallow end of the pool or you go out in the ocean.” – Christopher Reeve
  • “Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.” – C. S. Lewis
  • “Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – Andre Gide
  • “From caring comes courage.” – Lao Tzu
  • “Bravery is the capacity to perform properly even when scared half to death.” – Omar N. Bradley

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