Courage Quotes

Morale is a state of mind. It is steadfastness and courage and hope.
– Louis L. Mann

Falsehood is cowardice, the truth courage.
– Hosea Ballou

The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart.
– Robert Green Ingersoll

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

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

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.
– Anais Nin

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

Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.
– Lord Chesterfield
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
Earth teach me to forget myself as melted snow forgets its life. Earth teach me resignation as the leaves which die in the fall. Earth teach me courage as the tree which stands all alone. Earth teach me regeneration as the seed which rises in the spring.
– William Alexander
To live we must conquer incessantly, we must have the courage to be happy.
– Henri Frederic Amiel
Healing takes courage, and we all have courage, even if we have to dig a little to find it.
– Tori Amos
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
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
It takes a certain courage and a certain greatness to be truly base.
– Jean Anouilh
Courage is simply the willingness to be afraid and act anyway.
– Robert Anthony
The principal act of courage is to endure and withstand dangers doggedly rather than to attack them.
– Saint Thomas Aquinas
You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.
– Aristotle
Often the test of courage is not to die but to live.
– Vittorio Alfieri
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
Cowardice and courage are never without a measure of affectation. Nor is love. Feelings are never true. They play with their mirrors.
– Jean Baudrillard
The weak in courage is strong in cunning.
– William Blake
I have a hat. It is graceful and feminine and give me a certain dignity, as if I were attending a state funeral or something. Someday I may get up enough courage to wear it, instead of carrying it.
– Erma Bombeck
It requires more courage to suffer than to die.
– Napoleon Bonaparte
The first virtue in a soldier is endurance of fatigue; courage is only the second virtue.
– Napoleon Bonaparte
The courage to imagine the otherwise is our greatest resource, adding color and suspense to all our life.
– Daniel J. Boorstin
Courage enlarges, cowardice diminishes resources. In desperate straits the fears of the timid aggravate the dangers that imperil the brave.
– Christian Nestell Bovee
The only reason I'm in Hollywood is that I don't have the moral courage to refuse the money.
– Marlon Brando
People don't follow titles, they follow courage.
– William Wells Brown
We learned to be patient observers like the owl. We learned cleverness from the crow, and courage from the jay, who will attack an owl ten times its size to drive it off its territory. But above all of them ranked the chickadee because of its indomitable spirit.
– Tom Brown, Jr.
Great tragedy has come to us, and we are meeting it with the best that is in our country, with courage and concern for others because this is America. This is who we are.
– George W. Bush
Today we affirm a new commitment to live out our nation's promise through civility, courage, compassion and character.
– George W. Bush
Presumption should never make us neglect that which appears easy to us, nor despair make us lose courage at the sight of difficulties.
– Benjamin Banneker
I emphasize... that the Harrimans showed great courage and loyalty and confidence in us, because three or four of us were really running the business, the day to day business.
– Prescott Bush
Necessity does the work of courage.
– Nicholas Murray Butler
Optimism is essential to achievement and it is also the foundation of courage and true progress.
– Nicholas Murray Butler
Real nobility is based on scorn, courage, and profound indifference.
– Albert Camus
In our film profession you may have Gable's looks, Tracy's art, Marlene's legs or Liz's violet eyes, but they don't mean a thing without that swinging thing called courage.
– Frank Capra
The courage we desire and prize is not the courage to die decently, but to live manfully.
– Thomas Carlyle
Most of us have far more courage than we ever dreamed we possessed.
– Dale Carnegie
I beg you take courage; the brave soul can mend even disaster.
– Catherine II
He who loses wealth loses much; he who loses a friend loses more; but he that loses his courage loses all.
– Miguel de Cervantes
One man scorned and covered with scars still strove with his last ounce of courage to reach the unreachable stars; and the world will be better for this.
– Miguel de Cervantes
Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities - because it is the quality which guarantees all others.
– Joseph Chamberlain
The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.
– Coco Chanel
Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die.
– G. K. Chesterton
The paradox of courage is that a man must be a little careless of his life even in order to keep it.
– G. K. Chesterton
None speak of the bravery, the might, or the intellect of Jesus; but the devil is always imagined as a being of acute intellect, political cunning, and the fiercest courage. These universal and instinctive tendencies of the human mind reveal much.
– Lydia M. Child
Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities... because it is the quality which guarantees all others.
– Sir Winston Churchill
Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.
– Sir Winston Churchill
Conscience is the root of all true courage; if a man would be brave let him obey his conscience.
– James Freeman Clarke
Courage, above all things, is the first quality of a warrior.
– Karl Von Clausewitz
True courage is a result of reasoning. A brave mind is always impregnable.
– Jeremy Collier
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
Faced with what is right, to leave it undone shows a lack of courage.
– Confucius
The last thing a woman will consent to discover in a man whom she loves, or on whom she simply depends, is want of courage.
– Joseph Conrad
Every man of courage is a man of his word.
– Pierre Corneille
Killing yourself is a major commitment, it takes a kind of courage. Most people just lead lives of cowardly desperation. It's kinda half suicide where you just dull yourself with substances.
– Robert Crumb
A leader must have the courage to act against an expert's advice.
– James Callaghan
There can be a fundamental gulf of gracelessness in a human heart which neither our love nor our courage can bridge.
– Patrick Campbell
There is no glory in war, yet from the blackness of its history, there emerge vivid colours of human character and courage. Those who risked their lives to help their friends.
– Silvia Cartwright
Courage and grace are a formidable mixture. The only place to see it is in the bullring.
– Marlene Dietrich
You can't test courage cautiously.
– Annie Dillard
Courage is fire, and bullying is smoke.
– Benjamin Disraeli
You will find as you grow older that courage is the rarest of all qualities to be found in public life.
– Benjamin Disraeli
Courage, my friends; 'tis not too late to build a better world.
– Tommy Douglas
Real courage is knowing what faces you and knowing how to face it.
– Timothy Dalton
Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex... It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.
– Albert Einstein
Every man has his own courage, and is betrayed because he seeks in himself the courage of other persons.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
To persevere, trusting in what hopes he has, is courage in a man.
– Euripides
Keep courage. Whatever you do, do not feel sorry for yourself. You will win in a great age of opportunity.
– Richard L. Evans
Suffering! We owe to it all that is good in us, all that gives value to life; we owe to it pity, we owe to it courage, we owe to it all the virtues.
– Anatole France
Just two weeks ago, millions of Iraqis defied the threats of terrorists and went to the polls to determine their own future. I congratulate the Iraqi people for the courage they've shown in making these elections so successful.
– Bill Frist
Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.
– Erich Fromm
Despair gives courage to a coward.
– Dr. Thomas Fuller
The more wit the less courage.
– Dr. Thomas Fuller
Have the courage of your desire.
– George Gissing
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
People talk about the courage of condemned men walking to the place of execution: sometimes it needs as much courage to walk with any kind of bearing towards another person's habitual misery.
– Graham Greene
To me, there is no greater act of courage than being the one who kisses first.
– Janeane Garofalo
We are very much what others think of us. The reception our observations meet with gives us courage to proceed, or damps our efforts.
– William Hazlitt
Unjust. How many times I've used that word, scolded myself with it. All I mean by it now is that I don't have the final courage to say that I refuse to preside over violations against myself, and to hell with justice.
– Lillian Hellman
Courage is grace under pressure.
– Ernest Hemingway
Courage is poorly housed that dwells in numbers; the lion never counts the herd that are about him, nor weighs how many flocks he has to scatter.
– Aaron Hill
Have the courage to act instead of react.
– Oliver Wendell Holmes
I have seen in the Halls of Congress more idealism, more humanness, more compassion, more profiles of courage than in any other institution that I have ever known.
– Hubert H. Humphrey
Courage without conscience is a wild beast.
– Robert Green Ingersoll
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
If you are lucky enough to find a way of life you love, you have to find the courage to live it.
– John Irving
Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.
– John F. Kennedy
I try to be a truthful artist and I try to show a level of courage. I enjoy that. I'm a messenger.
– Jeff Koons
It is so often true that whether a person carries with him an atmosphere of gloom and depression or one of confidence and courage depends on his individual outlook.
– James Keller
It takes a good deal of physical courage to ride a horse. This, however, I have. I get it at about forty cents a flask, and take it as required.
– Stephen B. Leacock
Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.
– C. S. Lewis
Pugnacity is a form of courage, but a very bad form.
– Sinclair Lewis
Never undertake anything for which you wouldn't have the courage to ask the blessings of heaven.
– Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
You cannot build character and courage by taking away a man's initiative and independence.
– Abraham Lincoln
It takes as much courage to have tried and failed as it does to have tried and succeeded.
– Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Courage is the ladder on which all the other virtues mount.
– Clare Boothe Luce