Courage - Quotes & Sayings

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Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.

John F. Kennedy

Heroes represent the best of ourselves, respecting that we are human beings. A hero can be anyone from Gandhi to your classroom teacher, anyone who can show courage when faced with a problem. A hero is someone who is willing to help others in his or her best capacity.

Ricky Martin

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.

T. S. Eliot

The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart.

Robert Green Ingersoll

Courage is grace under pressure.

Ernest Hemingway

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

Rabindranath Tagore

It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage, that we move on to better things.

Theodore Roosevelt

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

Don't Make Assumptions. Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.

Don Miguel Ruiz

From caring comes courage.

Lao Tzu

It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.

Mark Twain

I think we judge talent wrong. What do we see as talent? I think I have made the same mistake myself. We judge talent by people's ability to strike a cricket ball. The sweetness, the timing. That's the only thing we see as talent. Things like determination, courage, discipline, temperament, these are also talent.

Rahul Dravid

Courage, above all things, is the first quality of a warrior.

Carl von Clausewitz

Creativity takes courage.

Henri Matisse

I think we all have empathy. We may not have enough courage to display it.

Maya Angelou

Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.

Billy Graham

Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.

C. S. Lewis

Optimism is essential to achievement and it is also the foundation of courage and true progress.

Nicholas M. Butler

It took me realizing that a broken heart has never actually killed anyone to find the courage to ask for what I want, in just about every situation. That was part of my own growing up.

Ginnifer Goodwin

Courtesy is as much a mark of a gentleman as courage.

Theodore Roosevelt

Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.

Andre Gide

Either you decide to stay in the shallow end of the pool or you go out in the ocean.

Christopher Reeve

It is my deepest belief that only by giving our lives do we find life. I am convinced that the truest act of courage, the strongest act of manliness is to sacrifice ourselves for others in a totally non-violent struggle for justice.

Cesar Chavez

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

You have setbacks in your life, and adversity. You can be discouraged about it or have courage to get through it and be better.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins

You have to accept whatever comes and the only important thing is that you meet it with courage and with the best that you have to give.

Eleanor Roosevelt

He is a man of courage who does not run away, but remains at his post and fights against the enemy.

Socrates

The first virtue in a soldier is endurance of fatigue; courage is only the second virtue.

Napoleon Bonaparte

There never is a good time for tough decisions. There will always be an election or something else. You have to pick courage and do it. Governance is about taking tough, even unpopular, decisions.

Jairam Ramesh

Physical bravery is an animal instinct; moral bravery is much higher and truer courage.

Wendell Phillips

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

Vincent Van Gogh

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

Aristotle

I know what it is to feel unloved, to want revenge, to make mistakes, to suffer disappointment, yet also to find the courage to go forward in life.

Tim O'Brien

Boldness be my friend.

William Shakespeare

Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities... because it is the quality which guarantees all others.

Winston Churchill

Courage is found in unlikely places.

J. R. R. Tolkien

Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.

Erich Fromm

Those who lack the courage will always find a philosophy to justify it.

Albert Camus

Healing takes courage, and we all have courage, even if we have to dig a little to find it.

Tori Amos

A team is where a boy can prove his courage on his own. A gang is where a coward goes to hide.

Mickey Mantle

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

Jim Hightower

I know of no higher fortitude than stubborness in the face of overwhelming odds.

Louis Nizer

To see the right and not to do it is cowardice.

Confucius

In the Soviet army it takes more courage to retreat than advance.

Joseph Stalin

True courage is like a kite; a contrary wind raises it higher.

John Petit-Senn

To create one's world in any of the arts takes courage.

Georgia O'Keeffe

When you put on clothes that are fighting against something, you can feel your courage grow. Clothing can set you free.

Rei Kawakubo

To most people, paranoia carries a negative connotation. I believe it is one of the most valuable attributes a leader can have. It is about self-reflection and having the courage, humility, and discipline to constantly ask uncomfortable questions that can potentially poke holes in your strategy and challenge your conventional thinking.

Dinesh Paliwal

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