Courage (quotes)


What is courage?


Courage is the ability to do what frightens you


Courage is taking action in spite of fear

  • All of us experience fear, but when we confront and acknowledge it, we are able to turn it into courage.  Being courageous does not mean never being scared; it means acting as you know you must even though you are undeniably afraid.  Desmond Tutu
  • Before I knew you, I thought brave was not being afraid. You’ve taught me that bravery is being terrified and doing it anyway.   Laurell K. Hamilton
  • Being terrified but going ahead and doing what must be done—that’s courage. The one who feels no fear is a fool, and the one who lets fear rule him is a coward.  Piers Anthony
  • Bran thought about it. ‘Can a man still be brave if he’s afraid?’ ‘That is the only time a man can be brave,’ his father told him.  George R.R. Martin
  • Bravery is the capacity to perform properly even when scared half to death.  General Omar Bradley
  • Courage is being afraid but going on anyhow.  Dan Rather
  • Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway.  John Wayne
  • Courage is doing what you’re afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you are scared.  Eddie Rickenbacker
  • Courage is never to let your actions be influenced by your fears.  Arthur Koestler
  • Courage is not the absence of fear or despair; it is the capacity to continue on despite them, no matter how great or overwhelming they become.  Robert Fanney
  • Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.  Ambrose Redmoon
  • Courage is not the absence of fear; it is the making of action in spite of fear.  M. Scott Peck
  • Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear.  Mark Twain
  • Courage is simply the willingness to be afraid and act anyway.  Robert Anthony
  • Courage is summoning the inner strength to take action in spite of fear.  Steve Pavlina
  • Courage, contrary to popular belief, is not the absence of fear. Courage is the wisdom to act in spite of fear.   John- Roger and Peter McWilliams
  • Courageous people are still afraid, but they don’t let the fear paralyze them.  Steve Pavlina
  • I learned that courage was not the absence of fear but the triumph over it.  Nelson Mandela
  • That’s what courage is. If she weren’t scared, she wouldn’t need courage in the first place.  Nicholas Sparks
  • To be courageous means to be afraid but to go a little step forward anyway.  Beverly Smith
  • What we need if we are to implement change in our lives is courage. And courage is not about not having fear but about having fear and going ahead anyway.  Tal Ben-Shahar
  • Without fear there cannot be courage.  Christopher Paolini
  • Your fears are not walls, but hurdles. Courage is not the absence of fear, but the conquering of it.  Dan Millman
  • So what is courage? It is simply acting on what we know we should do, regardless of any fear we may have. It is the choice to disregard worry. It is the choice to do right, to pursue our dreams, to be successful people, to lead the way for others.  Chris Widener
  • Courage: Fear in action.
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Courage is being the only one who knows you’re scared

  • Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others.  Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you’re scared to death.  Harold Wilson
  • Bravery is being the only one who knows you’re afraid.   Franklin Jones

Courage is not giving up despite failure and hardship …

  • Courage is to feel the daily daggers of relentless steel and keep on living.  Douglas Malloch
  • Courage is fear holding on a minute longer.  George Smith Patton
  • Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.  Winston Churchill
  • To face despair and not give in to it, that’s courage.  Ted Koppel
  • Courage isn’t having the strength to go on – it is going on when you don’t have strength.  Napoleon Bonaparte
  • 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
  • God grant me the courage not to give up what I think is right, even though I think it is hopeless.   Chester Nimitz
  • Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.   Winston Churchill
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… but also knowing when to let go

  • Some people believe holding on and hanging in there are signs of great strength. However, there are times when it takes much more strength to know when to let go and then do it.  Ann Landers
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Courage is knowing what to fear and what not to fear

  • Courage is knowing what not to fear.  Plato
  • Courage is a special kind of knowledge: the knowledge of how to fear what ought to be feared and how not to fear what ought no to be feared.  David Ben-Gurion

The rewards of courage


Courage is the ladder on which all the other virtues mount

  • Courage is the first of human qualities, because it is the quality which guarantees all others. Winston Churchill
  • Courage is not a virtue or value among other personal values like love or fidelity. It is the foundation that underlies and gives reality to all other virtues and personal values.  Rollo May
  • Courage is the ladder on which all the other virtues mount.  Clare Boothe Luce
  • 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
  • Courage is not simply another virtue, it is the true form each and every virtue takes when put into practice.  Michael Rawls
  • Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees the others.  Aristotle
  • 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 will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.  Aristotle
  • The great virtue in life is real courage that knows how to face facts and live beyond them.  D. H. Lawrence
  • Courage is the foundation of integrity.  Keshavan Nair
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Courage enriches and expands life

  • Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.  Anaïs Nin
  • All our dreams can come true…if we have the courage to pursue them.  Walt Disney
  • Fear makes us feel small and uncertain, uncomfortable and separate. Fearlessness expands and creates possibilities. Helena Tiainen
  • A person’s world is only as big as their heart.  Tanya A. Moore
  • Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.  Andre Gide
  • You can achieve anything you want in life if you have the courage to dream it, the intelligence to make a realistic plan, and the will to see that plan through to the end.  Sydney A. Friedman
  • The cave you most fear to enter contains the greatest treasure.  Joseph Campbell
  • Why not go out on a limb? Isn’t that where the fruit is?  Mark Twain
  • One doesn’t discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time. Andre Gide
  • Face your fears and doubts, and new worlds will open to you.  Robert Kiyosaki
  • Anything I’ve ever done that ultimately was worthwhile initially scared me to death.  Betty Bender
  • By courage I mean the ability to face down those imaginary fears and reclaim the far more powerful life that you’ve denied yourself.  Steve Pavlina
  • All happiness depends on courage and work.  Honoré de Balzac

Courage brings freedom and peace

  • The secret of happiness is freedom. The secret of freedom is courage.  Thucydides
  • What is at the summit of courage, I think, is freedom. The freedom that comes with the knowledge that no earthly thing can break you.  Paula Giddings
  • Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace.  Amelia Earhart
  • He who has overcome his fears will truly be free.  Aristotle
  • Freedom lies in being bold.  Robert Frost
  • He who is brave is free.  Seneca
  • I am old enough to know that victory is often a thing deferred, and rarely at the summit of courage… What is at the summit of courage, I think, is freedom. The freedom that comes with the knowledge that no earthly think can break you.  Paula Giddings
  • Ultimately, we know deeply that the other side of every fear is a freedom.  Marilyn Ferguson
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Courage creates confidence

  • 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
  • The greater part of courage is having done it before.  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • When you do what you fear most, then you can do anything.  Stephen Richards
  • The way to develop self-confidence is to do the thing you fear.  William Jennings Bryan
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Courage often makes obstacles magically vanish

  • Many of our fears are tissue-paper-thin, and a single courageous step would carry us clear through them.  Brendan Francis
  • Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air.  John Quincy Adams
  • It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that things are difficult.  Seneca
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Courage brings progress and success

  • Watch the turtle. He only moves forward by sticking his head out.  Jr Gerstner
  • In my view, he who goes ahead is always the one who wins.  Catherine The Great
  • I believe that success can be measured in the number of uncomfortable conversations you’re willing to have.  Timothy Ferriss
  • Success means having the courage, the determination, and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be.  George A. Sheehan
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Courage builds discipline

  • Discipline is built by consistently performing small acts of courage.  Robin Sharma
  • Self-control is the chief element in self-respect, and self-respect is the chief element in courage.  Thucydides
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Courage builds character…

  • The ideals which have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully have been kindness, beauty, and truth.  Albert Einstein
  • People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.  Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Dealing honestly and objectively with yourself; intellectual honesty and personal courage are the hallmarks of great character.  Brian Tracy
  • Courage is the dividing line between weakness and strength of character.  Steve Pavlina
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… and can even lead to greatness

  • Courage. Kindness. Friendship. Character. These are the qualities that define us as human beings, and propel us, on occasion, to greatness.   R.J. Palacio
  • Don’t forget to pack your courage for your journey to greatness.  Dave Weinbaum
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Courage enables change

  • Courage is the atom of change.  Bettina R. Flores
  • The key to change is to let go of fear.  Rosanne Cash
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Without courage, we pay a heavy price

  • He who loses wealth loses much; he who loses a friend loses more; but he that loses his courage loses all.  Miguel De Cervantes
  • What is more mortifying than to feel that you have missed the plum for want of courage to shake the tree?  Logan Pearsall Smith
  • Be bold and courageous. When you look back on your life, you’ll regret the things you didn’t do more than the ones you did.  H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
  • Discouragement is not the absence of adequacy but the absence of courage.  Neal A. Maxwell

Have the courage to …


Have the courage to get to know yourself and accept yourself, shadows and all

  • 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
  • The most fundamental aggression to ourselves, the most fundamental harm we can do to ourselves, is to remain ignorant by not having the courage and the respect to look at ourselves honestly and gently.   Pema Chodron
  • There’s a lot of fear connected with the inner journey because it penetrates our illusions. Taking the inner journey will lead you into some very shadowy places. You’re going to learn things about yourself that you’ll wish you didn’t know. There are monsters in there—monsters you can’t control—but trying to keep them hidden will only give them greater power.  Parker Palmer
  • I pull up a chair and get acquainted with the me that exists right now. I am enough. I am beautiful as I am. This is a wonderful and courageous step. I can relax and enjoy myself. I become more tolerant of myself and others. I am able to delight in uniqueness.  John Kehoe
  • Each person has inside a basic decency and goodness. If he listens to it and acts on it, he is giving a great deal of what it is the world needs most. It is not complicated but it takes courage. It takes courage for a person to listen to his own good.  Pablo Casals
  • The courage to be is the courage to accept oneself, in spite of being unacceptable.  Paul Tillich
  • It takes courage…to endure the sharp pains of self-discovery rather than choose to take the dull pain of unconsciousness that would last the rest of our lives.  Marianne Williamson
  • We all need to look into the dark side of our nature- that’s where the energy is, the passion. People are afraid of that because it holds pieces of us we’re busy denying.  Sue Grafton
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Have the courage to be truly yourself

  • The highest courage is to dare to appear to be what one is.  John Lancaster Spalding
  • Death is not the biggest fear we have; our biggest fear is taking the risk to be alive – the risk to be alive and express what we really are.  Miguel Angel Ruiz
  • It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.  E. E. Cummings
  • To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • The highest courage is to dare to appear to be what one is.  John Lancaster Spalding
  • I was once afraid of people saying, “Who does she think she is?” Now I have the courage to stand and say, “This is who I am.”  Oprah Winfrey
  • Be who you are

Have the courage to follow the path of your heart rather than the crowd

  • 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.  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Bravery is needed to have contrary opinions and to take unexpected paths. If you’re not courageous, you’re going to be hanging around the water cooler, talking about the guy who actually is.  Jessica Hagy
  • Following your heart rather than following the crowd gives you much more chance to find happiness and fulfillment, but it takes courage. Many people are afraid of being different, of not being accepted by those around them, and of standing out rather than blending in.  Amanda Harvey
  • Live dangerously, and when I say, ‘Live dangerously,’ I mean live according to your own self, whatever the cost. Whatever is at stake, live according to your own consciousness, according to your own heart and feeling.  Anthony de Mello
  • In all the woods and forests, God did not create a single leaf the same as any other.  People go against nature because they lack the courage to be different.  Paulo Coelho
  • The opposite of bravery is not cowardice but conformity.  Robert Anthony
  • The opposite of courage in our society is not cowardice, it is conformity.  Rollo May
  • To be a genuine individualist requires a great deal of strength and courage.  It is never easy to chart new territory, to cross new frontiers, or to introduce subtle shadings to an established color.  Toller Cranston
  • Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary. Steve Jobs
  • When you find your path, you must ignore fear. You need to have the courage to risk mistakes. But once you are on that road… run, run, run, and don’t stop till you’ve reached its end.  José N. Harris
  • None of us needs instruction in how to recognize what your heart is saying. We do need guidance, however, on how to have the courage to follow those feelings, since they will force us to change our lives in any case. But consider the consequences of not listening to the heart’s guidance: depression, confusion, and the wretched feeling that we are not on our life’s true path, but viewing it from a distance.   Caroline Myss
  • Follow your own path

Have the courage to believe in yourself

  • Acquire the courage to believe in yourself. Many of the things that you have been taught were at one time the radical ideas of individuals who had the courage to believe what their own hearts and minds told them was true, rather than accept the common beliefs of their day.  Ching Ning Chu
  • To believe yourself to be brave is to be brave; it is the only essential thing.  Mark Twain
  • You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.  A. A. Milne
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Have the courage to ignore the critics and nay sayers

  • 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.  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Face your path with courage, don’t be scared of people’s criticism. And, above all, don’t let yourself get paralyzed by your own criticism.  Paulo Coelho
  • Some people won’t be happy until they’ve pushed you to the ground. What you have to do is have the courage to stand your ground and not give them the time of day. Hold on to your power and never give it away.  Donna Schoenrock
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Have the courage to do what you’re passionate about

  • Have the courage to follow your passion – and if you don’t know what it is, realize that one reason for your existence on earth is to find it. Oprah Winfrey
  • Why do they always teach us that it’s easy and evil to do what we want and that we need discipline to restrain ourselves? It’s the hardest thing in the world–to do what we want. And it takes the greatest kind of courage. I mean, what we really want.  Ayn Rand
  • There’s a wise saying: make your hobby your source of income. Then there’s no such thing as work, and there’s no such thing as getting tired. That’s been my own experience. I did just what I wanted to do. It takes a little courage at first, because who the hell wants you to do just what you want to do; they’ve all got lots of plans for you. But you can make it happen.   Joseph Campbell
  • If you are lucky enough to find a way of life you love, you have to find the courage to live it.  John Irving
  • Do what you love

Have the courage to follow your dreams

  • The world lies in the hands of those who have the courage to dream and who take the risk of living out their dreams –  each according to his or her own talent.  Paulo Coelho
  • The deepest courage we can exercise is continuing to believe in our dreams until we make them come true.  Oprah Winfrey
  • It takes a lot of courage to show your dreams to someone else.  Erma Bombeck
  • Each of us has an inner dream that we can unfold if we will just have the courage to admit what it is, and the faith to trust our own admission. The admitting is often very difficult.  Julia Cameron
  • It doesn’t matter if we think we’re fearless or if we do things while quaking. The important thing is to be true to our own dreams and live authentic lives.  Diane Conway
  • There are people who put their dreams in a little box and say, “Yes, I’ve got dreams, of course I’ve got dreams.” Then they put the box away and bring it out once in a while to look in it, and yep, they’re still there. These are great dreams, but they never even get out of the box. It takes an uncommon amount of guts to put your dreams on the line, to hold them up and say, “How good or how bad am I?” That’s where courage comes in.  Erma Bombeck
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Have the courage to focus on what really matters

  • At least three times every day take a moment and ask yourself: What is really important? Have the wisdom and the courage to build your life around your answer.  Lee Jampolsky
  • You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage—pleasantly, smilingly, non-apologetically, to say “no” to other things. And the way you do that is by having a bigger “yes” burning inside. The enemy of the “best” is often the “good.”  Stephen Covey
  • 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

Have the courage to seize life and live fully

  • A man with outward courage dares to die; a man with inner courage dares to live.  Lao Tzu
  • Death is not the biggest fear we have; our biggest fear is taking the risk to be alive – the risk to be alive and express what we really are.  Miguel Angel Ruiz
  • You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope. Thomas Merton
  • You can always die. It’s living that takes real courage.  Himura Kenshin
  • Ofttimes the test of courage becomes rather to live than to die.  Mohamed Abdel Moneim Fayed
  • Embrace the gift of todayBeing fully alive

Have the courage to stretch your comfort zone

  • Courage is the power to let go of the familiar.  Raymond Lindquist
  • You only ever grow as a human being if you’re outside your comfort zone.  Percy Cerutty
  • Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.  Neale Donald Walsch
  • Change is scary, and if you aren’t regularly uncomfortable, you’re probably spending too much time in the kiddie pool.  Henri Junttila
  • Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.  T. S. Eliot
  • Don’t be afraid to expand yourself, to step out of your comfort zone. That’s where the joy and the adventure lie.  Herbie Hancock
  • The most important experiences a man can have are those that take him to the very limit; that is the only way we learn, because it requires all our courage.   Paulo Coelho
  • Stretch your comfort zone

Have the courage to take risks and chances

  • The rash person is in some way blind to danger. The coward is blinded by it. The courageous person is intelligent enough to recognize risk, but committed enough to act despite of it, when action is appropriate. Tom Morris
  • Courageous risks are life-giving, they help you grow, make you brave, and better than you think you are.  Joan L. Curcio
  • Take chances, make mistakes. That’s how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail in order to practice being brave.  Mary Tyler Moore
  • Often the difference between a successful man and a failure is not one’s better abilities or ideas, but the courage that one has to bet on his ideas, to take a calculated risk, and to act.  Maxwell Maltz
  • But he’d learned long ago that a life lived without risks pretty much wasn’t worth living. Life rewarded courage, even when that first step was taken neck-deep in fear.  Tamera Alexander
  • Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience.  Paulo Coelho
  • We must have the courage to bet on our ideas, to take the calculated risk, and to act. Everyday living requires courage if life is to be effective and bring happiness.   Maxwell Maltz
  • Who bravely dares must sometimes risk a fall.  Tobias G. Smollett
  • “It’s impossible” said pride. “It’s risky” said experience. “It’s pointless” said reason. “Give it a try” whispered the heart.
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Have the courage to dare to take action

  • Failure is not having the courage to try, nothing more and nothing less.  Robin S. Sharma
  • If you could get up the courage to begin, you have the courage to succeed.  David Viscott
  • Have the courage to act instead of react.  Earlene Larson Jenks
  • Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.  Dale Carnegie
  • Be braver.  You can’t cross a chasm in two small jumps.  Chinese proverb
  • The secret is in action – here and now. It is your behaviour that blinds you to yourself. Disregard whatever you think yourself to be and act as if you were absolutely perfect – whatever your idea of perfection may be.  All you need is courage.  Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • A great deal of talent is lost to the world for want of a little courage. Every day sends to their graves obscure men whose timidity prevented them from making a first effort.   Sydney Smith
  • We don’t have to wait for fear to vanish altogether because that moment will never come; all we need is a moment of daring that can change a whole lifetime of waiting.  Diane Conway
  • When you are in doubt, be still, and wait. When doubt no longer exists for you, then go forward in courage.  White Eagle
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Have the courage to make committed decisions

  • Decision is the spark that ignites action. Until a decision is made, nothing happens.  Decision is the courageous facing of issues, knowing that if they are not faced, problems will remain forever unanswered.  Wilfred A. Peterson
  • Decision is a risk rooted in the courage of being free.  Paul Tillich
  • Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.  Peter Drucker
  • I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.  Rosa Parks
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Have the courage to speak up – and also to listen

  • The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.  Coco Chanel
  • When we have the courage to speak out – to break our silence – we inspire the rest of the ‘moderates’ in our communities to speak up and voice their views.  Sharon Schuster
  • Let our voices be heard. I hope they will not be shrill voices, but, I hope we shall speak with such conviction that those to whom we speak shall know of the strength of our feeling and the sincerity of our efforts.  Gordon B. Hinckley
  • 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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Have the courage to ask for what you want

  • You get in life what you have the courage to ask for.  Oprah Winfrey
  • 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.  Miguel Ruiz
  • If you don’t ever ask, out of fear of rejection, then all you have done is rejected yourself.  Steve Fowle
  • If you overcome your fear to ask someone for a date, a raise, or help with a project, that is an act of self- assertiveness. You are moving out into life rather than contracting and withdrawing.  Nathaniel Branden
  • Ask for what you want

Have the courage to embrace the new and unknown

  • Courage is the power to let go of the familiar.  Raymond Lindquist
  • 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
  • Courage can’t see around corners, but goes around them anyway.  Mignon McLaughlin
  • Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark. Professionals built the Titanic.
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Have the courage to embrace uncertainty

  • It is an act of courage to acknowledge our own uncertainty and sit with it for a while.  Harriet Goldhor Lerner
  • Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.  Erich Fromm
  • Let go of the need for certainty

Have the courage to follow your talent

  • Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads.  Erica Jong
  • Joy is the zest that you get out of using your talents, your understanding, the totality of your being, for great aims…That’s the kind of feeling that goes with creativity. That’s why I say the courage to create. Creation does not come out of simply what you’re born with. That must be united with your courage, both of which cause anxiety, but also great joy.  Rollo May
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Have the courage to love and be loved

  • Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.  Maya Angelou
  • Who could refrain that had a heart to love and in that heart courage to make love known?  William Shakespeare
  • 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
  • Love is an act of courage, not of fear.   Paolo Freire
  • When we love, we are courageous.  Vanna Bonta
  • Love is letting go of fear.  Gerald Jampolsky
  • Loving can cost a lot but not loving always costs more, and those who fear to love often find want of love is an emptiness that robs the joy from life.  Merle Shain
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Have the courage to open up and be vulnerable

  • Being vulnerable doesn’t have to be threatening. Just have the courage to be sincere, open and honest. This opens the door to deeper communication all around. It creates self- empowerment and the kind of connections with others we all want in life. Speaking from the heart frees us from the secrets that burden us. These secrets are what make us sick or fearful. Speaking truth helps you get clarity on your real heart directives.  Sara Paddison
  • Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.  Brené Brown
  • To share your weakness is to make yourself vulnerable; to make yourself vulnerable is to show your strength.  Criss Jami
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Have the courage to be creative

  • You need courage to be creative. You need the courage to see things differently, courage to go against the crowd, courage to take a different approach, courage to stand alone, if you have to, courage to choose activity over inactivity. Jim Rohn
  • Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.  Erich Fromm
  • To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.   Joseph Chilton Pearce
  • Be brave enough to live life creatively. The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. You can’t get there by bus, only by hard work and risk and by not quite knowing what you are doing. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover will be yourself.  Alan Alda
  • Because of their courage, their lack of fear, creative people are willing to make silly mistakes. The truly creative person is one who can think crazy; such a person knows full well that many of his great ideas will prove to be worthless. The creative person is flexible; he is able to change as the situation changes, to break habits, to face indecision and changes in conditions without undue stress. He is not threatened by the unexpected as rigid, inflexible people are. Frank Goble
  • Imagination takes humility, love and great courage.  Carson McSullers
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Have the courage to fail and make mistakes

  • It takes as much courage to have tried and failed as it does to have tried and succeeded.  Anne Morrow Lindbergh
  • To bear failure with courage is the best proof of character that anyone can give.  William Somerset Maugham
  • Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.   Winston Churchill
  • Be bold. If you’re going to make an error, make a doozy, and don’t be afraid to hit the ball.  Billie Jean King
  • Have courage and a little willingness to venture and be defeated.  Robert Frost
  • When you find your path, you must not be afraid. You need to have sufficient courage to make mistakes. Disappointment, defeat, and despair are the tools God uses to show us the way.  Paulo Coelho
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Have the courage to face up to adversity, challenges and obstacles

  • Adversity calls forth the soul’s courage to bear unflinchingly whatever Heaven sends. Euripedes
  • Problems call forth our courage and our wisdom.  It is because of problems that we grow mentally and spiritually.  M. Scott Peck
  • When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change.  Paulo Coelho
  • Success is not measured by what you accomplish but by the opposition you have encountered, and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds.  Orison Swett Marden
  • Take chances, make mistakes. That’s how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail in order to practice being brave.  Mary Tyler Moore
  • You can’t be brave if you’ve only had wonderful things happen to you.  Mary Tyler Moore
  • If our vocabulary did not contain the words trouble, adversity, calamity and grief, it could not contain the words, bravery, patience and self-sacrifice. Those who know no hardships will know no hardihood. Those who face no calamity will need no courage. Mysterious though it is, the human characteristics we admire most grow in a soil with a strong mixture of trouble.  Dale Turner
  • You don’t develop courage by being happy in your relationships every day. You develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity.  Epicurus
  • You see, to find the brightest wisdom one must pass through the darkest zones. And through the darkest zones there can be no guide.  No guide, that is, but courage.  Adam Gidwitz
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Have the courage to reclaim your life after great loss

  • Courage is reclaiming your life after a devastating event robs you of your confidence and self-esteem. It is facing tomorrow with a firm resolve to reach deep within yourself to find another strength, another talent…It is taking yourself to another level of your own existence where you are once again whole, productive, special.   Catherine Britton
  • It isn’t for the moment you are struck that you need courage, but for the long uphill climb back to sanity and faith and security.  Anne Morrow Lindbergh
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Have the courage to live with integrity and honesty

  • Courage is the foundation of integrity.  Mark Twain
  • Conscience is the root of all true courage; if a man would be brave let him obey his conscience.  James Freeman Clarke
  • A good conscience is eight parts of courage.  Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity.  W. Clement Stone
  • People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.  Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Dealing honestly and objectively with yourself; intellectual honesty and personal courage are the hallmarks of great character.  Brian Tracy
  • Courage is doing without witnesses that which we would be capable of doing before everyone.  Francois Duc de La Rochefoucauld
  • It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.  Mark Twain
  • It takes strength and courage to admit the truth.  Rick Riordan
  • It takes great courage to faithfully follow what we know is true.  Sara E. Anderson
  • Real courage is doing the right thing when nobody’s looking. Doing the unpopular thing because it’s what you believe, and the heck with everybody.   Justin Cronin
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Have the courage to keep things simple

  • An intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage — to move in the opposite direction.  Hoshang N. Akhtar
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Have the courage to embrace a spiritual path

  • Healing and positive life change comes from having the courage and spiritual conviction to look squarely at life’s impermanence.  Meredith Young Sowers
  • The great virtue of those who seek the spiritual path is courage.  Paulo Coelho
  • The two hardest tests on the spiritual road are the patience to wait for the right moment and the courage not to be disappointed with what we encounter.   Paulo Coelho
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How to build your courage


Build your courage like you’d build a muscle

  • Courage is a learned mental skill that you must condition, just as weight training strengthens your muscles. You wouldn’t go into a gym for the first time and try to lift 300 pounds, so don’t think that to be courageous you must tackle your most paralyzing fear right away.  Steve Pavlina
  • Strengthen your risk muscle. Keep it in shape by doing new things. If you don’t, it atrophies and you’re no longer able to take chances. Make it a point to take at least one risk per week. Try a new recipe. Tackle a problem outside your field of expertise. Invest in a new idea.  Roger von Oech
  • Courage is very important. Like a muscle, it is strengthened by use.  Ruth Gordon
  • How is your life limited by your fear?  What are you not doing that you’d really like to do?  When we use fear to our advantage by tackling those things that evoke a sense of excitement and trepidation, fear becomes and ally.  Each experience provides a challenge and an opportunity to expand your comfort zone.  The way to create an extraordinary life is to make the challenge of fear work for you by building your courage muscles.  Cheryl Richardson
  • I am not a courageous person by nature. I have simply discovered that, at certain key moments in this life, you must find courage in yourself, in order to move forward and live. It is like a muscle and it must be exercised, first a little, and then more and more. All the really exciting things possible during the course of a lifetime require a little more courage than we currently have. A deep breath and a leap.  John Patrick Shanley
  • I now see how gifts like courage, compassion, and connection only work when they are exercised. Every day.  Brené Brown
  • Courage cannot be left like bones in a bag. It must be brought out and shown the light again and again, growing stronger each time. If you think it will keep for the times you need it, you are wrong. It is like any other part of your strength. If you ignore it, the bag will be empty when you need it most.   Conn Iggulden
  • Like gaining confidence, finding one’s courage is gradual rather than all at once.  Barbara Barksdale Clowse
  • Courage is a learned mental skill that you must condition, just as weight training strengthens your muscles.  Steve Pavlina

Build your courage by facing your fears

  • You gain strength, courage, and confidence in every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing you think you cannot do.  Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Fear of doing it can only be cured by doing it.  Steve Chandler
  • Do what you fear and fear disappears.  David J. Schwartz
  • Everybody’s frightened a bit. But how many of us just go through the fear and do it anyway?  Barbra Streisand
  • Do the things you fear and the death of fear is certain. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Do the thing you fear to do and keep on doing it… that is the quickest and surest way ever yet discovered to conquer fear.  Dale Carnegie
  • You can conquer almost any fear if you will only make up your mind to do so. For remember, fear doesn’t exist anywhere except in the mind.  Dale Carnegie
  • Take decisive action and your fear won’t matter. Take that decisive action enough times and your fear won’t exist anymore.  Steve Chandler
  • The way to develop self-confidence is to do the thing you fear.  William Jennings Bryan
  • Almost all fear is fear of the unknown. Therefore, what’s the remedy?  To become acquainted with the things you fear.  Peace Pilgrim
  • Confront your fears, list them, get to know them, and only then will you be able to put them aside and move ahead.  Jerry Gillies

Build your courage by creating a deep burning “yes” inside for something

  • Determination, energy, and courage appear spontaneously when we care deeply about something. We take risks that are unimaginable in any other context.  Margaret J. Wheatley
  • You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage—pleasantly, smilingly, non-apologetically, to say “no” to other things. And the way you do that is by having a bigger “yes” burning inside. The enemy of the “best” is often the “good.”  Stephen Covey
  • Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.   Ambrose Redmoon
  • When I care to be powerful–to use my strength in the service of my vision–then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.  Audre Lorde
  • I am not afraid…I was born to do this.  Joan of Ark
  • Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it.  Bill Cosby
  • A great leader’s courage to fulfil his vision comes from passion, not position.   John C. Maxwell
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Nourish your courage with love

  • Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.  Lao Tzu
  • Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.  Rainer Maria Rilke
  • Courage comes in different forms. There’s strength–that’s the muscle. But love’s the heart. When you put them together, you can do anything.  Nora Roberts
  • Fear and love can never be experienced at the same time. It is always our choice as to which of these emotions we want.  Gerald Jampolsky
  • Love is what we were born with. Fear is what we learned here. The spiritual journey is the relinquishment, or unlearning, of fear and the acceptance of love back into our hearts.  Marianne Williamson
  • Perfect love casts out all fear.  The Bible
  • We no longer vibrate to fear when we’re attuned to love.  Frank Whitney
  • There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.   John Lennon
  • When we love, we are courageous; and courage has nothing to do with being fearless, it’s about being willing to experience fear, even dread, to do what we must, without guarantee of outcome.  Vanna Bonta
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Nourish your courage with hope and optimism

  • Courage is like love, it must have hope for nourishment.  Napoleon Bonaparte
  • Optimism is essential to achievement and it is also the foundation of courage and of true progress.  Nicholas Murray Butler
  • Hope has two beautiful daughters. Their names are anger and courage; anger at the way things are, and courage to see that they do not remain the way they are.  Saint Augustine
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Nourish your courage by taking action

  • Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.  Dale Carnegie
  • To fight fear, act. To increase fear–wait, put off postpone.  David Joseph Schwartz
  • Thinking will not overcome fear but action will.   W. Clement Stone
  • Action conquers fear.  Peter Nivio Zarlenga
  • Action cures fear. Indecision, postponement, on the other hand, fertilize fear.  David Schwartz
  • Hesitation only enlarges, magnifies the fear. Take action promptly. Be decisive.  David Schwartz
  • To feel brave, act as if we were brave, use all our will to that end, and courage will very likely replace fear.  William Shakespeare
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Nourish your courage with your ideals and principles

  • The ideals which have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully have been kindness, beauty, and truth.  Albert Einstein
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Nourish your courage with faith

  • Faith is courage; it is creative while despair is always destructive.  David S. Muzzey
  • A man of courage is also full of faith.   Marcus Tullius Cicero
  • Is he alone who has courage on his right hand and faith on his left hand?  Charles Lindbergh
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Final thoughts


Let your courage inspire others

  • Something happens to me when I witness someone’s courage. They may not know I’m watching and I might not let them know. But something happens to me that will last me for a lifetime. To fill me when I’m empty, and rock me when I’m low.  Holly Near
  • Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.    Billy Graham
  • And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence actually liberates others.   Marianne Williamson
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One person with courage makes a majority

  • The test of courage comes when we are in the minority. The test of tolerance comes when we are in the majority.  Ralph W. Sockman
  • One person with courage makes a majority.  Andrew Jackson
  • One man with courage is a majority.  Thomas Jefferson

Courage doesn’t always have a mighty roar

  • Sometimes the biggest act of courage is a small one.  Lauren Raffo
  • Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow’.  Mary Anne Radmacher Hershey
  • Courage is often associated with aggression, but instead should be seen as a willingness to act from the heart.  Donna Quesada
  • Courage is not the towering oak that sees storms come and go; it is the fragile blossom that opens in the snow.  Alice M. Swaim
  • The only courage that matters is the kind that gets you from one minute to the next.   Mignon McLaughlin

Art is an act of courage

  • An artist is someone who uses bravery, insight, creativity, and boldness to challenge the status quo. And an artist takes it personally.  Seth Goden
  • Art is a personal act of courage, something one human does that creates change in another.  Seth Goden
  • All art requires courage.  Anne Tucker
  • Fear is the reason for making art. It is a means to freedom.   AIlya Kabakov
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Better a lion for a day than a sheep for a lifetime

  • It is better to have lived one day as a tiger than a thousand years as a sheep.  Tibetan saying
  • It’s better to be a lion for a day than a sheep all your life.  Elizabeth Henry

On a lighter note  

  • All of us have moments in our lives that test our courage. Taking children into a house with white carpet is one of them.   Erma Bombeck
  • Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you’re scared to death.  Harold Wilson
  • Courage is the fear of being thought a coward.  Horace Smith
  • Courage:  Fear in action.
  • He has committed every crime that does not require courage.   Benjamin Disraeli
  • I want to get the words “Courage” and “Bravery” tattooed across my back, so people could associate me with those things as they read them while they chase me.   Jarod Kintz
  • Lord, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to hide the bodies of those people I had to kill because they pissed me off!   Sarah Ferguson
  • Man’s got courage. Man’s got guts. And I don’t think he’ll be with us very long.   Jerry Glanville
  • The hardest part of getting a girl’s phone number is working up the courage to go through her trash and get it.
  • The opposite for courage is not cowardice, it is conformity. Even a dead fish can go with the flow.   Jim Hightower
  • Washington is a place where men praise courage and act on elaborate personal cost-benefit calculations.   John Kenneth Galbraith
  • I got an award for bravery on the beach. I saved a young girl from a lifeguard.
  • Brave: The first man to swallow an oyster.
  • Charles Dicken was the bravest man who ever lived; he fathered ten children before they became tax deductions.   W.C. Fields
  • I am quite possibly the world’s bravest coward. I have never backed down from backing down from a fight.  Jarod Kintz
  • Men are brave enough to go to war but they are not brave enough to get a bikini wax.  Rita Rudner
  • Noah was a brave man to sail in a wooden boat with two termites.
  • I want to understand the elements that compose courage in the same way I understand the periodic table. I feel that by knowing the periodic table of courage I can be courageous, at least periodically.  Jarod Kintz
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