Courage Quotes
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Courage quotes and sayings about courage offer lots of inspiration. After reading them ask yourself, “Do I feel courageous?” Whether you feel it or not, you are a highly courageous person.

Each of these Courage Quotes is speaking directly to you! Give yourself credit for heading out into the world every day and fighting all the battles life seems to present. Most of us go out armed only with the desire to make a difference in a world that often seems to busy to care. I see you as a courageous adventurer with an important mission.

Starting each day with an optimistic attitude takes courage. Trying new thoughts, words and actions takes courage. Laughing and loving and being your unique, authentic self takes courage. Every courage quote in this collection was written to encourage and empower people just like you. You are not alone! Please know we are all operating with some level of fear as our co-pilot. Plug along any way you can. Reach out to like-minded souls. Ask for help. Angels are all around you waiting to lend a hand. Many, many people care about you.

I hope you find comfort in these words and all the quotes that follow. Think of this site as your 24/7 inspiration line. If you need a bit of extra courage (or encouragement) consider a courage coaching session.  I see you as overflowing with courage and passion and purpose. If I can help, e-mail:

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May I have the courage to show up fully to be of service to what wants to emerge.
Kathia Laszlo

Courage is being afraid but going on anyhow.
Dan Rather

The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.
Coco Chanel

What anxiety means is it's as though the world is knocking at your door, and you need to create, you need to make something, you need to do something. I think anxiety, for people who have found their own heart and their own souls, for them it is a stimulus toward creativity, toward courage. It's what makes us human beings.
Rollo May

A heart full of courage and cheerfulness needs a little danger from time to time, or the world gets unbearable.
Friedrich Nietzsche

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

He who loses wealth loses much; he who loses a friend loses more; but he that loses his courage loses all.
Miguel De Cervantes

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

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

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.
Ambrose Redmoon

It is brave to be involved.
Gwendolyn Brooks

Pain nourishes courage. You can't be brave if you've only had wonderful things happen to you.
Mary Tyler Moore

Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death.
Harold Wilson

Courage is fear that has said its prayers.
Dorothy Bernard

Stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone ought to be.
Elizabeth Gilbert

Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace. The soul that knows it not, knows no release from little things; knows not the livid loneliness of fear.
Amelia Earhart

Success is never final. Failure is never fatal. It is courage that counts.
Winston Churchill

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

Optimism is the foundation of courage.
Nicholas Murray Butler

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

All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.
Walt Disney

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

Courage is doing what you're afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you are scared.
Eddie Rickenbacker

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

Courage is grace under pressure.
Ernest Hemingway

Courage is like love; it must have hope to nourish it.
Napoleon Bonaparte

Courage is not the absence of fear; it is the making of action in spite of fear.
M. Scott Peck

Courage is very important. Like a muscle, it is strengthened by use.
Ruth Gordon

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

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

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.
Nelson Mandela

I'm not funny. What I am is brave.
Lucille Ball

It is an act of courage to acknowledge our own uncertainty and sit with it for a while.
Harriet Goldhor Lerner

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.
e. e. cummings

Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others.
Robert Louis Stevenson

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

To be courageous means to be afraid but to go a little step forward anyway.
Beverly Smith

To face despair and not give in to it, that's courage.
Ted Koppel

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

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

With courage you will dare to take risks, have the strength to be compassionate and the wisdom to be humble. Courage is the foundation of integrity.
Keshavan Nair

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

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