Courage Quotes (76) Spiritual Sayings

Summary: Courage is the ability to confront fear, pain, danger, uncertainty, or intimidation. Courage is acting in spite of fear. "Physical courage" is courage in the face of physical pain, hardship, death, or threat of death, while "moral courage" is the ability to act rightly in the face of popular opposition, shame, scandal, or discouragement.

“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

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”
~ Lao Tzu

“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

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

“Courage is found in unlikely places.”
~ J.R.R. Tolkien

“People who lack the clarity, courage, or determination to follow their own dreams will often find ways to discourage yours. Live your truth and don't EVER stop!”
~ Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

I believe the most important single thing, beyond discipline and creativity is daring to dare.
~ Maya Angelou

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

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

Most people live and die with their music still unplayed. They never dare to try.
~ Mary Kay Ash

Courage – fear that has said its prayers.
~ Dorothy Bernard

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 awhile 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 Louise Bombeck

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

Optimism is essential to achievement and it is also the foundation of courage and of true progress.
~ Nicholas Murray Butler

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

I think a person who takes a job in order to live - that is to say, for the money - has turned himself into a slave. Work begins when you don't like what you're doing. 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

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

It takes courage for people to listen to their own goodness and act on it.
~ Pablo Casals

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

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

Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience.
~ Paulo Coelho

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

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

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

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

Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.
~ Peter F. Drucker

So long as you have courage and a sense of humor, it is never too late to start life afresh.
~ Freeman Dyson

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

It is a fact of life that we find ourselves in unpleasant demoralizing situations which we can neither escape nor control. We can keep our morale and spirits high by using both coping and hoping humor. Coping humor laughs at the hopelessness in our situation. It gives us the courage to hang in there, but it does not bring hope. The uniqueness of hoping humor lies in its acceptance of life with all its dichotomies, contradictions, and incongruities. It celebrates the hope in human life. From one comes courage, from the other comes inspiration.
~ Cy Eberhart

Love is an act of courage, not of fear.
~ Paolo Freire

Faith is walking face-first and full-speed into the dark. If we truly knew all the answers in advance as to the meaning of life and the nature of God and the destiny of our souls, our belief would not be a leap of faith and it would not be a courageous act of humanity; it would just be... a prudent insurance policy.
~ Elizabeth Gilbert

I’m here. I love you. I don’t care if you need to stay up crying all night long, I will stay with you. There’s nothing you can ever do to lose my love. I will protect you until you die, and after your death I will still protect you. I am stronger than Depression and I am braver than Loneliness and nothing will ever exhaust me.
~ Elizabeth Gilbert

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

Art is a personal act of courage, something one human does that creates change in another.
~ Seth Goden

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

We have come into this exquisite world to experience ever and ever more deeply our divine courage, freedom and light!
~ Hafiz

Courage is grace under pressure.
~ Ernest Hemingway

Strength and courage aren't always measured in medals and victories. They are measured in the struggles they overcome. The strongest people aren't always the people who win, but the people who don't give up when they lose.
~ Ashley Hodgeson

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. 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

Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads.
~ Erica Jong

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

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

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

A great leader’s courage to fulfill his vision comes from passion, not position.
~ John C. Maxwell

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

The opposite of courage in our society is not cowardice, it is conformity.
~ Rollo May

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

Whatever sphere we may be in, there is a profound joy in the realization that we are helping to form the structure of the new world. This is creative courage, however minor or fortuitous our creations may be.
~ Rollo May

The only courage that matters is the kind that gets you from one minute to the next.
~ Mignon McLaughlin

Imagination takes humility, love and great courage.
~ Carson McSullers

You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.
~ A. A. Milne

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

Faith is courage; it is creative while despair is always destructive.
~ David S. Muzzey

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

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

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

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

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

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

Let your light shine. Be a source of strength and courage. Share your wisdom. Radiate love.
~ Wilferd Peterson

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

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

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

Women are like tea bags: put them in hot water and they get stronger.
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

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

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

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

Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others.
~ 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

Everybody's frightened a bit. But how many of us just go through the fear and do it anyway?
~ Barbra Streisand

Fear makes us feel small and uncertain, uncomfortable and separate. Fearlessness expands and creates possibilities.
~ Helena Tiainen

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

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.
~ Mark Twain

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

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


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