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
I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self.
Courage is fear that has said its prayers.
~ Karle Wilson Baker
Bravery is the capacity to perform properly even when scared half to death.
~ General Omar Bradley
It is a brave act of valour to contemn death; but where life is more terrible than death, it is then the truest valour to dare to live.
~ Sir Thomas Browne, in Religio Medici, section xliv
At the bottom of a good deal of the bravery that appears in the world there lurks a miserable cowardice. Men will face powder and steel because they cannot face public opinion.
~ George Chapin
A light supper, a good night’s sleep, and a fine morning have often made a hero of the same man who, by indigestion, a restless night, and a rainy morning, would have proved a coward.
~ Lord Chesterfield
To see what is right, and not do it, is want of courage, or of principle.
A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Courage is…knowing you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what.
~ Atticus Finch, a character in Harper Lee’s book To Kill a Mockingbird
Courage is like a muscle. We strengthen it with use.
~ Ruth Gordon
Courage is grace under pressure.
~ Ernest Hemingway
In time of danger it is proper to be alarmed until danger be near at hand; but when we perceive that danger is near, we should oppose it as if we were not afraid.
~ The Hitopadesa
One man with courage makes a majority.
~ Andrew Jackson
Never ask the gods for life set free from grief, but ask for courage that endureth long.
Fortune and love favor the brave.
Courage is fear holding on a minute longer.
~ George S. Patton
Courage consists not in hazarding without fear, but being resolutely minded in a just cause.
Courage stands halfway between cowardice and rashness, one of which is a lack, the other an excess, of courage.
The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion.
~ Proverbs 28:1
Sometimes the biggest act of courage is a small one.
~ Lauren Raffo
A timid person is frightened before a danger, a coward during the time, and a courageous person afterwards.
~ Jean Paul Richter
Courage consists not in blindly overlooking danger, but in seeing it, and conquering it.
~ Jean Paul Richter
Courage – a perfect sensibility of the measure of danger, and a mental willingness to endure it.
~ William T. Sherman
Courage is not limited to the battlefield. The real tests of courage are much quieter. They are the inner tests, like enduring pain when the room is empty or standing alone when you’re misunderstood.
~ Charles Swindoll
Fortes fortuna adiuvat. [Fortune favours the brave.]
~ Terence, in Phormio
Bravery never goes out of fashion.
~ William Makepeace Thackeray, in The Four Georges
A man that flies from his fear may find that he has only taken a short cut to meet it.
~ J.R.R. Tolkien
Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.
~ Mark Twain
Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Don’t be afraid or discouraged by the size of the task, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.
~ Bible, 1 Chronicles 28:20