Courage & Fear


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

“Dont fear failure so much that you refuse to try new things. The saddest summary of life contains three descriptions: could have, might have and should have.” - Louis E. Boone (born 1941); Author

Courage is the ladder on which all the other virtues mount. ~Clare Booth Luce, in Reader’s Digest, 1979

Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear - Albert Camus

Courage doesnt always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says, Ill try again tomorrow. ~Mary Anne Radmacher

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

Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear. ~George Addair

Of all the liars in the world, sometimes the worst are your own fears. ~ Rudyard Kipling


“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” - Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965); British statesman, prime minister, author, Nobel Prize winner



Let me not pray to be... - Rabindranath Tagore



Adventure can be an end in itself. Self-discovery is the secret ingredient that fuels daring. -- Grace Lichtenstein


"Courage is almost a contradiction in terms: it means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die." - Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936); writer


Life shrinks or expands in proportion to ones courage. - Anais Nin



"Courage is not simply one of the virtues but the form of every virtue at the testing point." - C.S. Lewis (1898-1963);writer, theologian, scholar



Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender¸ that is strength. - Arnold


The strength of any weakness within us is the degree to which it is feared. - Guy Finley


Failure is only postponed success as long as courage "coaches" ambition. The habit of persistence is the habit of victory. - Herbert Kaufman


Courage doesnt always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says, Ill try again tomorrow. - Mary Anne Radmacher~Hershey


Courage is the ladder on which all the other virtues mount. ~ Clare Booth Luce


"When I dare 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 (1934-1992); writer, poet, and activist


You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore. - Christopher Columbus


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


"Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear."  - James Neil Hollingworth (pseudonym Ambrose Redmoon) (1933-1996); writer, former manager of the folk rock band Quicksilver Messenger Service

Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.
-- Helen Keller

Be bold. If youre going to make an error, make a doozy, and dont be afraid to hit the ball. -- Billie Jean King


Because a fellow has failed once or twice, or a dozen times, you dont want to set him down as a failure till hes dead or loses his courage--and thats the same thing. -- George Lorimer


"Courage is like love; it must have hope for nourishment." - Napoleon Bonaparte  (1769-1821); Emporer Of France


Bravery is the capacity to perform properly even when scared half to death. -- General Omar Bradley


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


Considering how dangerous everything is, nothing is really very frightening. -- Gertrude Stein


Courage cant see around corners, but goes around them anyway. -- Mignon McLaughlin (The Neurotics Notebook)


"Most of our obstacles would melt away if, instead of cowering before them, we should make up our minds to walk boldly through them."  - Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924), author, publisher


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 (Do It! Lets Get Off our Buts)


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


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


Courage is doing what youre afraid to do. There can be no courage unless youre scared.--Eddie Rickenbacker


Courage is not simply another virtue, it is the true form each and every virtue takes when put into practice.--Michael Rawls (from Fridays Inspiration: The Foundation of Integrity - 6/1/2001)


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 towering oak that sees storms come and go; it is the fragile blossom that opens in the snow.--Alice M. Swaim


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


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


Courage is the atom of change.--Bettina R. Flores


Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees the others.--Aristotle


Courage is the ladder on which all the other virtues mount. --Clare Boothe Luce (in Readers Digest, 1979)


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;
Nor mountain heights where bitter joy can hear
The sound of wings. --Amelia Earhart


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


The courage of life is often a less dramatic spectacle than the courage of a final moment, but it is no less than a magnificent mixture of triumph and tragedy. People do what they must--in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures--and that is the basis of all human morality. --John F. Kennedy


Courageous risks are life-giving, they help you grow, make you brave, and better than you think you are.--Joan L. Curcio


Deal honestly and objectively with yourself; intellectual honesty and personal courage are the hallmarks of great character. --Brian Tracey (The Treasury of Quotes)


Discouragement is not the absence of adequacy but the absence of courage. --Neal A. Maxwell


Do the thing you fear, then the death of fear is certain. --Brian Tracey (The Treasury of Quotes)


Do what you fear and fear disappears. --David Joseph Schwartz


Dont forget to pack your courage for your journey to greatness. --Dave Weinbaum


Each time a person stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, these ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance. --Robert F. Kennedy


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


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


Fear is that little darkroom where negatives are developed. --Michael Pritchard


Freedom lies in being bold.--Robert Frost


The hardest thing you can do is smile when you are ill, in pain, or depressed. But this no-cost remedy is a necessary first half-step if you are to start on the road to recovery. --Allen Klein (Quotations to Cheer You Up)


Hatred and fear blind us. We no longer see each other. We see only the faces of monsters, and that gives us the courage to destroy each other.--Thich Nhat Hanh (Love in Action)


Have courage and a little willingness to venture and be defeated.--Robert Frost


Have courage for the great sorrows of life and for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. God is awake.--Unknown


He who is brave is free.--Seneca


A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer.--Ralph Waldo Emerson


I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self.--Aristotle


I am a writer who came of a sheltered life. A sheltered life can be a daring life as well. For all serious daring starts from within.--Eudora Welty (One Writers Beginnings)


I am not afraid of tomorrow, for I have seen yesterday and I love today.--William Allen White


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 thing can break you. --Paula Giddings


I do not ask to walk smooth paths nor bear an easy load.
I pray for strength and fortitude to climb the rock strewn road.
Give me such courage and I can scale the hardest peaks alone,
And transform every stumbling block into a stepping stone. --Gale Brook Burket


I have not ceased being fearful, but I have ceased to let fear control me. I have accepted fear as a part of life--specifically the fear of change, the fear of the unknown; and I have gone ahead despite the pounding in my heart that says: turn back, turn back, youll die if you venture too far. --Erica Jong


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 (Seattle Times 2/1/03)


If you are lucky enough to find a way of life you love, you have to find the courage to live it.--John Irving


If you listen to your fears, you will die never knowing what a great person you might have been.--Robert H. Schuller


If you want to see the brave, look at those who can forgive.--Bahagavad Gita


Is he alone who has courage on his right hand and faith on his left hand?--Charles Lindbergh


It doesnt matter if we think were 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 (What Would You Do If You Had No Fear?)


It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that things are difficult.--Seneca


It isnt 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


It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who you really are.--e.e. cummings


It used to take courage--indeed, it was the act of courage par excellence--to leave the comforts of home and family and go out into the world seeking adventure. Today there are fewer places to discover, and the real adventure is to stay at home.--Alvaro de Solva


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


Kill the snake of doubt in your soul, crush the worms of fear in your heart and mountains will move out of your way.--Kate Seredy


Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers but to be fearless in facing them.
Let me not beg for the stilling of my pain, but for the heart to conquer it.
Let me not look for allies in lifes battlefield but to my own strength.
Let me not crave in anxious fear to be saved but hope for the patience to win my freedom.
Grant me that I may not be a coward, feeling your mercy in my success alone;
But let me find the grasp of your hand in my failure.--Rabindranath Tagore


Life shrinks or expands in proportion to ones courage.--Anais Nin


Like gaining confidence, finding ones courage is gradual rather than all at once.--Barbara Barksdale Clowse


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


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


Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark. Professionals built the Titanic.--Anonymous


Never forget that life can only be nobly inspired and rightly lived if you take it bravely and gallantly, as a splendid adventure in which you are setting out into an unknown country, to meet many a joy, to find many a comrade, to win and lose many a battle.--Annie Besant


Never give in, never, never, never, never; in nothing, great or small--never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense.--Winston Churchill


Never grow a wishbone, daughter, where you backbone ought to be.--Clementine Paddleford


Once you face your fear, nothing is ever as hard as you think.--Olivia Newton-John


One person with courage makes a majority.--Andrew Jackson


One man with courage is a majority.--Thomas Jefferson


The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.--Franklin Delano Roosevelt


Only when we are no longer afraid do we begin to live…--Dorothy Thompson


The secret of freedom, courage.--Thucydides


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


Something happens to me when I witness someones courage. They may not know Im watching and I might not let them know. But something happens to me that will last me for a lifetime. To fill me when Im empty, and rock me when Im low.--Holly Near


Take chances, make mistakes. Thats how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail in order to practice being brave.--Mary Tyler Moore


There are people who put their dreams in a little box and say, "Yes, Ive got dreams, of course Ive got dreams." Then they put the box away and bring it out once in awhile to look in it, and yep, theyre 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?" Thats where courage comes in.--Erma Bombeck


To fight fear, act. To increase fear--wait, put off postpone.--David Joseph Schwartz


To him that waits all things reveal themselves, provided that he has the courage not to deny, in the darkness, what he has seen in the light.--Coventry Patmore


We are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of Nature has placed in our power.. the battle, sir, is not to the strong alone it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave.--Patrick Henry


We dont 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 (What Would You Do If You Had No Fear?)


We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face... we must do that which we think we cannot.--Eleanor Roosevelt


We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.--Martin Luther King, Jr.


We must have 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


What is a minority? The chosen heroes of this earth have been in a minority. There is not a social, political, or religious priviledge that you enjoy today that was not bought for you by the blood and tears and patient suffering of the minority. It is the minority that have stood in the van of every moral conflict, and achieved all that is noble in the history of the world.--John Bartholomew Gough


What is needed, rather than running away or controlling or suppressing or any other resistance, is understanding fear; that means, watch it, learn about it, come directly into contact with it. We are to learn about fear, not how to escape from it.--Jiddu Krishnamurti


Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage.--Ralph Waldo Emerson


Whatever your sex or position, life is a battle in which you are to show your pluck, and woe be to the coward. Whether passed on a bed of sickness or a tented field, it is ever the same fair play and admits not foolish distinction. Despair and postponement are cowardice and defeat. Men were born to succeed, not to fail.--Henry David Thoreau


When you are in doubt, be still, and wait. When doubt no longer exists for you, then go forward in courage.--White Eagle


Where fear is, happiness is not.--Seneca


Who bravely dares must sometimes risk a fall.--Tobias G. Smollett


The world is not perishing for the want of clever or talented, or well-meaning men. It is perishing for the want of men of courage and resolution.--Robert J. McCracken


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