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Inspirational Quotes about Courage

Updated on May 9, 2020
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Russ writes on relationships, people management, music, and poetry. He is originally from South Africa and now lives in the UK.

Do something Brave Every Day

Do something brave every day! It doesn't matter how small or how big. You already know not to be reckless. Just push yourself a tiny bit further; a bit more energy, effort, risk. Tell the truth. Speak to someone you have been avoiding. Do that thing you've wanted to do for so long. Sing, dance, or just risk being silent and really listen to what people say to you. Be who you want to be. Russ Baleson

The greater danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it. Michelangelo

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

If you hear a voice within saying, ”You can’t paint,” then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.  Vincent Van Gogh 

Quotes from Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela

It always seems impossible until its done.

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.

During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to see realized. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.


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

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

Courage Is.........

Courage is the knowledge of how to fear what ought to be feared and how not to fear what ought not to be feared. David Ben-Gurion

Courage is being afraid but going on anyhow. Dan Rather

Courage is knowing what not to fear. Plato

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

Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties. Erich Fromm

Don’t be afraid to encounter risks. It is by taking chances that we learn how to be brave. Nancye V. Sims

Every man has his own courage and is betrayed because he seeks in himself the courage of other persons. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Everything can be taken from a man but one thing, the last and the greatest of human freedoms, to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstance, to choose one’s own way of life. Victor Frankl

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

If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary. Jim Rohn

May you grow up to be righteous, may you grow up to be true; may you always know the truth and see the lights surrounding you.  May you always be courageous, stand upright and be strong.  May you stay forever young. Bob Dylan

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. T S Elliot

Optimism is the foundation of courage. Nicholas Murray Butler

Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm - Winston Churchill

If you’re going through hell, keep going. Winston Churchill

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

These days I'm feeling all right except I can't tell my courage from my desperation. Bruce Springsteen

The important thing is this. To be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become. Charles Dubois

The only real progress lies in learning to be wrong all alone. Albert Camus

We cannot become what we want to be by remaining what we are. Max Dupree

It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare. Mark Twain

To the Cowardly Lion: As for you my fine friend, you are a victim of disorganised thinking.  You are under the unfortunate delusion that simply because you run away from danger, you have no courage.  You're confusing courage with wisdom.  The Wizard of Oz

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

We could never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world. Helen Keller

One man with courage makes a majority. Andrew Jackson

To go against the dominant thinking of your friends, of most of the people you see every day, is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform. Theodore H. White

Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I'll try again tomorrow. Mary Anne Radmacher

Conscience is the root of all true courage; if a man would be brave let him obey his conscience. James Freeman-Clarke

Whoever said anybody has a right to give up? Marian Wright Edelman

Necessity does the work of courage. Nicholas Murray Butler

A great deal of talent is lost to the world for want of a little courage. Goethe

One isn't necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practise any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest. Maya Angelou

When a resolute young fellow steps up to the great bully, the world, and takes him boldly by the beard, he is often surprised to find it comes off in his hand and that it was only tied on to scare away the timid adventurers. Ralph Waldo Emerson 

Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish. John Quincy Adams

Start a crusade in your life - to dare to be your best. William Danforth

The best way out is always through. Robert Frost

Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible. Frank Zappa

You can't test courage cautiously. Anne Dillard

Courage is the power to let go of the familiar. Raymond Lindquist

To dare is to lose one's footing momentarily. To not dare is to lose oneself. Soren Kierkegaard

What separates individuals is not how many times they fall, but how fast they get back up and try again. Nigel Risner

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

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    • Russ Baleson profile imageAUTHOR

      Russ Baleson 

      10 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom

      Hi Vanshri, thank you, these are great comments, glad it has helped. Russ

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      10 years ago

      its a very inspiring site and has made a lot of difference in my way of looking at things

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      Russ Baleson 

      11 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom

      Hi Carmen,

      Thanks for stopping by and for your comments. Glad you enjoyed it. Russ

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      Carmen Borthwick 

      11 years ago from Maple Ridge, B.C.

      I thoroughly enjoyed this hub, thanks for taking the time to put it together and share with us. It was difficult to choose just one as a favourite!

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      Russ Baleson 

      11 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom

      Thank you! I had a lot of fun putting it together and was also inspired to take a few more risks. It's been helping a lot. Thank you for your kind support. Regards, Russ

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      11 years ago from New York, NY

      Russ, I think this one may be my favorite! The pictures are so in tune to the words . I love it!! Bring on some more . .. more. . I can read these all day long! Thanks . Im starting today with all the courage you have inspired in me:) doesn't hurt that Springsteen is just about one of my all time favorites ever and that is one of my all time favorite pictures of him:)


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