Quotes About Courage

Words to Inspire Us All

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You don't have to look far to find an abundance of courage within the military community. It's everywhere—from the servicemembers to the spouses, right on down to the kids. Occasionally military life can get a bit overwhelming and leave us feeling anything but courageous. However, sometimes a few simple words of wisdom is all that it takes to get us back on track. If you're in need of a little encouragement, the following quotes about courage may give you just the boost you require—especially during those challenging times that we've all experienced to one degree or another.

Words of Wisdom About Courage

"It takes a lot of courage to show your dreams to someone else." –Erma Bombeck

"God grant me the courage not to give up what I think is right, even though I think it is hopeless." –Admiral Chester W. Nimitz

"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

"I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence but it comes from within. It is there all the time." –Anna Freud

"People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously." –Eleanor Roosevelt

"Life is the acceptance of responsibilities, or their evasion; it is a business of meeting obligations, or avoiding them." –Ben Ames Williams

"Let us not look back in anger, nor forward in fear, but around us in awareness." –James Thurber

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

"What you can do, or dream you can do, begin it; boldness has genius, power and magic in it." – Johann von Goethe

"Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending." –Carl Bard

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

"Why not go out on a limb? Isn't that where the fruit is?" –Frank Scully

"Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear—not absence of fear." –Mark Twain

"It's not whether you get knocked down, it's whether you get back up." –Vince Lombardi

"When you get into a tight place and it seems you can't go on, hold on, for that's just the place and the time that the tide will turn." –Harriet Beecher Stowe

"One of the biggest factors in success is the courage to undertake something." –Jeremy Collier

"Dare to begin! He who postpones living rightly is like the rustic who waits for the river to run out before he crosses." –Horace

"Courage is fear that said its prayers." –Dorothy Bernard

"Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told: 'I'm with you kid. Let's go." –Maya Angelou

"We are made to persist. That's how we find out who we are." –Tobias Wolff​​

"We need the courage to start and continue what we should do, and courage to stop what we shouldn't do." –Richard L. Evans

"Courage is the most important of all virtues, because without it we can't practice any other virtue with consistency." –Maya Angelou

"The first rule is to keep an untroubled spirit. The second is to look things in the face and know them for what they are." –Marcus Aurelius

"What does not destroy me, makes me stronger." –Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

"There's no such thing as bravery, only degrees of fear." –John Wainwright

"Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced." –James Baldwin

"Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them and try to follow where they lead." –Louis May Alcott

"Courage is the ladder on which all the other virtues mount." –Clare Boothe Luce

"I couldn't wait for success, so I went ahead without it." –Jonathan Winters

"The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding go out to meet it." –Thucydides

Updated by Armin Brott, June 2016