83+ Courage Quotes to Inspire and Enlighten You

Vincent van Gogh Quote: What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything

What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything.

Vincent Van Gogh

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear.

Mark Twain

Have the courage to live. Anyone can die.

Robert Cody

Courage is the capacity to confront what can be imagined…

Leo C. Rosten

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

Anais Nin

Sometimes it takes courage to give into temptation.

Oscar Wilde

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

Mark Twain

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

Robert Green Ingersoll

Courage Quote (Paulo Coelho): Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience.

Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience.

Paulo Coelho

Few men are willing to brave the disapproval of their fellows, the censure of their colleagues, the wrath of their society. Moral courage is a rarer commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence. Yet it is the one essential, vital quality for those who seek to change a world which yields most painfully to change.

Robert F. Kennedy

It takes far less courage to kill yourself than it takes to wake up one more time. It is harder to stay where you are than to get out.

Judith Rossner

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

Robert Louis Stevenson

It often requires more courage to dare to do right than to fear to do wrong.

Abraham Lincoln

Success is never final, failure is never fatal. It's courage that counts.

John Wooden

You don’t develop courage by being happy in your relationships everyday. You develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity.


Courage Quote (Thucydides): The secret of happiness is freedom, and the secret of freedom is courage.

The secret of happiness is freedom, and the secret of freedom is courage.


Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.

C. S. Lewis

Courage is found in unlikely places.

J. R. R. Tolkien

The sufferings that fate inflicts on us should be borne with patience, what enemies inflict with manly courage.


It is courage, courage, courage, that raises the blood of life to crimson splendor. Live bravely and present a brave front to adversity


Courage is getting away from death by continually coming within an inch of it.

G. K. Chesterton

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


Courage is rightly considered the foremost of the virtues, for upon it all others depend.

Winston Churchill

Courage is like love it must have hope for nourishment.

Le Rochefoucauld

Courage Quote (Jean Paul Richter): Courage consists not in blindly overlooking danger, but in seeing it, and conquering it.

Courage consists not in blindly overlooking danger, but in seeing it, and conquering it.

Jean Paul Richter

A man of character in peace is a man of courage in war.

Sir James Glover

Courage is the complement of fear. A man who is fearless cannot be courageous.

Robert A. Heinlein

Courage is saying, Maybe what I’m doing isn’t working maybe I should try something else.

Anna Lappe

Courage is fear holding on a minute longer.

George S. Patton

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

Courage Quote (Euripides): This is courage in a man: to bear unflinchingly what heaven sends.

This is courage in a man: to bear unflinchingly what heaven sends.


Courage is a peculiar kind of fear.

Charles Kennedy

Courage is grace under pressure.

Ernest Hemingway

Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of a readiness to die.

Gilbert K. Chesterton

Courage is tiny pieces of fear all glued together.

Terri Guillemets

To see what is right, and not to do it, is want of courage or of principle.


Nothing gives a fearful man more courage than another’s fear.

Umberto Eco

Courage Quote (William Shedd): A ship is safe in harbour, but that’s not what ships are for.

A ship is safe in harbour, but that’s not what ships are for.

William Shedd

Courage is knowing what not to fear.


One man with courage is a majority.

Andrew Jackson

A bold attempt is half success. 

Danish Proverb

All glory comes from daring to begin.

Eugene F. Ware

Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish then with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing. Use the pain as fuel, as a reminder of your strength.

August Wilson

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

Billy Graham

You will find as you grow older that courage is the rarest of all qualities to be found in public life.

Benjamin Disraeli

Courage is being scared to death – but saddling up anyway.

John Wayne

Courage Quote (Plato): Courage is a kind of salvation.

Courage is a kind of salvation.


Pain nourishes courage. You can’t be brave if you’ve only hade wonderful things happen to you.

Mary Tyler Moore

It often takes more courage to change one’s opinion than to stick to it.

Geoffrey F. Albert

Courage is the power of the mind to overcome fear.

Martin Luther King

The scars you acquire by exercising courage, will never make you feel inferior.

D. A. Battista

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

Eddie Rickenbacker

Courage is never to let your actions be influenced by your fears.

Arthur Koestler

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

Winston Churchill

Courage Quote (Logan Pearsall Smith): What is more mortifying than to feel that you have missed the plum for want of courage to shake the tree?

What is more mortifying than to feel that you have missed the plum for want of courage to shake the tree?

Logan Pearsall Smith

It requires more courage to suffer than to die.

Napoleon Bonaparte

Courage easily finds its own eloquence.


True courage is not the brutal force of vulgar heroes, but the firm resolve of virtue and reason.

Alfred North Whitehead

All of our dreams can come true – if we have the courage to pursue them.

Walt Disney

Courage conquers all things.


To live we must conquer incessantly, we must have the courage to be happy.

Henri F. Amiel

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

Harold Wilson

Courage is what preserves our liberty, safety, life, and our homes and parents, our country and children. Courage comprises all things.


You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience by which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, "I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along."

Eleanor Roosevelt

Always do what you are afraid to do.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

If we wait until our lives are free from sorrow or difficulty, then we wait forever. And miss the entire point.

Dirk Benedict

The deepest and rarest kind of courage has nothing to do with feats or obstacles in the outside world; and, indeed, has nothing to do with the outside world — it is the courage to be who you are.

Sydney J. Harris

Do not fear to step into the unknown for where there is risk, there is also reward.

Lori Hard

Andre Gide Quote: Man cannot discover new oceans unless he...

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

Andre Gide

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

Erica Jong

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

Because of a great love, one is courageous.

Lao Tzu

Courage is one step ahead of fear.

Coleman Young

Courage and cheerfulness will not only carry you over the rough places in life, but will enable you to bring comfort and help to the weak-hearted and will console you in sad hours.

William Osler

Anyone can give up, it's the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that's true strength.

Unknown Author

When in doubt, do the courageous thing.

Jan Smuts

Courage – a perfect sensibility of the measure of danger, and a mental willingness to endure it.

William Tecumseh Sherman

Another word for creativity is courage.

George Prince

Cheer up, the worst is yet to come.

Philander Johnson

A man of courage flees forward in the midst of new things.

Jacques Maritain

Courage is the power to let go of the familiar.

Raymond Lindquist

Courage is the thing. All goes if courage goes.

Joseph Addison

Courage means going against majority opinion in the name of the truth.

Vaclav Havel