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Quotes on COURAGE

"Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities . . . because it is the quality which guarantees all others."
— Winston Churchill
British Prime Minister

"The encouraging thing is that every time you meet a situation, though you may think at the time it is an impossibility and you go through the tortures of the damned, once you have met it and lived through it you find that forever after you are freer than you ever were before. If you can live through that you can live through anything. You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you 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.' The danger lies in refusing to face the fear, in not daring to come to grips with it. If you fail anywhere along the line, it will take away your confidence. You must make yourself succeed every time. You must do the thing you think you cannot do."
— Eleanor Roosevelt
You Learn By Living (1960)

"The desire for safety stands against every great and noble enterprise."
— Tacitus
Roman historian

"I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflections."
— Thomas Paine

"Only be you strong, and very courageous, then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success."
— Joshua 1:7-8

"There is nothing in the world so much admired as a man who knows how to bear unhappiness with courage."
— Seneca

"Bravery is a complicated thing to describe. You can't say it's three feet long and two feet wide and that it weighs four hundred pounds or that it's colored bright blue or that it sounds like a piano or that it smells like roses. It's a quality, not a thing."
— Mickey Mantle
The Quality of Courage

"Courage is doing what you're afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you're scared."
— Eddie Rickenbacker
World War I hero

"The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of circumstances."
— Aristotle

"Fight hard when you are down; die hard—determine at least to do—and you won't die at all."
— James H. West

"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 no foolish distinction. Despair and postponement are cowardice and defeat. Men were born to succeed, not to fail."
— Henry David Thoreau

"One man with courage makes a majority."
— Andrew Jackson

"What separates the winners from the losers is how a person reacts to each new twist of fate."
— Donald Trump

"Courage is not limited to the battlefield or the Indianapolis 500 or bravely catching a thief in your house. The real tests of courage are much quieter. They are the inner tests, like remaining faithful when nobody's looking, like enduring pain when the room is empty, like standing alone when you're misunderstood."
— Charles Swindoll

"Never let the fear of striking out get in your way."
— Babe Ruth

"No captain can do very wrong if he places his ship alongside that of the enemy."
— Admiral Horatio Nelson

"[Admiral Nelson's counsel] guided me time and again. On the eve of the critical battle of Santa Cruz, in which the Japanese ships outnumbered ours more than two to one, I sent my task force commanders this dispatch: ATTACK REPEAT ATTACK. They did attack, heroically, and when the battle was done, the enemy turned away.
All problems, personal, national, or combat, become smaller if you don't dodge them, but confront them. Touch a thistle timidly, and it pricks you; grasp it boldly, and its spines crumble. Carry the battle to the enemy! Lay your ship alongside his!"
— Admiral William "Bull" Halsey

"Come to the edge, He said.
They said: We are afraid.
Come to the edge, He said.
They came. He pushed them,
And they flew . . ."
— Guillaume Apollinaire
French poet

"Never forget that no military leader has ever become great without audacity."
— Karl von Clausewitz

"One man with courage makes a majority."
— Andrew Jackson

"Courage is fear holding on a minute longer."
— General George S. Patton

"Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm."
— Winston Churchill
British Prime Minister

"To look at something as though we had never seen it before requires great courage."
— Henri Matisse

“To see what is right and not do it, is the want of courage.”
— Confucius

"Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear. Except a creature be part coward it is not a compliment to say it is brave."
— Mark Twain, The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson

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

"What you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it."
— Goethe

"Courage is being scared to death—but saddling up anyway."
— John Wayne

"The moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now."
— Attributed to Goethe

"I have lived a long life and had many troubles, most of which never happened."
— Mark Twain

"We need to wake up from a thought that lasts too long."
— Paul Valιry

"In the age-old contest between popularity and principle, only those willing to lose for their convictions are deserving of posterity's approval."
— Gerald R. Ford

"To uncover your true potential you must first find your own limits and then you have to have the courage to blow past them."
— Picabo Street

"Courage is more exhilarating than fear and in the long run it is easier. We do not have to become heroes overnight. Just a step at a time, meeting each thing that comes up, seeing it is not as dreadful as it appeared, discovering we have the strength to stare it down.
— Eleanor Roosevelt
You Learn By Living (1960)

"I have endured a great deal of ridicule without much malice; and have received a great deal of kindness, not quite free from ridicule. I am used to it."
— Abraham Lincoln
November 2, 1863 in letter to James H. Hackett

"Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less."
— Marie Curie

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

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts."
— Winston Churchill