215 Courage Quotes To Inspire You To Take Action

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Courage is a choice that requires action. Courage quotes will inspire you to do just that! You can’t overcome fear without moving through it.

Begin to think of yourself as courageous. When you’re afraid to move forward, remember the times that you’ve overcome difficult challenges. Give yourself credit. Use the same strength to make courageous choices today. 

When things look grim or when you feel like it’s easier to hide than shine, allow these courage quotes to inspire you!

2. Pride is holding your head up when everyone around you has theirs bowed. Courage is what makes you do it. ~ Bryce Courtenay

3. Acts of bravery don’t always take place on battlefields. They can take place in your heart, when you have the courage to honor your character, your intellect, your inclinations, and yes, your soul by listening to its clean, clear voice of direction instead of following the muddied messages of a timid world. ~ Anna Quindlen

4. The most fundamental aggression to ourselves, the most fundamental harm we can do to ourselves, is to remain ignorant by not having the courage and the respect to look at ourselves honestly and gently. ~ Pema Chödrön

5. Sometimes, making the wrong choice is better than making no choice. You have the courage to go forward; that is rare. A person who stands at the fork, unable to pick, will never get anywhere. ~ Terry Goodkind

6. Bravery hides in amazing places. ~ Kiera Cass

7. I am not a courageous person by nature. I have simply discovered that, at certain key moments in this life, you must find courage in yourself, in order to move forward and live. It is like a muscle and it must be exercised, first a little, and then more and more. All the really exciting things possible during the course of a lifetime require a little more courage than we currently have. A deep breath and a leap. ~ John Patrick Shanley

8. I want to possess enough courage to fill a Campbell’s soup can. And then I want to use my courage to feed the homeless. Isn’t courage not only filling, but delicious? ~ Jarod Kintz

9. Courage to me is doing something daring, no matter how afraid, insecure, intimidated, alone, unworthy, incapable, ridiculed or whatever other paralyzing emotion you might feel. Courage is taking action…..no matter what. So you’re afraid? Be afraid. Be scared silly to the point you’re trembling and nauseous, but do it anyway! ~ Richelle E. Goodrich

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10. Courage is like love: it must have hope for nourishment. ~ Napoleon

11. It is hard to be brave, when you’re only a Very Small Animal. ~ A.A. Milne

12. Too many people out there tell us what we can and cannot do but…they don’t know who we are, what’s put in us. ~ Alex Rogers

13. A mode of conduct, a standard of courage, discipline, fortitude and integrity can do a great deal to make a woman beautiful. ~ Jacqueline Bisset

14. Real courage is doing the right thing when nobody’s looking. Doing the unpopular thing because it’s what you believe, and the heck with everybody. ~ Justin Cronin 

15. Courage originally meant “To speak one’s mind by telling all one’s heart.” ~ Brené Brown

16. And only weaklings…who lack courage and the power to feel they’re right when the whole world says they’re wrong, ever lose. ~ Zelda Fitzgerald

17. All this will not be finished in the first one hundred days. Nor will it be finished in the first one thousand days . . .nor even perhaps in our lifetime on this planet. But let us begin. ~ John F. Kennedy

18. Your heart’s strength is measured by how hard it holds on. Your self-worth and faith are measured by finally letting go. However, your peace is measured by how long you don’t look back. ~ Shannon L. Alder

19. Even in the mud and scum of things, something always, always sings. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

20. The key to life is accepting challenges. Once someone stops doing this, he’s dead. ~ Bette Davis

21. Run my dear, from anything that may not strengthen your precious budding wings. ~ Hafez

22. I nodded, pretending to be a hundred times more courageous than I felt. But that was the thing about courage. Sometimes you had to fake it to feel it. ~ Lisa Tawn Bergren

23. If you have a dream, don’t just sit there. Gather courage to believe that you can succeed and leave no stone unturned to make it a reality. ~ Roopleen

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25. Each mistake teaches you something new about yourself. There is no failure, remember, except in no longer trying. It is the courage to continue that counts. ~ Chris Bradford

26. The potential of the average person is like a huge ocean unsailed, a new continent unexplored, a world of possibilities waiting to be released and channeled toward some great good. ~ Brian Tracy

27. One of the greatest regrets in life is being what others would want you to be, rather than being yourself. ~ Shannon L. Alder

28. It takes as much courage to have tried and failed as it does to have tried and succeeded. ~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh

29. 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

30. Scared is what you’re feeling. Brave is what you’re doing. ~ Emma Donoghue

31. Risk anything! Care no more for the opinion of others … Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. Face the truth. ~ Katherine Mansfield

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

33. How few there are who have courage enough to own their faults, or resolution enough to mend them. ~ Benjamin Franklin

34. The truth is: belonging starts with self-acceptance. Your level of belonging, in fact, can never be greater than your level of self-acceptance, because believing that you’re enough is what gives you the courage to be authentic, vulnerable and imperfect. ~ Brene Brown

35. Everyone including YOU suffers when you refuse to BE all & DO all you can. ~ Fela Durotoye

36. Healing takes courage, and we all have courage, even if we have to dig a little to find it. ~ Tori Amos

37. One of the greatest gifts my father gave me – unintentionally – was witnessing the courage with which he bore adversity. We had a bit of a roller coaster life with some really challenging financial periods. He was always unshaken, completely tranquil, the same ebullient, laughing, jovial man. ~ Ben Okri

38. My cousin, Helen, who is in her 90’s now, was in the Warsaw ghetto during World War II. She and a bunch of the girls in the ghetto had to do sewing each day. And if you were found with a book, it was an automatic death penalty. She had gotten hold of a copy of Gone With The Wind, and she would take three or four hours out of her sleeping time each night to read. And then, during the hour or so they were sewing the next day, she would tell them all the story. These girls were risking certain death for a story. And when she told me that story herself, it actually made what I do feel more important. Because giving people stories is not a luxury. It’s actually one of the things that you live and die for. ~ Neil Gaiman

39. Courage, my friends; ’tis not too late to build a better world. ~ Tommy Douglas

40. There are no greater treasures than the highest human qualities such as compassion, courage and hope. Not even tragic accident or disaster can destroy such treasures of the heart. ~ Daisaku Ikeda

41. A mode of conduct, a standard of courage, discipline, fortitude and integrity can do a great deal to make a woman beautiful. ~ Jacqueline Bisset

42. Hope lies in dreams, in imagination, and in the courage of those who dare to make dreams into reality. ~ Jonas Salk

43. Success is that old ABC: ability, breaks, and courage. ~ Charles Luckman

44. True courage is like a kite; a contrary wind raises it higher. ~ John Petit-Senn

45. Love and peace of mind do protect us. They allow us to overcome the problems that life hands us. They teach us to survive… to live now… to have the courage to confront each day. ~ Bernie Siegel

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47. It takes a lot of courage to show your dreams to someone else. ~ Erma Bombeck

48. But he’d learned long ago that a life lived without risks pretty much wasn’t worth living. Life rewarded courage, even when that first step was taken neck-deep in fear. ~ Tamera Alexander

49. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. Security does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than exposure. ~ Hellen Keller

50. Sooner or later, even the fastest runners have to stand and fight. ~ Stephen King

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

52. Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life, and when it comes, hold your head high, look it squarely in the eye and say, ‘I will be bigger than you. You cannot defeat me.’ ~ Ann Landers

53. One man with courage makes a majority. ~ Andrew Jackson

54. Because no matter what they say, you always have a choice. You just don’t always have the guts to make it. ~ Ray N. Kuili

55. Come to the edge. We might fall. Come to the edge. It’s too high! COME TO THE EDGE! And they came. And he pushed. And they flew. ~ Christopher Logue

56. I now see how gifts like courage, compassion, and connection only work when they are exercised. Every day. ~ Brene Brown

57. There are times of hardship when people forget the courage they need to keep fighting, and survive. But I think as long as we have something to believe in – to keep close in our hearts – courage will never truly leave us. We only have to reach deep in our heart to find it. ~ Sakura

58. We’ve begun to raise daughters more like sons… but few have the courage to raise our sons more like our daughters. ~ Gloria Steinem

59. I’ve been through it all, baby; I’m mother courage. ~ Elizabeth Taylor

60. To create one’s world in any of the arts takes courage. ~ Georgia O’Keeffe

61. The difficult thing is that vulnerability is the first thing I look for in you and the last thing I’m willing to show you. In you, it’s courage and daring. In me, it’s weakness. ~ Brene Brown

62. Success means having the courage, the determination, and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be. ~ George A. Sheehan

63. It takes a lot of courage to face up to things you can’t do because we feed ourselves so much denial. ~ Zoe Saldana

64. It took me realizing that a broken heart has never actually killed anyone to find the courage to ask for what I want, in just about every situation. That was part of my own growing up. ~ Ginnifer Goodwin

65. I think we all have empathy. We may not have enough courage to display it. ~ Maya Angelou

66. There’s only one requirement of any of us, and that is to be courageous. Because courage, as you might know, defines all other human behavior. And, I believe – because I’ve done a little of this myself – pretending to be courageous is just as good as the real thing. ~ David Letterman

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68. Daring to set boundaries is about having the courage to love ourselves, even when we risk disappointing others. ~ Brene Brown

69. Believers, look up – take courage. The angels are nearer than you think. ~ Billy Graham

70. Take chances, make mistakes. That’s how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail in order to practice being brave. ~ Mary Tyler Moore

71. Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air. ~ John Quincy Adams

72. Have the courage to act instead of react. ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

73. You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in 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

74. Courage, sacrifice, determination, commitment, toughness, heart, talent, guts. That’s what little girls are made of. ~ Bethany Hamilton

75. We must become bigger than we have been: more courageous, greater in spirit, larger in outlook. We must become members of a new race, overcoming petty prejudice, owing our ultimate allegiance not to nations but to our fellow men within the human community. ~ Haile Selassie

76. Don’t make assumptions. Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life. ~ Miguel Angel Ruiz

77. If you could get up the courage to begin, you have the courage to succeed. ~ David Viscott

78. I think my mother… made it clear that you have to live life by your own terms and you have to not worry about what other people think and you have to have the courage to do the unexpected. ~ Caroline Kennedy

79. You have to really be courageous about your instincts and your ideas. Otherwise you’ll just knuckle under, and things that might have been memorable will be lost. ~Francis Ford Coppola

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

81. Courage is fear holding on a minute longer. ~ George Patton

82. Real courage is when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what. ~ Harper Lee

83. Who could refrain that had a heart to love and in that heart courage to make love known? ~ William Shakespeare

84. The secret to happiness is freedom… And the secret to freedom is courage. ~ Thucydides

85. People with courage and character always seem sinister to the rest. ~ Hermann Hesse

86. Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex… It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction. ~ E.  F. Schumacher

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88. Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity. ~ W. Clement Stone

89. Never be discouraged. If I were sunk in the lowest pits of Nova Scotia, with the Rocky Mountains piled on me, I would hang on, exercise faith, and keep up good courage, and I would come out on top. ~ Joseph Smith, Jr.

90. The courage to be is the courage to accept oneself, in spite of being unacceptable. ~ Paul Tillich

91. I have a lot of things to prove to myself. One is that I can live my life fearlessly. ~ Oprah Winfrey

92. It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power. ~ Alan Cohen

93. It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are. ~ e. e. cummings

94. There are a group of people who would like to silence everybody and have everybody go along to get along, but that’s not going to be very helpful for us in the long run, in terms of solving our problems. And somebody has to be courageous enough to actually stand up to…the bullies. ~ Benjamin Carson

95. Genius is talent set on fire by courage. ~ Henry Van Dyke

96. You can’t forgive without loving. And I don’t mean sentimentality. I don’t mean mush. I mean having enough courage to stand up and say, ‘I forgive. I’m finished with it.’ ~ Maya Angelou

97. All you need is the plan, the road map, and the courage to press on to your destination. ~ Earl Nightingale

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

99. The opposite for courage is not cowardice, it is conformity. Even a dead fish can go with the flow. ~ Jim Hightower

100. Success is never final, failure is never fatal. It’s courage that counts. ~ John Wooden

101. Courage is never to let your actions be influenced by your fears. ~ Arthur Koestler

102. Failure is unimportant. It takes courage to make a fool of yourself. ~ Charlie Chaplin

103. Bravery is the capacity to perform properly even when scared half to death. ~ Omar N. Bradley

104. Life is to be entered upon with courage. ~ Alexis de Tocqueville

105. My message, especially to young people, is to have courage to think differently, courage to invent, to travel the unexplored path, courage to discover the impossible and to conquer the problems and succeed. These are great qualities that they must work towards. This is my message to the young people. ~ A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

106. Courage is grace under pressure. ~ Ernest Hemingway

107. It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to your enemies, but a great deal more to stand up to your friends. ~ Dumbledore, Harry Potter

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109. Be strong now because things will get better. It might be stormy now but it can’t rain forever. ~ Hailee

110. There is no need to be ashamed of tears, for tears bear witness that a man has the greatest of courage, the courage to suffer. ~ Victor Frankl

111. The brave may not live forever, but the cautious don’t live at all. ~ Ashley L.

112. Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. ~ Steve Jobs

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

114. There are so many ways to be brave in this world. Sometimes bravery involves laying down your life for something bigger than yourself, or for someone else. Sometimes it involves giving up everything you have ever known, or everyone you have ever loved, for the sake of something greater. But sometimes it doesn’t. Sometimes it is nothing more than gritting your teeth through pain, and the work of every day, the slow walk toward a better life. That is the sort of bravery I must have now. ~ Veronica Roth

115. Believe you can and you’re halfway there. ~ Theodore Roosevelt

116. You can build walls all the way to the sky and I will find a way to fly above them. You can try to pin me down with a hundred thousand arms, but I will find a way to resist. And there are many of us out there, more than you think. People who refuse to stop believing. People who refuse to come to earth. People who love in a world without walls. People who love into hate, into refusal, against hope, and without fear. ~ Lauren Oliver

117. I believe that the most important single thing, beyond discipline and creativity, is daring to dare. ~ Maya Angelou

118. You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope. ~ Thomas Merton

119. You can’t be brave if you’ve only had wonderful things happen to you. ~ Mary Tyler Moore

120. Somehow I can’t believe that there are any heights that can’t be scaled by a man who knows the secrets of making dreams come true. This special secret, it seems to me, can be summarized in four Cs. They are curiosity, confidence, courage, and constancy, and the greatest of all is confidence. When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionable. ~ Walt Disney Company

121. It takes courage…to endure the sharp pains of self discovery rather than choose to take the dull pain of unconsciousness that would last the rest of our lives. ~ Marianne Williamson

122. Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don’t be afraid. ~ Frederick Buechner

123. Courage. Kindness. Friendship. Character. These are the qualities that define us as human beings, and propel us, on occasion, to greatness. ~ R.J. Palacio

124. Some people believe holding on and hanging in there are signs of great strength. However, there are times when it takes much more strength to know when to let go and then do it. ~ Ann Landers

125. Love bravely, live bravely, be courageous; there’s really nothing to lose. There’s no wrong you can’t make right again, so be kinder to yourself…have fun, take chances. There are no bounds. ~ Jewel

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

127. 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

128. Valor grows by daring; fear by holding back. ~ Publilius Syrus

129. Courage is the capacity to confront what can be imagined. ~ Leo Rosten

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

131. You don’t develop courage by being happy in your relationships every day. You develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity. ~ Epicurus

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

134. The trials on the road to world harmony are no greater than the courage of those who accept the challenge. ~ Carl Lewis

135. He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life. ~ Muhammad Ali

136. You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind, next to honor. ~ Aristotle

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

138. My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry; to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return. ~ Maya Angelou

139. Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.
~ John F. Kennedy

140. Decision is a risk rooted in the courage of being free. ~ Paul Tillich

141. When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change. At such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not yet ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back. A week is more than enough time for us to decide whether or not to accept our destiny. ~ Paulo Coelho

142. Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time. ~ Maya Angelou

143. Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage. ~ Lao Tzu

144. Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim. ~ Nora Ephron

145. Courage can’t see around corners, but goes around them anyway. ~ Mignon McLaughlin

146. Discipline is built by consistently performing small acts of courage. ~ Robin Sharma

147. Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all. ~ Dale Carnegie

148. Anyone can hide. Facing up to things, working through them, that’s what makes you strong. ~ Sarah Dessen

149. Courage is looking fear right in the eye and saying, ‘Get the hell out of my way, I’ve got things to do.’ ~ Unknown

150. Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could. ~ Louise Erdrich

151. If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them. ~ Bruce Lee

152. In the end, some of your greatest pains become your greatest strengths.
~ Drew Barrymore 

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

154. Failure is not having the courage to try, nothing more and nothing less. ~ Robin Sharma

155. Some people won’t be happy until they’ve pushed you to the ground. What you have to do is have the courage to stand your ground and not give them the time of day. Hold on to your power and never give it away. ~ Donna Schoenrock

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157. You can always die. It’s living that takes real courage. ~ Himura Kenshin

158. I know what I want, I have a goal, an opinion, I have a religion and love. Let me be myself and then I am satisfied. I know that I’m a woman, a woman with inward strength and plenty of courage. ~ Anne Frank

159. It’s the heart afraid of breaking that never learns to dance. ~ Xiaolu Guo

160. Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace. ~Amelia Earhart

161. It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. ~ Alan Cohen

162. When I am feeling low all I have to do is watch my cats and my courage returns.
~ Charles Bukowski

163. Wisdom equals knowledge plus courage. You have to not only know what to do and when to do it, but you have to also be brave enough to follow through. ~ Jarod Kintz

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

165. Success doesn’t come to you; you go to it. ~ T. Scott McLeod

166. The highest courage is to dare to appear to be what one is. ~ John Lancaster Spaulding

167. Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm. ~ Winston Churchill

168. Courage comes in different forms. There’s strength–that’s the muscle. But love’s the heart. When you put them together, you can do anything. ~ Nora Roberts

169. When you SEE into the invisible, you will DARE to do the impossible
~ John Paul Warren

170. It isn’t for the moment you are struck that you need courage, but for that long uphill climb back to sanity and faith and security. ~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh

171. The greatest courage is always quiet. ~ Michel Templet

172. Trying and getting hurt can’t possibly be worse for you than being…stuck.
~ Eliezer Yudkowsky

173. You can have the courage to climb the mountain, swim the lakes, go on a raft to the other side of the Atlantic or Pacific. That, any fool can do, but the courage to be on your own, to stand on your two solid feet, is something which cannot be given by somebody. ~ U.G. Krishnamurti

174. To boast wonder takes great courage. Being left speechless with joy is not for the weak. We forget to be surprised by everyday miracles, like toast springing up, the mesmerizing blue in the sky, or even simple friendships. To touch and remember this delicate sense of wonder, we travel. We deliberately let ourselves become tourists to welcome in this unique delight. ~ Edmond Manning

175. Nothing is always there. Not courage, not joy, not hate or hope or anything else. We find courage, lose it, sometimes misplace it for years, and sometimes live in its grace for a while. ~ Jonathan Mayberry

176. Are you a born writer? Were you put on earth to be a painter, a scientist, an apostle of peace? In the end the question can only be answered by action. Do it or don’t do it. It may help to think of it this way. If you were meant to cure cancer or write a symphony or crack cold fusion and you don’t do it, you not only hurt yourself, even destroy yourself, you hurt your children. You hurt me. You hurt the planet. You shame the angels who watch over you, and you spite the Almighty, who created you and only you with your unique gifts, for the sole purpose of nudging the human race one millimeter farther along its path back to God. Creative work is not a selfish act or a bid for attention on the part of the actor. It’s a gift to the world and every being in it. Don’t cheat us of your contribution. Give us what you’ve got. ~ Steven Pressfield

177. Courage is being the only one who knows how terrified you are. ~ Tom Clancy

178. She said, ‘You can be broken, or broken open. That choice is yours.’
~ Erica Bauermeister

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180. The real courage is in living and suffering for what you believe.
~ Christopher Paolini

181. You should holistically build yourself to be the best you. The evidence of your glorious life should be an inspiration to many. You create your world yourself in your own positive way. You are stronger than ever and bolder than you think. Brave the odds and initiate new imprints for all to aspire and follow your footprints. ~ Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha

182. Better to be a laughing-stock than lose the fort for fear of being one.
~ Rosemary Sutcliff

183. They looked at each other. They weren’t thinking anymore. The time for that had come and gone. Smashed smiles lay ahead of them. But that would be later. Arundhati Roy

184. You should holistically build yourself to be the best you. The evidence of your glorious life should be an inspiration to many. You create your world yourself in your own positive way. You are stronger than ever, and bolder than you think. Brave the odds and initiate new imprints for all to aspire and follow your footprints. ~ Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha

185. She was beginning to realize people could survive most things. Not because they were brave or strong, but because there wasn’t any choice. ~ Candice Proct

186. Courage results when one’s convictions are bigger than one’s fears.
~ Orrin Woodward

187. The real courage is in living and suffering for what you believe.
~ Christopher Paolini

188. If we only arrange our life in accordance with the principle which tells us that we must always trust in the difficult, then what now appears to us as the most alien will become our most intimate and trusted experience. How could we forget those ancient myths that stand at the beginning of all races, the myths about dragons that at the last moment are transformed into princesses? Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage.
~ Rainer Maria Rilke

189. Courage is an angel which makes the difference between a good life and a great life. ~ Kate Reed

190. Walk tall; look the world in the eye. ~ Rhona Cameron

191. Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they’re never weakness. ~ Brené Brown

192. Courage is about learning how to function despite the fear; to put aside your instincts to run or give in completely to the anger born from fear. Courage is about using your brain and your heart when every cell of your body is screaming at you to fight or flee – and then following through on what you believe is the right thing to do.
~ Jim Butcher

193. Go for it, my heart said, my heart always said. ~ Kimberly Novosel

194. Ideas combined with courage can change the world. ~ David Litwack

195. Courage is fueled by the motivation to take the first step into the unknown.
~ Cheryl Nielsen

196. Mindfulness allows you to face the past with courage, whether it is scarred with pain or caressed with joy, and it gently holds you in the safe haven of the present without allowing you to become overwhelmed with what may or may not be waiting in the future. ~ Deborah A. Beasley

197. It wasn’t until I found the courage to look in the mirror and say, ‘I Love You’ with conviction that I felt truly amazing! If no one loves you, love yourself! ~ R.S. Lewis

198. If you’re only looking out for yourself, you will always be scared. But if there are other factors, other concerns and considerations driving you, you will always find the strength and courage to overcome the danger and the fear. ~J.H. Myn

199. You cannot change your journey if you are unwilling to move at all. ~ Ally Condie

200. That’s what courage is. Taking your disappointments and your failures, your guilt and your shame, all the wounds received and inflicted, and sinking them in the past. Starting again. Damning yesterday and facing tomorrow with your head held high. Times change. It’s those that see it coming, and plan for it, and change themselves to suit, that prosper. ~ Joe Abercrombie

201. Boldness be my friend. ~ William Shakespeare

202. One of the most powerful lessons in life is to recognize that no one can give you power, and many people don’t want you to have it. You have to find the courage to seize it, own it and hold on! ~ Shannon L. Alder

203. If you want to do something courageous, try Love. ~ Sean King 

205. At least three times every day take a moment and ask yourself what is really important. Have the wisdom and the courage to build your life around your answer. ~ Lee Jampolsky

206. Your ‘everybody’ probably represents even a smaller proportion of the population than your Rolodex. Psychologists have documented that our typical everybody— to which they refer as the ‘generalized other’—is usually a collection of about five or six people. ~ Margie Warrell

207. There is little faith involved in setting out on a journey where the destination is certain and every step in between has been mapped in detail. Bravery…trust…are about leaving camp in the dark, when we do not know the route ahead and cannot be certain we will ever return. ~ Bear Grylls

208. Extra miles, extensive preparation and exhaustive efforts usually show astonishing results. ~ Roopleen

209. Legacy is not what’s left tomorrow when you’re gone. It’s what you give, create, impact and contribute today while you’re here that then happens to live on.
~ Rasheed Ogunlaru

210. Dare to be brave today, and trust that when you extend your wings, you will fly.
~ Mary DeMuth

211. Perhaps it is only the light. Perhaps it is the power of the realms at work through me. Or perhaps it is some combination of spirit and desire, love and hope, some alchemy that we each possess and can put to use, if first we know where to look without flinching. ~ Libba Bray

212. We learn to appreciate what we achieve, no matter how small the achievement, because we do it ourselves. ~ Midge Rylander

213. Take down the walls. ~ Lauren Oliver

214. If we never had the courage to take a leap of faith, we’d be cheating God out of a chance to mount us up with wings like eagles and watch us soar.  ~ Jen Stephens

215. The only true measure of courage is perseverance under pressure. ~ K.H. LeMoyne

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  • Sandra Pawula October 14, 2014, 12:02 pm

    What a mega-gift, Tess. The quotes are so rich and go to the heart of our fear. The ones that speak to me in particular are the ones that speak to having the courage to look within and simply be.

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