isn't necessarily born with courage, but one is
born with potential. Without courage, we cannot
practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't
be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.
despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but
if faced with courage, need not be lived again.
is the strongest driving force for a people. Hope
which brings about change, which produces new realities,
is what opens man's road to freedom. Once hope has
taken hold, courage must unite with wisdom. That is
the only way of avoiding violence, the only way of
maintaining the calm one needs to respond peacefully
excellence comes about as a result of habit. We become
just by doing just acts, temperate by doing temperate
acts, brave by doing brave acts.
that when you leave this earth, you can take with
you nothing that you have received - only what you
have given: a full heart, enriched by honest service,
love, sacrifice and courage.
Francis of Assisi
can't imagine a right more basic than the right
to breathe clean air. We've debated for years how
that might be possible. Now that we know it is,
will we have the courage and the conviction to get
have a powerful potential in our youth, and we must
have the courage to change old ideas and practices
so that we may direct their power toward good ends."
leader must have the courage to act against an expert's
-- James Callaghan
must accept that you might fail; then, if you do
your best and still don't win, at least you can
be satisfied that you've tried. If you don't accept
failure as a possibility, you don't set high goals,
you don't branch out, you don't try - you don't
take the risk.
you doubt you can accomplish something, then you
can't accomplish it. You have to have confidence
in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow
person has inside a basic decency and goodness.
If he listens to it and acts on it, he is giving
a great deal of what it is the world needs most.
It is not complicated but it takes courage. It takes
courage for a person to listen to his own goodness
and act on it."
is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also
what it takes to sit down and listen.
-- Winston Churchill
is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.
-- Winston Churchill
is the first of human qualities because it is the quality
which guarantees all others.
-- Winston Churchill
is the root of all true courage; if a man would be brave
let him obey his conscience.
-- James Freeman Clarke
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
see what is right and not to do it, is want of courage.
act of love, a voluntary taking on oneself of some
of the pain of the world, increases the courage and
love and hope of all.
I dared to struggle. Today I dare to win.
-- Bernadette Devlin
is the price life exacts for granting peace."
-- Amelia Earhart
ideals which have lighted my way, and time after
time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully,
have been Kindness, Beauty, and Truth..."
intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex,
and more violent. It takes a touch of genius --
and a lot of courage -- to move in the opposite
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.
you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide
upon, there is always someone to tell you that you
are wrong. There are always difficulties arising
that tempt you to believe your critics are right.”
not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may
never happen. Keep in the sunlight.
not fear mistakes. You will know failure. Continue
to reach out.
requires the courage to let go of certainties.
-- Erich Fromm
every refugee's story is different and their anguish
personal, they all share a common thread of uncommon
courage – the courage not only to survive, but to
persevere and rebuild their shattered lives.
Guterres, U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees,
man of courage makes a majority.”
-- Andrew Jackson
is neutral and does not change things. With courage
and initiative, leaders change things.
long to accomplish a great and noble tasks, but
it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as
though they were great and noble. The world is moved
along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes,
but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of
each honest worker.
people have moral courage to stand up to the smallest
injustice – their own and other’s – it’s kind of like
practice for when the big ones come around."
-- Colleen Kelly
when at some future date the high court of history
sits in judgment on each of us, recording whether
in our brief span of service we fulfilled our
responsibilities to the state, our success or
failure, in whatever office we hold, will be measured
by the answers to four questions: First, were
we truly men of courage... Second, were we truly
men of judgment... Third, were we truly men of
integrity... Finally, were we truly men of dedication?—
F. Kennedy, 1961
is from the numberless diverse acts of courage
and belief that human history is shaped. Each
time a man stands up for an ideal or acts to improve
the lot of others or strikes out against injustice,
he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing
each other from a million different centers of
energy and daring, those ripples build a current
that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression
dare is to lose one's footing momentarily. To not dare
is to lose oneself.
-- Soren Kierkegaard
you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that
keeps life moving, you lose that courage to be,
that quality that helps you go on in spite of
it all. And so today I still have a dream.
Luther King, Jr
nonviolent approach does not immediately change the
heart of the oppressor. It first does something to the
hearts and souls of those committed to it. It gives
them new self-respect; it calls up resources of strength
and courage that they did not know they had. Finally
it reaches the opponent and so stirs his conscience
that reconciliation becomes a reality."
Luther King, Jr.
courage means doing unwitnessed what we would be capable
of with the world looking on.
-- La Rochefoucauld
can still alter our course. It is NOT too late.
We still have options. We need the courage to change
our values to the regeneration of our families,
the life that surrounds us.
-- Henri Matisse
but by no means least, courage—moral courage, the courage
of one's convictions, the courage to see things through.
The world is in a constant conspiracy against the brave.
It's the age-old struggle--the roar of the crowd on
one side and the voice of your conscience on the other.
-- Douglas MacArthur
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
shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.
-- Anais Nin
word for creativity is courage"
-- George Prince
man scorned and covered with scars still strove with
his last ounce of courage to reach the unreachable stars;
and the world was better for this.
-- Don Quixote, de la Mancha
is being afraid but going on anyhow.
-- Dan Rather
timid person is frightened before a danger, a coward
during the time, and a courageous person afterwards.
-- Paul Richter
gain strength, courage and confidence by every
experience in which you really stop to look
fear in the face…You must do the thing you think
you cannot do. -- Eleanor
have to accept whatever comes and the only important
thing is that you meet it with courage and with
the best that you have to give.
is more exhilarating than fear and in the long
run it is easier. We do not have to become heroes
over night. 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.
is not the critic who counts, not the man who points
out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer
of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs
to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face
is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives
valiantly, who errs and comes short again and again,
who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions,
and spends himself in a worthy cause, who at best
knows achievement and who at the worst if he fails
at least fails while daring greatly so that his
place shall never be with those cold and timid souls
who know neither victory nor defeat.
intelligent fool can make things bigger, more
complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of
genius—and a lot of courage—to move in the opposite
growth of material consumption in a finite world
is an impossibility.
we have the courage to speak out – to break our silence
– we inspire the rest of the "moderates" in our communities
to speak up and voice their views.
-- Sharon Schuster
Moral cowardice that keeps us from speaking our
minds is as dangerous to this country as irresponsible
talk. The right way is not always the popular
and easy way. Standing for right when it is unpopular
is a true test of moral character
test of courage comes when we are in the minority. The
test of tolerance comes when we are in the majority.
-- Ralph W. Sockman
it would seem, is nothing less than the power to overcome
danger, misfortune, fear, injustice, while continuing
to affirm inwardly that life with all its sorrows is
good; that everything is meaningful even if in a sense
beyond our understanding; and that there is always tomorrow.
-- Dorothy Thompson
takes courage and commitment to act in a more forgiving
fashion. It is not at all a sign of weakness but a mark
-- Carl Thorensen
is curious—curious that physical courage should
be so common in the world, and moral courage so
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
is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared
-- Earl Wilson
got to follow your passion. You've got to figure
out what it is you love--who you really are. And
have the courage to do that. I believe that the
only courage anybody ever needs is the courage
to follow your own dreams."