Courage is knowing what not to fear.
If you set as your goal to roll back the size of government, you have an obligation to answer the tough questions and show real courage, not just appeal to ideology. Treat the voters like adults.
At the bottom of not a little of the bravery that appears in the world, there lurks a miserable cowardice. Men will face powder and steel because they have not the courage to face public opinion.
Edwin Hubbel Chapin
Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you’re scared to death.
I took my courage in both hands and went to the Laundromat to do my washing. I had to use three machines.
Half a century ago, the amazing courage of Rosa Parks, the visionary leadership of Martin Luther King, and the inspirational actions of the civil rights movement led politicians to write equality into the law and make real the promise of America for all her citizens.
Anyone can support a team that is winning – it takes no courage. But to stand behind a team to defend a team when it is down and really needs you, that takes a lot of courage.
Courage is just fear, plus prayers, plus understanding.
Freedom. And Justice. If you have those two, it covers everything. You must stick to those principles and have the courage of your convictions.
Cowardice and courage are never without a measure of affectation. Nor is love. Feelings are never true. They play with their mirrors.
Presumption should never make us neglect that which appears easy to us, nor despair make us lose courage at the sight of difficulties.
It often takes more courage to change one’s opinion than to keep it.
Success means having the courage, the determination, and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be.
George A. Sheehan
September 11, 2001, revealed heroism in ordinary people who might have gone through their lives never called upon to demonstrate the extent of their courage.
It takes courage to know when you ought to be afraid.
James A. Michener
Through the inspiration of Vaclav’s words, the courage of his dissidence and the integrity of his leadership, Czechoslovakia successfully transitioned from an authoritarian state to a free democracy at the heart of Europe.
Michael D. Higgins
Some of the greatest survivors have been women. Look at the courage so many women have shown after surviving earthquakes in the rubble for days on end.
Support the strong, give courage to the timid, remind the indifferent, and warn the opposed.
Whitney M. Young
Courage is the capacity to confront what can be imagined.
When I was straight, I had the courage and energy to become an actress. I owe my career to my will to stop using.
Whatever enlarges hope will also exalt courage.
William Samuel Johnson
Courage is a mean with regard to fear and confidence.
Paul persuaded me to join the band. I would never have had the courage otherwise. It was fun at the beginning. We were playing just for fun, with Paul’s group.
I fear some of our leaders today have lost the courage to stand up. What we have now are politicians. They won’t offer real plans, and only stand up when they want to blame someone else.
We know the threats – from global terrorist networks to the spread of deadly weapons. Yet we also know that embedded in this time of danger is the promise of a new day, if we have the courage and commitment to work together.
Such decisions will be far reaching and difficult. But you never lacked courage in the past. Your courage is now needed for the future.
The criteria for serving one’s country should be competence, courage and willingness to serve. When we deny people the chance to serve because of their sexual orientation, we deprive them of their rights of citizenship, and we deprive our armed forces the service of willing and capable Americans.
The problem is when you are writing something in retrospective, it needs a lot of courage not to change, or you will forget a certain reality, and you will just take in consideration your view today.
People don’t follow titles, they follow courage.
William Wells Brown
The last thing a woman will consent to discover in a man whom she loves, or on whom she simply depends, is want of courage.
The British were indeed very far superior to the Americans in every respect necessary to military operations, except the revivified courage and resolution, the result of sudden success after despair.
Mercy Otis Warren
Courage, my friends ’tis not too late to build a better world.
We need men with moral courage to speak and write their real thoughts, and to stand by their convictions, even to the very death.
Robert Green Ingersoll
Most of us have far more courage than we ever dreamed we possessed.
I have the courage of my convictions.
An able, disinterested, public-spirited press, with trained intelligence to know the right and courage to do it, can preserve that public virtue without which popular government is a sham and a mockery.
It takes someone with a vision of the possibilities to attain new levels of experience. Someone with the courage to live his dreams.
True courage is not the brutal force of vulgar heroes, but the firm resolve of virtue and reason.
Alfred North Whitehead
But steel bars have never yet kept out a mob it takes something a good deal stronger: human courage backed up by the consciousness of being right.
Ray Stannard Baker
When we read stories of heroes, we identify with them. We take the journey with them. We see how the obstacles almost overcome them. We see how they grow as human beings or gain qualities or show great qualities of strength and courage and with them, we grow in some small way.
I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.
For as long as this nation has known war, we have embraced the heroes it has produced. Americans have rightfully noted the honor and nobility of courage under hostile fire and thanked those who perished in their defense.
James T. Walsh
It is remarkable that this people, though unarmed, dares attack an armed foe the infantry defy the cavalry, and by their activity and courage generally prove victors.
To persevere, trusting in what hopes he has, is courage in a man.
How many women have the courage to start properly with a cold, cold bath early in the morning? I jump in, throw the water, cold as ice, and after the first plunge I am happy.
As for courage and will – we cannot measure how much of each lies within us, we can only trust there will be sufficient to carry through trials which may lie ahead.
Courage is… the knowledge of how to fear what ought to be feared and how not to fear what ought not to be feared.
You must have love as the core it takes courage to be willing to constantly tell the truth to each other and risk letting the relationship go.
Greatness, in the last analysis, is largely bravery – courage in escaping from old ideas and old standards and respectable ways of doing things.
The right response to the non-problem of global warming is to have the courage to do nothing.
It has been my honor to support and work with President Barack Obama, a man who has brought courage and character to the presidency. President Obama’s strength of character leads him to do the right thing, even when it isn’t the easy thing.
To see what is right and not to do it is want of courage, or of principle.
Kong Fu Zi
True courage is a result of reasoning. A brave mind is always impregnable.
Sometimes even to live is an act of courage.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Values are principles and ideas that bring meaning to the seemingly mundane experience of life. A meaningful life that ultimately brings happiness and pride requires you to respond to temptations as well as challenges with honor, dignity, and courage.
Earth teach me to forget myself as melted snow forgets its life. Earth teach me resignation as the leaves which die in the fall. Earth teach me courage as the tree which stands all alone. Earth teach me regeneration as the seed which rises in the spring.
Overcoming the Cold War required courage from the people of Central and Eastern Europe and what was then the German Democratic Republic, but it also required the steadfastness of Western partner over many decades when many had long lost hope of integration of the two Germanys and Europe.
If I am to be known for anything, I would like it to be for encouraging Canadians, for knowing a little bit about their daily, extraordinary courage. And for wanting that courage to be recognized.
Real courage is knowing what faces you and knowing how to face it.
Courage, above all things, is the first quality of a warrior.
Karl Von Clausewitz
Our situation today shows that beauty demands for itself at least as much courage and decision as do truth and goodness, and she will not allow herself to be separated and banned from her two sisters without taking them along with herself in an act of mysterious vengeance.
Hans Urs von Balthasar
I have three favorite politicians: Reagan, Truman, and Bobby Kennedy – Bobby for showing remarkable political courage despite being loathed by many on both sides.
Courage is the greatest of all virtues, because if you haven’t courage, you may not have an opportunity to use any of the others.
To bathe a cat takes brute force, perseverance, courage of conviction – and a cat. The last ingredient is usually hardest to come by.
Unless a reviewer has the courage to give you unqualified praise, I say ignore the bastard.
My message to you all is of hope, courage and confidence. Let us mobilize all our resources in a systematic and organized way and tackle the grave issues that confront us with grim determination and discipline worthy of a great nation.
Muhammad Ali Jinnah
It requires more courage to suffer than to die.
With honesty of purpose, balance, a respect for tradition, courage, and, above all, a philosophy of life, any young person who embraces the historical profession will find it rich in rewards and durable in satisfaction.
Samuel E. Morison
I want to thank the Academy for its courage and generosity.
The courage to be is the courage to accept oneself, in spite of being unacceptable.
To him that waits all things reveal themselves, provided that he has the courage not to deny, in the darkness, what he has seen in the light.
Remember in 1973 the same science chatter said that the coming Ice Age is going to occur, we’re going to lose millions of people. And the politicians knew how to solve it, they just didn’t have the courage to solve it they were going to put coal dust on the Arctic.
The opposite for courage is not cowardice, it is conformity. Even a dead fish can go with the flow.
Never undertake anything for which you wouldn’t have the courage to ask the blessings of heaven.
Georg C. Lichtenberg
One 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.
Give us grace and strength to forbear and to persevere. Give us courage and gaiety and the quiet mind, spare to us our friends, soften to us our enemies.
Robert Louis Stevenson
History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.
My mother taught me about the power of inspiration and courage, and she did it with a strength and a passion that I wish could be bottled.
Courage can’t see around corners but goes around them anyway.
I always disliked dogs, those protectors of cowards who lack the courage to fight an assailant themselves.
In the inhalation and exhalation there is an energy and a lively divine spirit, since He, through his spirit supports the breath of life, giving courage to the people who are in the earth and spirit to those who walk on it.
The courage to imagine the otherwise is our greatest resource, adding color and suspense to all our life.
Daniel J. Boorstin
With faith and courage, generations of Armenians have overcome great suffering and proudly preserved their culture, traditions, and religion and have told the story of the genocide to an often indifferent world.
When you really believe in God, it gives you a courage, a confidence that enables you to meet the things coming.
I want to find the candidates who understand the principles of American exceptionalism and have the character, the courage, and the confidence to actually lead the greatest nation in the world.
It takes a lot of courage to face up to things you can’t do because we feed ourselves so much denial.
Today we affirm a new commitment to live out our nation’s promise through civility, courage, compassion and character.
George W. Bush
I wish we lived in a society that made it safe and provided the courage for everyone to come out.
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
Then there is a still higher type of courage – the courage to brave pain, to live with it, to never let others know of it and to still find joy in life to wake up in the morning with an enthusiasm for the day ahead.
I emphasize… that the Harrimans showed great courage and loyalty and confidence in us, because three or four of us were really running the business, the day to day business.
Peace comes when you talk to the guy you most hate. And that’s where the courage of a leader comes, because when you sit down with your enemy, you as a leader must already have very considerable confidence from your own constituency.
There are pretenders to piety as well as to courage.
It is a blessed thing that in every age some one has had the individuality enough and courage enough to stand by his own convictions.
Robert Green Ingersoll
What makes America amazing is that there have always been men and women of courage who were willing to think more about the future of their children and grandchildren than they did about their own political careers.
Most of man’s problems upon this planet, in the long history of the race, have been met and solved either partially or as a whole by experiment based on common sense and carried out with courage.
Love is the most difficult and dangerous form of courage. Courage is the most desperate, admirable and noble kind of love.
A man of courage is also full of faith.
Marcus Tullius Cicero
Believers, look up – take courage. The angels are nearer than you think.
To live we must conquer incessantly, we must have the courage to be happy.
Henri Frederic Amiel
A military coup needs a sacrifice and courage that you can’t find in an army without morale.
The paradox of courage is that a man must be a little careless of his life even in order to keep it.
Gilbert K. Chesterton
We learned to be patient observers like the owl. We learned cleverness from the crow, and courage from the jay, who will attack an owl ten times its size to drive it off its territory. But above all of them ranked the chickadee because of its indomitable spirit.
Tom Brown, Jr.
Valor is stability, not of legs and arms, but of courage and the soul.
Michel de Montaigne
Every man of courage is a man of his word.
In this work I have received the opposition of a number of men who only advocate the unobtainable because the immediately possible is beyond their moral courage, administrative ability, and their political prescience.
Most of the good executives do pretty well. Because to be a good executive you have to be strong, and you have to have a simple attribute that people have forgotten about – courage.
Well, number one I like dancing. Number two I knew it would be challenging because I had never done this type of dance before. I always wanted to and I happened to have the courage to go out there and give it my best shot.
It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.
Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.
John F. Kennedy
With Pearl Jam, everybody is so good at what they do, it’s hard to get up the courage to say, Can I sing this part, or, I want to play guitar. I feel like I have more courage to do that.
Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air.
John Quincy Adams
There is hope in dreams, imagination, and in the courage of those who wish to make those dreams a reality.
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.
When you make that crossover from life to real life, when you’re not treated as a child anymore but as a man, and you are no longer given the benefit of the doubt, it takes some courage to face that.
The test of courage comes when we are in the minority. The test of tolerance comes when we are in the majority.
Ralph W. Sockman
Wisdom, prudence, forethought, these are essential. But not second to these that noble courage which adventures the right, and leaves the consequences to God.
Robert Dale Owen
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
The trials on the road to world harmony are no greater than the courage of those who accept the challenge.
We’re going to be OK because of the American people. They have more grit, determination and courage than you can imagine.
Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees the others.
The ‘Bird’s Nest’ National Stadium, which I helped to conceive, is designed to embody the Olympic spirit of ‘fair competition.’ It tells people that freedom is possible but needs fairness, courage and strength.
Courage is the ladder on which all the other virtues mount.
Clare Boothe Luce
At the same time, I would add that the American people have a lot of courage.
Often the difference between a successful man and a failure is not one’s better abilities or ideas, but the courage that one has to bet on his ideas, to take a calculated risk, and to act.
Part of courage is simple consistency.
Courage to continue comes from deeper sources than outward results.
Kenneth L. Pike
A life lesson for me is, how do you muster the courage to take on a new risk? Whether it’s starting up a business or taking on a new project or expedition. I think the risks that we take are all relative to the risk-taker.
It takes both courage and talent to stand up in front of fellow human beings and make them crack a smile, and at the same time keep it clean.
What I’ve always said is that I’m opposed to institutional racism, and I would’ve, had I’ve been alive at the time, I think, had the courage to march with Martin Luther King to overturn institutional racism, and I see no place in our society for institutional racism.
I have a hat. It is graceful and feminine and give me a certain dignity, as if I were attending a state funeral or something. Someday I may get up enough courage to wear it, instead of carrying it.
Without strength and courage it’s really hard to perform at the highest levels of international figure skating, because you’re alone on the ice and you only have seven minutes over two nights to prove yourself.
The people of South Carolina support conservatives who are trying to push real change, and the people of South Carolina expect their presidential candidates to back them up when they show courage.
Soldiers, when committed to a task, can’t compromise. It’s unrelenting devotion to the standards of duty and courage, absolute loyalty to others, not letting the task go until it’s been done.
What I love about the East End is that there’s a great perseverance, determination and courage. What I dislike about it is that there is sometimes a celebration of ignorance.
You live with the fear people might find out. Then you actually have the courage to tell people and they go, I don’t think you are gay. It’s enough to drive you crazy.
Portia de Rossi
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
The most important thing for me was to never, ever, ever deny it. But I didn’t really have the courage to talk about it. I was thinking, The people who need to know I’m gay know.
Portia de Rossi
Who could refrain that had a heart to love and in that heart courage to make love known?
Pugnacity is a form of courage, but a very bad form.
Courage! I have shown it for years think you I shall lose it at the moment when my sufferings are to end?
I’m sick of not having the courage to be an absolute nobody.
J. D. Salinger
It’s not just Bin Laden or just those that are involved in the counterterrorism effort. We’ve gotta cast the net broader than that. But I think it’s a – very special tribute that we all owe to the bravery and courage of the men and women in the intelligence and military business who performed so well to finally get it done.
Our young people have come to look upon war as a kind of beneficent deity, which not only adds to the national honor but uplifts a nation and develops patriotism and courage.
Rebecca Harding Davis
Women’s courage is rather different from men’s. The fact that women have to bring up children and look after husbands makes them braver at facing long-term issues, such as illness. Men are more immediately courageous. Lots of people are brave in battle.
Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men.
The world will step aside for nearly anyone who has the courage of his of her opinions.
Remember that when you meet your antagonist, to do everything in a mild agreeable manner. Let your courage be keen, but, at the same time, as polished as your sword.
Richard Brinsley Sheridan
Courage without conscience is a wild beast.
Robert Green Ingersoll
I love Joan Collins. She’s a wonderful lady. She has such courage. She’s such a good actress.
You will find as you grow older that courage is the rarest of all qualities to be found in public life.
Great tragedy has come to us, and we are meeting it with the best that is in our country, with courage and concern for others because this is America. This is who we are.
George W. Bush
Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities… because it is the quality which guarantees all others.
Let me start with Yahoo. As we meet today, a Chinese citizen who had the courage to speak his mind on the Internet is in prison because Yahoo chose to share his name and address with the Chinese Government.
I love revolutionaries who have the courage to stand up against the status quo. They’re always misunderstood, but they’re the ones who are standing up for human rights.
The principles of living greatly include the capacity to face trouble with courage, disappointment with cheerfulness, and trial with humility.
Thomas S. Monson
It takes a lot of courage to show your dreams to someone else.
You don’t develop courage by being happy in your relationships everyday. You develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity.
Courage is being afraid but going on anyhow.
Courage stands halfway between cowardice and rashness, one of which is a lack, the other an excess of courage.
You 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.
Courage and grace are a formidable mixture. The only place to see it is in the bullring.
I think what I would say to my younger self, and probably to younger, just starting-out writers is that a lot of times you’re just afraid to put yourself out there, and it’s uncomfortable because it’s working up the courage to do something, to push yourself to do those things.
Be courageous. I have seen many depressions in business. Always America has emerged from these stronger and more prosperous. Be brave as your fathers before you. Have faith! Go forward!
Thomas A. Edison
Success is never final, failure is never fatal. It’s courage that counts.
Physical courage is a great test.
Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can’t practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.
I try to be a truthful artist and I try to show a level of courage. I enjoy that. I’m a messenger.
Courage is grace under pressure.
Political courage is not political suicide.
It is easy enough to praise men for the courage of their convictions. I wish I could teach the sad young of this mealy generation the courage of their confusions.
The weak in courage is strong in cunning.
The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.
Courage is never to let your actions be influenced by your fears.
A great part of courage is the courage of having done the thing before.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Morality may consist solely in the courage of making a choice.
I have no physical courage, I’ve asked for a double.
Before I begin talking about the threats we face, the vulnerabilities that we have, and frankly the courage of the men and women in uniform that stand in harm’s way on behalf of a very grateful Nation, let me first honor the sacrifices of September 11.
The courage of life is often a less dramatic spectacle than the courage of a final moment but it is no less a magnificent mixture of triumph and tragedy.
John F. Kennedy
Keep courage. Whatever you do, do not feel sorry for yourself. You will win in a great age of opportunity.
Richard L. Evans
I have written a memoir here and there, and that takes its own form of selfishness and courage. However, generally speaking, I have no interest in writing about my own life or intruding in the privacy of those around me.
The enchanting charms of this sublime science reveal only to those who have the courage to go deeply into it.
Carl Friedrich Gauss
The secret to happiness is freedom… And the secret to freedom is courage.
Have the courage to act instead of react.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
I’m a writer of faith who worries about the intolerance of religion. I look at the past and fear we haven’t learned from it. I believe that humanity is capable of evil as well as great acts of courage and goodness. I have hope. Deep down, I believe in the human spirit, although sometimes that belief is shaken.
Being gifted needs courage.
Throughout the years, many Christian women have told me of their great respect for the bravery and courage evident in my work, perhaps even gesturing to their own Isis earrings or a Nile River Goddess pendants.
Carol P. Christ
A man of courage never needs weapons, but he may need bail.
Every man has his own courage, and is betrayed because he seeks in himself the courage of other persons.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Farrah Fawcett had courage, she had strength, and she had faith.
In our film profession you may have Gable’s looks, Tracy’s art, Marlene’s legs or Liz’s violet eyes, but they don’t mean a thing without that swinging thing called courage.
The one thing I learned the most about acting is it takes a tremendous amount of courage to go there and stand still. It takes courage and guts to step out of your mind frame and depict something.
I have the responsibility of over four million people, and I am in a position to do good, to be able to bring about a new life for my people, and I will continue to move in that direction. It’s a burden, but it needs to be done, and you have to have the courage and wisdom to see it through.
King Abdullah II
Once I had all the facts in, I found I didn’t have the immoral courage to pull the caper. So I wrote it as a story. As a teenager, I didn’t have any skills for writing as such, so it came out in 1500 words.
Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die.
Gilbert K. Chesterton
The quality that defines us as Americans is the courage to respond to being hit. The courage to root out and destroy the killers. And, most importantly, the courage to hold on to our values and protect our hard-won freedoms while doing it.
In my old age, I have been thinking about this, and I have reached the conclusion that those who have physical courage also have moral courage.
A member must say that he is a member of the Unification Church and that he is the follower of Sun Myung Moon. If he doesn’t have the courage to say it, he is not worthy of me.
Sun Myung Moon
We had every problems starting a big top could have. The tent fell down on the first day. We had problems getting people into the shows. It was only with the courage and arrogance of youth that we survived.
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
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