15 quotes about courage and what it all means

quotes about courageHave you ever been faced with a challenging situation, dear reader? One which requires courage. One with which you think you may not be able to cope? And maybe you tell yourself you lack the courage?

Well, don’t be too hard on yourself.

Everyone feels fear in challenging situations, that’s just human nature. It’s our fight-or-flight response to danger.

Courage is not the absence of fear. It is the mastery of fear.

Fear is just a natural instinct that serves to protect us. It makes us tread carefully in circumstances that otherwise could be a danger to us.

Courage is the strength to rise above that which we fear and to remain in control of our natural instincts.

Courage is having the mental strength to feel the fear and then do it anyway.

And courage is not allowing our natural instincts to prevent us from doing what is right.

With every experience, we grow stronger and our confidence increases. If we can overcome one challenge then we can overcome another. So believe in your own ability and have courage dear reader.

Here are 15 inspirational quotes about courage to help you reflect on what it means and why it’s important.

Quotes about courage (1-10):

  1. Courage is fear holding on a minute longer. ~George S. Patton
  2. Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway. ~John Wayne
  3. What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything? ~Vincent Van Gogh
  4. Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear. ~Mark Twain
  5. All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them. ~Walt Disney
  6. Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction. ~John F. Kennedy
  7. Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. ~TS Eliot
  8. Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore. ~Andre Gide
  9. He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life. ~Muhammad Ali
  10. Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened. ~Billy Graham

Quotes about courage (11-15):

  1. Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen. ~Winston Churchill
  2. You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honour. ~Aristotle
  3. 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. ~Nelson Mandela
  4. 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 other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. ~Steve Jobs
  5. My message, especially to young people is to have the courage to think differently, the courage to invent, to travel the unexplored path, the courage to discover the impossible and to conquer problems and succeed. These are great qualities that they must work towards. This is my message to young people. ~A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

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