I used to envy courageous people because I thought they have the superhuman ability to be unafraid but the truth is, courageous people are afraid of many things too…the only difference is they act in spite of their fear.
Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the assessment that something else is more important than fear.”Franklin D. Roosevelt
Courage is not a talent (either you’re born with or you don’t).
It is a virtue that is available to all mankind. From the king on the throne to the farmers in the field.
We will still be afraid of certain things but the truth is we have the ability within us to break free of our fears.
The opposite of courage is not fear; it is indecisiveness.
I learned that the easiest way to have more courage is to simply acknowledge my fear and make a firm decision to not let it rule me.
Sometimes it takes longer but most of the time, it took me less than 5 minutes to make a bold decision.
A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is brave five minutes longer.”Ralph Waldo Emerson
Further reading on courage:
- Why Courage Is More Important Than Confidence – Medium
- Why it is so Important to Have Courage – Box of Crayons
- 9 Ways to Become More Courageous – Art of Manliness
Below are some of the best courage quotes so you can live a courageous life – a life you were meant to live – by not allowing fear to dictate your destiny.
39 of the Best Quotes About Being Courageous
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
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
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.”Maya Angelou
33 Courage Quotes to Inspire You to Live the Life You Were Meant to Live
When things go wrong as they sometimes will,John Greenleaf Whittier
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit
Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.
Success is failure turned inside out,
The silver tint on the clouds of doubt,
And you can never tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems afar.
So, stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit
It’s when things go wrong that you mustn’t quit.”
If you’re not willing to risk, you cannot grow. If you cannot grow, you cannot be your best. If you cannot be your best, you cannot be happy. If you cannot be happy, what else is there?”Les Brown
You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.”Eleanor Roosevelt
Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.”Steve Jobs
Obstacles are like wild animals. They are cowards but they will bluff you if they can. If they see you are afraid of them… they are liable to spring upon you; but if you look them squarely in the eye, they will slink out of sight.”Orison Swett Marden
57 Motivational Quotes to Help You be More Courageous in Times of Need
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”Mark Twain
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
Start living in discomfort. Gradually increase it little by little, and you will steadily grow. If you want sudden growth, deluge yourself in great discomfort and do not retreat from it. The more discomfort you are willing to bear, the more you can grow.”The Ancient Sage
Courage is a heart word. The root of the word courage is cor – the Latin word for heart. In one of its earliest forms, the word courage meant “To speak one’s mind by telling all one’s heart.”Brené Brown
Don’t be ashamed to need help. Like a soldier storming a wall, you have a mission to accomplish. And if you’ve been wounded and you need a comrade to pull you up? So what?”Marcus Aurelius
43 Courageous Quotes to Help You Face Your Deepest Fears
Courage is not something that you already have that makes you brave when the tough times start. Courage is what you earn when you’ve been through the tough times and you discover they aren’t so tough after all.”Malcolm Gladwell
Many people will choose unhappiness over uncertainty. Don’t do it. Uncertainty is where new happens. It trades the reassuring comfort of certainty for a shifting, delicate, and fragile balancing act of propositions. Uncertainty is a license to explore.”Thibaut
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
If you want to get an idea of a friend’s temperament, ethics, and personal elegance, you need to look at him under the tests of severe circumstances, not under the regular rosy glow of daily life.”Nassim Nicholas Taleb
People are weak because when challenged, they opt for the path of least resistance. Taking the path of least resistance makes them weaker still and thus more likely to opt for the path of least resistance again in the future. It’s a deadly cycle.”Zuby
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