Courage is being scared to death – but saddling up anyway.
If courage wasn’t a standard result of aging, it meant that the young could somehow acquire it as well.
Lawana Blackwell, The Courtship of the Vicar’s Daughter, 1998
Live as brave men; and if fortune is adverse, front its blows with brave hearts.
Marcus Tullius Cicero (106 BC – 43 BC)
Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear.
Mark Twain (1835 – 1910)
It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.
Mark Twain (1835 – 1910)
The only courage that matters is the kind that gets you from one moment to the next.
Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic’s Notebook, 1966
A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 – 1882)
When you meet your antagonist, do everything in a mild and agreeable manner. Let your courage be as keen, but at the same time as polished, as your sword.
Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751 – 1816)
Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others.
Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 – 1895)
Fortune helps the brave.
Terence (185 BC – 159 BC), Phormio
Courage is the price that Life exacts for granting peace.
Amelia Earhart (1897 – 1937), Courage, 1927
Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.
Anais Nin (1903 – 1977), The Diary of Anais Nin, volume 3, 1939-1944
Courage is the ladder on which all the other virtues mount.
Clare Booth Luce, in Reader’s Digest, 1979
The bravest thing you can do when you are not brave is to profess courage and act accordingly.
I would rather be a coward than brave because people hurt you when you are brave.
E. M. Forster (1879 – 1970), as a small child
Courage is doing what you’re afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you’re scared.
A coward turns away, but a brave man’s choice is danger.
Euripides (484 BC – 406 BC), Iphigenia in Tauris, circa 412 B.C.
I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what.
Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird, 1960
A timid person is frightened before a danger, a coward during the time, and a courageous person afterward.
Jean Paul Richter
Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air.
John Quincy Adams (1767 – 1848)
Fortune favors the brave.
Virgil (70 BC – 19 BC), Aeneid