Quotes of Courage

Find some inspiration to stick to your convictions

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A courageous person is one who stands tall in times of adversity, someone who follows his or her convictions despite difficult odds.

You need a great deal of courage to reattempt a task after initial failure. Sometimes it can help to hear the words of other people who have gone through crises and been successful at overcoming obstacles. When problems loom large, reading some of these quotes of courage can give you renewed hope and a fresh perspective.

Quotes About Courage from Athletes

"There may be people that have more talent than you, but there's no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do." — Derek Jeter, retired New York Yankees' shortstop who won five World Series titles with the team. 

"It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe." — Muhammad Ali, heavyweight champion boxer who defied racism and other obstacles. 

Courage Quotes from Politicians

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.
—Winston Churchill

"It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage, that we move on to better things."
— President Theodore Roosevelt

"Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction"
.— President John F. Kennedy

"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, First Lady to President Fraklin Delano Roosevelt.

"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

"There are no easy answers, but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right."  
—Ronald Reagan

Quotes about Courage from Writers

"History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again."  — Maya Angelou, American writer and poet who overcame a difficult childhood. 

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.  "
— Anais Nin

"It takes a lot of courage to show your dreams to someone else."
 — Erma Bombeck, American writer and humorist.

"It is a blessed thing that in every age someone has had enough individuality and courage to stand by his own convictions."
— Robert G. Ingersoll, Civil War veteran and orator

Anonymous Quotes About Courage

Sometimes, the most inspiring thoughts come from people whose names and identities have been lost to history. That doesn't make the sentiments any less compelling. Here are a few anonymous quotes about courage. 

"Courage is not defined by those who fought and did not fall, but by those who fought, fell and rose again."

"Each time we face our fear, we gain strength, courage, and confidence in the doing. "

"True courage is not the absence of fear -- but the willingness to proceed in spite of it."