Quotes: On Courage

“Courage is not the absence of fear. Rather, the judgment that something is more important than fear. The brave may not live forever, but the cautious do not live at all.”

“A ship in a harbour is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.”
–William Shedd

“The important thing is not to be bitter over life’s difficulties. Learn to let go of the past and recognize that everyday won’t be sunny. And when you find yourself lost in blackness and despair, remember: It is only in the black of night that you see stars and those stars will lead you back home. So don’t be afraid to make mistakes, to stumble, to fall. Because most of the time, the greatest rewards come from doing things that scare you the most.”

“Courage is the discovery that you may not win, and trying when you know you can lose.”

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.”
-Winston Churchill

“When the going gets tough, the tough gets going.”
-Author Unknown

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” — Anais Nin

“It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog that matters.”
–Francis Kong

“Courage is not about taking a life; it’s but knowing when to spare one.”
-Gandalf, The Hobbit (An Unexpected Journey)

“A warrior of light, once he has done his duty and transformed his intention into gesture, need fear nothing else: He has done what he should have done. He did not allow himself to be paralyzed by fear. Even if the arrow failed to hit the target, he will have another opportunity, because he did not give in to cowardice.”
–Paulo Coelho, The Way of the Bow, Like A Flowing River

“It’s not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.”
-Edmund Hillar, the first to climb Mount Everest

“Courage is doing what you’re afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you’re scared.”
– Eddie Rickenbacker


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