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Courage Quotes

“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.”  E. E. Cummings

“Be brave enough to live life creatively. The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. You can’t get there by bus, only by hard work and risk and by not quite knowing what you are doing. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover will be yourself.”  Alan Alda
“I believe the most important single thing, beyond discipline and creativity is daring to dare.”  Maya Angelou

“It is not the absence of fear, but the judgment that something else is more important than fear.”  Ambrose Redmoon

“My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry, to get my work done, and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return.” Maya Angelou

“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

“Most people live and die with their music still unplayed. They never dare to try.”  Mary Kay Ash

“I’m not funny. What I am is brave.”  Lucille Ball

“Anything I’ve ever done that ultimately was worthwhile initially scared me to death.”  Betty Bender

“Courage – fear that has said its prayers.”  Dorothy Bernard

“There are people who put their dreams in a little box and say, Yes, I’ve got dreams, of course I’ve got dreams. Then they put the box away and bring it out once in awhile to look in it, and yep, they’re still there. These are great dreams, but they never even get out of the box. It takes an uncommon amount of guts to put your dreams on the line, to hold them up and say, How good or how bad am I? That’s where courage comes in.”  Erma Louise Bombeck

Courage is like love; it must have hope to nourish it.
Napoleon Bonaparte

“It is brave to be involved.” Gwendolyn Brooks

“Optimism is essential to achievement and it is also the foundation of courage and of true progress.”  Nicholas Murray Butler

“Each of us has an inner dream that we can unfold if we will just have the courage to admit what it is, and the faith to trust our own admission. The admitting is often very difficult.”  Julia Cameron

“I think a person who takes a job in order to live – that is to say, for the money – has turned himself into a slave. Work begins when you don’t like what you’re doing. There’s a wise saying: make your hobby your source of income. Then there’s no such thing as work, and there’s no such thing as getting tired. That’s been my own experience. I did just what I wanted to do. It takes a little courage at first, because who the hell wants you to do just what you want to do; they’ve all got lots of plans for you. But you can make it happen.”  Joseph Campbell

“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.”  Dale Carnegie

“It takes courage for people to listen to their own goodness and act on it.”  Pablo Casals

“The most courageious act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.”  Coco Chanel

“Acquire the courage to believe in yourself. Many of the things that you have been taught were at one time the radical ideas of individuals who had the courage to believe what their own hearts and minds told them was true, rather than accept the common beliefs of their day.”  Ching Ning Chu

“Courage is going from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.”  Winston Churchill

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

“Success is never final. Failure is never fatal. It is courage that counts.”  Winston Churchill

“Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience.”  Paulo Coelho

“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

“He who loses wealth loses much; he who loses a friend loses more; but he that loses his courage loses all.”  Miguel De Cervantes

“All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.”  Walt Disney

“Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.”  Peter F. Drucker

“Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace. The soul that knows it not, knows no release from little things; knows not the livid loneliness of fear.”  Amelia Earhart

“It is a fact of life that we find ourselves in unpleasant demoralizing situations which we can neither escape nor control. We can keep our morale and spirits high by using both coping and hoping humor. Coping humor laughs at the hopelessness in our situation. It gives us the courage to hang in there, but it does not bring hope. The uniqueness of hoping humor lies in its acceptance of life with all its dichotomies, contradictions, and incongruities. It celebrates the hope in human life. From one comes courage, from the other comes inspiration.”  Cy Eberhart

“Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Love is an act of courage, not of fear.”  Paolo Freire

“Faith is walking face-first and full-speed into the dark. If we truly knew all the answers in advance as to the meaning of life and the nature of God and the destiny of our souls, our belief would not be a leap of faith and it would not be a courageous act of humanity; it would just be… a prudent insurance policy.”  Elizabeth Gilbert

“I’m here. I love you. I don’t care if you need to stay up crying all night long, I will stay with you. There’s nothing you can ever do to lose my love. I will protect you until you die, and after your death I will still protect you. I am stronger than Depression and I am braver than Loneliness and nothing will ever exhaust me.”  Elizabeth Gilbert

“Stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone ought to be.”  Elizabeth Gilbert

“Courage is very important. Like a muscle, it is strengthened by use.”  Ruth Gordon

“Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.”  Billy Graham

“We have come into this exquisite world to experience ever and ever more deeply our divine courage, freedom and light!” Hafiz

“Courage is grace under pressure.”  Ernest Hemingway

“Strength and courage aren’t always measured in medals and victories. They are measured in the struggles they overcome. The strongest people aren’t always the people who win, but the people who don’t give up when they lose.”  Ashley Hodgeson

“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. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”  Steve Jobs

“Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads.”  Erica Jong

“To face despair and not give in to it, that’s courage.”  Ted Koppel

“Being loved deeply by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”  Lao Tzu

“It is an act of courage to acknowledge our own uncertainty and sit with it for a while.”  Harriet Goldhor Lerner

“Often the difference between a successful man and a failure is not one’s better abilities or ideas, but the courage that one has to bet on his ideas, to take a calculated risk – and to act.”  Maxwell Maltz

“We must have the courage to bet on our ideas, to take the calculated risk, and to act. Everyday living requires courage if life is to be effective and bring happiness.”  Maxwell Maltz

“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

“A great leader’s courage to fulfill his vision comes from passion, not position.”  John C. Maxwell

“Joy is the zest that you get out of using your talents, your understanding, the totality of your being, for great aims…That’s the kind of feeling that goes with creativity. That’s why I say the courage to create. Creation does not come out of simply what you’re born with. That must be united with your courage, both of which cause anxiety, but also great joy.”  Rollo May

“The opposite of courage in our society is not cowardice, it is conformity.”  Rollo May

“What anxiety means is it’s as though the world is knocking at your door, and you need to create, you need to make something, you need to do something. I think anxiety, for people who have found their own heart and their own souls, for them it is a stimulus toward creativity, toward courage. It’s what makes us human beings.”  Rollo May

“Whatever sphere we many be in, there is a profound joy in the realization that we are helping to form the structure of the new world. This is creative courage, however minor or fortuitious our creations may be.”  Rollo May

“The only courage that matters is the kind that gets you from one minute to the next.”  Mignon McLaughlin

“Imagination takes humility, love and great courage.”  Carson McSullers

“You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”  A. A. Milne

“Pain nourishes courage. You can’t be brave if you’ve only had wonderful things happen to you.”  Mary Tyler Moore

“Faith is courage; it is creative while despair is always destructive.”  David S. Muzzey

“None of us needs instruction in how to recognize what your heart is saying. We do need guidance, however, on how to have the courage to follow those feelings, since they will force us to change our lives in any case. But consider the consequences of not listening to the heart’s guidance: depression, confusion, and the wretched feeling that we are not on our life’s true path, but viewing it from a distance.”  Caroline Myss

“With courage you will dare to take risks, have the strength to be compassionate and the wisdom to be humble. Courage is the foundation of integrity.”  Keshavan Nair

“A heart full of courage and cheerfulness needs a little danger from time to time, or the world gets unbearable.”  Friedrich Nietzsche

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

“Being vulnerable doesn’t have to be threatening. Just have the courage to be sincere, open and honest. This opens the door to deeper communication all around. It creates self-empowerment and the kind of connections with others we all want in life. Speaking from the heart frees us from the secrets that burden us. These secrets are what make us sick or fearful. Speaking truth helps you get clarity on your real heart directives.”  Sara Paddison

“I am leaving this legacy to all of you…to bring peace, justice, equality, love and a fulfillment of what our lives should be. Without vision, the people will perish, and without courage and inspiration, dreams will die – the dream of freedom and peace.”  Rosa Parks

“Courage is not the absence of fear; it is the making of action in spite of fear.”  M. Scott Peck

“Let your light shine. Be a source of strength and courage. Share your wisdom. Radiate love.”  Wilferd Peterson

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, I will try again tomorrow.”  Mary Anne Radmacher

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

“You need courage to be creative. You need the courage to see things differently, courage to go against the crowd, courage to take a different approach, courage to stand alone, if you have to, courage to choose activity over inactivity.”  Jim Rohn

“Women are like tea bags: put them in hot water and they get stronger.”  Eleanor Roosevelt

“You gain strength, courage, and confidence in every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”  Eleanor Roosevelt

“I realize that idealism is out of sync with the cynicism of our age. Skepticism has come to be synonymous with sophistication, and glibness is mistaken for intelligence. In such an atmosphere, why bother aiming high? Far too many people don’t. I just want to reassure people to have the courage to persevere, to keep following their hearts even when others scoff. Don’t be beaten down by naysayers. Don’t let the odds scare you from even trying.”  Howard Schultz (CEO Starbucks Coffee)

“To be courageous means to be afraid but to go a little step forward anyway.”  Beverly Smith

“A great deal of talent is lost to the world for want of a little courage. Every day sends to their graves obscure men whose timidity prevented them from making a first effort.”  Sydney Smith

“Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others.”  Robert Louis Stevenson

“Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity.”  W. Clement Stone

“Everybody’s frightened a bit. But how many of us just go through the fear and do it anyway?”  Barbra Streisand

“Fear makes us feel small and uncertain, uncomfortable and separate. Fearlessness expands and creates possibilities.”  Helena Tiainen

“All art requires courage.”  Anne Tucker

“To believe yourself to be brave is to be brave; it is the only essential thing.”  Mark Twain

“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear.”  Mark Twain

“With courage you will dare to take risks, have the strength to be compassionate, and the wisdom to be humble. Courage is the foundation of integrity.”  Mark Twain

“What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?”  Vincent van Gogh

“Talent is helpful in writing, but guts are absolutely necessary.”  Jessamyn West

“Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you’re scared to death.”  Harold Wilson

“Have the courage to follow your passion – and if you don’t know what it is, realize that one reason for your existence on earth is to find it.”  Oprah Winfrey

“If ever there is a tomorrow when we’re not together…there is something you must remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart…I’ll always be with you.”  Winnie the Pooh


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[…] “Be strong and of good courage. Dread not and fear not; be not dismayed.” I Chronicle 22:13 We are moving on stringer daily in the #LAST70DAYSOF2013 series. I want to appreciate all the feedbacks from all of you who have had time to read the series. Today, I am excited to share about cultivating courage and courageous acts. Read on and if blessed, please share, you never know who this will encourage. In our world today, I wonder how many times some people die before they actually die because of lack of courage. The truth about life is that the things men fear (things they refused to confront boldly) are the things that kill them at the end of the day. If you afraid to face a thing continuously, you will discover with time that become your habit to back away whenever you are in fear. On the other hand, if you courageous confront your fear, over time, you will discover that courage to confront your fear will become your habit. And you will find out that most fears disappear when you confront them. Courage means you have the ability and the willingness to confront your fears. Courageous people are not people who are not afraid, they are simply people have mastered their fears. Ernest Hemingway once said that “courage is grace under pressure.” Courage isn’t having the strength to go on – it is going on when you don’t have strength. Being courageous is one of the strongest virtues of successful people. The fearful never try anything and as a result never succeed in life. One of the greatest gifts you can give to yourself is to cultivate courage in 2014 and ensure that you act courageously all through the year. Courage is the first of human virtues because it makes all others possible. This is because, to bring down the giants, you need courage to stand against them. When we talk about courage and acting courageously, two stories come to my mind. First is the story of Joshua and Caleb in the ancient Jewish days. The story was told that they had been promised a land the flows with milk and honey. Some of the men were sent out to spy out the land. 10 out of 12 of the spies came back with fear and negative reports concerning the giants found in the land. On the other hand, Joshua and Caleb countered their report and fear with a positive report and courage. At the end of the day, those 10 spies did not inherit the land. On at least three different occasions, it was read that God told Joshua to be strong and of good courage and the giants will fall for him and the land will be taken over by him. Second story is that of David and Goliath. The Israelites were afraid to confront Goliath until David came. He courageously went out against the giant who had dreaded the army of Israel, led by King Saul for several days. While others saw the giant as too big to bring down, David saw him as too big to miss with a sling. He had a different perspective. The lessons from these stories are as follows: 1. The giants are real but you cannot bring them down until you confront them, for you cannot conquer what you cannot confront. Joshua and Caleb saw the giants but they refused to see defeat. They saw the potential to win and they concentrated on that. Nelson Mandela who I consider of the most courageous men in recent century once said “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.” In order words, without fear, there is no courage. 2. Lack of courage can deny you the privilege of a lifetime blessing. At the end of the day, only those who had courage to confront the giants in both stories were able to achieve and enjoy the blessing while those who were afraid lost out completely. While Joshua and Caleb inherited the promised land, David became the son in-law to the king with lots of gifts following. Lack of courage steals away your rewards from you. 3. You can never know how powerful you are and how weak your enemy, the giant is until you confront the giant in courage. Everyone had assumed they were helpless as far as the situations were concerned. You can never know what you are capable of doing until you try. There is an African proverb which says “the eye is a fearful person.” What that simply means is that most people base their judgement of what challenges they face on what they see (by sight). If you keep walking by sight will never try anything. Apply for that job, apply for that scholarship, propose to her, accept his proposal, start that business, try that investment, start that book project, start that music album – you can never tell if it will work out until you summon the courage to try. And if it does not work, try again and keep trying until it works. At the end of the day, you will be far better off than the person who never tried. Helen Keller said “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” The trust is that if you are never afraid of trying, then you are not living close to your potential but away from it. So what matters is your ability to confront those fears when you step forward to challenge your potentials. It is a different thing to perpetually live in fear and another to have fear and then confront it courageously. So to cultivate courage and courageous acts: 1. Believe God when He tells you to take a step: When God told people like Abraham and Joshua to move, they did not argue with God like most of us will do today. All they did was to believe and then stepped out in faith. If you have certified that it is God leading you, feel free and take that step. 2. Step out of your comfort zone: I understand that long before fire-fighters run into a burning building, they practice and train for the experience. You can do the same. Look for ways to mitigate the potential for damage in the situations you face. Educate yourself; know your facts. Preparing for a presentation? Practice the speech over and over. Ready to follow your dream? Make a list of some of the things you’ll do first to gain momentum. 3. Prepare for the outcomes: Take baby steps into low-risk situations that make you uncomfortable. That will help boost your confidence and courage when it comes to coping with more difficult scenarios. So, stick your neck out. Speak up when you’d usually keep quiet. Practice facing your fears. 4. Evaluate and celebrate the end result: When you do take on something that requires a good dose of personal courage, recognize the achievement. Notice that you took a risk and survived. You stood up for something that mattered, and you persisted. Give yourself credit and know that you can do it again, if you have to. I wish you a very courageous 2014 as we count down to the year you will manifest God’s glory. Prayer: May God make you string and give you courage to overcome all fears confronting your destiny in 2014. With God’s courage in your inside, every giant will fall for you in 2014 in Jesus name, Amen. Read│Comment│Share│Follow me on Facebook and Twitter. Photo credits: Inntentionomics, @thoughthawk, Entrepreneur and inspiring thru quotes. […]

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