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25 Courage Quotes to Help Your Courage Grow

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Quotes to help you find and grow your courage

Quotes to help you find and grow your courage

Quotes About Courage

Courage tackles a situation even while crippled by fear. Between the tackling and the winning, fear piles on the pressure, expecting courage to give up. Courage refuses to surrender, eventually tramples (even if it does not kill) fear, and seizes the victory.

Most people can state something similar to the expression above, but the individual who can best motivate you to grow your courage is one who can share lessons based on personal experience. The following 25 quotes are first-person statements from individuals who understand courage. Their qualified opinions range from illustrations to manifestations to self-discovery of courage in personal circumstances. May they help your courage grow to expect and enjoy excellent outcomes in the challenges ahead.

Courage Illustrated

1. "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 see it through no matter what." ―Harper Lee

2. "I don’t think fighting monsters is all that courageous . . . Courage is looking closely enough into its jaws to see it for what it is: an illusion. The monster isn’t real. It’s your fear of the monster that is real. And just about anything in life can look like a monster if the light is just right." ―Thomas Lloyd Qualls

3. "A lot of people think I'm brave because I quit my job and traveled the world alone in search of purpose. And yes, doing this required a lot of courage. . . . When you feel afraid to speak up or try something new, but you do it anyway, you are the definition of courage." ―Michaela Chung

4. "When I first decided to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro at the age of 50, my fears were greater than my dreams of achieving our goal. . . And yet, even as I turned back and did not reach the summit, I had experienced the groundwork for future success." ―Mozella Ademiluyi

5. "The most powerful and courageous heroes I know are those who bite their tongues when justification, validation, temptation, or vengeance would have them strike with truthful, hurtful words." ―Richelle E. Goodrich

Portrait of Harper Lee, author, To Kill A Mocking Bird

Portrait of Harper Lee, author, To Kill A Mocking Bird

Courage to Be Yourself

6. "I had to ask myself, Will I continue living the story that people were writing for me, or will I have the strength and courage to go on my own way? I made the decision to write my own story, and I never looked back." ―Nate Howard

7. "I think you're very brave for standing up to your family. It takes incredible courage to grow up to be someone different than who our parents want us to be." ―CH_Darling

8. "Throughout my challenges with being bullied, I learned I have a choice, I have a voice, I have power over my thoughts, and my bully does not have power over me." ―Charlena E. Jackson

9. "One day I asked a wingless bird what will she do now. She replied, 'If I can’t fly than I shall run. If I can’t run I shall walk. If I can’t walk I shall crawl. But I will never be stuck in cage.'" ―Joyce Guo

Courage to Express Yourself

10. "Your story matters. Even if you tell it to one safe person, I encourage you to not keep it locked inside your heart. There is something empowering about having the courage to tell our story. To acknowledge, yes, it did happen. Yes, it really was that bad.” ―Dana Arcuri

11. "If you have the courage to ask the question, you should have the courage to ask it openly." ―Isaac Asimov

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12. "Speaking from our hearts is what I think of as 'ordinary courage.'" ―Brené Brown

13. "'Instead of showing you how to build courage,' I wrote in response to someone asking me how to be brave, 'I write to you to pay tribute to and salute your courage. . . Like anything in life, it comes and goes with the challenges we meet every day of our lives!'" ―Albert Woodfox

14. "There is a common misconception that I am courageous. I will be the first to tell you that this is not actually true. Most of the time, I am not brave. I just believe in a God who will use me even though I am not." ―Katie Davis Majors

15. "It takes courage to stand up for yourself. I stand in honor, and no longer in fear of speaking out." ―Catherine Jane Fisher

Nelson Mandela Capture Site Monument, in Howick, South Africa

Nelson Mandela Capture Site Monument, in Howick, South Africa

Courage to Overcome Fear

16. "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

17. "I have accepted fear as part of life – specifically the fear of change... I have gone ahead despite the pounding in the heart that says: turn back....” ―Erica Jong

18. "I care not for death . . . though I be a woman yet I have as good a courage answerable to my place as ever my father had. . . I thank God I am indeed endowed with such qualities that if I were turned out of the realm in my petticoat I were able to live in any place in Christendom." ―Elizabeth I

19. "What people don't know, is that I grew up with phobias and many fears. I was scared of everything. So, I write of courage not because I have not known fear, but I write of courage because I have walked with fear but I have made the choice not to fear it." ―C. JoyBell C.

20. "Courage to me is doing something daring, no matter how afraid, insecure, intimidated, alone, unworthy, incapable, ridiculed or whatever other paralyzing emotion you might feel. . . Be afraid. Be scared silly to the point you're trembling and nauseous, but do it anyway!" ―Richelle E. Goodrich

21. "All the decisions I had made in my life that had made me feel like a winner at the time had also actually trained me to become a winner. Every time I had the courage to make the hard decisions." ―Dan Brodsky-Chenfeld

Courage Discovered

22. "I am not a courageous person by nature. I have simply discovered that . . . you must find courage in yourself, in order to move forward and live. It is like a muscle and it must be exercised, first a little, and then more and more." ―John Patrick Shanley

23. "I knew that what I was seeking to discover was a thing I'd always known. That all courage was a form of constancy. That it was always himself that the coward abandoned first. After this all other betrayals came easily." ―Cormac McCarthy

24. "Courage, I realized, was not the absence of fear: it was the absence of selfishness; putting someone else's interest before one's own." ―Michelle Cohen Corasanti

25. "If there's one thing I've discovered, it's that stifling yourself will only lead to more misery. . . I polluted all other happiness because I was afraid to let myself create and change. You have to have courage. Real courage to explore, to fail, and to pick yourself back up again."Siobhan Vivian

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