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The psychologist Elizabeth Loftus has shown great courage, in the face of spiteful vested interests, in demonstrating how easy it is for people to concoct memories that are entirely false but which seem, to the victim, every bit as real as true memories.

Richard Dawkins

Darwin gives courage to the rest of science that we shall end up understanding literally everything, springing from almost nothing – a thought extremely hard to comprehend and believe.

Richard Dawkins

If you are fearful, choose courage. If you frequently procrastinate, choose to take action now. If you have always waited for others to lead, use your own initiative.

Paul J. Meyer

I have no physical courage, I’ve asked for a double.

Catherine Deneuve

Every human being on this earth is born with a tragedy, and it isn’t original sin. He’s born with the tragedy that he has to grow up… a lot of people don’t have the courage to do it.

Helen Hayes

At my aunt’s funeral, I promised myself that I wouldn’t be bound by the belief that I’m supposed to stay in anything – whether it’s a relationship, a job, a house, or a circumstance – if it makes me miserable. She gave me the courage to find my own happiness.

Jill Scott

I had a long time admiration for the Jewish people. Especially with their long time of courage, taking so much abuse for so long. I was only seven years old, but I could easily see the ungodly treatment that the white folks were handing the poor Jewish family whom I worked for.

Louis Armstrong

If you want to lose 40 pounds, you order salad instead of fries. If you want to be a better friend, you take the phone call instead of screening it. If you want to write a novel, you sit down and write a single paragraph. It’s scary to make major changes, but we usually have enough courage to take the next right step.

Regina Brett

It takes courage to sit on a jury. How many of us want to decide the fate of another person’s life or freedom? How many of us want to hold that kind of power in our hands?

Regina Brett

I’ve been through it all, baby, I’m mother courage.

Elizabeth Taylor

The Chinaman has only a passive courage, but this courage he possesses in the highest degree. His indifference to death is truly extraordinary. When he is ill, he sees it approach, and does not falter. When condemned, and already in the hands of an officer, he manifests no fear.

Jules Verne

I never modeled myself after anyone. The person who had most influence on me was my mother, but it was really for her strength and courage more than her style, even though she had a lot of style. In a weird way, looking at pictures of me when I was 17 or 18, I was dressing the same way. I haven’t changed very much.

Diane von Furstenberg

The true legacy of 9-11 cannot be found among political leaders of the day, but in the citizen soldiers and public safety personnel who answered that day with courage and selflessness.

Mike Pence

We are biological creatures. We are born, we live, we die. There is no transcendent purpose to existence. At best we are creatures of reason, and by using reason we can cure ourselves of emotional excess. Purged of both hope and fear, we find courage in the face of helplessness, insignificance and uncertainty.

Jonathan Sacks

I have seen in the Halls of Congress more idealism, more humanness, more compassion, more profiles of courage than in any other institution that I have ever known.

Hubert H. Humphrey

I had to find the courage to turn my life around.

Nikki Sixx

Hope lies in dreams, in imagination, and in the courage of those who dare to make dreams into reality.

Jonas Salk

There is hope in dreams, imagination, and in the courage of those who wish to make those dreams a reality.

Jonas Salk

Healing takes courage, and we all have courage, even if we have to dig a little to find it.

Tori Amos

I realize now that I’ve hoped to be great – as an actress, as a mother – because I want to embody the greatness of women who didn’t get to be all they could have been. Their dignity, their courage, and their brilliance make me strive to be better. They’re a part of me.

Salma Hayek

Goodness is about character – integrity, honesty, kindness, generosity, moral courage, and the like. More than anything else, it is about how we treat other people.

dennis prager

Overcoming the Cold War required courage from the people of Central and Eastern Europe and what was then the German Democratic Republic, but it also required the steadfastness of Western partner over many decades when many had long lost hope of integration of the two Germanys and Europe.

Angela Merkel

During the course of 1989, more and more East Germans lost their fears of the state’s repression and chicanery and went out on the streets. There was no turning back then. It is thanks to their courage the Wall was opened.
Angela Merkel

Angela Merkel

Let us answer the terrorists by living our values with courage.

Angela Merkel

We’ve always had this experience that things take long, but I’m 100% convinced that our principles will in the end prevail. No one knew how the Cold War would end at the time, but it did end. This is within our living experience… I’m surprised at how fainthearted we sometimes are and how quickly we lose courage.

Angela Merkel

Universal basic income is not a solution in search of a problem – it is the obvious solution that has been in front of us for years. It only requires us to have the vision, empathy and courage to adopt it for the American people before it is too late.

Andrew Yang

All you need is the plan, the road map, and the courage to press on to your destination.

Earl Nightingale

All of us have moments in our lives that test our courage. Taking children into a house with a white carpet is one of them.

Erma Bombeck

I have a hat. It is graceful and feminine and give me a certain dignity, as if I were attending a state funeral or something. Someday I may get up enough courage to wear it, instead of carrying it.

Erma Bombeck

You will find as you grow older that courage is the rarest of all qualities to be found in public life.

Benjamin Disraeli

He who has courage and faith will never perish in misery!

Anne Frank

Change takes courage.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Just remaining quietly in the presence of God, listening to Him, being attentive to Him, requires a lot of courage and know-how.

thomas merton

He that fails in his endeavors after wealth or power will not long retain either honesty or courage.

Samuel Johnson

When I was a young man, Dirac was my hero. He made a breakthrough, a new method of doing physics. He had the courage to simply guess at the form of an equation, the equation we now call the Dirac equation, and to try to interpret it afterwards.

Richard P. Feynman

Give us grace and strength to forbear and to persevere. Give us courage and gaiety and the quiet mind, spare to us our friends, soften to us our enemies.

Robert Louis Stevenson

Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others.

Robert Louis Stevenson

If the Christian is a restorationist, a legalist, if he wants everything clear and safe, then he will find nothing. Tradition and memory of the past must help us to have the courage to open up new areas to God.

Pope Francis

When we tackle obstacles, we find hidden reserves of courage and resilience we did not know we had. And it is only when we are faced with failure do we realise that these resources were always there within us. We only need to find them and move on with our lives.

A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

This soul, or life within us, by no means agrees with the life outside us. If one has the courage to ask her what she thinks, she is always saying the very opposite to what other people say.

virginia woolf

Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die.

Gilbert K. Chesterton

The paradox of courage is that a man must be a little careless of his life even in order to keep it.

Gilbert K. Chesterton

People think I have courage. The courage in my family are my wife Pam, my three daughters, here, Nicole, Jamie, LeeAnn, my mom, who’s right here too.

Jim Valvano

Today, because of President Obama’s courage, kids can stay on their parent’s plan until they are 26. Insurers cannot kick you off your policy because you have hit your limit. They will not be able to deny you because you have a pre-existing condition.

Rahm Emanuel

We’re going to be OK because of the American people. They have more grit, determination and courage than you can imagine.

Joe Biden

It is my deepest belief that only by giving our lives do we find life. I am convinced that the truest act of courage, the strongest act of manliness is to sacrifice ourselves for others in a totally non-violent struggle for justice.

cesar chavez

Perfect courage is to do without witnesses what one would be capable of doing with the world looking on.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld

John Glenn’s life will long be remembered for his time in space, his courage, and his service to all Americans.

Katherine Johnson

Courage that grows from constitution often forsakes a man when he has occasion for it; courage which arises from a sense of duty acts; in a uniform manner.

Joseph Addison

Courage consists not in hazarding without fear; but being resolutely minded in a just cause.

Plutarch

Courage stands halfway between cowardice and rashness, one of which is a lack, the other an excess of courage.

Plutarch

Some people have a hard time getting rid of stuff. If that’s you, pray for God to give you the courage to get rid of things you don’t really need or things He wants you to give away. This will help keep your surroundings organized and clutter-free.

Joyce Meyer

All you need is the plan, the road map, and the courage to press on to your destination.

Earl Nightingale

All of us have moments in our lives that test our courage. Taking children into a house with a white carpet is one of them.

Erma Bombeck

I have a hat. It is graceful and feminine and give me a certain dignity, as if I were attending a state funeral or something. Someday I may get up enough courage to wear it, instead of carrying it.

Erma Bombeck

You will find as you grow older that courage is the rarest of all qualities to be found in public life.

Benjamin Disraeli

He who has courage and faith will never perish in misery!

Anne Frank

Change takes courage.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Just remaining quietly in the presence of God, listening to Him, being attentive to Him, requires a lot of courage and know-how.

Thomas Merton

He that fails in his endeavors after wealth or power will not long retain either honesty or courage.

Samuel Johnson

When I was a young man, Dirac was my hero. He made a breakthrough, a new method of doing physics. He had the courage to simply guess at the form of an equation, the equation we now call the Dirac equation, and to try to interpret it afterwards.

richard p. feynman

Give us grace and strength to forbear and to persevere. Give us courage and gaiety and the quiet mind, spare to us our friends, soften to us our enemies.

Robert Louis Stevenson

Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others.

Robert Louis Stevenson

If the Christian is a restorationist, a legalist, if he wants everything clear and safe, then he will find nothing. Tradition and memory of the past must help us to have the courage to open up new areas to God.

Pope Francis

When we tackle obstacles, we find hidden reserves of courage and resilience we did not know we had. And it is only when we are faced with failure do we realise that these resources were always there within us. We only need to find them and move on with our lives.

A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

This soul, or life within us, by no means agrees with the life outside us. If one has the courage to ask her what she thinks, she is always saying the very opposite to what other people say.

virginia woolf

Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die.

Gilbert K. Chesterton

The paradox of courage is that a man must be a little careless of his life even in order to keep it.

Gilbert K. Chesterton

People think I have courage. The courage in my family are my wife Pam, my three daughters, here, Nicole, Jamie, LeeAnn, my mom, who’s right here too.

Jim Valvano

Today, because of President Obama’s courage, kids can stay on their parent’s plan until they are 26. Insurers cannot kick you off your policy because you have hit your limit. They will not be able to deny you because you have a pre-existing condition.

rahm emanuel

We’re going to be OK because of the American people. They have more grit, determination and courage than you can imagine.

Joe Biden

It is my deepest belief that only by giving our lives do we find life. I am convinced that the truest act of courage, the strongest act of manliness is to sacrifice ourselves for others in a totally non-violent struggle for justice.

Cesar Chavez

Perfect courage is to do without witnesses what one would be capable of doing with the world looking on.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld

John Glenn’s life will long be remembered for his time in space, his courage, and his service to all Americans.

Katherine Johnson

Courage that grows from constitution often forsakes a man when he has occasion for it; courage which arises from a sense of duty acts; in a uniform manner.

joseph addison

Courage consists not in hazarding without fear; but being resolutely minded in a just cause.

Plutarch

Courage stands halfway between cowardice and rashness, one of which is a lack, the other an excess of courage.

Plutarch

Some people have a hard time getting rid of stuff. If that’s you, pray for God to give you the courage to get rid of things you don’t really need or things He wants you to give away. This will help keep your surroundings organized and clutter-free.

Joyce Meyer

He who has faith has… an inward reservoir of courage, hope, confidence, calmness, and assuring trust that all will come out well – even though to the world it may appear to come out most badly.

B. C. Forbes

Courage is always rewarded.

Kenny Loggins

Courage means standing next to someone you don’t always agree with for the betterment of the country.

Amy Klobuchar

History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.

Maya Angelou

You can’t forgive without loving. And I don’t mean sentimentality. I don’t mean mush. I mean having enough courage to stand up and say, ‘I forgive. I’m finished with it.’

Maya Angelou

We have to confront ourselves. Do we like what we see in the mirror? And, according to our light, according to our understanding, according to our courage, we will have to say yea or nay – and rise!

MAYA ANGELOU

The only thing is, people have to develop courage. It is most important of all the virtues. Because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtues consistently.

Maya Angelou

I think we all have empathy. We may not have enough courage to display it.

Maya Angelou

Courage – you develop courage by doing small things like just as if you wouldn’t want to pick up a 100-pound weight without preparing yourself.

MAYA ANGELOU

You have to develop ways so that you can take up for yourself, and then you take up for someone else. And so sooner or later, you have enough courage to really stand up for the human race and say, ‘I’m a representative.’

Maya Angelou

Every man has his own courage, and is betrayed because he seeks in himself the courage of other persons.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The great epochs of our life are the occasions when we gain the courage to rebaptize our evil qualities as our best qualities.

Friedrich Nietzsche

Do you really think it is weakness that yields to temptation? I tell you that there are terrible temptations which it requires strength, strength and courage to yield to.

Oscar Wilde

You will always be fond of me. I represent to you all the sins you have never had the courage to commit.

Oscar Wilde

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.

Lao Tzu

Simulated disorder postulates perfect discipline; simulated fear postulates courage; simulated weakness postulates strength.

LAO TZU

Courtesy is as much a mark of a gentleman as courage.

Theodore Roosevelt

Above all, we must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. It is a weapon our adversaries in today’s world do not have.

Ronald Reagan

Courage is a mean with regard to fear and confidence.

Aristotle

The courage of life is often a less dramatic spectacle than the courage of a final moment; but it is no less a magnificent mixture of triumph and tragedy.

John F. Kennedy

A nation which has forgotten the quality of courage which in the past has been brought to public life is not as likely to insist upon or regard that quality in its chosen leaders today – and in fact we have forgotten.

John F. Kennedy

You have to accept whatever comes and the only important thing is that you meet it with courage and with the best that you have to give.

Eleanor Roosevelt

The more I see of deer, the more I admire them as mountaineers. They make their way into the heart of the roughest solitudes with smooth reserve of strength, through dense belts of brush and forest encumbered with fallen trees and boulder piles, across canons, roaring streams, and snow-fields, ever showing forth beauty and courage.

John Muir

I never thought much of the courage of a lion tamer. Inside the cage he is at least safe from people.

George Bernard Shaw

Caesar was a man of great common sense and good taste, meaning thereby a man without originality or moral courage.

George Bernard Shaw

So to all Americans, in every city near and far, small and large, from mountain to mountain, and from ocean to ocean, hear these words: You will never be ignored again. Your voice, your hopes, and your dreams will define our American destiny. And your courage and goodness and love will forever guide us along the way.

Donald Trump

Courage is being afraid but going on anyhow.

Dan Rather

Bravery is being the only one who knows you’re afraid.

Franklin P. Jones

Courage is doing what you are afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you are scared.

Eddie Rickenbacker

The best protection any woman can have… is courage.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton

It is only necessary to have courage, for strength without self-confidence is useless.

Giacomo Casanova

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

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex… It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.

E. F. Schumacher

The trials on the road to world harmony are no greater than the courage of those who accept the challenge.

Carl Lewis

Courage is never to let your actions be influenced by your fears.

Arthur Koestler

Courage is the ladder on which all the other virtues mount.

Clare Boothe Luce

I think my mother… made it clear that you have to live life by your own terms and you have to not worry about what other people think and you have to have the courage to do the unexpected.

Caroline Kennedy

We must have 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

Never be discouraged. If I were sunk in the lowest pits of Nova Scotia, with the Rocky Mountains piled on me, I would hang on, exercise faith, and keep up good courage, and I would come out on top.

Joseph Smith, Jr.

I’m grateful to God for His bountiful gifts… He gave me courage and faith in myself.

Loretta Young

Courage is the capacity to confront what can be imagined.

Leo Rosten

You have to really be courageous about your instincts and your ideas. Otherwise you’ll just knuckle under, and things that might have been memorable will be lost.

Francis Ford Coppola

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

Erica Jong

Courage is a special kind of knowledge: the knowledge of how to fear what ought to be feared and how not to fear what ought not to be feared.

David Ben-Gurion

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

Bravery is the capacity to perform properly even when scared half to death.

Omar N. Bradley

Always be courageous and strong, and don’t fear.

Gabby Douglas

I feel quite fearless protecting the people I love.

Paloma Faith

It’s a courageous thing to do something that doesn’t have rules or limits.

Vanessa Paradis

People say to me all the time, ‘You have no fear.’ I tell them, ‘No, that’s not true. I’m scared all the time. You have to have fear in order to have courage. I’m a courageous person because I’m a scared person.’

Ronda Rousey

Love bravely, live bravely, be courageous, there’s really nothing to lose. There’s no wrong you can’t make right again, so be kinder to yourself, you know, have fun, take chances. There’s no bounds.

Jewel

Courage and conviction are powerful weapons against an enemy who depends only on fists or guns. Animals know when you are afraid; a coward knows when you are not.

David Seabury

Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace.

Victor Hugo

Courage – a perfect sensibility of the measure of danger, and a mental willingness to endure it.

William Tecumseh Sherman

Courage is fire, and bullying is smoke.

Benjamin Disraeli

Courage is the greatest of all virtues, because if you haven’t courage, you may not have an opportunity to use any of the others.

Samuel Johnson

My message, especially to young people is to have courage to think differently, courage to invent, to travel the unexplored path, courage to discover the impossible and to conquer the problems and succeed. These are great qualities that they must work towards. This is my message to the young people.

A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Courage is found in unlikely places.

J. R. R. Tolkien

Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections.

Saint Francis de Sales

To have courage for whatever comes in life – everything lies in that.

Saint Teresa of Avila

There are a group of people who would like to silence everybody and have everybody go along to get along, but that’s not going to be very helpful for us in the long run, in terms of solving our problems. And somebody has to be courageous enough to actually stand up to, you know, the bullies.

Ben Carson

The eagle has no fear of adversity. We need to be like the eagle and have a fearless spirit of a conqueror!

Joyce Meyer

Have no fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you, therefore no harm can befall you; all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence.

Pope John Paul II

Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace.

Amelia Earhart

Valor lies just halfway between rashness and cowardice.

Miguel de Cervantes

Jump, and you will find out how to unfold your wings as you fall.

Ray Bradbury

God, give us grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, courage to change the things which should be changed and the wisdom to distinguish the one from the other.

Reinhold Niebuhr

Failure is unimportant. It takes courage to make a fool of yourself.

Charlie Chaplin

We must become bigger than we have been: more courageous, greater in spirit, larger in outlook. We must become members of a new race, overcoming petty prejudice, owing our ultimate allegiance not to nations but to our fellow men within the human community.

Haile Selassie

Valor grows by daring, fear by holding back.

Publilius Syrus

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.

Anais Nin

Creativity takes courage.

Henri Matisse

True courage is being afraid, and going ahead and doing your job anyhow, that’s what courage is.

Norman Schwarzkopf

The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart.

Robert Green Ingersoll

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

Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.

Erich Fromm

Who asks whether the enemy was defeated by strategy or valor?

Virgil

Life is to be entered upon with courage.

Alexis de Tocqueville

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 others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.

Steve Jobs

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

Winston Churchill

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’

Eleanor Roosevelt

He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.

Muhammad Ali

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.

T. S. Eliot

Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye.

Helen Keller

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

You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.

Aristotle

What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?

Vincent Van Gogh

The secret to happiness is freedom… And the secret to freedom is courage.

Thucydides


To see the right and not to do it is cowardice.

Confucius

Success is never final, failure is never fatal. It’s courage that counts.

John Wooden

Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.

Harry S Truman

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

Courage is being scared to death… and saddling up anyway.

John Wayne

To create one’s world in any of the arts takes courage.

Georgia O’Keeffe

It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.

J. K. Rowling

We have a powerful potential in out youth, and we must have the courage to change old ideas and practices so that we may direct their power toward good ends.

Mary McLeod Bethune

The opposite for courage is not cowardice, it is conformity. Even a dead fish can go with the flow.

Jim Hightower

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.

Mark Twain

We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Faced with what is right, to leave it undone shows a lack of courage.

Confucius

Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can’t practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.

Maya Angelou

A great part of courage is the courage of having done the thing before.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

How few there are who have courage enough to own their faults, or resolution enough to mend them.

Benjamin Franklin

Boldness be my friend.

William Shakespeare

What is Courage ?

The choice and willingness to face the agonies, pain, threat, vulnerability or fear is courage (also referred to as bravery or courage).

Physical bravery in the face of physical discomfort, suffering, even death or a death threat is bravery, whereas moral courage in the face of public opposition, shame, scandal or personal failure, is the capacity to behave properly.

The classic virtue of strength is also expressed as “courage,” but it does include the aspects of patience and perseverance.