We are like tea bags. We don't know our own strength until we are in hot water.
- Bruce Laingen, former hostage in Iran
All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.
Courage is the price that Life exacts for granting peace,
The soul that knows it not, knows no release from little things
Fear is that little darkroom where negatives are developed.
- Michael Pritchard
If things seem really under control, you're not going fast enough.
- Mario Andretti
Character is not made in a crisis – it is only exhibited.
- Robert Freeman
The sea is dangerous and its storms terrible, but these obstacles have never been sufficient reason to remain ashore ... Unlike the mediocre, intrepid spirits seek victory over these things that seem impossible ... It is with an iron will that they embark on the most daring of all endeavors ... to meet the shadowy future without fear and conquer the unknown.
- Ferdinand Magellan
If you want to see the brave, look at those who can forgive.
Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.
- C.S. Lewis
"No! Try not. Do, or do not. There is no try."
- Yoda, Jedi Master and Teacher
All glory comes from daring to begin.
There is only one kind of courage: resisting the condemnation of a mode of thought.
- Antoine de St. Exupery
I have found that the greatest help in meeting any problem with decency and self-respect and whatever courage is demanded, is to know where you yourself stand. That is, to have in words what you believe and are acting from.
- William Faulkner
Do the thing you fear, and the death of fear is certain.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Making war is the coward’s way out. Making friends is much more difficult.
- Grant M. Bright
Whatever you can do, or dream you can . . . begin it; boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.
- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Good character is that quality which makes one dependable whether being watched or not, which makes one truthful when it is to one's advantage to be a little less than truthful, which makes one courageous when faced with great obstacles, which endows one with the firmness of wise self-discipline.
- Arthur S. Adams
Courage is like love; it must have hope to nourish it.
- Napoleon Bonaparte
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
Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.
- Marie Curie
I thatched my roof when the sun was shining, and now I am not afraid of the storm.
- George F. Stivens
It is better to have a right destroyed than to abandon it because of fear.
- Phillip Mann
The only courage that matters is the kind that gets you from one moment to the next.
- Mignon McLaughlin
Our doubts are traitors and cause us to miss the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt.
- William Shakespeare
Faith is not trying to believe something regardless of the evidence; faith is daring to do something regardless of the consequences.
- Sherwood Eddy
Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace.
- Amelia Earhart
The more people who believe in something, the more apt it is to be wrong. The person who's right often has to stand alone.
- Soren Kierkegaard
Do not attempt to do a thing unless you are sure of yourself; but do not relinquish it because someone else is not sure of you.
- Stewart White
Moral courage is a virtue of higher cast and nobler origin than physical. It springs from a consciousness of virtue and renders one, in the pursuit or defense of right, superior to the fear of reproach, opposition in contempt.
- Samuel Goodrich
If you have a great ambition take as big a step as possible in the direction of fulfilling it, but if the step is only a tiny one, don't worry if is the largest one now possible.
- Mildred McAfee
A great part of courage is having done the thing before.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and, above all, confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be obtained.
- Marie Curie
It takes far less courage to kill yourself than it takes to make yourself wake up one more time.
- Judith Rosner
The most drastic and usually the most effective remedy for fear is direct action.
- William Burnham
Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.
- Anaïs Nin
The difference between getting somewhere and nowhere is the courage to make an early start. The fellow who sits still and just does what he is told will never be told to do bigger things.
- Charles M. Schwab
The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it.
- C. C. Scott
I am the only one; I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.
- Edward E. Hale
It is an error to suppose that courage means courage in everything. Most people are brave only in dangers to which they accustom themselves, either in imagination or practice.
- Edward George Bulwer-Lytton
Courage! I have shown it for years; think you I shall lose it at the moment when my sufferings are to end?
- Marie Antoinette
Every tomorrow has two handles; we can take hold by the handle of anxiety or by the handle of faith.
- Henry Ward Beecher
It is a good rule to face difficulties at the time they arise and not to allow them to increase unacknowledged.
- Edward W. Ziegler
A crowd of troubles passed him by
As he with courage waited;
He said, "Where do you troubles fly
When you are thus belated?"
"We go," they say, "to those who mope,
Who look on life dejected,
Who meekly say 'good bye' to hope,
We go where we're expected."
- Francis J. Allison
To tremble before anticipated evils, is to bemoan what thou hast never lost.
- Johann Wolfgang Goethe
Worry, whatever its source, weakens, takes away courage, and shortens life.
- John Lancaster Spalding
Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all the others.
- Winston S. Churchill
The courage of the tiger is one, and of the horse another.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
To be worth anything, character must be capable of standing firm upon its feet in the world of daily work, temptation, and trial.
- Samuel Smiles
When a dog runs at you, whistle for him.
- Henry David Thoreau
Accustom yourself to master and overcome things of difficulty; for if you observe, the left hand for want of practice is insignificant, and not adapted to general business, yet it holds the bridle better than the right, from constant use.
There is plenty of courage among us for the abstract, but not for the concrete.
- Helen Keller
Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents which in prosperous times would have lain dormant.
Choose always the way that seems best, however rough it may be; custom will soon render it easy and agreeable.
Courage, it would seem, is nothing less than the power to overcome danger, misfortune, fear, injustice, while continuing to affirm inwardly that life with all its sorrows is good; that everything is meaningful even if in a sense beyond our understanding; and that there is always tomorrow.
- Dorothy Thompson
The block of granite which was an obstacle in the path of the weak, becomes a stepping stone in the path of the strong.
- Thomas Carlyle
Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections, but instantly start remedying them—every day begin the task anew.
- St. Francis de Sales
A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of opportunities; an optimist is one who makes opportunities of difficulties.
- Reginald B. Mansell
To grow and know what one is growing towards—that is the source of all strength and confidence in life.
- James Baillie
Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.
- Winston Churchill
The most sublime courage I have ever witnessed has been among that class too poor to know they possessed it, and too humble for the world to discover it.
- George Bernard Shaw
The person who knows no guilt knows no fear.
- Philip Massinger
For truth and duty it is ever the fitting time; whoever waits until circumstances completely favor an undertaking will never accomplish anything.
- Martin Luther King
All problems become smaller if you don't dodge them, but confront them. Touch a thistle timidly and it pricks you; grasp it boldly and its spine crumbles.
- William S. Halsey
In the midst of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.
- Albert Camus
If we would guide by the light of reason we must let our minds be bold.
- Louis D. Brandeis
Courage is as often the outcome of despair as of hope; in the one case we have nothing to lose, in the other everything is to gain.
- Diane de Poitiers
Hope awakens courage. The person who can implant courage in the human soul is the best physician.
- Karl Ludwig Von Knebel
Not one of us knows what effect his life produces, and what he gives to others; that is hidden from us and must remain so, though we are often allowed to see some little fraction of it, so that we may not lose courage. The way in which power works is a mystery.
- Albert Schweitzer
There is no fear without some hope, and no hope without some fear.
- Baruch Spinoza
Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air.
- John Quincy Adams
It takes vision and courage to create—it takes faith and courage to prove.
- Owen D. Young
Courage to start and willingness to keep everlastingly at it are the requisites for success.
- Alonzo Newton Benn
We can do anything we want to do if we stick to it long enough.
- Helen Keller
It's better to be a lion for a day than a sheep all your life.
- Elizabeth Kenny
The test of tolerance comes when we are in a majority; the test of courage comes when we are in a minority.
- Ralph W. Sockman
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