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Quotations: Courage & Cowardice

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Courage, Cowardice, & Strength

“Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway.” —John Wayne


Quotations from Various Sources

Organized Alphabetically

“A coward is much more exposed to quarrels than a man of spirit.” —Thomas Jefferson

“A mountain never yields no matter how strong the wind is.” —Buddhist saying

“Anything that we have to learn to do we learn by the actual doing of it; People become builders by building and instrumentalists by playing instruments. Similarly, we become just by performing just acts, temperate by performing temperate ones, brave by performing brave ones.” —Aristotle, Ethics

“Being defeated is often a temporary condition, giving up is what makes it permanent.” —Marilyn Vos Savant

“Confidence comes not from always being right but from not fearing to be wrong.” —Peter T. McIntyre

“Courage does not 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 being scared to death and saddling up anyway.” —John Wayne

“Courage is fire, and bullying is smoke.” —Benjamin Disraeli

“Courage is grace under pressure.” —Ernest Hemingway

“Courage is knowing what not to fear.” —Plato

“Courage is the most important of all virtues, because without courage you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.” —Maya Angelou

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

“Cowardice is almost always simply a lack of ability to suspend the functioning of the imagination.” —Ernest Hemingway

“Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never taste of death but once.” —Willian Shakespeare

“Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.” —Erich Fromm

“Dishonesty, cowardice and duplicity are never impulsive.” —George A. Knight

“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

“Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.” —John F. Kennedy

“Failure is unimportant. It takes courage to make a fool of yourself.” —Charlie Chaplin

“Fear has its use but cowardice has none.” —Gandhi

“For the possession of one’s original nature is enshrined in true courage.” —Chung Tzu

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” —Henry David Thoreau

“Great occasions do not make heroes or cowards; they simply unveil them to the eyes of men.” —Bishop Westcott

“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

“He who is brave is free.” —Seneca

“How many feasible projects have miscarried through despondency, and been strangled in their birth by a cowardly imagination.” —Jeremy Collier

“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

“I love the man who can smile in trouble, gather strength from distress and grow brave by reflection.” —Thomas Paine

“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 is the coward who fawns upon those above him. It is the coward who is insolent whenever he dares be so.” —Junius

“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

“Jump, and you will find out how to unfold your wings as you fall.” —Ray Bradbury

“Leap and the net will appear.” —Julia Cameron

“Let us not pray to be sheltered from dangers but to be fearless when facing them.” —Rabindranath Tagore

“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” —Andre Gide

“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

“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” —T. S. Eliot

“Our doubts are our traitors. They make us lose what we possibly could have won if we were not afraid to try.” —William Shakespeare

“Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.” —Aristotle

“Perfect courage does not push itself forward.” —Chung Tzu

“Perseverance is failing nineteen times and succeeding the twentieth.” —Julie Andrews

“Promise yourself to be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.” —Christian Larson

“Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.” —Napoleon Hill

“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” —Mahatma Gandhi

“Strength is a matter of a made up mind.” —John Beecher

“Success is never final, failure is never fatal. It’s courage that counts.” —John Wooden

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” —Winston Churchill

“The cowards never started and the weak died along the way.” —Anonymous

“The first to apologize is the bravest. The first to forgive is the strongest. The first to forget is the happiest.” —Zig Ziglar

“The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart.” —Robert Green Ingersoll

“The people to fear are not those who disagree with you, but those who disagree with you and are too cowardly to let you know.” —Napoleon Bonaparte

“There are several good protections against temptation, but the surest is cowardice.” —Mark Twain

“To know what is right and not to do it is the worst cowardice.” —Confucius

“We will either find a way, or make one.” —Hannibal

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

“Without danger you cannot get beyond danger.” —George Herbert

“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 have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” ―Eleanor Roosevelt

“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

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

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