When you think of someone who is courageous who comes to mind?
While courage is an admired quality, it is also one that few seem to possess.
Why do some people seem to have more courage than others?
In this article, I’m going to share several quotes about courage that will help you to answer these questions as well as offer some ways that you can develop courage in your own life.
What I’ve Learned About Courage
Whatever your definition or idea of courage, most of us agree that courage is a desirable quality.
I believe that courage is a virtue or characteristic that is innate and yet that we develop through practice.
In other words, the way we develop courage in our lives is by acting courageously and confronting our fears when we have opportunities to do so.
As Ruth Gordon, a famous American actress once said, “Courage is like a muscle. We strengthen it with use.”
I have also learned that while courage is often viewed as something we do publicly, it is even more important for us to develop and practice internally.
Our courage grows and strengthens when we examine our lives daily to confront our fears, weaknesses, and personal struggles.
Many ancient philosophers considered courage to be the key virtue.
We must develop courage for other virtues such as patience, temperance, and justice to grow.
Life is filled with paradoxes. One of the paradoxes about courage is that courage and fear go hand in hand.
Our courage grows when we face our fears.
Although courage is developed through practice, it also lives quietly deep down within us.
Courage is always waiting there for us when we need it.
Lastly, courage requires self-control. When we allow our emotions to take over our lives and actions, we lack courage.
The way we develop courage is through self-control and self-mastery.
Quotes About Courage
Here are 13 quotes about courage that will change your perspective and help you develop courage in your own life.
“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow.” – Mary Anne Radmacher
“Virtue begins with understanding and is fulfilled by courage.” – Demosthenes
“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.” – Mark Twain
“You can choose courage, or you can choose comfort, but you cannot choose both.” – Brene Brown
“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” – Lao Tzu
“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” – Unknown
“Choose the great adventure of being brave and afraid at the exact same time” – Brené Brown
“Courage isn’t having the strength to go on – it is going on when you don’t have strength.” – Napoleon Bonaparte
“Courage is not something that you already have that makes you brave when the tough times start. Courage is what you earn when you’ve been through the tough times and you discover they aren’t so tough after all.” – Malcolm Gladwell
“You cannot swim for new horizons until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – William Faulkner
“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” – Anais Nin
“Courage is found in unlikely places.” – J.R.R. Tolkien
“A man with outward courage dares to die; a man with inner courage dares to live.” – Lao Tzu
How do these quotes about courage shape or reshape your idea of courage?
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