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Quotations about courage

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

 - E. F. Schumacher

John WayneCourage is being scared to death, and saddling up anyway.

 - John Wayne

Ralph Waldo EmersonWhatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them.

 - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Winston ChurchillSuccess is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.

 - Winston Churchill

EpicurusYou don't develop courage by being happy in your relationships everyday. You develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity.

 - Epicurus

Edward AbbeyHas joy any survival value in the operations of evolution? I suspect that it does; I suspect that the morose and fearful are doomed to quick extinction. Where there is no joy there can be no courage; and without courage all other virtues are useless.

 - Edward Abbey

Laura Ingalls WilderThe way we live and your schools are much different now, so many changes have made living and learning easier. But the real things haven't changed. It is still best to be honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have; to be happy with simple pleasures and to be cheerful and have courage when things go wrong.

 - Laura Ingalls Wilder

Salman RushdieGo for broke. Always try and do too much. Dispense with safety nets. Take a deep breath before you begin talking. Aim for the stars. Keep grinning. Be bloody-minded. Argue with the world. And never forget that writing is as close as we get to keeping a hold on the thousand and one things--childhood, certainties, cities, doubts, dreams, instants, phrases, parents, loves--that go on slipping , like sand, through our fingers.

 - Salman Rushdie

Benazir BhuttoThroughout the ages, leadership and courage have often been synonymous. Ultimately, leadership requires action: daring to take steps that are necessary but unpopular, challenging the status quo in order to reach a brighter future.

 - Benazir Bhutto

Carl SaganWe make our world significant by the courage of our questions and by the depth of our answers.

 - Carl Sagan

Eleanor RooseveltYou 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

Carrie FisherStay afraid, but do it anyway. What's important is the action. You don't have to wait to be confident. Just do it and eventually the confidence will follow.

 - Carrie Fisher

Jame MattisThe primitive and often even atavistic aspects of the battlefield test the physical and mental agility of everyone, but most of what it tests is the courage and the spiritual side of the troops we put in harm's way. And oftentimes it's only unit cohesion, leadership and the belief in themselves and their comrades that allows them to go through what they have to go through and come home as better men and women, not as broken. And so the Warrior Ethos is not a luxury, it is essential when you have a military.

 - Jame Mattis

John F. KennedyThe path we have chosen for the present is full of hazards, as all paths are -- but it is the one most consistent with our character and courage as a nation and our commitments around the world. The cost of freedom is always high -- and Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender or submission.

 - John F. Kennedy

Theodore RooseveltWe are face to face with our destiny and we must meet it with a high and resolute courage. For us is the life of action, of strenuous perforrnance of duty; let us live in the harness, striving mightily; let us rather run the risk of wearing out than rusting out.

 - Theodore Roosevelt

Anne FrankI want to go on living even after my death! And therefore I am grateful to God for giving me this gift, this possibility of developing my-self and of writing, of expressing all that is in me. I can shake off everything if I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.

 - Anne Frank