165 Acts Of Courage Quotes To Inspire You

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The Most Famous Acts Of Courage Quotes (Best in 2024)

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courage is the gift of character — Euripides

Courage is acting in spite of fear. — Howard W. Hunter

Courage follows action. — Mack R. Douglas

Courage is not the absence of fear, courage is acting in spite of fear. — James Neil Hollingworth

Courage is its own reward. — Plautus

Courage is a peculiar kind of fear. — Charles Kennedy

You become courageous by doing courageous acts...Courage is a habit. — Mary Daly

Courage is rightly considered the foremost of the virtues, for upon it, all others depend. — Winston Churchill

A man of courage is also full of faith. — Marcus Tullius Cicero

Courage is the mother of all virtues because without it, you cannot consistently perform the others. — Aristotle

Short Acts Of Courage Quotes

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  • Do the right thing because it is right. — Immanuel Kant
  • It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction. — Albert Einstein
  • Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail. — Charles Kettering
  • To me, there is no greater act of courage than being the one who kisses first. — Janeane Garofalo
  • Have the courage to act instead of react. — Oliver Wendell Holmes
  • A single act of courage is often the tipping point for extraordinary change. — Andy Stanley
  • Education is an act of love, and thus an act of courage — Paulo Freire
  • Sometimes even to live is an act of courage. — Seneca
  • The principal act of courage is to endure and withstand dangers doggedly rather than to attack them. — Thomas Aquinas
  • When God speaks, oftentimes His voice will call for an act of courage on our part. — Charles Stanley

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Acts of courage quote by Immanuel Kant

Do the right thing because it is right. — Immanuel Kant

Acts of courage quote by Janeane Garofalo

To me, there is no greater act of courage than being the one who kisses first. — Janeane Garofalo

Acts of courage quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Have the courage to act instead of react. — Oliver Wendell Holmes

Acts of courage quote The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.
The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.

Act Of Courage Quotes

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Because love is an act of courage, not of fear, love is a commitment to others. No matter where the oppressed are found, the act of love is commitment to their cause--the cause of liberation. — Paulo Freire

An act of love, a voluntary taking on oneself of some of the pain of the world, increases the courage and love and hope of all. — Dorothy Day

Summoning up the courage to take action is always the same regardless of how seemingly big or small the challenge. What may look like a small act of courage is courage nonetheless. The important thing is to be willing to take a step forward. — Nichiren

Acts of courage quote A wise woman recognizes when her life is out of balance and summons the courage
A wise woman recognizes when her life is out of balance and summons the courage to act to correct it.

What may look like a small act of courage is courage nevertheless. The important thing is to be willing to take a step forward. — Daisaku Ikeda

Each time a man stands up for an ideal or acts to improve the lot of others or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope. — Robert Kennedy

It is naive to think that self-assertiveness is easy. To live self-assertively--which means to live authentically--is an act of high courage. That is why so many people spend the better part of their lives in hiding--from others and also from themselves. — Nathaniel Branden

Acts of courage quote The fear you feel is real, but don't let it stop you from acting courageously.
The fear you feel is real, but don't let it stop you from acting courageously.

The greatest act of courage is to be and to ownall of who you are - without apology, without excuses, without masks to cover the truth of who you are. — Debbie Ford

Each person has inside a basic decency and goodness. If he listens to it and acts on it, he is giving a great deal of what it is the world needs most. It is not complicated but it takes courage. It takes courage for a person to listen to his own goodness and act on it. — Pau (Pablo) Casals

I am convinced that the truest act of courage, the strongest act of manliness, is to sacrifice ourselves for others in a totally nonviolent struggle for justice. To be a man is to suffer for others. God help us to be men! — Cesar Chavez

Awareness of your weakness and confusion makes you strong because conscious awareness is the bright light that destroys the darkness of negativity. Detection of inner negativity is not a negative act, but a courageously positive act that makes you a new person. — Vernon Howard

Words Of Courage Quotes

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Character, courage, industry and perseverance are the four pillars on which the whole edifice of human life can be built and failure is a word unknown to me. — Muhammad Ali Jinnah

He who has overcome his fears will truly be free. — Aristotle

The simple step of a courageous individual is not to take part in the lie. "One word of truth outweighs the world. — Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Storms draw something out of us that calm seas don't. — Bill Hybels

In all forms of leadership, whether you are a coach, a CEO, or a parent, there are four words that, when said, can bring out the best in your team, your employees, and your family. I BELIEVE IN YOU. Those four words can mean the difference between a fear of failure and the courage to try. — Mike Krzyzewski

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Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. — Dale Carnegie

Be strong and of good courage; fear not or be dismayed; for the Lord, even my God, will be with thee. He will not fail thee, till thou hast finished all the work for the service of the house of the Lord. — David

Abstract words such as glory, honor, courage, or hallow were obscene beside the concrete names of villages, the numbers of roads, the names of rivers, the numbers of regiments and the dates. — Ernest Hemingway

A good world needs knowledge, kindliness, and courage; it does not need a regretful hankering after the past or a fettering of the free intelligence by the words uttered long ago by ignorant men. — Bertrand Russell

I have me brave women who are exploring the outer edge of human possibility, with no history to guide them, and with a courage to make themselves vulnerable that I find moving beyond words. — Gloria Steinem

Bravery And Courage Quotes

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Develop enough courage so that you can stand up for yourself and then stand up for somebody else. — Maya Angelou

Keep alive within you and bring under wise control that courage which makes you long to undertake great works, which others might consider it folly to attempt. — Mary Euphrasia Pelletier

Recognize that you have the courage within you to fulfill the purpose of your birth. Summon forth the power of your inner courage and live the life of your dreams. — Gurumayi Chidvilasananda

This is bravery: using the challenge of daily life to sharpen our mind and open our heart. — Sakyong Mipham

Failure is a badge of honor. It means you risked failure. And if you don’t risk failure, you’re never going to do anything that’s different from what you’ve already done or what somebody else has done. — Charlie Kaufman

Throughout the years, many Christian women have told me of their great respect for the bravery and courage evident in my work, perhaps even gesturing to their own Isis earrings or a Nile River Goddess pendants. — Carol P. Christ

The frontiers of the kingdom of God were never advanced by men and women of caution. — J. Oswald Sanders

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The only time a man can be brave is when he is afraid. — George R. R. Martin

Fearless doesn’t mean careless. There is a thin line between fearless and careless. I think we need to play fearless. — Smriti Mandhana

Truthfully, in this age those with intellect have no courage and those with some modicum of physical courage have no intellect. If things are to alter during the next fifty years then we must re-embrace Byron’s ideal: the cultured thug. — Sayings

Courage And Bravery Quotes

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The brave may not live forever, but the cautious do not live at all. — Meg Cabot

Bravery is a complicated thing to describe. You can't say it's three feet long and two feet wide and that it weighs four hundred pounds or that it's colored bright blue or that it sounds like a piano or that it smells like roses. It's a quality, not a thing. — Mickey Mantle

Having courage does not mean that we are unafraid. Having courage and showing courage mean we face our fears. We are able to say, 'I have fallen, but I will get up.' — Maya Angelou

To live with fear and not be afraid is the final test of maturity. — Ed Weeks

Understand first that failure indicates courage. It means you had the bravery to test yourself. The temerity to challenge your status quo. The audacity to step outside your comfort zone. That impulse is both inspiring and empowering. Hold on to it. And congratulate yourself for trying. — Rich Roll

What you feel doesn’t matter in the end; it’s what you do that makes you brave. — Andre Agassi

Bravery and courage is walking into pain and knowing that something better is on the other side — Kanye West

The courage to cooperate or initiate are based entirely on the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth as the divine mind within you tells you the truth is. — R. Buckminster Fuller

It really does require a courage and a self-disciplining to go along with that truth. — R. Buckminster Fuller

Physical bravery is an animal instinct; moral bravery is much higher and truer courage. — Wendell Phillips

Real Courage Quotes

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What is courage? Courage is the willingness to risk failure...There is only one danger I find in life, and that, indeed, is a real one. You may take too many precautions. — Alfred Adler

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 have courage when things go wrong. — Laura Ingalls Wilder

Real success requires respect for and faithfulness to the highest human values-honesty, integrity, self-discipline, dignity, compassion, humility, courage, personal responsibility, courtesy, and human service. — Michael E. DeBakey

The complacent, the self-indulgent, the soft societies are about to be swept away with the debris of history. Only the strong, only the industrious, only the determined, only the courageous, only the visionary who determine the real nature of our struggle can possibly survive. — John F. Kennedy

We need people in our lives with whom we can be as open as possible. To have real conversations with people may seem like such a simple, obvious suggestion, but it involves courage and risk. — Thomas Moore

Real courage is when you know you're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what. — Harper Lee

Real men don't buy girls-they protect them. We're recruiting real men who have the courage to stand up against this issue. — Demi Moore

The real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light. — Plato

That’s why courage is tricky. Should you always do what others tell you to do? Sometimes you might not even know why you’re doing something. I mean, any fool can have courage. But honor, that’s the real reason you either do something or you don’t. It’s who you are and maybe who you want to be. — Michael Oher

Being negative is easy. There will always be a downside to everything good, a hurdle to everything desirable, a con to every pro. The real courage is in finding the good in what you have, the opportunities in every hurdle, the pros in every con. — Carolyn Hax

Being Courageous Quotes

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

Maybe you will be afraid and maybe you will fail, but the courage to take risks in any part of your life is, I feel, a very worthwhile way to live. — Emile Hirsch

You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world's problems at once but don't ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own. — Michelle Obama

Devout Christians are destined to be regarded as fools in modern society. We are fools for Christ's sake. We must pray for courage to endure the scorn of the sophisticated world. — Antonin Scalia

Take chances, make mistakes. That's how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail in order to practice being brave. — Mary Tyler Moore

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

To those of you with your years of service still ahead, the challenge is yours. Stop doubting yourselves. Have the courage to make up your minds and hold your decisions. Refuse to be BOUGHT for a nickel, or a million dollars, or a job! — Mary Mcleod Bethune

Even in a world that's being shipwrecked, remain brave and strong. — Hildegard of Bingen

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

Being a Christan is less about cautiously avoiding sin than about courageously and actively doing God's will. — Dietrich Bonhoeffer

True Courage Quotes

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All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. — Walt Disney

The four Cs of making dreams come true: Curiosity, Courage, Consistency, Confidence. — Walt Disney

May you grow up to be righteous, may you grow up to be true. May you always know the truth and see the lights surrounding you. May you always be courageous, stand upright and be strong. May you stay forever young. — Bob Dylan

If you knew when you began a book what you would say at the end, do you think that you would have the courage to write it? What is true for writing and for a love relationship is true also for life. The game is worthwhile insofar as we don't know what will be the end. — Michel Foucault

Grant me courage to serve others; For in service there is true life. — Cesar Chavez

A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent. — Douglas MacArthur

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TRUE Courage is when you are scared to death and STILL saddle up and ride in! — John Wayne

True courage is like a kite; a contrary wind raises it higher. — J. PetitSenn

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Optimism is the true moral courage — Ernest Shackleton

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

Personal Courage Quotes

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The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, is nothing, and becomes nothing. He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot learn, feel, change, grow or love. Chained by his certitude, he is a slave; he has forfeited his freedom. Only the person who risks is truly free. — Leo Buscaglia

If we commit ourselves to one person for life, this is not, as many people think, a rejection of freedom; rather, it demands the courage to move into all the risks of freedom, and the risk of love which is permanent; into that love which is not possession but participation. — Madeleine L'Engle

Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself. — William Faulkner

To the Muslim woman, the hijab provides a sense of empowerment. It is a personal decision to dress modestly according to the command of a genderless Creator; to assert pride in self, and embrace one's faith openly, with independence and courageous conviction. — Randa Abdel-Fattah

Character is a quality that embodies many important traits, such as integrity, courage, perseverance, confidence and wisdom. Unlike your fingerprints that you are born with and can't change, character is something that you create within yourself and must take responsibility for changing — Jim Rohn

To love yourself, truly love yourself, is to finally discover the essence of personal courage, self-respect, integrity, and self-esteem. These are the qualities of grace that come directly from a soul with stamina. — Caroline Myss

My motto is: feel the fear and do it anyway. — Tamara Mellon

In playing ball, and in life, a person occasionally gets the opportunity to do something great. When that time comes, only two things matter: being prepared to seize the moment and having the courage to take your best swing. — Hank Aaron

There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them. — Bruce Lee

Do what you are most afraid of because it’s usually the thing you need to do most. — Alex Hormozi

Strength And Courage Quotes

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Don't follow the path. Go where there is no path and begin the trail. When you start a new trail equipped with courage, strength and conviction, the only thing that can stop you is you! — Ruby Bridges

We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face... we must do that which we think we cannot. — Eleanor Roosevelt

Gloom and despondency have never defeated adversity. Trying times need courage and resilience. Our strength as a people is not tested during the best of times. — Thabo Mbeki

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience which you must stop and look fear in the face. — Eleanor Roosevelt

Count your blessings. Once you realize how valuable you are and how much you have going for you, the smiles will return, the sun will break out, the music will play, and you will finally be able to move forward the life that God intended for you with grace, strength, courage, and confidence. — Og Mandino

Courage isn't having the strength to go on - it is going on when you don't have strength. — Napoleon Bonaparte

Don't pray for an easy life, pray to be a stronger man. — John F. Kennedy

When something bad happens you have three choices. You can either let it define you, let it destroy you, or you can let it strengthen you. — Dr. Seuss

The strongest oak of the forest is not the one that is protected from the storm and hidden from the sun. It’s the one that stands in the open where it is compelled to struggle for its existence against the winds and rains and the scorching sun. — Napoleon Hill

You've got to follow your passion. You've got to figure out what it is you love--who you really are. And have the courage to do that. I believe that the only courage anybody ever needs is the courage to follow your own dreams. — Oprah Winfrey

Be Courageous Quotes

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Be calm and strong and patient. Meet failure and disappointment with courage. Rise superior to the trials of life, and never give in to hopelessness or despair. In danger, in adversity, cling to your principles and ideals. Aequanimitas! — William Osler

I would like to be known as an intelligent woman, a courageous woman, a loving woman, a woman who teaches by being. — Maya Angelou

We cannot be sure of having something to live for unless we are willing to die for it. — Che Guevara

The courage to be is the courage to accept oneself, in spite of being unacceptable. — Paul Tillich

To me art is an adventure into an unknown world, which can be explored only by those willing to take the risk. — Mark Rothko

Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one — Bruce Lee

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

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. — H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

I am leaving this legacy to all of you...to bring peace, justice, equality, love and a fulfillment of what our lives should be. Without vision, the people will perish, and without courage and inspiration, dreams will die - the dream of freedom and peace. — Rosa Parks

Be bold and courageous. When you look back on your life, you'll regret the things you didn't do more than the ones you did. — H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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The preservation of peace and the guaranteeing of man's basic freedoms and rights require courage and eternal vigilance: courage to speak and act - and if necessary, to suffer and die - for truth and justice; eternal vigilance, that the least transgression of international morality shall not go undetected and unremedied. — Haile Selassie

The courage we need is not the fortitude to be obedient in the service of an unjust war, to help conceal lies, to do our job for a boss who has usurped power and is acting as an outlaw government. It is the courage at last to face honestly the truth and reality of what we are doing in the world and act responsibly to change it. — Daniel Ellsberg

Absolute perfection is here and now, not in some future, near or far. The secret is in action - here and now. It is your behavior that blinds you to yourself. Disregard whatever you think yourself to be and act as if you were absolutely perfect - whatever your idea of perfection may be. All you need is courage. — Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

Confession is an act of honesty and courage - an act of entrusting ourselves, beyond sin, to the mercy of a loving and forgiving God. — Pope John Paul II

The great soul is the person who has taken on the task of change. If he or she is able to transcend fear, to act out of courage, the whole group will benefit and each one, in his or her own life, will be suddenly more courageous, though they may not see how or why. — Gary Zukav

Character isn't inherited. One builds it daily by the way one thinks and acts, thought by thought, action by action. If one lets fear or hate or anger take possession of the mind, they become self-forged chains. — Helen Gahagan Douglas

We become just by the practice of just actions, self-controlled by exercising self-control, and courageous by performing acts of courage. — Aristotle

To go against the dominant thinking of your friends, of most of the people you see every day, is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform. — Theodore White

The simple act of an ordinary courageous man is not to take part, not to support lies! Let that come into the world and even reign over it, but not through me. Writers and artists can do more: they can vanquish lies! ... Lies can stand up against much in the world, but not against art. — Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Acts of bravery don't always take place on battlefields. They can take place in your heart, when you have the courage to honor your character, your intellect, your inclinations, and yes, your soul by listening to its clean, clear voice of direction instead of following the muddied messages of a timid world. — Anna Quindlen

We believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another. — Veronica Roth

A spontaneous act of generosity, performed with unselfish grace is an example of moral beauty, as are certain acts of courage; genuine modesty is a possible example, as is selfless love. Although moral beauty is a natural gift, it is nevertheless more likely to emerge and flourish in societies that appreciate and encourage it. — Yi-Fu Tuan

Faith is walking face-first and full-speed into the dark. If we truly knew all the answers in advance as to the meaning of life and the nature of God and the destiny of our souls, our belief would not be a leap of faith and it would not be a courageous act of humanity; it would just be... a prudent insurance policy. — Elizabeth Gilbert

It takes a tremen­dous act of courage to admit to your­self that you are not defec­tive in any way what­so­ever. — Cheri Huber

It’s precisely the people who are considered the least ‘likely’ leaders who end up inspiring others the most. Everyday people and everyday acts of courage eventually change everything. — Ai-jen Poo

When somebody who makes movies for a living - either as an actor, writer, producer or director - lives to be a certain age, you have to admire them. It is an act of courage to make a film - a courage for which you are not prepared in the rest of life. It is very hard and very destructive. But we do it because we love it. — John Carpenter

Overacting is a self-indulgence, while underacting comes either through a lack of talent or a lack of courage. — Gregory Peck

Crossing the starting line may be an act of courage, but crossing the finish line is an act of faith. Faith is what kepes us going when nothing else will. Faith is the emotion that will give you victory over your past, the demons in your soul, & all of those voices that tell you what you can & cannot do & can & cannot be. — John Bingham

To be a virtuous person is to display, by acts of will, all or at least most of the six ubiquitous virtues: wisdom, courage, humanity, justice, temperance, and transcendence. — Martin Seligman

What a person says and does in ordinary moments when when no one is looking reveals more about true character than grand actions taken while in the spotlight. Our true character is revealed by normal, consistent, everyday attitudes and behavior, not by self-conscious words or deeds or rare acts of moral courage. — Michael Josephson

I realize that the decision might be simple. It will require a great act of selflessness to choose Abnegation, or a great act of courage to choose Dauntless, and maybe just choosing one over the other will prove that I belong. — Veronica Roth

It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. — Robert Kennedy

It has forever been thus: So long as men write what they think, then all of the other freedoms - all of them - may remain intact. And it is then that writing becomes a weapon of truth, an article of faith, an act of courage. — Rod Serling

Love is an act of courage. — Paulo Freire

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