What is Courage? Courage does not always roar. Sometimes, it is the quiet
voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow”. ~ Anonymous
Everyone of us has had to face challenges and adversity in life. If you have a beating heart, there is no getting away from it.
When times get tough, it’s helpful and heartwarming to know that “this too will pass” yet, how we respond or react to the more extreme circumstances in life, especially in times of persistent trial and trouble, truly defines us.
To be challenged is an opportunity to discover who we really are outside the mundane and day to day demands and expectation of our life. It reshapes our personality and colours the outcomes we achieve.
I can not speak for you, but courage for me is not a virtue, it is an attribute worth cultivating.
It is not the absence of fear, heroics or bravado; but rather, it is the overcoming of fear, helplessness, complacency, and self-limitation – so that fear becomes, in the words of Robert Louis Stevenson, “the footstool to the other virtues”.
Here are 21 quotes to encourage you to face each day with courage and fortitude and embrace whatever life brings to you.
“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 attained.” ~ Marie Curie
“If you have the courage to begin, you have the courage to succeed.” ~ David Viscott
“The test of courage comes when we are in the minority. The test of tolerance comes when we are in the majority.” ~ Ralph W. Sockman
“Physical strength is measured by what we carry. Inner strength is measured by what we can bear” ~ Anonymous
“The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people.” ~ Randy Pausch
“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength.” ~ Corrie Ten Boom
“The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.” ~ Anonymous
“Nobody will believe in you unless you believe in yourself.” ~ Liberace
“As long as we continue to think we will be happy in the future, we will never be happy in the moment, and that is the same as saying that we will never be happy. If we think that our lives will be better when we get that better job or retire, stay or go, gain or lose weight, or when our children grow and leave or come back, we are putting off the happiness that there is in today.” ~ Aminu Kano
“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear.” ~ Ambrose Redmoon
“It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.” ~ Seneca
“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 dream.” ~ Oprah Winfrey
“May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.” ~ Edward Abbey
“Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It’s not a day when you lounge around doing nothing; it’s when you’ve had everything to do, and you’ve done it.” ~ Margaret Thatcher
“One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men, but no machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.” ~ Elbert Hubbard
“To succeed you must first improve, to improve you must first practice, to practice you must first learn, and to learn you must first fail.” ~ Wesley Woo
“I hope that my achievements in life shall be that I will have fought for what was right and fair, that I will have risked for that which mattered, and that I will have given help to those who were in need that I will have left the earth a better place for what I’ve done and who I’ve been.” ~ C. Hoppe
“Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.” ~ H. Jackson Brown
“No amount of security is worth the suffering of a mediocre life chained to a routine that has killed your dreams.” ~ Maya Mendoza
“Forgive yourself for your faults and your mistakes and move on.” ~ Les Brown
“Only if you’ve been in the deepest valley can you ever know how magnificent it is to be on the highest mountain.” ~ Richard Nixon
“If you’re never scared or embarrassed or hurt, it means you never take any chances.” ~ Anonymous
“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 harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ~ Mark Twain
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