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Eleanor RooseveltYou gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.

—  Eleanor Roosevelt, 1884-1962, American politician & wife of the 32nd USA president

ThucydidesThe secret of happiness is freedom and the secret of freedom is courage.

—  Thucydides, 460-394 BC, Ancient Greek historian

Mignon McLaughlinCourage can't see around corners but goes around them anyway.

—  Mignon McLaughlin, 1913-1983, American magazine editor

Mignon McLaughlinThe only courage that matters is the kind that gets you from one moment to the next.

—  Mignon McLaughlin, 1913-1983, American magazine editor

Lao-TzuBeing deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.

—  Lao-Tzu, 6th cent. BC, Chinese philosopher

Winston ChurchillCourage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities because it has been said, it is the quality which guarantees all others.

—  Winston Churchill, 1874-1965, British Prime Minister, Nobel 1953

NapoleonIt requires more courage to suffer than to die.

—  Napoleon, 1769-1821, French Emperor

NapoleonCourage cannot be counterfeited. It is one virtue that escapes hypocrisy.

—  Napoleon, 1769-1821, French Emperor

NapoleonCourage isn't having the strength to go on - it is going on when you don't have strength.

—  Napoleon, 1769-1821, French Emperor

Winston ChurchillCourage is what it takes to stand up and speak, it’s also what it takes to sit down and listen.

—  Winston Churchill, 1874-1965, British Prime Minister, Nobel 1953

Winston ChurchillFear is a reaction. Courage is a decision.

—  Winston Churchill, 1874-1965, British Prime Minister, Nobel 1953

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

—  Winston Churchill, 1874-1965, British Prime Minister, Nobel 1953

Winston ChurchillThis is the lesson: never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never!

—  Winston Churchill, 1874-1965, British Prime Minister, Nobel 1953

Mark TwainCourage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear.

—  Mark Twain, 1835-1910, American writer

SenecaSometimes even to live is an act of courage.

—  Seneca, 4 AD-65 AD, Roman philosopher

Albert CamusBut in the end one needs more courage to live than to kill himself.

—  Albert Camus, 1913-1960, French writer, Nobel 1957

G. K. ChestertonCourage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of a readiness to die.

—  G. K. Chesterton, 1874-1936, English writer & critic

VauvenarguesNothing but courage can guide life.

—  Vauvenargues, 1715-1747, French author of maxims

Ernest HemingwayCourage is grace under pressure.

—  Ernest Hemingway, 1899-1961, American writer, Nobel 1954

Frank TygerKeeping your fears to yourself is a form of courage.

—  Frank Tyger, 1929-2011, American cartoonist

William JamesEverybody should do at least two things each day that he hates to do, just for practice.

—  William James, 1842-1910, American philosopher

Theodore RooseveltCourage is not having the strength to go on; it is going on when you don't have the strength.

—  Theodore Roosevelt, 1858-1919, American President [1901-1909]

Harry TrumanAmerica was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination, and unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.

—  Harry Truman, 1884-1972, American President [1945-1953]

George W. BushWe will not waver; we will not tire; we will not falter, and we will not fail. Peace and Freedom will prevail.

—  George W. Bush, 1946-, American President

Vince LombardiThe good Lord gave you a body that can stand most anything. It’s your mind you have to convince.

—  Vince Lombardi, 1913-1970, American football coach

Vince LombardiMental toughness is essential to success.

—  Vince Lombardi, 1913-1970, American football coach

John WoodenSuccess is never final, failure is never fatal. It’s courage that counts.

—  John Wooden, 1910-2010, American basketball coach

Walt DisneyCourage is the main quality of leadership, in my opinion, no matter where it is exercised. Usually it implies some risk — especially in new undertakings.

—  Walt Disney, 1901-1966, American businessman & cartoonist

Winston ChurchillWe shall not fail or falter. We shall not weaken or tire. Neither the sudden shock of battle nor the long-drawn trials of vigilance and exertion will wear us down. Give us the tools and we will finish the job.

—  Winston Churchill, 1874-1965, British Prime Minister, Nobel 1953

Ancient Greek

HomerThe courageous man is the best in everything.

Θαρσαλέος ανήρ εν πάσιν αμείνων.

—  Homer, c. 800-750 BC, II ‐ Odyssey VIII

ThucydidesFortune helps the brave.

Τοις τολμώσιν η τύχη ξύμφορος.

—  Thucydides, 460-394 BC, Ancient Greek historian

TheocritusYou need to have courage, because tomorrow will be better. While there's life there’s hope, and only the dead have none.

Θαρσείν χρη, τάχ’ αύριον έσσετ’ άμεινον. Eλπίδες εν ζωοίσιν, ανέλπιστοι δε θανόντες.

—  Theocritus, 3rd cent. BC, Ancient Greek poet



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