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15 Great Quotes About Courage

Courage is undoubtedly a virtue of great leaders, in the world and in the workplace.*

So without further ado, here (in alphabetical order by author) are 15 great quotes about courage:

  1. “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
  1. “The truth is: Belonging starts with self-acceptance. Your level of belonging, in fact, can never be greater than your level of self-acceptance, because believing that you’re enough is what gives you the courage to be authentic, vulnerable and imperfect.”– Brene Brown
  1. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill (attributed)
  1. “Courage breeds leadership.”– Nikki Haley
  1. “Courage is willingness to take the risk once you know the odds. Optimistic overconfidence means you are taking the risk because you don’t know the odds. It’s a big difference.”– Daniel Kahneman
  1. “Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.”– John F. Kennedy
  1. “From caring comes courage.”– Lao Tzu
  1. It takes as much courage to have tried and failed as it does to have tried and succeeded.” – Ann Morrow Lindbergh
  1. “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”– Nelson Mandela
  1. “With enough courage, you can do without a reputation.”– Margaret Mitchell
  1. “Part of courage is simple consistency.”– Peggy Noonan
  1. “You 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 lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’” – Eleanor Roosevelt
  1. “It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.” – J.K. Rowling
  1. “He who is brave is free.”– Seneca
  1. “Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others.” – Robert Lewis Stephenson

Here’s one more, just for fun:

“Way down deep, we’re all motivated by the same urges. Cats have the courage to live by them.” – Jim Davis (creator of the Garfield comic strip)

Do you like any of these quotes in particular? Do you have a favorite quote to add about courage?

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* What are the virtues of a great leader including, of course, a servant-leader? Check this out: “3 Cardinal Virtues of a Servant-Leader”

2 thoughts on “15 Great Quotes About Courage”

  1. Great quotes, Joe. Thank you for sharing. My favorite quote on courage is a long one, but it’s worth it….

    “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” – Theodore Roosevelt (April 23, 1910)

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