Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can't practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.
Those who won our independence ... believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty.
No coward soul is mine, no trembler in the world's storm-troubled sphere; I see heaven's glories shine, and faith shines equal, arming me from fear.
Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us dragons can be beaten.
I would rather a thousand times be a free soul in jail than to be a sycophant and coward in the streets ... If it had not been for the men and women who, in the past, have had the moral courage to go to jail, we would still be in the jungles.
Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. The mediocre mind is incapable of understanding the man who refuses to bow blindly to conventional prejudices and chooses instead to express his opinions courageously and honestly.
Opportunities are not offered; they must be wrested and worked for. And this calls for perseverance and tenacity, determination and courage.
I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.
The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart.
One man with courage makes a majority.
Love is everything it's cracked up to be. That's why people are so cynical about it... It really is worth fighting for, being brave for, risking everything for.... and the trouble is, if you don't risk anything, you risk even more.
We differ, blind and seeing, one from another, not in our senses, but in the use we make of them, in the imagination and courage with which we seek wisdom beyond the senses.
Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.
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.
Courage consists not in hazarding without fear; but being resolutely minded in a just cause.
It takes courage to love, but pain through love is the purifying fire which those who love generously know.
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.' You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
I died as a mineral and became a plant,
I died as plant and rose to animal,
I died as animal and I was Man.
Why should I fear? When was I less by dying?
To save the world requires faith and courage: faith in reason, and courage to proclaim what reason shows to be true.
I loathe people who keep dogs. They're cowards who have not got the guts to bite people themselves.
Don't be afraid to be unique or speak your mind because that's what makes you different from everyone else.
But, the bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out to meet it.
Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear.
If you stand up and be counted, from time to time you may get yourself knocked down. But remember this: A man flattened by an opponent can get up again. A man flattened by conformity stays down for good.