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QUOTES ON COURAGE


Love and courage are the spirit's wings
Wafting to noble actions.
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE, Iphigenia in Tauris

The coward dies a thousand deaths, the brave but one.

ERNEST HEMINGWAY, A Farwell to Arms

Screw your courage to the sticking-place.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Macbeth

Fortune favours the brave.

VIRGIL, The Aeneid

Blindness is an addition to courage, by concealing dangers from us.

JONATHAN SWIFT, Gulliver's Travels

A decent boldness ever meets with friends.

HOMER, The Odyssey

With two such examples of courage before him, a man would be ashamed to prove other than a hero.

JAMES FENIMORE COOPER, The Last of the Mohicans

Often, for undaunted courage, fate spares the man it has not already marked.

I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It's when you know you're licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do.

HARPER LEE, To Kill a Mockingbird

It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.

Fate often enough will spare a man if his courage holds.

JOHN GARDNER, Grendel

Understand that it is by his courage and his courage alone that a gentleman can make his way nowadays. Whoever hesitates for even one second may lose the chance offered him by fortune during that very second.

ALEXANDRE DUMAS, The Three Musketeers

I used to think that bravery involved action. It took courage, I figured, to move forward, to pursue a dream, to get ahead in the world. Just to get where you were supposed to. I thought having desire took courage. Now I realize that none of that requires bravery. The only thing you really need bravery for is standing still. For standing by.

JANE HAMILTON, A Map of the World

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