Courage Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old courage quotes, courage sayings, and courage proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


A man's got to do what a man's got to do.      

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A turtle travels only when it sticks its neck out.

Korean (on journeys)

Courage is not the absence of fear; it is the conquest of it.      

William Danforth (1870-1955)

Courage is the complement of fear.      

Lazarus Long, thanks to D. Housel

Cowards die many times before their death.      

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Don't be led around by the nose.      

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Faint heart never won fair lady.      

W. S. Gilbert (1836-1911)

Fear makes the wolf bigger than he is.      

German Proverb

Fear the person who fears you.      

Middle Eastern (on courage and fear)

Given a challenge, rise to the occasion.      

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Have the courage of your convictions.      

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Heroism consists of hanging on one minute longer.      

Norwegian (on courage and fear)

If you are afraid of something, you give it power over you.      

Moroccan (on courage and fear)

It is easy to be brave from a distance.      

Aesop (c.620-560 BC)

Keep a stiff upper lip.      

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Keep your chin up.

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Like a fish, one should look for holes in the net.      

Samoan (on freedom and slavery)

One with the courage to laugh is master of the world.      

Italian (on courage and fear)

Our fears always outnumber our dangers.      

Latin (on courage and fear)

The blind person is not afraid of ghosts.      

Burmese (on courage and fear)

The brave person regards dying as going home.      

Chinese (on courage and fear)

The longest journey begins with the first step.      

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The person afraid of bad luck will never know good.

Russian (on luck)

What cannot be cured must be endured.      

Edmund Spenser (c.1552-1599)

With a stout heart, a mouse can lift an elephant.      

Tibetan (on attitude)

Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow.      

Swedish (on courage and fear)