Bravery Sayings and Quotes

Bravery isn’t just reserved for knights and warriors. Regular people make brave decisions everyday. Whether it’s moving to a new place, taking a chance on a job opportunity, or standing on principle, bravery has many faces. Check out the wise and inspirational bravery quotes below when fear is preventing you from taking the next step.


The opposite of bravery is not cowardice but conformity.     

Robert Anthony

Fear can keep a man out of danger but courage only can support him in it.     

Thomas Fuller

Bravery is not a quality of the body. It is of the soul.     

Mahatma Gandhi

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.     

T.S. Eliot

Bravery is being the only one who knows you're afraid.     

Franklin P. Jones

Cowards die many times before their deaths, the valiant never taste of death but once.     

William Shakespeare

Some have been thought brave because they were afraid to run away.     

Thomas Fuller

Valor is stability, not of legs and arms, but of courage and the soul.     

Michel de Montaigne

There is no such thing as bravery; only degrees of fear.     

John Wainwright

A brave man acknowledges the strength of others.     

Veronica Roth

Don't be afraid of your fears. They're not there to scare you. They're there to let you know that something is worth it.     

C. JoyBell C.

Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free.     

Jim Morrison

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

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

Bravery is the capacity to perform properly even when scared half to death.     

Omar N. Bradley

In battle it is the cowards who run the most risk; bravery is a rampart of defense.     

Sallust

A true knight is fuller of bravery in the midst, than in the beginning of danger.     

Philip Sidney

Physical bravery is an animal instinct; moral bravery is much higher and truer courage.     

Wendell Phillips

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.     

Thucydides

True bravery is shown by performing without witness what one might be capable of doing before all the world.     

Franois de la Rochefoucauld

A timid person is frightened before a danger, a coward during the time, and a courageous person afterward.     

Jean Paul

Boldness is ever blind, for it sees not dangers and inconveniences whence it is bad in council though good in execution.     

Francis Bacon

The brave man is not he who feels no fear, For that were stupid and irrational; But he, whose noble soul its fears subdues, And bravely dares the danger nature shrinks from.     

Joanna Baillie

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.     

Anais Nin

There is no living thing that is not afraid when it faces danger. The true courage is in facing danger when you are afraid.     

L. Frank Baum

Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside them was superior to circumstance.     

Bruce Barton

Moral excellence comes about as a result of habit. We become just by doing just acts, temperate by doing temperate acts, brave by doing brave acts.     

Aristotle

One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn't do.     

Henry Ford

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing you think you cannot do.     

Eleanor Roosevelt

No matter how long you train someone to be brave, you never know if they are or not until something real happens.     

Veronica Roth

I am proud of how brave I have been. I am proud of how brave I am being. I am doing my best and I know that is enough.     

Cassie Mendoza-Jones

It was times like these when I thought my father, who hated guns and had never been to any wars, was the bravest man who ever lived.     

Atticus Finch

Bravery has no place where it can avail nothing.     

Samuel Johnson

Brave men go forward not expecting to return.     

Bona

Life is not meant to be easy, my child; but take courage: it can be delightful.     

George Bernard Shaw

Great crisis produce great men and great deeds of courage.     

John F Kennedy

If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try.     

Seth Godin

Be brave enough to start a conversation that matters.     

Dau Voire

Being brave means knowing that when you fail, you don't fail forever.     

Lana Del Rey

To live with fear and not be afraid is the final test of maturity.     

Edward Weeks

It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.     

Mark Twain

Fight till the last gasp.     

William Shakespeare

Bravery is believing in yourself, and that thing nobody can teach you.     

El Cordobes

You can't be brave if you've only had wonderful things happen to you.     

Mary Tyler Moore

I just don't want to die without a few scars.     

Chuck Palahniuk

Life is either a great adventure or nothing.     

Helen Keller

The world continues to offer glittering prizes to those who have stout hearts and sharp swords.     

F. E. Smith

Great deeds are usually wrought at great risks.     

Herodotus

Often the test of courage is not to die but to live.     

Vittorio Alfieri

The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of circumstances.     

Aristotle

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.     

Winston Churchill

Trust the still, small voice that says, 'this might work and I'll try it.     

Diane Mariechild

When you jump across a canyon, cautious small steps and vacillation won't work. Sometimes you just have to go for it.     

Rick Warren

Be proud of how brave you have been, taking a risk and following your dreams.     

Cassie Mendoza-Jones

Scared is what you're feeling. Brave is what you're doing.     

Emma Donoghue

Bran thought about it. 'Can a man still be brave if he's afraid?' 'That is the only time a man can be brave,' his father told him.     

Bran Stark

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

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.     

Winston S. Churchill

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.     

E.E. Cummings

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 see it through no matter what.     

Atticus Finch

Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can't practice any other virtue consistently.     

Maya Angelou

Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.     

Nora Ephron

You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.     

William Faulkner

Everyone has talent. What's rare is the courage to follow it to the dark places where it leads.     

Erica Jong

Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing.     

August Wilson

There is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me.     

Jane Austen

Live the Life of Your Dreams: Be brave enough to live the life of your dreams according to your vision and purpose instead of the expectations and opinions of others.     

Roy T. Bennett

A ship is safe in harbor, but that's not what ships are for.     

John A. Shedd

Believe in yourself. You are braver than you think, more talented than you know, and capable of more than you imagine.     

Roy T. Bennett

Be brave to stand for what you believe in even if you stand alone.     

Roy T. Bennett

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear.     

Mark Twain

Courage is found in unlikely places.     

J.R.R. Tolkien

You never change your life until you step out of your comfort zone; change begins at the end of your comfort zone.     

Roy T. Bennett

The two hardest tests on the spiritual road are the patience to wait for the right moment and the courage not to be disappointed with what we encounter.     

Paulo Coelho

All happiness depends on courage and work.     

Honoré de Balzac

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

Napoleon Bonaparte

I have accepted fear as part of life – specifically the fear of change... I have gone ahead despite the pounding in the heart that says: turn back....     

Erica Jong

It’s your life; you don’t need someone’s permission to live the life you want. Be brave to live from your heart.     

Roy T. Bennett

Courage is grace under pressure.     

Ernest Hemingway

Be Brave and Take Risks: You need to have faith in yourself. Be brave and take risks. You don't have to have it all figured out to move forward.     

Roy T. Bennett

Life is mostly froth and bubble, Two things stand like stone. Kindness in another's trouble, Courage in your own.     

Adam Lindsay Gordon

No matter how long you train someone to be brave, you never know if they are or not until something real happens.     

Veronica Roth

Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. God is awake.     

Victor Hugo

A man with outward courage dares to die; a man with inner courage dares to live.     

Lao Tzu

Life is made of so many moments that mean nothing. Then one day, a single moment comes along to define every second that comes after. Such moments are tests of courage, of strength.     

Sabaa Tahir

Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I'll try again tomorrow.     

Mary Anne Radmacher

Real courage is when you know you're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.     

Harper Lee

Keep in mind that many people have died for their beliefs; it's actually quite common. The real courage is in living and suffering for what you believe.     

Christopher Paolini

The secret of happiness is freedom, the secret of freedom is courage.     

Carrie Jones

Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.     

Andre Gide

The strongest people find the courage and caring to help others, even if they are going through their own storm.     

Roy T. Bennett

Courage is feeling fear, not getting rid of fear, and taking action in the face of fear.     

Roy T. Bennett

To share your weakness is to make yourself vulnerable; to make yourself vulnerable is to show your strength.     

Criss Jami

It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.     

Mark Twain

You must be bold, brave, and courageous and find a way... to get in the way.     

John Lewis

I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death.     

Leonardo da Vinci

Life is tough, and things don't always work out well, but we should be brave and go on with our lives.     

Suga

A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is brave five minutes longer.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

With the bravery of being out of range / We strafe the train / With the bravery of being out of range / We gain terrain     

Roger Waters

Fill your lives / With love and bravery / And you shall lead / A life uncommon     

Jewel Kilcher

Chase your dreams, and remember me, sweet bravery / 'Cause after all those wings will take you, up so high / So bid the forest floor goodbye as you race the wind / And take to the sky (you take to the sky)     

Adam R. Young

The dream is still alive, immune to their commands / Bravery abounds steadfast in the underground / Until the day arrives, children understand / Father's safe and sound living in the underground     

Ivan Lins

I'm headed west to try to test my bravery / Face to face with my thoughts is what I need / The rear view reminds me the future's passing presently     

Garret Zablocki

Silence for the innocent / Bravery will conquer this / You can find a way out     

Kate Wilson

No one can imagine what drove you to calamity / Done with dignity / I salute your bravery     

Martin Weller

We'll tear it all down / I know your tactics all the practice this bravery took / And the flags are flying you're trying out a different look     

Thea Gilmore

And I will always follow my heart and my convictions / I'll always hold my head up high / I've found the bravery to follow my own destiny / Your fading memory is what will set me free     

Joakim Bjoerklund

No chain shall sully thee / No strength shall taint your bravery / The songs remain for the young and free / They shall never sound in slavery     

Leroy Anderson

Staring into the face of adversity (he will remain) / With courage and bravery / It keeps him walking towards the flames (he will remain) / In good faith that he will remain     

Brent Gerald Rambler

Bravery will find you when your head is hung low / Your fear is like a fever / It too will go     

Justin Chad Davidson

You are under the unfortunate delusion that simply because you run away from danger, you have no courage. You're confusing courage with wisdom.     

Noel Langley

What makes a king out of a slave? Courage! What makes the flag on the mast to wave? Courage! What makes the elephant charge his tusk in the misty mist, or the dusky dusk? What makes the muskrat guard his musk? Courage! What makes the sphinx the seventh wonder? Courage! What makes the dawn come up like thunder? Courage!     

Noel Langley

I feel that bravery is the ability to face up to difficult situations not without fear but in spite of great and overwhelming fear.     

Busby Berkeley

Sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it.     

Aline Brosh McKenna

It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to your enemies, but a great deal more to stand up to your friends.     

J.K. Rowling

I have to tell you a secret that will see you through all the trials that life can offer. Have courage and be kind.     

Chris Weitz

Not the showy kind that you get medals for but a private courage that only you know about.     

Lloyd C. Douglas

That havin' courage didn't mean that you ain't afraid. Rather havin' courage meant being afraid but still being able to do what needs to be done in spite of it.     

Trevor Munson

Being fearless was the same as being stupid; that havin' courage didn't mean that you ain't afraid.     

Trevor Munson

So have courage. Courage is an angel. Courage is an angel... that makes the difference between a good life and a great life.     

Michael Sardo

The greatest courage is the courage to change.     

Nicholas Boxer

Take courage'—courage! ay, my purple peer, / I will take courage; for thy Tyrian rays / Refresh me to the heart, and strangely dear / And healing is thy praise.     

Jean Ingelow

And what does he do when in doubt? / And the proof of his faith is the courage he shows / When sorrows lie deep in his breast; / It's the way that he suffers the griefs that he knows / That brings out his worst or his best.     

Edgar Albert Guest

It's the way you hold out against odds that are great / That proves what your courage is worth, / It's the way that you stand to the bruises of fate / That shows up your stature and girth.     

Edgar Albert Guest

Courage! / Disaster and destruction tend / To taller triumph in the end.     

Aleister Crowley

And they fought manfully to the last, with courage unshaken, / Until the tower of Hougemont was in a blaze but still it remained untaken.     

William Topaz McGonagall

Yet fearless and undaunted, and with the help of Heaven, / He gathered his small band possessed of courage bold, / Determined to make a last effort to capture the stronghold.     

William Topaz McGonagall

No one can know the potential, / Of a life that is committed to win; / With courage - the challenge it faces, / To achieve great success in the end!     

Anonymous Americas

So, possess the strength and the courage, / To conquer whatever you choose; / It's the person who gets started, / That is destined forever to lose!     

Anonymous Americas

With its blaze of colour, and courage, its daring in every fold, / And underneath is the title, 'What we have we'll hold.' / 'Tis a picture plain as a mirror, but the reflex it contains / Is the counterpart of the life and heart of the Riders of the Plains     

Emily Pauline Johnson

Courage isn't about fearless. It's taking action even though you're scared.     

Margie Warrell

Every possibility begins with the courage to imagine.     

Margie Warrell

Sometimes bravery calls for rebellion.     

Margie Warrell

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.     

Margie Warrell

When you consciously choose to say and do things outside your comfort zone, you build your 'courage muscles' for taking on bigger challenges and for responding more bravely to those that land unwanted in your lap.     

Margie Warrell

One act of raw courage at a time, one day at a time, over the passage of time you become what you do: brave, strong,selff-reliant annd equipped with everything it takes to pursue your great aspirations.     

Margie Warrell

Only when those of us with the freedom to stand up, to speak up, and to champion for change find the courage to do so.     

Margie Warrell

Bravery won't always guarantee your success -- in work, in love and in life -- it will always precede it.     

Margie Warrell

Every act of bravery stems from a decision to make a stand for something that's bigger than yourself and more important than your emotional comfort or pride.     

Margie Warrell

But who you become by the courage you've shown will always leave you better off. Stronger. Smarter. Braver. Bolder     

Margie Warrell

Knowing what you stand for is the foundation stone upon which bravery is built.     

Margie Warrell

The more you face your fear, stare it down and then step up right through the heart of it, the more you strengthen your faith in yourself and you courage for life.     

Margie Warrell

Acting bravely in small ways when it doesn't seem to matter so much is what enables you to build your courage for when it does.     

Margie Warrell

Have courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.     

Margie Warrell

Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all others.     

Sir Winston Churchill

The kind of courage that fascinated me went beyond physical bravery, though almost always it did involve that admirable quality. It was the an expression of character and strength of belief.     

Gordon Brown

As far as courage is concerned, it can be good to learn from real examples of courageous conduct as a moral model of excellence of action in dangerous or difficult situations.      

Douglas N. Walton

Courage has always been one of the most prized virtues, and people who would unblushingly admit to their lack of many other qualities are commonly unwilling to be thought cowards.     

Geoffrey Scarre

Courage and bravery are highly regarded qualities-- possibly because it is difficult to be courageous and brave all the time, especially when times are difficult     

Amanda Elizabeth Barden

Pain will follow the act of building courage just as it does building a muscle.     

Angela Sebaly

The importance of courage to get back up after you have been brought to your knees.     

Angela Sebaly

When we think of courageous people, we often associate their courage with their behaviors. And although how we see courage is in action, we often miss an inherent and important step that comes first-- our emotions.     

Angela Sebaly