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

E.E. Cummings
J.J. Cale – I Got the Same Old Blues

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

Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

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

Maya Angelou



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

Anaïs Nin


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, Pride and Prejudice

“For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whomever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules. We can make the best or the worst of it.

I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before.  I hope you meet people with a different point of view.
I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not,  I hope you have the courage to start all over again.”

Eric Roth, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Screenplay


There are so many ways to be brave in this world. Sometimes bravery involves laying down your life for something bigger than yourself, or for someone else. Sometimes it involves giving up everything you have ever known, or everyone you have ever loved, for the sake of something greater.

But sometimes it doesn’t.

Sometimes it is nothing more than gritting your teeth through pain,
and the work of every day, the slow walk toward a better life.

That is the sort of bravery I must have now.”

Veronica Roth, Allegiant


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

Carrie Jones, Need



…Who could refrain, 
That had a heart to love, and in that heart Courage to make love known?

William Shakespeare, Macbeth

Have courage to use your own reason!’- that is the motto of enlightenment.

Immanuel Kant, An Answer to the Question: What Is Enlightenment?


The simple step of a courageous individual is not to take part in the lie. One word of truth outweighs the world.”

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn



We must substitute courage for caution.”

Martin Luther King Jr.




We do not have to submit to fear. We can make no compromise and refuse to surrender. We can find a place we fit and do the best we can. 

PeaceTim Flanagan




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