QUOTES about BRAVERY and COURAGE

The opposite of bravery is not cowardice but conformity. Robert Anthony 

We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world. Helen Keller

A brave man thinks no one his superior who does him an injury, for he has it then in his power to make himself superior to the other by forgiving it. Alexander Pope

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

One man’s courage can move the world. President Obama

Everyone becomes brave when he observes one who despairs. Nietzsche

Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold. Helen Keller

It is easy to be brave from a safe distance. Aesop

Courage is like love; it must have hope for nourishment. Napoleon

All bravery stands upon comparisons. Francis Bacon

Sometimes even to live is an act of courage. Seneca

That man is not truly brave who is afraid either to seem to be, or to be, when it suits him, a coward. Edgar Allan Poe

No one can answer for his courage when he has never been in danger. Rochefoucauld

The paradox of courage is that a man must be a little careless of his life even in order to keep it. G. K. Chesterton 

Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. C.S. Lewis

Any danger spot is tenable if men, brave men, will make it so. John F Kennedy 

The courage of all one really knows comes but late in life. Nietzsche

The man who knows when not to act is wise. To my mind bravery if forethought. Euripides 

Just as courage imperils life, fear protects it. Leonardo DA Vinci

The courage of the poet is to keep ajar the door that leads into madness. Christopher Morley

The man who stands firm in order to protect a sand-castle can never be relied upon; for he has given away his common sense. Sir Winston Churchill  

What is more mortifying than to feel that you have missed the plum for want of courage to shake the tree. Logan Pearsall Smith

It is easy enough to praise men for the courage of their conviction. I wish I could teach the sad young of this mealy generation the courage of their convictions. John Ciardi

In victory even the cowardly like to boast, while in adverse times even the brave are discredited. Sallust

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

People with courage and character always seem sinister to the rest. Hermann Hesse

War is an unmitigated evil. But it certainly does one good thing. It drives away fear and brings bravery to the surface. Mohandas K. Gandhi 

Politicians start wars, they ratchet up the rhetoric, swelled on their self-righteousness; they dispatch brave soldiers to die; forgotten for a word. James Russell

With audacity one can undertake anything, but not do everything. Napoleon

A coward turns away but a brave man’s choice is danger. Euripides

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen. Winston Churchill

The mass of men lead quiet lives of desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation. From a desperate city you go into the desperate country, and have to console yourself with the bravery of minks and muskrats. Thoreau

Courage and resolution are the spirit and soul of virtue. Thomas Fuller

In doubtful matters, courage may do much; in desperate patience. Thomas Fuller

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear. Except a creature be part coward it is not a compliment to say it is brave. Mark Twain

Every group decision requires a brave man express his opinion before the remainder speak without fear of contradiction. Samuel Putman 

Great men rejoice in adversity, just as brave soldiers triumph in war. Seneca

Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace. Amelia Earhart

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 which you think you cannot do. Eleanor Roosevelt

We're always hearing about risk-takers whose risks paid off, but they are no braver than those whose risks end in ridicule. Source: Frank Skinner on the Road by Frank Skinner

All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. Walt Disney

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

We become just by performing just actions, temperate by performing temperate actions, and brave by performing brave actions. Aristotle

Courage conquers all things: it even gives strength to the body. Ovid

One of the great prizes of youth is that we think we are indestructible. We believe we can achieve anything we want, just because we want it. … And one day, if we are lucky, we come to a crossroads. On the right is the gift of love. On the left are the material things. … It does take courage to choose the path of love, and that courage is called humility. Quote cited in: Bang! You’re Dead by Tom Pey

Courage is simply the willingness to be afraid and act anyway. Robert Anthony

If we are strong our character will speak for itself. If we are weak, words will be of no help. Quote by John F Kennedy

Great crisis produce great men and great deeds of courage. John F Kennedy

Have the courage to take your own thoughts seriously, for they will shape you. Albert Einstein

One man with courage is a majority. Thomas Jefferson

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

Anecdote: Cathy Griffin, a comedian known for her confrontational style, once strode up to the frequently brutal advertising director Joe Pytka and said, “Just so you know, you're a freak, and if you keep screaming and having these fits around me, all that’s going to happen is I’m just going to cry and leave. So really, take it down a few notches. There was this hush, and then Joe said, “I like her.”  Quote Source: Cathy Griffin.

Brave men go forward not expecting to return. Bona

Life expands or contracts in proportion to one’s courage. Anais Nin

Fortune favors the brave. Unknown 

The agricultural population, says Cato, produces the bravest men, the most valiant soldiers, and a class of citizens the least given of all too evil designs. Pliny the Elder

To believe, in the face of utter hopelessness, every article of evidence to the contrary, to ignore apparent catastrophe, … that is a form of bravery: It’s not about the bike by Lance Armstrong

We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world. Helen Keller

The last thing a woman will consent to in a man whom she loves, or on whom she simply depends, is want of courage. Joseph Conrad

Courage, conduct, and perseverance conquer all before them. Thomas Fuller

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

However well organized the foundations of life may be, life must always be full of risks. Havelock Ellis

None but the brave deserves the fair. John Drydon

Bravery has no place where it can avail nothing. Samuel Johnson

DEFINITION and MEANING
Bravery and courage involve the ability to undertake challenges. While these traits tend to be associated with physical fortitude, they can also be required of those who are forced to endure inner travail and turmoil.