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These 7 Favorite Courage Quotes (and why you’re braver than you think)

You arecourage courageous. Really.

You get up in the morning. You go about your daily work.

You live. All of that requires a quiet courage, especially in unsure times…times where there is more chaos and uncertainty than ever before.

Mark Twain Courage Quote

“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear.”― Mark Twain

We often think of courage in terms of brave acts…or acts of extreme heroism…and those are wonderful acts…but what about the quiet courage of those who fight with depression…or anxiety…or struggle with addictions…those people who keep going…even if they aren’t sure of the direction they are going in?

Here are some of my favorite courage quotes for the quietly courageous…and you know who you are…don’t you?

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.” Mary Anne Radmacher

Courage doesn't always roar quote
“The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.” ― Coco Chanel

It takes courage to:

  • Move forward after a loss…a divorce, a death, a breakup, a job loss, a financial loss….
  • Move forward when there has been a rejection
  • Move forward when a decision has turned out to be the wrong one

Activating Courage When You are Afraid

“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.”― E.E. Cummings

Remember that fear isn’t real. It is a projection of the worst case scenario. It can seem real because our imaginations are powerful. We can paint pictures in our minds with our words. We make everything feel more real when we FEEL it.

Because we can do this, we can also use the same process to turn it around. We can imagine a better outcome. We can paint a prettier picture of the future…we can make it more real by infusing that picture with good emotions…like hope…joy….being happy…feeling success…right there.

And when we do that, we can feel courage…welling up…making a new future a possibility…that we can move toward…because when we feel it…when we reach down deep inside…we can create that ….

And in the famous quote of Sir Winston Churchill: “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”

“Freedom lies in being bold.” ― Robert Frost

So, activate your courage…and recognize that it took courage to get you where you are now…and you can move forward because you always were brave…weren’t you?

In closing, this courage quote from Nora Ephron is one of my very favorites because it puts personal responsibility into play…

“Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.”― Nora Ephron

And this could also read be the “hero” of your life…couldn’t it? So do that…be the hero or heroine of your own life…just because you can…and see that everything shifts…

“Drive your own life…you deserve to, don’t you?” Sherie Venner

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I am a Relationship Coach who helps others create happy, healthy, loving relationships…including the relationship they have with themselves…by breaking through those blocks and barriers to success. I use various techniques gathered through training as a Master Practitioner of NLP, timeline, hypnosis and common sense gathered through life experience.

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  • Barbara Billig October 11, 2012, 3:13 pm

    Enjoyed the inspirational quotes. Thanks! I never get tired of being motivated!

    • Sherie October 11, 2012, 3:56 pm

      Glad you did, Barbara!

  • Moira Hutchison October 11, 2012, 9:48 am

    I love your selection of quotes Sherie! I agree, we are often braver than we think we are! Reminds me of the idea of FEAR being False Evidence Appearing Real ;).
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    • Sherie October 11, 2012, 11:10 am

      Yes! Love that acronym, Moira!

  • Helena Bowers October 10, 2012, 10:02 pm

    Love these quotes Sherie! Especially that one by e.e. cummings. Every time I read it, I get shivers.
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    • Sherie October 10, 2012, 10:34 pm

      It is an excellent quote, Helena!

  • Norma Doiron October 10, 2012, 8:04 pm

    “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.” This is the exact spot where I’ve found myself to be many a time. And took another tired step… Giving up was never an option! To succeed, you must never quit…
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    • Sherie October 10, 2012, 10:35 pm

      Love your insight, Norma!