Soul Food for Friday: Quotes to Build Your Courage

What we often long for in leadership is for leaders who demonstrate courage. Though the way ahead is difficult, though the decision to be made is challenging, how we long for leaders to respond with courage and how we long to be leaders who live with courage. May this week’s Soul Food for Friday build your courage to take the next bold step and to make the right decision that needs to be made.

“Real courage embraces the twin realities of current difficulty and ultimate triumph.” — Max Lucado

“Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of a readiness to die.” — G. K. Chesterton

“Most people think that courage is the absence of fer. The absence of fear is not courage; the absence of fear is some kind of brain damage. Courage is the capacity to go ahead in spite of the fear, or in spite of the pain.” — M. Scott Peck

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” — Anais Nin

“Courage encourages courage.” — Mark Buchanan

“Fear is the opportunity for courage, not proof of cowardice.” — John McCain

“Pain nourishes courage. You can’t be brave if you’ve only had wonderful things happen to you.” — Mary Tyler Moore

“Courage is doing what you’re afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you’re scared.” — Eddie Rickenbacker

“What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight — it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” — Dwight D. Eisenhower

“Courage means to keep working on a relationship, to continue seeking solutions to difficult problems, and to stay focused during stressful periods.” — Denis Waitley

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

“No magic formula can completely prepare us for crises in life. However, each choice we make now will impact how we handle those crises in the future. Make your choice count. Dedicate time each day to developing your character. If you do, courage will be there when you need it most.” — Rudolph Giuliani

“Courage is grace under pressure.” — Ernest Hemmingway

“Never doubt the courage of the French. They were the ones who discovered that snails are edible.” — Dough Larson

“Courage  the first of human qualities, because it is the quality which guarantees all others.” — Aristotle

“If a man hasn’t discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.

“What we need is endless courage.” — Katherine Porter

“Courage is not the towering oak that sees storms come and go; it is the fragile blossom that opens in the snow.” — Alice Mackenzie Swaim

“One man with courage makes a majority.” — Andrew Jackson

“Fortune favors the bold.” — Virgil

“Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are stiffened.” — Billy Graham

“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 cannot do.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

“Courage! I have shown it for years; think you I shall lose it at the moment when my sufferings are to end?” — Marie Antoinette, moments before her death

“Success is never final, failure is never fatal. It’s courage that counts.” — Winston Churchill

“It’s easy to be brave from a distance.” — Aesop

“Courage is the thing. All goes if courage goes.” — J. M. Barrie

“Whatever you do, you need courage.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Courage frees us from the fears that would rob us of life itself.” — Erwin McManus

“If you don’t conquer your fear, you are going to miss out on some great things in life.” — Andy Stanley

“Courage is more than having guts in a scary situation. Courage is formed in tension points when we learn how to enter, wait, and then act in situations.” — Dave Fleming

“Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others.” — Robert Louis Stevenson

What words of courage can you share with us today?


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