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Courage is such an underrated virtue. Fear paralyzes us every step of the way, often threatening to stop us in our tracks and make us give up. But it’s our courage that helps us raise our head high and march on despite fear. The combination of courage and inner strength, which is essentially the resolve to battle the toughest of circumstances and do the right thing, help us lead a fulfilling life.
Here are 10 priceless lessons that we can learn from great quotes about courage and inner strength.
1. The courageous take failure in their stride.
“The greatest test of courage on the earth is to bear defeat without losing heart.” — R. G. Ingersoll
2. Weakness can be the guiding light.
“Sometimes you don’t realize your own strength until you come face to face with your greatest weakness.” – Susan Gale
3. No virtue can be practiced without courage.
“One isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.” — Maya Angelou
4. You grow strong by facing hardships.
“Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger
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5. Great things happen if you keep marching along.
Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all. — Dale Carnegie
6. Sometimes you just have to jump.
“Jump, and you will find out how to unfold your wings as you fall.” — Ray Bradbury
7. Shoot for the stars, not settle for the average.
“Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure…than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.” — Theodore Roosevelt
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8. Courage can come from the smallest of acts.
“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
9. Courageous people speak up when they should.
“The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.” — Coco Chanel
10. Be the player, not the spectator.
It is not the critic who counts;
not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled
or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.
The credit belongs to the man
who is actually in the arena,
whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood;
who strives valiantly;
who errs and comes short again and again;
who knows great enthusiasms,
the great devotions;
who spends himself in a worthy cause;
who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement,
and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while
so that his place shall never be
with those timid souls
who know neither victory or defeat. — Theodore Roosevelt