Quotes About Fear and Courage to Stir Your Soul

Has there been a moment when you have felt dry in the mouth from fear and yet stepped ahead?

These quotes are about those moments.

Courage using Scrabble tiles

“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.”

(Ambrose Redmoon)

I recollect the moment when I first said “hi” to a stranger. And when I spoke on stage for the first time. What were your ‘courage’ moments? They were nice, weren’t they?


“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”

(Sir Winston Churchill)


“Do the thing you are afraid to do and the death of fear is certain.”

(Ralph Waldo Emerson)


“If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in bed with a mosquito.”

(Betty Reese)


“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow.”

(Mary Anne Radmacher)


“All of our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.”

(Walt Disney)


“To those who have called me a coward I say that they are wrong, and that without knowing it, they are also right.

They are wrong when they think that I left the war for fear of being killed. I admit that fear was there, but there was also the fear of killing innocent people, the fear of putting myself in a position where to survive means to kill, there was the fear of losing my soul in the process of saving my body, the fear of losing myself to my daughter, to the people who love me, to the man I used to be, the man I wanted to be.

I was afraid of waking up one morning to realize my humanity had abandoned me.”

(Sgt. Camilo Mejia, who served one year in prison for refusing to return to fight in Iraq . He was released from prison Feb. 15, 2005.)

This man had the courage to not fight because in his heart he did not want to fight. A more cowardly man would have not voiced the true feelings in his heart, and fought. He voiced his opinion courageously despite having to spend time in prison.

So, courage doesn’t always mean saddling up and fighting. It’s about something inside you, not outside you.


“Come to the edge.” “We can’t. We’re afraid.” “Come to the edge.” “We can’t. We will fall!” “Come to the edge.” And they came. And he pushed them. And they flew.

( Guillaume Apollinaire)


“It is the greatest shot of adrenaline to be doing what you have wanted to do so badly. You almost feel like you could fly without the plane.”                                 

(Charles Lindbergh)

Charles Lindbergh was the first person in the world to fly across the Atlantic Ocean non-stop and alone.


“Those who are brave, never look down.”

(A movie based on Subhash Chandra Bose whose name I can’t recollect)

In the movie, as Subhash Chandra Bose walks past a line of children, he notices one boy’s head lowered – as if ashamed to face the towering leader. That is when Subhash utters this dialogue.

Though the words are simple – many times, when I have felt my self-esteem levels drop, or my faith in myself fade, I have repeated this line to myself and instantly felt the power surge within me. May this help you too…


“Courage is not limited to the battlefield or the Indianapolis 500 or bravely catching a thief in your house. The real tests of courage are much quieter. They are the inner tests, like remaining faithful when nobody’s looking, like enduring pain when the room is empty, like standing alone when you’re misunderstood.”
(Charles Swindoll)


“Well, the King had enough clothes on his person sufficient for both of us!”

(Mahatma Gandhi when asked by a British journalist about his appearance before the King of England in a loin cloth.)

Mahatma Gandhi happy

When Mahatma Gandhi met the King of England, he was clad in his traditional loin cloth. He did so despite ridicule and criticism. How courageous that he held on to what he thought was fine for him despite others’ opinions!

He did not dress in an “artificial” way to impress the King. He dressed as he always did.


Have a fearless day. Or rather – an “I’ll face my fears” day. I will try too.