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When faced with hordes of people telling you that your ideas are no good (or even the threat of this), it takes an inordinate amount of courage to stand up for your ideas. But that is the price that countless inventors and creators pay every day to get their thoughts accepted in the wider world.

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‘Be brave enough to live life creatively. The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. You can’t get there by bus, only by hard work and risk and by not quite knowing what you are doing. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover will be yourself.’

Alan Alda

‘I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self.’


‘The coward calls the brave man rash, the rash man calls him a coward.’


‘Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees the others.’


‘It takes a lot of courage to show your dreams to someone else.’

Erma Bombeck

‘Courage is like love; it must have hope to nourish it.’

Napoleon Boneparte

‘Courage enlarges, cowardice diminishes resources.’

Christian Bovee

‘Ask an impertinent question and you are on the way to the pertinent answer.’

Jacob Bronowski

‘It is better to die on one’s feet than to live on one’s knees.’

Albert Camus

‘Courage is the first of human qualities because it is a quality which guarantees the others.’

Winston Churchill

Success is never found. Failure is never fatal. Courage is the only thing.’

Winston Churchill

‘A man of courage is also full of faith.’

Marcus Tullius Cicero

‘It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power.’

Alan Cohen

‘Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out.’

James Bryan Conant

‘Courage is needed to step out of your comfort zone, in order to grow into your new comfort zone.’

Ross Cooper

‘What a new face courage puts on everything!’

Ralph Waldo Emerson

‘It is difficulties that show what men are.’


‘Fortune favours the audacious.’

Desiderius Erasmus

‘Without courage, wisdom bears no fruit.’

Baltasar Gracian

‘Withough danger you cannot go beyond danger.’

George Herbert

‘Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads.’

Erica Jong

‘Each time a man stands up for an ideal or acts to improve the lot of others or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope and, crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.’

Robert Kennedy

‘There is nothing with which every man is so afraid as getting to know how enormously much he is capable of doing and becoming.’

Søren Kierkegaard

‘An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail.’

Edwin Land

‘The great virtue in life is real courage that knows how to face facts and live beyond them.’

D. H. Lawrence

‘Do not be afraid of taking a big step—you cannot cross a chasm in two steps.’

David Lloyd-George

‘Courage is grace under pressure.’

Ernest Hemingway

‘All the world is full of suffering. It is also full of overcoming.’

Helen Keller

‘The world is in a constant conspiracy against the brave.’

Douglas MacArthur

‘We must have the courage to bet on our ideas, to take the calculated risk, and to act.’

Maxwell Maltz

‘To bear failure with courage is the best proof of character that anyone can give.’

W. Somerset Maugham

‘Every really new idea looks crazy at first.’

Alfred North Whitehead

‘Lord, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.’

Reinhold Niebuhr

‘Live dangerously. Build your cities on the slopes of Vesuvius.’

Friedrich Nietzsche

‘Even the pluckiest among us has but seldom the courage of what he really knows.’

Friedrich Nietzsche

‘Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.’

Anaïs Nin

‘The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out and meet it.’


‘We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.’


‘How does a man become brave? By doing brave things.’


‘Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are waiting to see us act just once with beauty and courage.’

Rainer Maria Rilke

‘Ingenuity, plus courage, plus work, equals miracles.’

Bob Richards

‘You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience by which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, “I can take the next thing that comes along”.’

Eleanor Roosevelt

‘An intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius––and a lot of courage––to move in the opposite direction.’

E. F. Schumacher

‘Cowards die many times before their deaths;
The valiant never taste of death but once.’

William Shakespeare

‘Fortune favours the brave.’


‘It takes courage to be creative. Just as soon as you have a new idea, you are in a minority of one.’

E. Paul Torrance

‘Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear—not absence of fear.’

Mark Twain

‘What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?’

Vincent Van Gogh

‘The vitality of thought is in adventure. Ideas won’t keep. Something must be done about them. When the idea is new, its custodians have fervour, live for it and if need be, die for it.’

Alfred North Whitehead

‘Yet each man kills the thing he loves,
By each let this be heard,
Some do it with a bitter look,
Some with a flattering word,
The coward does it with a kiss,
The brave man with a sword!’

Oscar Wilde

‘Make voyages. Attempt them. There’s nothing else.’

Tennessee Williams

‘It takes great courage to break with one’s past history and stand alone.’

Marion Woodman

‘It takes visions and courage to create. It takes faith and courage to prove.’

Owen D. Young


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