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Courage is a curious thing. Those who appear courageous wish they didn’t because it means they’ve had to face something that nearly scared the life out of them. They’ve come through hell. Or maybe they’re still on the journey.


Courage is not something that you already have that makes you brave enough to face tough times. Its what you learn as you go through tough times. Its a badge people wish they didn’t have to wear. Courage isn’t always welcomed but it is always needed. Here’s to my many friends courageously facing cancer, the death of a loved one, the end of a marriage, dismissal from a job, the darkness of depression, or the desire to quit.


1. “Courage does not always roar; sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.’ Mary Anne Radmacher

2. “Don’t be afraid of your fears. They’re not there to scare you. They’re there to let you know that something is worth it.” C. Joybell C.

3. “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” John 16:23

4. “Courage is contagious.” Brene Brown

5. Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

6. “The women left the tomb quickly They were afraid, but they were also very happy. They ran to tell Jesus’ followers what had happened. Suddenly Jesus met them and said, “Don’t be afraid. Go and tell my followers to go on to Galilee, and they will see me there.” Matthew 28:9,10 (New Century Version)

7. “God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” 2 Timothy 1:7 (ESV)

8. “Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff, they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4

 9. “Life expands of shrinks in proportion to one’s courage.”courage chalk

10. “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” Nelson Mandelacourage mandela

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

12. “Courage is doing what you are afraid to do. There can be no courage without being scared.” Eddie Rickenbacker Rickenbacker_CourageIsDoing

13. “With courage you will dare to take risks, have the strength to be compassionate and the wisdom to be humble. Courage is the foundation of integrity.”  Mark Twain

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14. “Courage is making something happen.”

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15. “It is not the strength of the body that counts, but the strength of the spirit.” J.R.R.Tolkein

16. “Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway.” John Wayne

17. “Courage is not something that you already have that makes you brave enough to face tough times. Courage is what you learn as you go through tough times.” Bob Jones

What is your favourite quote? Please leave a comment below. Thank you.

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Bob Jones

Happily married to Jocelyn for 44 years. We have two adult sons, Cory and his wife Lynsey and their son Vincent and daughter Jayda; Jean Marc and his wife Angie and their three daughters, Quinn, Lena and Annora. I love inspiring people through communicating, blogging, and coaching. I enjoy writing, running, and reading. I'm a fan of the Double E, Bruins, Celtics, Red Sox and Pats. Follow me on Twitter @bobjones49ers


  • adena lowry says:

    My favorite quote is, “Be the change you want to see in the world”. (Mother Theresa, I believe.)
    Psalm 31:24 – Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart all you who hope in the Lord.

  • bob jones says:

    Thanks for sharing that quote. “Being the change” will draw courage out of people.

  • Maria Boonstra says:

    True courage is relying 100% on God. When we stand firm on our faith, and not give into our fear, even when circumstances look truly impossible, He promises us that “nothing is impossible with God” Luke 1:47. In the middle of our greatest storm, when we call out to Him, He fights for us. We can try to fight on our own and end up bruised and defeated. When we turn our circumstances over to the One who defeated the grave we are victorious and, more importantly, never alone.

  • bob jones says:

    Great reflections, Maria. God bless you with the true courage you write about!

  • Carole Schlachta says:

    I agree whole heartedly with #6,12,13,16. I just as wholeheartedly disagree with #15. Interesting!

  • bob jones says:

    #15 is an interesting perspective. Glad you are growing in the courage that responding to Scripture can provide.

  • Christian Mark Luha says:

    #13 and #15 for me…

  • Evelyn Kozak says:

    3, 5 & 7 have been sources of encouragement and peace countless times over my lifetime

  • Carole S. says:

    I looked at this again. Mandel is bang on and Toilkin.
    The one word from the Lord for me was, ‘I promise I will never forsake you nor leave you begging for bread”
    I have learned when I need the courage, the Holy Spirit brings that scripture, particularly, to my mind, I gain my courage as needed by the power of the Holy Spirit and because God, my Heavenly Father loves me more than anyone else could love me. Through all this courage arises within me because of the sacrifice of my Lord Jesus Christ, who died on the cross so that I might live in eternity, with Him. Thank you Lord.

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