“Courage for me is about getting up and climbing the cliff beside the one you’ve just felt you’ve fallen from.”

Julie Stephenson



“Life is about experience; not just thinking about the experience.”

Courage for me, encapsulates so many aspects and includes qualities of strength; wisdom; tenacity; compassion; integrity; faith; determination; surrender; resilience; love; acceptance… and all these qualities at different times have enabled me to lead a ‘courageous’ life.

For me isn’t about being ‘fearless’. For me it is about fighting for what matters to me; and then having the wisdom to know when to surrender and walk away. I have found it has sometimes taken far more courage to surrender something than to actually fight for it.

Courage for me is about giving myself permission to BE MYSELF… and that means actually LEARNING about myself – and

Ask yourself what courage you already have demonstrated that you didn’t even realise; and work out where you need to develop it even further so you have courage to….




"Courage is about getting up and climbing up the cliff beside the on you've just felt you've fallen from"

― Julie Stephenson


“When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not yet ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back. A week is more than enough time for us to decide whether or not to accept our destiny.” 

― Paulo CoelhoThe Devil and Miss Prym



"Courage isnt about being fearless, it's about staying where it's hard, and not running... being able to move forward when things get tough." 

― Michelle Reeve


“He who loses wealth loses much; he who loses a friend loses more; he who loses courage loses all.

― Miguel de Cervantes


“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” 
― Lao Tzu


“If you ever found yourself in the wrong story.....     Leave.” 
 Mo Willems


“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” 
― E.EE. Cummings



“It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.” 
― J.K. RowlingHarry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone



“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” 

― Winston S. Churchill



“There are so many ways to be brave in this world. Sometimes bravery involves laying down your life for something bigger than yourself, or for someone else. Sometimes it involves giving up everything you have ever known, or everyone you have ever loved, for the sake of something greater.
But sometimes it doesn't.
Sometimes it is nothing more than gritting your teeth through pain, and the work of every day, the slow walk toward a better life. 
That is the sort of bravery I must have now.” 
― Veronica RothAllegiant



“Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can't practice any other virtue consistently.” 
― Maya Angelou



“Bran thought about it. 'Can a man still be brave if he's afraid?'
'That is the only time a man can be brave,' his father told him.” 
― George R.R. MartinA Game of Thrones


You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.” 
― William Faulkner



“Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.” 
― Maya Angelou



“Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing.” 
― August Wilson



“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.” 
― Anaïs Nin


And some more quotes;

It is better to live one day as a lion, than a thousand days as a lamb. Roman Proverb


You don't develop courage by being happy in your relationships everyday. You develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity. Epicurus


It is curious-curious that physical courage should be so common in the world, and moral courage so rare. Mark Twain


Everyday courage has few witnesses. But yours is no less noble because no drum beats for you and no crowds shout your name. Robert Louis Stevenson


Moral excellence comes about as a result of habit. We become just by doing just acts, temperate by doing temperate acts, brave by doing brave acts.Aristotle


Without courage, wisdom bears no fruit. Baltasar Gracian


He who loses wealth loses much; he who loses a friend loses more; but he that loses his courage loses all. Miguel de Cervantes


Clear thinking requires courage rather than intelligence. Thomas Szasz


We could never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world. Helen Keller


Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm. Winston Churchill


The greatest test of courage on the earth is to bear defeat without losing heart.R. G. Ingersoll


Courage is not defined by those who fought and did not fall, but by those who fought, fell and rose again. Anonymous


Take a chance! All life is a chance. The man who goes farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare. Dale Carnegie


Life shrinks and expands in proportion to one's courage. Anais Nin


One man with courage makes a majority. Andrew Jackson


Courage is reckoned the greatest of all virtues; because, unless a man has that virtue, he has no security for preserving any other. Samuel Johnson


Sometimes even to live is an act of courage. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


Courage is the power to let go of the familiar. Raymond Lindquist


True courage is not the brutal force of vulgar heroes, but the firm resolve of virtue and reason. Alfred North Whitehead


There is no such thing as bravery; only degrees of fear. John Wainwright


Courage is the fear of being thought a coward. Horace Smith


Have the courage to live. Anyone can die. Robert Cody


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. Plato


Courage is the ladder on which all other virtues mount. Clare Booth Luce


The world is in a constant conspiracy against the brave. It's the age-old struggle-the roar of the crowd on one side and the voice of your conscience on the other. Douglas MacArthur


It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage, that we move on to better things. Theodore Roosevelt


Be courageous! Have faith! Go forward! Thomas Alva Edison


He conquers who endures. Persius


Keep your fears to yourself but share your courage with others. Robert Louis Stevenson


Fear is the father of courage and the mother of safety. Henry H. Tweedy


It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who you really are.e.e.cummings