What Courage Is

Was on one of my regular runs today when the words “courage is not acting in the absence of fear, but in spite of it” suddenly came to mind and never left.

Can’t quite remember where exactly I read it or heard it, but those words have always comforted me in times of need. Here are two quotes that might have had a hand in incepting my mind with those words on courage.

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 Mandela

Courage is not the absence of fear but rather the judgement that something is more important than fear; The brave may not live forever but the cautious do not live at all.

— Meg Cabot

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