Courage isn’t always easy to come by.
The entertainment industry is increasingly breeding these exalted heroines who seemingly effortlessly battle their way through every challenge without even batting an eyelash or smudging their mascara.
Whether it’s sword-swinging Alice, bow-bearing Katniss or bat-swinging Harley Quinn, many female protagonists are portrayed as these indestructible women overflowing with so much courage that they probably eat adversity for breakfast, crap bravery, and don’t need quotes about courage to get them moving.
What happened to their human flaws? Why are they portrayed as perfect? I call bull.
The fact is that finding courage in the face of adversity is sometimes really hard to come by. And that’s for anyone — men and women alike. This perfect woman who NEVER fears is just plain unrealistic.
REAL people are dynamic. REAL people have fear. REAL people get scared, hold themselves back and second-guess themselves. In reality, courage is hard! It’s not called a HARDship for nothing.
That’s the beauty of life! When times get tough, the tough get going. It isn’t always pretty or perfect. But putting your best foot forward and still going for it is what makes a strong woman strong.
You don’t have to be put together 24/7. That would be quite boring. How else would you learn how strong and resilient you are if you didn’t make mistakes along the way?
There’s always going to be a time when bravery seems like it just isn’t an option, so it’s in these times that you need a boost the most. And what better way to do that than with quotes about courage?
You can be your own shot of energy to make a change. All you have to do is give a damn. The rest will fall into place.
YOU are a superhero. YOU are strong, independent, sexy and fierce all rolled into one. And what makes you that way is your resilience. Not being the perfect wife, girlfriend, worker. Having the courage and tenacity to keep going even after everything falls apart.
Life doesn’t stop for anyone or anything. You gotta keep trucking even in times where you would much rather curl up under your blankets. When life throws you a punch, punch back harder. Do it with all you have.
Use this as a reminder that this is NOT the end of the world. So here are some quotes about courage that — even in the darkest times — will help bring out your real inner Wonder Woman.
“Today is another chance to get it right.”
“The struggle you’re in today is developing the strength you need for tomorrow.”
“When you complain, you make yourself the victim. Leave the situation, change the situation, or accept it. All else is madness.”
“When they go low, we go high.”
“Courage is like a muscle. We strengthen it by use.”
“You wake up every morning to fight the same demons that left you so tired the night before, and that my love, is true bravery.”
“Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.”
“You can suffer the pain of change or you can suffer remaining who you are.”
“Inhale courage. Exhale fear.”
“It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to your enemies, but even more to stand up to your friends.” —J.K. Rowling
“Are you feeling a bit shaken, maybe stirred, maybe fearful and doubtful and completely, utterly, and wildly terrified. Good, keep going.” —Victoria Krickson
“Don’t lose sight of your final destination because of your current situation.”
“You can choose courage, or you can choose comfort. But you cannot choose both.”
“She who dares, wins.”
“I’m doing this for me.”
“Do not give your past the power to define your future.”
“Be a warrior, not a worrier.”
“Feel the fear; do it anyway.”
“Never let your fear decide your future.”
“Just be kind and brave. That’s all you ever need to be.”
“Fear tricks us into living a boring life.” —Donald Miller