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.
1. Carpe diem is REAL.
“Today is another chance to get it right.”
2. Overcoming obstacles makes you stronger.
“The struggle you’re in today is developing the strength you need for tomorrow.”
3. Staying miserable doesn’t solve anything.
“When you complain, you make yourself the victim. Leave the situation, change the situation, or accept it. All else is madness.”
4. Take the high road; it’ll pay off.
“When they go low, we go high.”
5. If you don’t use it, you lose it.
“Courage is like a muscle. We strengthen it by use.”
6. Your inner demons will always test you.
“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.”
7. Never deny yourself your passions.
“Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.”
8. Don’t force yourself to go on suffering.
“You can suffer the pain of change or you can suffer remaining who you are.”
9. Breathing is key.
“Inhale courage. Exhale fear.”
10. Take a note from Harry Potter: standing up for yourself is hard.
“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
11. Fear isn’t your enemy.
“Are you feeling a bit shaken, maybe stirred, maybe fearful and doubtful and completely, utterly, and wildly terrified. Good, keep going.” —Victoria Krickson
12. There’s always light at the end of the tunnel.
“Don’t lose sight of your final destination because of your current situation.”
13. Nobody said being brave would be easy.
“You can choose courage, or you can choose comfort. But you cannot choose both.”
14. Dare to be a winner, not a whiner.
15. Because you can, and sometimes, have to.
16. Always be looking forward, not back.
“Do not give your past the power to define your future.”
17. Groveling isn’t healthy. Growing is.
“Be a warrior, not a worrier.”
18. Your fear will make you stronger.
“Feel the fear; do it anyway.”
19. YOU are in control, not your fears.
“Never let your fear decide your future.”
20. Find your center and hone it. The rest will come.
“Just be kind and brave. That’s all you ever need to be.”
21. Why be afraid when you can be adventurous?
“Fear tricks us into living a boring life.” —Donald Miller