Quotes on Courage

Why not go out on a limb?  That’s where the fruit is. — Will Rogers

Courage is being scared to death . . . and saddling up anyway. — John Wayne

One man with courage is a majority. –Andrew Jackson

Courage becomes a living and attractive virtue when it is regarded not as a willingness to die manfully, but the determination to live decently (Thomas S. Monson, Conference Report, Apr. 1972, p. 72). — Elder H. David Burton, Ensign, May 1994, p. 67

Whom the Lord loveth, he chasteneth.  It is in the depths, not at the pinnacle of success, where men and women learn the lessons that help to make them strong.  The hour of a man’s success is his greatest danger.  It sometimes takes reverses to develop us into strong, courageous characters. — President Ezra Taft Benson, The New Era, November 1991

We need not fear for the future.  This is the Lord’s work; it is His kingdom; and He governs its affairs as He chooses. — Elder Bruce R. McConkie, General Conference, April 2, 1983

Discouragement is not the absence of adequacy but the absence of courage. — Elder Neal A. Maxwell, Ensign, October 1976, p. 14

We often, like this man in Hamlet, must “take arms against a sea of troubles, and by opposing end them” (Act 3, scene 1, ll. 59-60).  And sometimes the cost is very high. It was for Christ, it was for Joseph Smith, and it was for this lone man who counted the cost there in the Potomac – and paid it. It is not easy to go without – without physical gratifications or spiritual assurances or material possessions – but sometimes we must since there is no guarantee of convenience written into our Christian covenant.  We must work hard and do right, as Abraham Lincoln said, and sometimes our chance will come. And when we’ve tried, really tried, and waited for what seemed never to be ours, then “the angels came and ministered unto him.”  I pray for that ministration in your life. — BYU President Jeffrey R. Holland, “The Inconvenient Messiah,” Liahona, March 1989

Be willing to endure the test of time.  Do not think that it is easy to maintain a testimony.  Others will test you.  Sometimes they will point the finger of mockery and scorn. Sometimes they may persecute you openly.  Be prepared.  Know in advance that the best of God’s children have had the courage of true conviction and were willing to suffer ridicule, deprivation, and even death for the sake of true testimony.  Is each of us willing to do likewise? 

In our day, those blessed with a testimony of the truth have a shield of faith that will protect them from the fiery darts of the adversary at the hands of critics and detractors.  We should not let others determine our faithfulness and affect our testimony and ultimately our eternal salvation.

Doubts about matters of religion that arise from a lack of knowledge can be constructively resolved.  The solutions are instruction, study, and prayer, which result in increased testimony, which drives out further doubts. — Elder Robert D. Hales, Conference Report, October 1994

Of course, we will face fear, experience ridicule, and meet opposition.  Let us have the courage to defy the consensus, the courage to stand for principle.  Courage, not compromise, brings the smile of God’s approval. Courage becomes a living and an attractive virtue when it is regarded not only as a willingness to die manfully, but also as a determination to live decently.  A moral coward is one who is afraid to do what he thinks is right because others will disapprove or laugh.  Remember that all men have their fears, but those who face their fears with dignity have courage as well. — President Thomas S. Monson, “Do Not Fear,” Ensign, May 2004, p. 79

Should there be anyone who feels he is too weak to do better because of that greatest of fears, the fear of failure, there is no more comforting assurance to be had than the words of the Lord: “My grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them” (Ether 12:27). — President Thomas S. Monson, “Our Sacred Priesthood Trust,” Ensign, May 2006, p. 57

The Courage of President Joseph F. Smith:  Lorenzo Snow was drowned in the harbor of Honolulu, in the Hawaiian Islands, and it took some hours to bring him to life again.  At that particular time the Lord revealed to him the fact that the young man Joseph F. Smith, who had refused to get off the vessel that had carried them from San Francisco to Honolulu, and get into a small boat, would some day be the Prophet of God.  Answering Lorenzo Snow who was in charge of the company, he said:  “If you by the authority of the Priesthood of God, which you hold, tell me to get into that boat and attempt to land, I will do so, but unless you command me in the authority of the Priesthood, I will not do so, because it is not safe to attempt to land  in a small boat while this typhoon is raging.”  They laughed at the young man Joseph F. Smith, but he said, “The boat will capsize.” The others got into the boat, and it did capsize; and but for the blessings of the Lord in resuscitating Lorenzo Snow he would not have lived, because he was drowned upon that occasion. It was revealed to him, then and there, that the boy, with the courage of his convictions, with the iron will to be laughed at and scorned as lacking courage to go in that boat, and who stayed on that vessel, would yet be the Prophet of God.  Lorenzo Snow told me this upon more than one occasion, long years before Joseph F. Smith came to the presidency of the Church. — Recounted by President Heber J. Grant, General Conference, April 1919

Yes, brothers and sisters, this is a gospel of grand expectations, but God’s grace is sufficient for each of us. Discouragement is not the absence of adequacy but the absence of courage, and our personal progress should be yet another way we witness to the wonder of it all! — Elder Neal A. Maxwell, Conference Report, October 1976

Courage is the word we need to hear and hold near our hearts – courage to turn our backs on temptation, courage to lift up our voices in testimony to all whom we meet, remembering that everyone must have an opportunity to hear the message.  It is not an easy thing for most to do this.  But we can come to believe in the words of Paul to Timothy: “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.  Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord” ( 2 Timothy 1:7-8). — President Thomas S. Monson, “See Others as They May Become,” General Conference, October 2012