• WordNet 3.6
    • n courage a quality of spirit that enables you to face danger or pain without showing fear
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Only President to win a Pulitzer: John F. Kennedy for "Profiles in Courage"
    • Courage Heart; inclination; desire; will. "I'd such a courage to do him good."
    • Courage That quality of mind which enables one to encounter danger and difficulties with firmness, or without fear, or fainting of heart; valor; boldness; resolution. "The king-becoming graces . . . Devotion, patience, courage , fortitude,
      I have no relish of them."
      "Courage that grows from constitution often forsakes a man when he has occasion for it."
    • Courage The heart; spirit; temper; disposition. "So priketh hem nature in here corages .""My lord, cheer up your spirits; our foes are nigh,
      and this soft courage makes your followers faint."
    • v. t Courage To inspire with courage; to encourage. "Paul writeth unto Timothy . . . to courage him."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In The Wizard of Oz the Scarecrow was looking for a brain, the Cowardly Lion was looking for courage, and the Tin Man was looking for a heart.
    • n courage Heart; mind; thought; feeling; inclination; desire.
    • n courage State or frame of mind; disposition; condition.
    • n courage That quality of mind which enables one to encounter danger and difficulties with firmness, or without fear or depression of spirits; valor; boldness; bravery; spirit; daring; resolution: formerly occasionally used in the plural.
    • courage To animate; encourage; cheer.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The English Romantic poet Lord Byron was so devastated upon the death of his beloved Newfoundland, whose name was Boatswain, that he had inscribed upon the dog's gravestone the following: "Beauty without vanity, strength without insolence, courage without ferocity, and all the virtues of man without his vices."
    • n Courage kur′āj the quality that enables men to meet dangers without fear: bravery: spirit
    • interj Courage take courage!—adj. Courā′geous, full of courage: brave
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  • George Marshall
    George Marshall
    “Morale is a state of mind. It is steadfastness and courage and hope.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “More powerful than the will to win is the courage to begin.”
  • Vittorio Alfieri
    Vittorio Alfieri
    “Often the test of courage is not to die but to live.”
  • James Allen
    “Whether you be man or woman you will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.”
  • David Ben-Gurion
    David Ben-Gurion
    “Courage is a special kind of knowledge: the knowledge of how to fear what ought to be feared and how not to fear what ought no to be feared.”
  • Dorothy Bernard
    Dorothy Bernard
    “Courage is fear that has said its prayers.”


Dutch courage - Dutch courage is the reckless bravery caused by drinking too much.
To have the courage of your convictions - If you have the courage of your convictions, you are brave enough to do what you feel is right, despite any pressure for you to do something different.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. corage, heart, mind, will, courage, OF. corage, F. courage, fr. a LL. derivative of L. cor, heart. See Heart


In literature:

I believe you to be honest, I know you are courageous.
"The Black Wolf's Breed" by Harris Dickson
All he had was courage and determination to make something of himself.
"How to Succeed" by Orison Swett Marden
I admire natural courage, however it is shown, but I admire moral courage most.
"Amos Huntingdon" by T.P. Wilson
Yet when at last the book was closed and Effie began to move about the room, she could not find courage to speak to her at once.
"Christie Redfern's Troubles" by Margaret Robertson
Wanted, a man of courage who is not a coward in any part of his nature.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
Wanted, a man of courage, who is not a coward in any part of his nature.
"Architects of Fate" by Orison Swett Marden
Have the courage to say "No" when you are tempted to drink.
"Sparkling Gems of Race Knowledge Worth Reading" by Various
It is one thing to resolve to be courageous in battle.
"Despair's Last Journey" by David Christie Murray
What stamina and courage the American soldier showed, to recover in those first dreadful weeks!
"The History of the American Expedition Fighting the Bolsheviki" by Joel R. Moore
To ponder on plans would surely sap her courage.
"Joan of Arc of the North Woods" by Holman Day

In poetry:

Who hath courage? Not the sober,
Or untempted one,
Who hath never had his stomach
Eaten out by rum.
"Who Hath The Courage?" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
Who hath courage? Not the daring,
Reckless pugilist,
Who for wager smites a brother,
With uplifted fist.
"Who Hath The Courage?" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
Who hath courage? Not the hero
Leading in the strife,
To receive a nation's plaudits,
For his waste of life.
"Who Hath The Courage?" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
Who, then, is it that hath courage?
He who though he may
Have been using poison freely,
Throws the cup away.
"Who Hath The Courage?" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
Give us strength to fly over the sea,
O birds! O birds!
Give us courage to die under the sea,
O fish! O fish!
"A Song" by Daniil Ivanovich Kharms
Yes, courage not to falter
In the trial now so nigh,
But, as victim on the altar,
A Sachem’s daughter die.
"White Canoe—A Legend Of Niagara Falls" by Rosanna Eleanor Leprohon

In news:

OPINION When courage outweighs wisdom.
John Kriesel destroys Rep Mary Kiffmeyer for "no courage" remark during radio appearance.
Mary Kiffmeyer says disabled Purple Heart recipient John Kriesel has "no courage".
Perhaps it's because they remain hidden most of the time — and when it does appear it's only just a peek — that men have felt more courageous when donning socks littered with stripes, or checks, or grids, or stars, or what have you.
The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA. JOHNSTOWN — Courage, devotion, patriotism and sacrifice - words that encapsulate our nation's veterans.
His mohawk gave him the courage to urinate on a World War 2 memorial statue.
"Person to Person": Sean Penn on anger and courage.
Photojournalism lost a courageous and principled journalist in an explosion in war-torn Libya on Wednesday.
FSU's Chris Thompson co-recipient of ACC's Brian Piccolo Award for courage.
Piccolo became symbol of courage.
Join a plethora of local bands and celebrities on Saturday, September 3rd at the Mixx Factory while releasing your aggressions to benefit The Center for Courageous Kids.
Thank you for having the courage to move to the sound of the guns for your country.
Dogs were selected for their courage and intelligence.
See the hope and courage in the strength of the petals.
Every once in a while we need to find our courage and stand up for an Alaska icon who has been sorely used by the forces of the liberal media.

In science:

This breakdown is consistent with the courageous, yet incomplete, spectroscopic studies (e.g.
Spitzer Observations of the Prototypical Extremely Red Objects HR10 and LBDS53W091: Separating Dusty Starbursts from Old Elliptical Galaxies
Wil lman, who is giving him yet another lesson – the grace, courage, wil l power, and inner peace while in the turmoil of life – throughout the treatment of her cancer.
Azumaya-type noncommutative spaces and morphisms therefrom: Polchinski's D-branes in string theory from Grothendieck's viewpoint
It states that Antarctica is to be used for peaceful purposes only, with scienti fic investigation and collaboration speci fically en couraged.
Astronomy in Antarctica
Vasantha was conferred the Kalpana Chawla Award for Courage and Daring Enterprise by the State Government of Tamil Nadu in recognition of her sustained fight for social justice in the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras and for her contribution to mathematics.
Mathematical Analysis of the Problems faced by the People With Disabilities (PWDs)
Interdisciplinary co-operations can only succeed when the partners join up motivated by their own willingness and courage (Krapp et al. 1992). Once attending in interdisciplinary frameworks, the basic skill, the ability to communicate, has been shown to be a matter of training (Landis et al. 2004).
Biologists meet statisticians: A workshop for young scientists to foster interdisciplinary team work