• WordNet 3.6
    • n courageousness 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"
    • n Courageousness The quality of being courageous; courage.
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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 courageousness The character or quality of being courageous; bravery; valor.
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  • Ernest Hemingway
    “Courage is grace under pressure.”
  • Howard W. Hunter
    Howard W. Hunter
    “Courage is acting in spite of fear.”
  • Andrew Jackson
    “One man with courage makes a majority.”
  • John F. Kennedy
    “The courage of life is often a less dramatic spectacle than the courage of the final moment; but it is no less a magnificent mixture of triumph and tragedy.”
  • Lao-Tzu
    “To love someone deeply gives you strength. Being loved by someone deeply gives you courage.”
  • Lao-Tzu
    “Because of a great love, one is courageous.”


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.


In literature:

He summoned all his courage in order to go through with it gamely.
"The Devil's Garden" by W. B. Maxwell
Almighty God, I thank thee for the courage that comes with a great life.
"Leaves of Life" by Margaret Bird Steinmetz
What the army does for the courage of the body, the Red Cross does for the courage of the mind.
"Out To Win" by Coningsby Dawson
Thus, after summoning courage, he laid hold of the box a third time, and the Rubicon was passed.
"The Underground Railroad" by William Still
It was her courage as much as her beauty that appealed to John.
"The Hosts of the Air" by Joseph A. Altsheler
It is by the power of criticism and the courage of criticism, that we have become different from the beasts.
"The Real Adventure" by Henry Kitchell Webster
And both of them were possessed of great courage, and both were endued with terrible prowess.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
The most timid of the young ones soon picked up courage.
"Macleod of Dare" by William Black
I had not the slightest trace of courage for the miners; I did not see how the government could have any courage for them.
"Crowds" by Gerald Stanley Lee
He realized now that his courage before had been the courage of despair.
"The Forest of Swords" by Joseph A. Altsheler
But have you the courage?
"Count Hannibal A Romance of the Court of France" by Stanley J. Weyman
Ned knew that he would need all his strength and courage to finish his task.
"The Texan Scouts" by Joseph A. Altsheler
One evening, having found the courage necessary to tell mother of my plans and hopes, to my surprise the noble woman heard me calmly.
"Memories" by Fannie A. (Mrs.) Beers
He has given you the eye of the eagle, the courage of the Wyandot, and the strength of the panther.
"The Riflemen of the Ohio" by Joseph A. Altsheler
He possessed courage, justice, and frankness to a high degree.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 1 of 8" by Various
My father's strength and courage and counsel they sought for in me.
"The Price of the Prairie" by Margaret Hill McCarter
He wished he had Eugene's courage, his fire, his talent.
"The "Genius"" by Theodore Dreiser
Then, bit by bit, his courage came to him again, and he went cautiously on his way.
"Dusty Star" by Olaf Baker
Worth-while work demands the finest kind of courage, and with perfect fairness work gives back courage to those who put courage into it.
"The Book of Courage" by John Thomson Faris
They still found us hotly engaged with the enemy, but rejoiced exceedingly to see how courageously we defended ourselves.
"The Memoirs of the Conquistador Bernal Diaz del Castillo, Vol 2 (of 2)" by Bernal Diaz del Castillo

In poetry:

Through all this world of whelming mist
Still let me look to Thee,
And give me courage to resist
The Tempter till he flee.
"Last Lines" by Anne Bronte
Now is the time for returning
to courage and spears of the mind.
Awake, and see to your dawning,
oh, nation of the blind.
"Nation Of The Blind" by Ian Mudie
A friend and helper so divine
Does my weak courage raise;
He makes the glorious vict'ry mine,
And his shall be the praise.
"Psalm 144 part 1" by Isaac Watts
Now if his brain is troubled,
Now if his courage has gone,
Still must his strength be doubled,
Still must the battle go on.
"Into The World" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Now must we fight if we would reign
Increase our courage, Lord
We'll bear the toil, endure the pain,
Supported by thy word.
"Hymn 37 part 2" by Isaac Watts
Those that in wealth and pleasure live,
Our daily groans deride,
And thy delays of mercy give
Fresh courage to their pride.
"Psalm 123" by Isaac Watts

In news:

I love stories about the courageous men and women who resisted the Nazi's tyranny in WWII and outwitted the enemy.
This picture of Marines raising the flag on Iwo Jima's Mt Suribachi came to symbolize American courage and patriotism.
At the center has been the single-minded courage of James Meredith and the debt he is owed by all Mississippians.
Courage in battle on the way to the White House.
It didn't take much convincing since he has a niece Grace Price who courageously fought and beat leukemia several years ago.
Seeking courage when facing her British interrogators, she drew strength from Rachel Imeinu and comfort from her sense of returning home.
(Oct 25, 2012) Arthur long sustained his sinking country, and roused the broken courage of its citizens for war.
'Honesty, respect, responsibility, kindness and courage' help make Sue Kish choice for Grand Blanc School Board.
More than 400 runners converged on downtown Farmingdale for the eighth annual Runner's Edge Main Street Mile, a race benefiting the Companions in Courage Foundation.
Lynn Adams Langmuir of Chestnut Hill, died at the age of 60 on April 2 after a courageous 12-year battle against breast cancer.
Lauf , age 54, of Seymour, CT, formerly of Trumbull, passed away on August 30, 2012 after a courageous battle with cancer.
The determination and courage of a 14-year-old schoolgirl seems a great place to start.
Encourage courageous behavior and help your child with physical confidence.
While still in rehabilitation at Courage Center in Minneapolis in 2003, Duane Pung designed a lift that takes him from his wheelchair into the seat of any farm machinery.
He wears it with unabashed pride, a badge of courage emphasizing that he will not brook compromise.

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
The breakthrough came when Jean-Daniel Bancal and Stefano Pironio had the courage to consider 4 parties in the configuration of figure 3.
Quantum correlations in Newtonian space and time: arbitrarily fast communication or nonlocality
Reading again these early papers one cannot but marvel at the prescience of the authors and the courage of the exponents who were taking on what must have seemed an impossible task.
Status of VHE Astronomy c.2000
To consider the state of high energy astrophysics in 1960 is to appreciate their courage in undertaking very high energy gamma-ray experiments at that time.
Status of VHE Astronomy c.2000
Only a fool or someone with great courage would choose to pursue such techniques in the face of such uncertainty.
Status of VHE Astronomy c.2000
Others were to be seen as the new heroes of cosmology, the ones whose “dirty” works combine gravitational, hydrodynamic, radiative, stellar and a variety of other dissipative processes into a courageous attempt towards understanding the lights in the cosmos.
Report to Anaximander: A Dialogue on the Origin of the Cosmos in the Cradle of Western Civilization
Milgrom made an important contribution to our sub ject by having the courage suggest that flat rotation curves reflected a failure of general relativity rather than the existence of vast quantities of unseen matter (Milgrom 1983).
Dark Matter in Galaxies: Conference Summary
Diogenes Laertius describes him as the very courageous man: “He, wishing to put an end to the power of Nearches, the tyrant (some, however, call the tyrant Diomedon), was arrested, as we are informed by Heraclides, in his abridgment of Satyrus.
Zeno meets modern science
Let me finally express my birthday greetings to Bikash and thank him and his crew for decades of exciting physics conjectures, his strong involvement into our field and courage to built up such a great school of young successful scientists in India, which are highly competitive in the whole world.
Summary of theoretical contributions
We all owe a debt of gratitude to the many people who contributed to Chandra’s success including the US taxpayers, who, through their Government, have had the courage and insight to foster such impor tant research.
The Making of the Chandra X-ray Observatory: the Project Scientist's Perspective
The reader who has not the courage to read this entire review, is allowed to go directly to the summary given in Chapter 6.
Review of double beta experiments