What do you think of when you heard the word courage? Chances are, you might think of something heroic and stirring: a soldier winning a battle or someone staring death in the face. 

But courage comes in all different shapes and sizes, and every one of us has the capacity to demonstrate bravery. There are as many types of courage as there are people. Learn more about different types of courage, and we guarantee that you’ll see yourself in at least one.  

Ten Types of Courage

Standing Up For Others   

“The strongest people find the courage and caring to help others, even if they are going through their own storm.” –Roy T. Bennett 

Knowing When to Let Go  

“Some people believe holding on and hanging in there are signs of great strength. However, there are times when it takes much more strength to know when to let go and then do it.” – Ann Landers

Starting Over  

“All glory comes from daring to begin.” –Eugene F. Ware

Straying From The Familiar

“You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.” –William Faulkner

Doing What Scares You

“Courage is being scared to death…and saddling up anyway” –John Wayne

Being Optimistic During Tough Times

“Where there’s hope, there’s life. It fills us with fresh courage and makes us strong again.” Anne Frank

Enduring Suffering With Grace

“It takes courage to live through suffering, and it takes honesty to observe it.” C.S. Lewis

Choosing to Keep Going 

“Courage isn’t the strength to keep going-it is going on when you don’t have the strength” Napoleon Bonaparte

Being Vulnerable

“Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.” –Dr. Brene Brown

Speaking Your Truth

“A ‘No’ uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a ‘Yes’ uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.” –Mahatma Gandhi