This post is part of our blog series, The A to Z of Being Babyproof, a celebration of the attitudes and behaviours it takes to balance career and family – because “babyproof” is not a destination, it’s a blueprint for having it all and making it work.


C is for Courage


This week we’re finishing up our series of blogs with some inspirational quotes about courage to help you access your inner reserves of strength. Over the past few weeks we’ve discovered that overcoming your fears and harnessing courage is the key to taking decisive action and making your career and family goals a reality. Taking those first tentative steps into the unknown is always going to be difficult, but it really does get easier with practice. When you’re facing a new and intimidating situation, use this blog as a reference to give you the inspiration you will need to make that important leap!


Quotes about courage


quotes about courage


“Life shrinks or expands according to one’s courage.” – Anaïs Nin

“You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt


quotes about courage


“Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming… What do we do? We swim, swim.” – Dory from Finding Nemo

“Sometimes, even to live is an act of courage.” – Seneca, Letters to Lucilius


quotes about courage


 “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
― Winston S. Churchill

“Don’t be afraid of your fears. They’re not there to scare you. They’re there to let you know that something is worth it.”
― C. JoyBell C.


quotes about courage


“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear.”
― Mark Twain

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”
― Nelson Mandela


quotes about courage


“It takes courage…to endure the sharp pains of self discovery rather than choose to take the dull pain of unconsciousness that would last the rest of our lives.”
― Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of “A Course in Miracles”

“Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.”
― John Wayne



What techniques do you use to help you overcome fear? Do you have any other favourite quotes about courage? Share them in our Linkedin and Facebook groups. Watch out for our Babyproof Your Career online course coming soon – you can register your interest here.


books about courageCaroline Flanagan is a Keynote Speaker, Babyproof Coach and Author of Babyproof Your Career, The Secret to Balancing Work and Family so you can Enjoy It All. Caroline believes passionately in the dream of having it all, and founded Babyproof Your Life to train and prepare ambitious career women for the marathon of working parenthood so they can find their own way to #enjoyitall and #makeitwork. You can reach Caroline at