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"Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway."

"Fear has nothing to do with cowardice. A fellow is only yellow when he lets his fear make him quit."
Jerome Cady

"I mean, first off, we're fighting monsters. Nobody who does that counts as a coward. Even if you chose not to, you'd just be... normal? Y'know, like most people."
Rue, to Zoe, Sleepless Domain

"Courage isn't just a matter of not being frightened, you know. It's being afraid and doing what you have to do anyway."
The Doctor, Doctor Who, "Planet of the Daleks"

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Roman General: There is no shame in fear! There is only shame in letting fear rule you! Try not to look scared, and you will find bravery in your heart!
English General: ...any man who faces battle without concern, is a moonstruck fool. To be brave is to go forward anyway, no matter how afeared! That is why I go forward, with so many other brave men.

"Superman isn't brave. He's smart, handsome, even decent. But he's not brave. No, listen to me. Superman is indestructible, and you can't be brave if you're indestructible. It's people like you and your mother. People who are different, and can be crushed and know it. Yet they keep on going out there every time."
Grandpa, Angus

"I mustn't run away... I mustn't run away... I mustn't run away!"
Shinji Ikari, Neon Genesis Evangelion

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Butters yelped and I looked up to see Cassius holding the knife, sweeping it clumsily at his opponent. Butters skittered away from the knife, eyes wide with terror.
But he skittered directly between Cassius and me.
And held his ground.
Harry Dresden, Dead Beat

Sabrina: That was very brave of you, Gordy.
Gordy: Don't talk, run!

Cowardly Lion: All right, I'll go in there for Dorothy. Wicked Witch or no Wicked Witch, guards or no guards, I'll tear them apart. I may not come out alive, but I'm going in there. There's only one thing I want you fellows to do.
Tin Woodsman, Scarecrow: What's that?
Cowardly Lion: Talk me out of it!

“Contrary to some opinions, it is better to be a dead hero than a live louse. Dying is messy and inconvenient but even a louse dies someday, no matter what he will do to stay alive - and he is forever having to explain his choice.”

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And I never passed a cry for help
Although, at times I shook with fear
And sometimes, God forgive
I've wept unmanly tears...
— "The Final Inspection" (author unknown)

...and between them was Sita, a little frightened and very brave.
The Ramayana, Ramesh Menon translation

"It’s not true, I was scared. I feel like I’m always scared and that I just want to run away."
"And yet you’re still here, still fighting. Bravery is not about being fearless, but about overcoming those fears and to move forward, and you demonstrate true courage every time you refuse to back down from your ideals."
Recruitment, a RWBY fic

"I am not afraid!
...Well I am, but I'll be brave!"

At this point in the story, Esther’s character comes to the fore. When she first learns of Haman’s plot and the threat to the Jews, her reaction is one of helplessness. She cannot approach the king without being summoned, on pain of death, and the king has not summoned her in thirty days, implying that she has fallen out of favor (Esth 4:11). However, following Mordecai’s insistent prodding, she resolves to do what she can to save her people, ending with the ringing declaration “After that I will go to the king, though it is against the law; and if I perish, I perish” (Esth 4:16). The pliant and obedient Esther has become a woman of action.

"I am a coward, in fact. But I have enough courage to run away from the waiting room right to the match."
Joichiro Tatsuyoshi, Japanese boxing champion

"By nature of definition only the coward is capable of the highest heroism."
David Gemmell, Legend

"Sure, you tend to freak out, and you yell a lot, and you get startled, and your first instinct is to run away. Big deal. You know what I've noticed since I met you and Evy? Every time she ran into danger, you were never far behind. Same goes for Alex, and even me. So I'm telling you, if for some reason we get separated, don't worry about me and just go."
Rick to Jonathan, Fairy Tales and Hokum

The thing that’s funny and relatable about Luigi isn’t that he’s a coward, it’s that he’s a coward with no sense of scale. He reacts to literally everything with exactly the same level of oh-gee-I-dunno apprehension, whether it’s hearing a noise in a dark house at night, or coming face to face with a world-devouring horror. This is more or less the root of his self-esteem problems; he’s the universe’s second-greatest warrior and doesn’t realise it because as far as he’s concerned, being scared of a spider in the bathroom and being scared of Cthulhu are the same thing – he just totally lacks the necessary context to appreciate that managing to grit your teeth and deal with the second one is any sort of achievement. It’s all spiders in the bathroom to him. He’s equally terrified of everything, and that makes him invincible.
David J. Prokopetz

"You are not used to courage, but you will find it within you all the same."
Busenari, Six Ages: Ride Like The Wind

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