• “The secret of happiness is freedom, and

    the secret of freedom is courage.”


  • “We must let go of the life we’ve planned

    so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”

    -Joseph Campbell

  • “Courage is

    grace under pressure.”

    -Ernest Hemingway

  • “A ship in harbor is safe,

    but that is not what ships are built for.”

    -John Shedd

  • “The opposite of courage is not cowardice. It is

    conformity. Even a dead fish can go with the flow.”

    -Jim Hightower

  • “The most courageous act is

    still to think for yourself. Aloud.”

    -Coco Chanel

  • “There are only two mistakes one can make along

    the road to truth: not going all the way, and not starting.”


  • “With enough courage,

    you can do without a reputation.”

    -Rhett Butler

  • “Be bold and mighty forces

    will come to your aid.”


  • “Let us go forth with fear and courage and rage

    to save the world.”

    -Grace Paley

  • “I’ve been through it all, baby.

    I’m Mother Courage.”

    -Elizabeth Taylor

  • “Courage is the first of human virtues

    because it makes all others possible.”


  • “Courage is fear

    that has said its prayers.”

    -Karle Wilson Baker

  • “One man with courage

    is a majority.”

    -Thomas Jefferson

  • “Courage is being scared to death

    and saddling up anyway.”

    -John Wayne

  • “Individual courage is the only

    interesting thing in life.”

    -Simone Signoret

  • “We need the courage to learn

    from our past and not live in it.”

    -Sharon Salzberg


“Touches the heart and fills you with spirit.”
Jack Kornfield, author of A Path With Heart

“Please know that I am cheering you on with this book!”
Hillary Rodham Clinton

“Barbara Bonner brings together individuals’ stories, poems, and quotes about courage in a wonderful way. Her work reveals the power, coherence, and variety in our collective, indeed global, voices of courage. Inspiring Courage is an inspiration.”
Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness and Real Happiness

“Courage is a timeless strength, and particularly relevant in these turbulent times. Barbara Bonner, once again, weaves together inspiring stories, poems and words of wisdom from a wide range of courageous beings. This wonderful book uplifts the heart and helps us engage more passionately with our lives and the world.”
Joseph Goldstein, author of Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening

“In this beautifully presented book, you will find illustrations of courage that enliven your own capacity to live, serve, savor and love without holding back.”
Tara Brach, Author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge

“What does courage really mean? Barbara Bonner’s stories and poems reveal aspects that will bring you to tears — and make you think.”
David Loy, Author of A New Buddhist Path

“Since our ancient ancestors built altars to cave bears, many of us have searched for the inspiration to meet life with fearless courage. I am so grateful to Barbara Bonner for assembling this wonderful book. Filled with voices of wisdom, this book shows us how to engage and meet our lives with compassion. I love this beloved companion.”
Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison, Co-Founder of the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care and Co-Editor of Awake at the Bedside: Contemplative Teachings on Palliative and End of Life Care

“Lucky readers of Barbara Bonner’s new book Inspiring Courage will be immediately captivated. Reading it has reminded me how much we all desperately need inspiration and encouragement in order to live courageous lives. Inspiring Courage is food for the heart longing to live fully and exuberantly!”
Stephen Cope, Author of The Great Work of Your Life: A Guide for the Journey to Your True Calling

“Once again, Barbara Bonner offers us the gift of inspiration in her new book Inspiring Courage with stories and compelling quotations that make us want to step into more courageous lives.”
Jeffrey C. Walker, Chairman, New Profit

Inspiring Courage is itself a fierce act of courage. At a time when we find the act of living authentically challenged, Barbara Bonner’s book calls us to stand firm and tap our innate courage to, above all, be ourselves.”
Jerry Colonna, CEO of Reboot.io and Chair of the Board of Trustees, Naropa University