“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


“Real courage is when you know you’re licked before you begin,
but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.”  
Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

Helsinki, Finland

“Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones;
and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace.
God is awake.” 

– Victor Hugo

Kolkata (Calcutta), India

“All happiness depends on courage and work.”
– Honoré de Balzac

Peshawar, Pakistan

“Courage is found in unlikely places.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien

Kampala, Uganda


Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh, India



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

Los Angeles, California, USA


New York City, New York, USA

“You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going.
What you need is to recognize the possibilities and
challenges offered by the present moment, and to

embrace them with courage, faith and hope.”  
– Thomas Merton

Los Angeles, California, USA

“Bran thought about it. ‘Can a man still be brave if he’s afraid?’
‘That is the only time a man can be brave,’ his father told him.”
― George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones



Hong Kong

“Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage,
you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.”

― Maya Angelou

Lourdes, France

“Courage is not the absence of fear; it is the conquest of it.”
– William Danforth

Herat, Afghanistan


Kabul, Afghanistan

“Courage is not having the strength to go on;
it is going on when you don’t have the strength.”
– Theodore Roosevelt

Chitral Valley, Pakistan

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

― Winston S. Churchill

Batticaloa, Sri Lanka



“What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?”
– Vincent van Gogh

Baluchistan, Pakistan

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”
― Anaïs Nin

New York City, New York, USA


“Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon,
there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always
difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right.
To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the
same courage that a soldier needs.
Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson


By Steve McCurry

Steve McCurry has been one of the most iconic voices in contemporary photography for more than thirty years, with scores of magazine and book covers, over a dozen books, and countless exhibitions around the world to his name.

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53 replies on “Courage”

Your work is beyond words!!! Please keep posting such amazing blogs.
Your work has the power to move hearts, just like it did mine. The courage which i lost seems to be building up again inside me.

So many powerful images, So much courage, that makes me feel so much gratitude for the place that I was born.. For there for the grace of God, could I go.. Mankind has a long way to go, before we can irradiate such needless suffering..

Remarkable work. You caught and reproduced their inner feelings. Amazing, surprising, stunning. Best pictures for me: the old man from Beluchistan and the young kid from Kuwait. Two generations with the same problem and the same expression

I always look forward to your posts. Last year I stepped on the wrong thing. My leg was amputated above the knee. It’s been a tough go. As usual your images got me thinking … and feeling … about my struggle, my $30,000 prosthetic, tilting bed … medications..etc. The courage you have revealed us stunning. Your courage is also inspiring… always has been.

Al Stegmeyer

Like, Wow. Just the encouragement needed at this juncture. We have a lot of work to do on this old, hurting world. Make everything you do in life say I love you. You may not think it matters, but enough I love you’s are just the rudder Mother Earth needs. Every moment matters 💟

Very moving. Thanks for making us reflect about ourselves and about our lives in this small and endangered planet.

Dear Steve This Blog was from God (however the God is named) for me. My son just died. As his Mother, I join the thousands that you photograph. As mothers, we need a unique courage only mothers can know. It is a special, impenetrable space. Only we have the key. We live after our children. The wrong order has bitten us. Please, sometime, do a piece on bereft mother’s. sadly there is way too much data available to you. Thank you for your blogs. I devour them. Sharon Chandler

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Thank you so much Steve. Your work enriches our life. We don’t understand how wealthy and lucky we are… we complain… But looking at your pictures, our eyes open: so many kids, so many people, in such a strong need, while we regret and feel unlucky, unhappy…. You move our silly brains and allow us to be aware. A very special, important, gift. THANK YOU.

Thank you again Stevebhai. Your images are so moving,touching, inspiring and breathtaking.

The brave may not live forever, but the cautious don’t live at all.

Dear Steve Sir…. I love all your images, I started by looking at your images to learn about art of photography over a period of time they have taught me so much more than photography. Respect for humanity and human values are among the highest on them…

Reblogged this on vivlm and commented:
Thank you Steve again utterly inspirational esp in light of Grenfell tower disaster, makes us all think of similar events and courageous individuals

Reblogged this on Jump off; Find Wings and commented:
As life poses new challenges, courage becomes all: “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” Nin’s quote equals truth.

Your work is so wonderful and inspiring that saying that just seems redundant. You capture the personality.

So much of courage these days is called on following the need to stand against and go on in spite of the atrocities man commits upon man. Imagine how much more we could achieve if the courage we required was to face the challenges of nature without the ugliness of war, hate, or greed. Thank you for this post.

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