Real Courage

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

Porbandar, India

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

After the 2004 Tsunami in Kathaluwa, Sri Lanka

Lourdes, France
Oaxaca, Mexico

“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

Uttar Pradesh, India

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

New York, NY, USA
Peshawar, Pakistan

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

Calcutta, India

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

Manila, Philippines

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

Kampala, Uganda

“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


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

Jaipur, India

“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

Kabul, Afghanistan
Laila Haidary hands out food to addicts under a bridge in Kabul and tries to persuade them to join her program which provides opportunities for rehabilitation and job training.
Gostivar, Macedonia

“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


“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

Mumbai, India

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


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The Eyes of Humanity
Currently on Display until October 21, 2021
Ernst Leitz Museum
Wetzlar, Germany

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Wabi Sabi: Beauty in Imperfection
Currently on Display until August 23, 2021
Musée Barbier-Mueller
Genéve, Switzerland

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The World of Steve McCurry
Currently on Display until October 10, 2021
Antwerp, Belgium

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On Color
June 18 – September 19, 2021
Messe Graz
Graz, Austria

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Terre Alte
June 18 – September 19, 2021
Palazzo delle Albere
Trento, Italy

The World of Steve McCurry
June 24 – October 20, 2021
Maag Hall Zurich / Eventhall
Zurich, Switzerland

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24 replies on “Real Courage”

Thank you so much for your Newsletter. It is so inspiring! I really love your work. 🙂 please don‘t stop 🙂

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Every photos are heartly Respectful.
Peshawar,Pakistan’s photo inspired me
Happiness is everything.

This is so inspiring series Sir! We always think that we live in greatest misery but seeing the pictures of the series shows that people are in far more terrible condition but fighting it out with real courage. Priceless works and lesson for life. 🙏🏼🙏🏼❤️

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