73 Quotations on Comfort And Courage For Intrepid Warrior Women


The most popular words on this blog weren’t written by me at all.


They were written by others.

Many others.

A while back I wrote a post containing 69 Quotations To Inspire Frazzled Mothers.

It is the most popular post on the site.

And full of other people’s wise words.

I took note of that, let me tell you. 😉

Recently, a comment made me think about what this blog is about.

It is about many things.

But two stand out.


Having the steel to do the difficult thing, the unpopular thing.

To comfort the person who has just lost their child.

To square shoulders and stand up to bullies.

To risk looking a fool and seek growth and confidence instead.

To go against conventional wisdom.

And find your own way through.

Also, this blog is about comfort.

To have the grace to restore ourselves.

To be kind.

To be gentle.

With ourselves. Always, with ourselves.

Because as women we do much.

Often too much.

We’re our own harshest critics.

We go last.

Shunt our dreams aside.

We set huge goals, often many at a time.

Then beat ourselves up when we fail.

Being courageous and self-soothing are two sides of the same coin.

We have to be brave to comfort ourselves. It goes against our grain as women.

We have to stand up to the voice in our head that says there is more to do, more people to care for.

And we need to nurture ourselves in readiness so that we can be brave when the time comes to battle.

Warriors look after themselves.

If they replenish, they live to fight another day.

If they don’t, they die.

So, as my earlier quotations post was so popular, here are a few more for you.

Some reminders. Some thoughts to ponder. Some ideas to share.

Let me know which ones are your favorites!

73 Quotations on Comfort and Courage For Intrepid Warrior Women.

1. Sometimes it’s important to work for that pot of gold.  But other times it’s essential to take time off and to make sure that your most important decision in the day simply consists of choosing which color to slide down on the rainbow.  ~ Douglas Pagels

2. Count the garden by the flowers, never by the leaves that fall. Count your life with smiles and not the tears that roll. ~ Author Unknown

3. You never know when a moment and a few sincere words can have an impact on a life. ~ Zig Ziglar

5. The more sympathy you give, the less you need. ~ Malcolm S. Forbes

6. Some of the secret joys of living are not found by rushing from point A to point B, but by inventing some imaginary letters along the way.  ~ Douglas Pagels

7. Give your stress wings and let it fly away.  ~ Terri Guillemets

8. To ease another’s heartache is to forget one’s own. – Abraham Lincoln

9. If you haven’t forgiven yourself something, how can you forgive others? ~ Dolores Huerta

10. It is only through disruptions and confusion that we grow, jarred out of ourselves by the collision of someone else’s private world with our own. ~ Joyce Carol Oates

11. There is more to life than increasing its speed.  ~ Mohandas K. Gandhi

12. Don’t underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering.  ~ Pooh’s Little Instruction Book, inspired by A.A. Milne

13. Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage. ~ Anais Nin

14. You become courageous by doing courageous acts…Courage is a habit. ~ Mary Daly

15. Be courageous. It’s one of the only places left uncrowded. ~ Anita Roddick

16. The uplift of a fearless heart will help us over barriers. No one ever overcomes difficulties by going at them in a hesitant, doubtful way. ~ Laura Ingalls Wilder

17. I urge you to be as impudent as you dare. BE BOLD, BE BOLD, BE BOLD. ~ Susan Sontag

18. I do not believe that sheer suffering teaches. If suffering alone taught, all the world would be wise, since everyone suffers. To suffering must be added mourning, understanding, patience, love, openness and the willingness to remain vulnerable. ~ Anne Spencer Morrow Lindbergh

19. You can’t test courage cautiously. ~ Anne Dillard

20. It is better to be a lion for a day than a sheep all your life. ~ Elizabeth Kenny

21. The right way is not always the popular and easy way. Standing for right when it is unpopular is a true test of  character. ~ Margaret Chase Smith

22. Courage is the most important of all virtues, because without it we can’t practice any other virtue with consistency. ~ Maya Angelou

23. You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, “I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.” You must do the thing you think you cannot do. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

24. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. ~ Marianne Williamson

25. But when women are moved and lend help, when women, who are by nature calm and controlled, give encouragement and applause, when virtuous and knowledgeable women grace the endeavor with their sweet love, then it is invincible. ~ Jose Marti

26. Courage is grace under pressure.  ~ Ernest Hemingway

27. One’s dignity may be assaulted, vandalized and cruelly mocked, but cannot be taken away unless it is surrendered. ~ Michael J. Fox

28. I have a hat. It is graceful and feminine and give me a certain dignity, as if I were attending a state funeral or something. Someday I may get up enough courage to wear it, instead of carrying it. ~ Erma Bombeck

29. Do you know that the ready concession of minor points is a part of the grace of life? ~ Henry Harland

30. Good ideas are not adopted automatically. They must be driven into practice with courageous patience. ~ Hyman Rickover

31. Love bravely, live bravely, be courageous, there’s really nothing to lose. There’s no wrong you can’t make right again, so be kinder to yourself, you know, have fun, take chances. There’s no bounds. ~ Jewel Kilcher

32. Some people with awful cards can be successful because of how they deal with the tragedies they’re handed, and that seems courageous to me. ~ Judith Guest

33. A high station in life is earned by the gallantry with which appalling experiences are survived with grace.  ~ Tennessee Williams

34. Slow down and everything you are chasing will come around and catch you.  ~ John De Paola

35. The minute a person whose word means a great deal to others dare to take the open-hearted and courageous way, many others follow.  ~ Marian Anderson

36. Women’s courage is rather different from men’s. The fact that women have to bring up children and look after husbands makes them braver at facing long-term issues, such as illness. Men are more immediately courageous. Lots of people are brave in battle. ~ Mary Wesley (Ed. note: Hmmm, is this true?)

37. Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

38. Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass…It’s about learning how to dance in the rain. ~ Vivian Greene

39. Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.  ~ J. Lubbock

40. Nothing can bring you peace but yourself. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

41. People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. ~ Maya Angelou

42. Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.” ~ Mary Anne Radmacher

43. No one can get inner peace by pouncing on it.  ~ Harry Emerson Fosdick

44. Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we are here we might as well dance. ~ Anonymous

45. Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. ~ Leo Buscaglia

46. Be gentle first with yourself. ~ Lama Yeshe

47. Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care. ~ attributed to Theodore Roosevelt, among others (But probably earlier and anonymous.)

48. Cure sometimes, treat often, comfort always. ~ Hippocrates (known as the “Father of Medicine”)

49. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer. ~ Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

50. From caring comes courage. ~ Lao Tzu

51. Whatever you do, do with kindness. Whatever you say, say with kindness. Wherever you go, radiate kindness. ~ Jonathan Lockwood Huie

52. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. ~ Mark Twain

53. To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.  e.e. cummings

54. He who trims himself to suit everyone will soon whittle himself away. ~ Raymond Hull

55. Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind. ~ Dr. Seuss  

56. Heroes are creatures of adversity – war, fire, accident or disaster. ~ Jane Leslie Conly

57. Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive. ~ Howard Thurman

58. Never give in. Never give in. Never give in. ~ Winston Churchill

59. Trust that still, small voice that says, “This might work and I’ll try it.” ~ Diane Marie Child

60. There must be quite a few things that a hot bath won’t cure, but I don’t know many of them. ~ Sylvia Plath

61. All courses of action are risky, so prudence is not in avoiding danger, but calculating risk and acting decisively. ~ Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince

62. Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop. ~ Ovid

63. Be not the slave of your own past. Plunge into the sublime seas, dive deep and swim far, so you shall come back with self-respect, with new power, with an advanced experience that shall explain and overlook the old. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

64. It’s not only children who grow. Parents do too. As much as we watch to see what our children do with their lives, they are watching us to see what we do with ours. I can’t tell my children to reach for the sun. All I can do is reach for it, myself. ~ Joyce Maynard

65. Patience has its limits. Take it too far, and it’s cowardice. ~ George Jackson

66. A warrior takes responsibility for his acts, for the most trivial of acts. An average man acts out his thoughts, and never takes responsibility for what he does. ~ Carlos Castenada

67. Patience serves as a protection against wrongs as clothes do against cold. For if you put on more clothes as the cold increases, it will have no power to hurt you. So in like manner you must grow in patience when you meet with great wrongs, and they will have no power to hurt you. ~ Leonardo da Vinci

68. Courage, above all things, is the first quality of a warrior. ~ Karl von Clausewitz

69. When a warrior learns to stop the internal dialogue, everything becomes possible; the most far-fetched schemes become attainable ~ Carlos Castenada

70. Nothing is so strong as gentleness. Nothing is so gentle as real strength. ~ Frances de Sales

71. Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. ~ Marianne Williamson

72. A ship is safe in harbor, but that is not what a ship was built for. ~ William H Shedd

73. Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now. ~ William H Murray (often mistakenly attributed to Goethe.)

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Bibi August 31, 2011 at 9:17 am

Great collection of quotes….many I know by heart and try to live by and many are new to me.

One of my favorite quotes is: ” I promise myself to give so much time to improving myself that I have no time to criticize others.” ~Christian D. Larson~
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Alison Golden August 31, 2011 at 11:35 am

I love that quote! Truly excellent, Bibi. Thanks for sharing. 🙂


August 31, 2011 at 9:47 am

So inspiring! I bookmarked this so I can keep revisiting the beautiful quotations.
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Alison Golden August 31, 2011 at 11:34 am

That’s a great idea, Charise. I print these out and put them on my fridge. 🙂


Amy ~ Eat. Live. Laugh. Shop.
August 31, 2011 at 3:37 pm

Great idea!! My list of beautiful English words is now BY FAR my most popular post. Something about lists seems to bring lots of SU traffic!
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Alison Golden August 31, 2011 at 4:04 pm

Oh, interesting, Amy. That was a great post. 🙂


Mary E. Ulrich
September 1, 2011 at 3:42 am

I agree with Amy, I like lists too. I think lists and motherhood just go together. Even if we don’t write things down, mothers have lists floating in their brains.

So many great quotes, but Alison, I think you nailed it when you said it is all about courage and comfort–to ourselves and others.

Being a warrior woman is tough and exhausting. Quotes by so many great men and women confirm it. Thanks.
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Alison Golden September 1, 2011 at 12:21 pm

You are very welcome, Mary. I hope there was something in there for you. 🙂


Galit Breen
September 1, 2011 at 8:15 am

I love your beautiful, poetic words.

And yes, the quotes are nice too! 🙂
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Alison Golden September 1, 2011 at 12:20 pm

Thank you! Nice to see you here, again, Galit. Long time, no see. We’re both very busy these days, aren’t we? 🙂


Penelope- foster2forever
September 1, 2011 at 11:22 am

#26 – Grace under pressure. Amen, sister!


Alison Golden September 1, 2011 at 12:19 pm

Indeed, Penelope. Big thing is, to remember! 🙂


September 1, 2011 at 2:57 pm


I almost cried. Almost.

I especially like the quotes about dancing in the rain and looking back on life and not regretting. I do look back at my teen years and kick myself for being so shy. But I was a child and know better now. I try not to let anything hold me back now and I teach my kids that. Go for it!

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Alison Golden September 1, 2011 at 4:18 pm

Awww, Allie. I think that’s a good attitude. I constantly ask myself ‘What would I do if I couldn’t fail’ and I go do it. And every lesson we learn about our own lives is one we can pass on to our kids. 🙂


September 1, 2011 at 9:35 pm

OK–as a gold-card-carrying-member-of-the-Impatience-club, I’m lovin’ # 65…:P.

My favorite quote is from “Man’s Search for Meaning” by Victor Frankl:

“Everything can be taken from a man but …the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
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Alison Golden September 4, 2011 at 2:44 pm

Just about everything Victor Frankl wrote is utterly profound…:-)


Kristl Story September 2, 2011 at 7:46 am

What an amazing collection of quotes!
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Alison Golden September 2, 2011 at 9:28 am

I love writing these posts. I get to read so many great quotations.


The Damsel in Dis Dress
September 2, 2011 at 9:18 pm

I’m going to bookmark this so I can come back and really drink these in.
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Alison Golden September 4, 2011 at 2:42 pm

Drink them in while having a drink, Damsel. That would be my preference 🙂


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