Bravery [valor]: Not shrinking from threat, challenge, difficulty, or pain; speaking up for what is right even if there is opposition; acting on convictions even if unpopular; includes physical bravery but is not limited to it.  (personified for example by Ernest Shackleton(Source: VIA Institue)
The Noel Strengths Academy defines it this way:

• Bravery is the strength of not shrinking from threat, challenge, difficulty, or pain

• To speak up for what is right … even in the face of opposition • Acting on convictions, even if unpopular
• Has a “come-what-may” attitude
• Includes physical bravery but is not limited to it


  • “Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.” ~ Ambrose Redmoon
  • “One man with courage makes a majority.” ~ Andrew Jackson
  • “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
  • “Courage is the price that life extracts for granting peace.” ~ Amelia Earhart
  • “Courage is a special kind of know-how. It’s knowing how to fear what ought to be feared and how not to fear what ought not be feared.” ~ David ben Gurion
  • “Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.” ~ C.S. Lewis
  • “Many would be cowards if they had courage enough.” ~ Thomas Fuller
  • “I’d rather be brave than almost anything. How does that strike you?” ~ Johansen
  • “There is very little distinction between the boast and the vow.” ~ William Ian Miller
  • “Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence.” ~ Albert Einstein
  • “Vulnerability is our most accurate measurement of courage.” ~ Brené Brown
  • Courage is the most important of the virtues, because without courage you can’t practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage. Maya Angelou
  • Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities … because it is the quality that guarantees all others. Winston Churchill 

     Great interview with the author here. “One of the six universal virtues in the VIA assessment is Bravery, and it has been subdivided into smaller pieces, like authenticity. But when I was looking at the work that others have done on courage, I realized that there were certain hallmark features of courage: there has to be perceived personal risk, the presence of fear, and an uncertain outcome. Those are the three critical components. That’s a very psychological definition which is different from what the VIA might say. Courage is an action that takes place despite the fear, the risk, and the uncertainty.”

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