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Motivation 2020: Invictus and 12 Poems for Courage

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“Courage is the most important of all 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

Motivation 2020: Invictus and 12 Poems for Courage

Motivation 2020: Invictus and 12 Poems for Courage


How would you define Courage?  Recently, I was watching the motivational video above on Oprah. She shared some of the principles that have guided her and I was moved by the story she shared on how she got to recite Invictus for a school event. She was a child and had to learn it in a few days. It takes courage to say Yes to things and then realize you need to honor your commitment immediately. I learned Invictus and many other inspiring poems in school and Oprah’s memory jugged mine. I grew up surrounded by books, music, and poetry, and my love for the medium has stayed with me all my life. As a nursery school kid, I learned nursery rhymes and popular children’s poems of the day. I wrote a few ditties myself and had fun creating, inventing, and reciting poems with my friends. It was a time of innocence, creative play, and adventure.  As the years flew by and life’s unpredictable events unfolded around me, I learned songs and poems of courage to sustain me. Invictus is Latin for “unconquered” and this is a season that demands great courage. In this post, I will share 13 poems on courage that have given me great joy.  Read on.

Invictus By William Ernest Henley
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul. via poetryfoundation

Still I Rise by Maya Angelou
You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may tread me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own back yard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame
I rise
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise. via poemhunter

Courage by Claude McKay
O lonely heart so timid of approach,
Like the shy tropic flower that shuts its lips
To the faint touch of tender fingertips:
What is your word? What question would you broach?

Your lustrous-warm eyes are too sadly kind
To mask the meaning of your dreamy tale,
Your guarded life too exquisitely frail
Against the daggers of my warring mind.

There is no part of the unyielding earth,
Even bare rocks where the eagles build their nest,
Will give us undisturbed and friendly rest.
No dewfall softens this vast belt of dearth.

But in the socket-chiseled teeth of strife,
That gleam in serried files in all the lands,
We may join hungry, understanding hands,
And drink our share of ardent love and life. via poetryhunter

If- by Rudyard Kipling
(‘Brother Square-Toes’—Rewards and Fairies)

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son! via poetryfoundation


“The secret to happiness is freedom… And the secret to freedom is courage.” Thucydides

Motivation 2020: Invictus and 12 Poems for Courage

Motivation 2020: Invictus and 12 Poems for Courage

When has Courage played an important role in your life? I was a shy child so every step I took out of my comfort zone was an act of courage. I found courage in the company of my more daring friends and their enthusiasm for play and adventure emboldened me to step out of my shell and embrace life.  Of course, some of our childhood play was quite dangerous and we sustained bruises and broken bones for daring to be so stupid. One story that stays with me is of a competition we had to see who could jump over a high fence. As our game progressed, our attempts at higher fences became an attempt to scale a wall. A wall separated our home from our next-door neighbor’s and I was convinced I could jump over that wall. My courageous attempt was a huge mistake because the wall was too high. I fell backward and broke my left leg. The lesson learned was that courage also requires a measure of wisdom…

One of my most courageous acts was to leave the comfort and safety of my family home in the UK and move, alone, to the US. I took a huge chance to leave everything I knew, the friendly, and the familiar, to venture into the unknown in a new country. Courage and grace brought me here and both have sustained me. Every immigrant story is a story of courage because it is never easy to move from a country you grew up in, leaving behind friends and family who love and know you, to new terrain.  All of us left home for various reasons; for love, study, adventure, war, and, for some, a better life. It takes courage to start afresh with hope and dreams, and it takes courage to know when it is time to change course and try something entirely new and different. At different points in life, we all have to take that leap. Some of us balk and maintain the status quo, while others leap and expand their horizon to grasp new worlds and grow. Change is inevitable and courage helps us get there. What is your one act of courage you’d like to share?

COURAGE by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Whether the way be dark or light
My soul shall sing as I journey on,
As sweetly sing in the deeps of night
As it sang in the burst of the golden dawn.

Nothing can crush me, or silence me long,
Though the heart be bowed, yet the soul will rise,
Higher and higher on wings of song,
Till it swims like the lark in a sea of skies.

Though youth may fade, and love grow cold,
And friends prove false, and best hopes blight,
Yet the sun will wade in waves of gold,
And the stars in glory will shine at night.

Though all earth’s joys from my life are missed,
And I of the whole world stand bereft,
Yet dawns will be purple and amethyst,
And I cannot be sad while the seas are left.

For I am a part of the mighty whole;
I belong to the system of life and death.
I am under the law of a Great Central,
And strong with the courage of love and faith. via

Dreams by Langston Hughes
Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.
Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow.
Langston Hughes via poemhunter

Don’t Quit by Edgar Albert Guest
When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
when the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
when the funds are low and the debts are high,
and you want to smile but you have to sigh,
when care is pressing you down a bit –
rest if you must, but don’t you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and turns.
As every one of us sometimes learns.
And many a fellow turns about
when he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow –
you may succeed with another blow.

Often the goal is nearer than
It seems to a faint and faltering man;
Often the struggler has given up
when he might have captured the victor’s cup;
and he learned too late when the night came down,
how close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out –
the silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
and when you never can tell how close you are,
it may be near when it seems afar;
so stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit –
it’s when things seem worst that you must not quit. via UBSW

On the Gift of a Book to a Child by Hilaire Belloc
Child! do not throw this book about!
Refrain from the unholy pleasure
Of cutting all the pictures out!
Preserve it as your chiefest treasure.

Child, have you never heard it said
That you are heir to all the ages?
Why, then, your hands were never made
To tear these beautiful thick pages!

Your little hands were made to take
The better things and leave the worse ones:
They also may be used to shake
The Massive Paws of Elder Persons.

And when your prayers complete the day,
Darling, your little tiny hands
Were also made, I think, to pray
For men that lose their fairylands. via poetryfoundation


The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for JUL – AUG 2020 are:


07/01 – 01 SUMMER, 04 Independence Day, 06 D-Day,
07/05 – 07 World Chocolate Day
07/12 – 18 Nelson Mandela Day,
07/19 – 24 International Self-Care Day
07/26 – 28 Parents Day, 30 International Day of Friendship, World Day Against Trafficking in Persons


08/01 – 01 SUMMER,
08/05 – TBD 07, Purple Heart Day
08/12 – TBD
08/19 – TBD
08/30 – TBD


“Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6

Motivation 2020: Invictus and 12 Poems for Courage

Motivation 2020: Invictus and 12 Poems for Courage

Motivation 2020: Invictus and 12 Poems for Courage

Motivation 2020: Invictus and 12 Poems for Courage

What stories/events of COURAGE have you read/heard? I’m sure we have all come across stories that show the sheer feat of the human spirit to act with courage. From the Medal of Valor recipients, the First Responders, and everyday people who perform acts of bravery and courage, we know that it is an admirable quality to have. Is it learned or in our DNA? I believe we can all find that place within that we can tap into to give us the courage to act. It takes effort for some and it’s instinctive for others but however you choose to view COURAGE, it is a quality we could all use today. Read the story below and consider again where and how you developed your own courageous spirit.

STORY: On Bravery and Courage – Author Unknown
One day, a cowardly man came to a master of martial arts and asked to be taught bravery. The master looked at him and said:
– I will teach you on one condition: For the next month, you will live in a big city and tell every person you meet on your way that you are a coward. You will say it loudly and clearly while looking straight into each person’s eyes. The man got really sad because the task seemed very scary. For a couple of days, he was very sad and thoughtful, but to live with his cowardice was so unbearable that he traveled to the city to accomplish his mission.
At first, when meeting passersby, he stalled, lost his speech, and couldn’t speak. But he needed to finish the master’s task, so he decided to overcome his fear. When he came up to his first passerby he was convinced he would die from shame or fear. But his voice grew louder and more confident with every passing day.
One day, the man caught himself speaking up in a strong and loud voice and realized that he was not scared anymore. The more he continued doing the master’s task, the more convinced he was that the fear was abandoning him. Soon, a month had passed and the man returned to the master. He bowed to him and said: Thank you, teacher. I finished your task. Now I’m not afraid anymore. But how did you know that this strange task will help me? The Master replied: Cowardice is only a habit. And by doing the things that scare us, we can destroy our fears and hangups. And now you know that bravery – is also a habit. If you want to make bravery a part of yourself- you need to move forward into the fear. Then the fear will go away, and bravery will take its place.


Triumphant Song of Confidence – Psalm 27- A Psalm of David

The Lord is my light and my salvation;
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold[a] of my life;
of whom shall I be afraid?

When evildoers assail me,
uttering slanders against me,[b]
my adversaries and foes,
they shall stumble and fall.

Though a host encamp against me,
my heart shall not fear;
though war arise against me,
yet I will be confident.

One thing have I asked of the Lord,
that will I seek after;
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to behold the beauty of the Lord,
and to inquire in his temple.

For he will hide me in his shelter
in the day of trouble;
he will conceal me under the cover of his tent,
he will set me high upon a rock.

And now my head shall be lifted up
above my enemies round about me;
and I will offer in his tent
sacrifices with shouts of joy;
I will sing and make melody to the Lord.

Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud,
be gracious to me and answer me!

Thou hast said, “Seek ye my face.”
My heart says to thee,
“Thy face, Lord, do I seek.”

Hide not thy face from me.

Turn not thy servant away in anger,
thou who hast been my help.
Cast me not off, forsake me not,
O God of my salvation!

For my father and my mother have forsaken me,
but the Lord will take me up.

Teach me thy way, O Lord;
and lead me on a level path
because of my enemies.

Give me not up to the will of my adversaries;
for false witnesses have risen against me,
and they breathe out violence.

I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord
in the land of the living!

Wait for the Lord;
be strong, and let your heart take courage;
yea, wait for the Lord! via biblegateway

COURAGE by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
There is a courage, a majestic thing
That springs forth from the brow of pain, full-grown,
Minerva-like, and dares all dangers known,
And all the threatening future yet may bring;
Crowned with the helmet of great suffering,
Serene with that grand strength by martyrs shown,
When at the stake they die and make no moan,
And even as the flames leap up are heard to sing.
A courage so sublime and unafraid,
It wears its sorrows like a coat of mail;
And fate, the archer, passes by dismayed,
Knowing his best-barbed arrows needs must fail
To pierce a soul so armoured and arrayed
That Death himself might look on it and quail via

Desiderata – by Max Ehrmann
Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant, they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.

If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let not this blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.

Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore, be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be. And whatever your labors and aspirations in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams; it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful.

Strive to be happy.via and goodreads

If You Forget Me by Pablo Neruda
I want you to know
one thing.

You know how this is:
if I look
at the crystal moon, at the red branch
of the slow autumn at my window,
if I touch
near the fire
the impalpable ash
or the wrinkled body of the log,
everything carries me to you,
as if everything that exists,
aromas, light, metals,
were little boats
that sail
toward those isles of yours that wait for me.

Well, now,
if little by little you stop loving me
I shall stop loving you little by little.

If suddenly
you forget me
do not look for me,
for I shall already have forgotten you.

If you think it long and mad,
the wind of banners
that passes through my life,
and you decide
to leave me at the shore
of the heart where I have roots,
that on that day,
at that hour,
I shall lift my arms
and my roots will set off
to seek another land.

if each day,
each hour,
you feel that you are destined for me
with implacable sweetness,
if each day a flower
climbs up to your lips to seek me,
ah my love, ah my own,
in me all that fire is repeated,
in me nothing is extinguished or forgotten,
my love feeds on your love, beloved,
and as long as you live it will be in your arms
without leaving mine. via poemhunter

Character of the Happy Warrior bY William Wordsworth
Who is the happy Warrior? Who is he
That every man in arms should wish to be?
—It is the generous Spirit, who, when brought
Among the tasks of real life, hath wrought
Upon the plan that pleased his boyish thought:
Whose high endeavours are an inward light
That makes the path before him always bright;
Who, with a natural instinct to discern
What knowledge can perform, is diligent to learn;
Abides by this resolve, and stops not there,
But makes his moral being his prime care;
Who, doomed to go in company with Pain,
And Fear, and Bloodshed, miserable train!
Turns his necessity to glorious gain;
In face of these doth exercise a power
Which is our human nature’s highest dower:
Controls them and subdues, transmutes, bereaves
Of their bad influence, and their good receives:
By objects, which might force the soul to abate
Her feeling, rendered more compassionate;
Is placable—because occasions rise
So often that demand such sacrifice;
More skilful in self-knowledge, even more pure,
As tempted more; more able to endure,
As more exposed to suffering and distress;
Thence, also, more alive to tenderness.
—’Tis he whose law is reason; who depends
Upon that law as on the best of friends;
Whence, in a state where men are tempted still
To evil for a guard against worse ill,
And what in quality or act is best
Doth seldom on a right foundation rest,
He labours good on good to fix, and owes
To virtue every triumph that he knows:
—Who, if he rise to station of command,
Rises by open means; and there will stand
On honourable terms, or else retire,
And in himself possess his own desire;
Who comprehends his trust, and to the same
Keeps faithful with a singleness of aim;
And therefore does not stoop, nor lie in wait
For wealth, or honours, or for worldly state;
Whom they must follow; on whose head must fall,
Like showers of manna, if they come at all:
Whose powers shed round him in the common strife,
Or mild concerns of ordinary life,
A constant influence, a peculiar grace;
But who, if he be called upon to face
Some awful moment to which Heaven has joined
Great issues, good or bad for human kind,
Is happy as a Lover; and attired
With sudden brightness, like a Man inspired;
And, through the heat of conflict, keeps the law
In calmness made, and sees what he foresaw;
Or if an unexpected call succeed,
Come when it will, is equal to the need:
—He who, though thus endued as with a sense
And faculty for storm and turbulence,
Is yet a Soul whose master-bias leans
To homefelt pleasures and to gentle scenes;
Sweet images! which, wheresoe’er he be,
Are at his heart; and such fidelity
It is his darling passion to approve;
More brave for this, that he hath much to love:—
‘Tis, finally, the Man, who, lifted high,
Conspicuous object in a Nation’s eye,
Or left unthought-of in obscurity,—
Who, with a toward or untoward lot,
Prosperous or adverse, to his wish or not—
Plays, in the many games of life, that one
Where what he most doth value must be won:
Whom neither shape or danger can dismay,
Nor thought of tender happiness betray;
Who, not content that former worth stand fast,
Looks forward, persevering to the last,
From well to better, daily self-surpast:
Who, whether praise of him must walk the earth
For ever, and to noble deeds give birth,
Or he must fall, to sleep without his fame,
And leave a dead unprofitable name—
Finds comfort in himself and in his cause;
And, while the mortal mist is gathering, draws
His breath in confidence of Heaven’s applause:
This is the happy Warrior; this is he
That every man in arms should wish to be. via poetryfoundation


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  1. Christian Foremost permalink
    05/08/2020 2:44 am

    It was only when I decided to fight my fears, did I ever truly get what I wanted. Courage comes a long way!!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      23/08/2020 12:44 am

      Yes, I agree…

  2. Ashli Ferguson permalink
    05/08/2020 3:57 am

    This is wonderful!! I love all these poems – I think we all need more courage in our lives!

  3. 05/08/2020 4:43 am

    The secret to happiness is freedom, and the secret to freedom is courage! My favorite of all. Sometimes you can say so much in just a few smart words. Love it.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      23/08/2020 12:44 am

      Haha, I like it too

  4. tcleland88 permalink
    05/08/2020 6:15 am

    I love the adjective use in If You Forget Me.–implacable, impalpable.

  5. Renee permalink
    05/08/2020 7:55 am

    I love these all! Especially the one titled dreams. Thank you for this

  6. Luna S permalink
    05/08/2020 8:05 am

    Lovely post, I think we could all use a bit of courage from time to time. These poems are wonderful.

  7. Dr Surabhi permalink
    05/08/2020 9:08 am

    So inspiring! My favorite one is ” Still I Rise by Maya Angelou”

  8. thehappymommie permalink
    05/08/2020 9:16 am

    Courage I believe is quiet rare these days, These are a Lovely collection of courage poem will save it for my daughter. Thanks for the share.

  9. Mary Osadolor permalink
    05/08/2020 9:26 am

    Lovely collection of motivating and inspiring poems. They’re all a breath of fresh air.

  10. Stephanie permalink
    05/08/2020 10:03 am

    My dad has always taught me to be confident and courageous, and they go hand-in-hand. I love the video from Oprah, I’ve always enjoyed watching/listening to her.

  11. remo permalink
    05/08/2020 10:21 am

    “Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage you can’t practice any other virtue consistently”. Totally bang on! I couldn’t agree more. We need even more courage during current testing times.

  12. Kileen permalink
    05/08/2020 3:48 pm

    These poems were all so amazing! I am a huge fan of Wordsworth’s poems. Thank you for sharing these!


  13. Agnes Dela Cruz permalink
    05/08/2020 9:38 pm

    Such a powerful words to ponder. I enjoyed the motivational video from Oprah as always. Thank you!

  14. Melody Kay (makemelodies) permalink
    05/08/2020 10:23 pm

    Don’t Quit has helped me through tough times when I was younger. Thanks for sharing these!

  15. Ntensibe Edgar Michael permalink
    05/08/2020 11:20 pm

    Locking my hair and making up my mind never to cut it off, took a lot of guts!

  16. SiennyLovesDrawing permalink
    05/08/2020 11:28 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing this courageous 13 poems, I have enjoyed my read here. cheers, siennylovesdrawing

  17. Lucy Clarke permalink
    05/08/2020 11:51 pm

    These are wonderful poems on courage! It is important to be able to process the element of fear and yet being able to take heart and still be able to push through.

  18. Brianne permalink
    06/08/2020 12:46 am

    I love this so much! These poems are so inspiring, and they really do instill a sense of courage.

  19. Krysten Quiles permalink
    06/08/2020 1:31 am

    I appreciate this so much, sometimes you need a little extra dose of courage.

  20. Neely permalink
    06/08/2020 1:43 am

    First of all I love Oprah and I had seen that before. Second this is a beautiful post

  21. tweenselmom permalink
    06/08/2020 2:12 am

    These poems are all meaningful! I had a nice time reading them, thanks for sharing these with us!

  22. Chei permalink
    06/08/2020 2:34 am

    These are so great poem! I love all the encouraging poem. It makes me more stronger and confident in life.

  23. Emily Fata permalink
    06/08/2020 2:59 am

    Maya Angelou’s “Still I Rise” is one of the most beautiful poems that I have ever read. Every time I read it, I get goosebumps.

  24. Marie permalink
    06/08/2020 3:31 am

    I especially need this right now as life has become very difficult. Thank you for putting this together.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      11/08/2020 12:25 pm

      Thank you, Marie. Your thoughtful comments are always appreciated. Yes, so many folks are going through difficulties right now. Stay strong and faithful.

  25. Alyssa permalink
    06/08/2020 3:38 am

    Especially with what’s happening in the world, it’s essential to be brave and never give up even if times are tough.

  26. Shehan permalink
    06/08/2020 3:44 am

    Helpful article indeed. I look forward to reading your other articles as well. Thanks for sharing!

  27. Mosaics Lab permalink
    06/08/2020 4:29 am

    These are amazing! They’re all beautiful and very encouraging but I love love love Courage by Claude McKay, it is great.

  28. Matt Taylor permalink
    06/08/2020 5:18 am

    These are some great poems, I really like the Langston Hughes one about Dreams. It takes courage to chase your dreams. At an early age, I got exposed to situations that took courage, rock climbing, and overcoming a fear of heights. Eventually after years of doing it, I no longer had the fear. It can be intimidating, standing at the base of a giant rock/mountain, pretty much straight up, and only have a rope and some tiny pieces of metal that are supposed to save your life if you fall.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      23/08/2020 12:40 am

      Gosh, I’m still scared of heights. Kudos!

  29. THE JOYOUS LIVING entertainment + disabled blogger (@thejoyousliving) permalink
    06/08/2020 5:38 am

    nice choices as always. i haven’t read the wordsworth ‘character of a happy warrior’ in a long time. thanks for the deja vu.

  30. Mike A. permalink
    06/08/2020 6:27 am

    I can relate to the shy kid thing, and being inspired to be more brave when in the prescence of more daring friends lol. I never broke a bone, though, in my adventures, luckily!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      23/08/2020 12:39 am

      Lucky you. Hahaha

  31. Charis | Choose Frugal permalink
    06/08/2020 6:53 am

    Love these poems! I needed this today so thank you for sharing.

  32. brandy toenges permalink
    06/08/2020 7:16 am

    I chose my sons name because it means courage- Caleb- thanks for sharing

  33. World In Eyes permalink
    06/08/2020 8:03 am

    I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
    Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
    Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
    I rise
    Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
    I rise

    well loved these poems they are so deep and meaningful..glad you shared this with us..great work though…

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      23/08/2020 12:42 am

      Thanks again. Appreciated

  34. Sujata Chaudhury permalink
    06/08/2020 8:51 am

    Great collection of poems. Sometimes such poems are needed to give a nudge towards the right direction.

  35. Ben Cross permalink
    06/08/2020 10:03 am

    Rudyard Kipling’s If is one of my favourite. As a lover and writer of poetry myself, it is amazing how poems can inspire people and lift their courage!

  36. WritesandBlogs permalink
    06/08/2020 11:13 am

    Loved your article as always. Courage plays such a crucial role in our life. In fact I have learned this from my father. Liked the poems and the video too.

  37. Hayley permalink
    06/08/2020 11:19 am

    This is such an empowering post. I really enjoyed reading the inspirational poems.

  38. Heidi permalink
    06/08/2020 1:45 pm

    These are all such nice poems!

  39. norma permalink
    06/08/2020 4:20 pm

    Amazing poems. I enjoyed reading every one of them for sure!!

  40. Angelica permalink
    06/08/2020 4:34 pm

    These are some great poems! Thank you for sharing!

  41. Rose Ann Sales permalink
    06/08/2020 5:12 pm

    You are right about everything. I think my most courageous act is when I try to live on my own.

  42. Michele @ ourredonkulouslife permalink
    06/08/2020 5:44 pm

    I love the poem Don’t Quit by Edgar Albert Guest. Life has its ups and downs but whatever happens don’t quit. I remind myself of that everyday.

  43. NakulGrover permalink
    06/08/2020 7:15 pm

    If- by Rudyard Kipling is the poem I read during my English Graduation… Indeed, one of the best poems that I’ve ever read.

    Another poem, though it’s not in this blog, I like the most is Prospice By Robert Browning. The poem has a line: “The reward of it all. I was ever a fighter, so—one fight more, The best and the last!” – Motivates me a lot whenever I go through the poem…

    Anyway, thanks for compiling the list motivational poems.. Great work! 🙂

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      23/08/2020 12:39 am

      Fantastic. I like Browning too!

  44. knycx permalink
    06/08/2020 7:32 pm

    Thanks for the nice words and beautiful poems. Yes I also feel motivated after reading this now 🙂 – Knycx Journeying

  45. blair villanueva permalink
    06/08/2020 9:33 pm

    I also follow what in the Cinderella movie said.. “have courage, and be kind.” We’ll, it works every time and I carry that mantra under my wings.

  46. emmandamian permalink
    06/08/2020 9:52 pm

    These poems really resonate me. It really takes a giant leap to be brave and have courage.

  47. itsahero permalink
    07/08/2020 2:23 am

    I really love these poems. Especially “If you forget me”. It’s wonderful.

  48. Asif cm permalink
    07/08/2020 2:36 am

    Courage is the most important thing if you want to get success in life… Without courage, you will be always afraid of taking risk

  49. tcleland88 permalink
    07/08/2020 2:53 am

    Several favorite phrases here. I didn’t know where the quotes all came from though. I love Henley’s “I am the master of my fate/I am the captain of my soul.” Langston Hughes’s “Dreams” and Guest’s “Don’t Quit” have long been favorites.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      23/08/2020 12:38 am

      Nice choices. 🙂

  50. Kathy Ngo permalink
    07/08/2020 4:36 am

    Everyone needs a bit of courage nowadays. It’s crazy and it’s mindboggling so any little bit will help for sure.

  51. Mary Osadolor permalink
    07/08/2020 5:02 am

    I say a big Amen and Amen to psalm 27. One of my greatest psalms of all time. Great post as always

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      23/08/2020 12:42 am


  52. Rayka permalink
    07/08/2020 5:44 am

    Beautiful Post! Still I Rise by Maya Angelou is one of my absolute favorite poems. It is so incredibly empowering. I hadn’t ever read “Don’t Quit” by Edgar Albert Guest before reading this post, but now I am a fan of that one as well!

    Rayka |

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      23/08/2020 12:37 am

      Thanks Rayka. I do like them all

  53. Priya P permalink
    07/08/2020 6:19 am

    It seems interesting!! I will share it with my sister.

  54. Anne permalink
    07/08/2020 7:55 am

    It feels great to read motivational poems like these and watch a good video for us to inspire in everyday life. As some of us or should I say just like me who really need an inspiration for everyday to keep going .

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      23/08/2020 12:42 am

      Thank you!

  55. Jasmine E. permalink
    07/08/2020 11:43 am

    I love all of these poems, but my favorite is Courage by Wilcox. Reading poems always inspires me to write a poem of my own. Pretty soon I’m hoping for a collection of poetry to publish 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      23/08/2020 12:42 am

      I love Wilcox too

  56. Christa Anne permalink
    07/08/2020 2:13 pm

    This post comes at the perfect time. I needed a bit of courage today. Thank you!

  57. Goldfish and Gin permalink
    07/08/2020 6:03 pm

    I can’t even imagine how scary it must have been to move to a new country. Even speaking the same language, it can still be a big adjustment and like you said leaving everything you’ve known, your friends, and family… that’s a big deal. It takes a massive amount of courage to make that leap and I’m so happy it seems that things are working out for you.

    I really enjoyed If You Forget Me by Pablo Neruda. In any relationship I think it’s important to know when to let go and when to hang on.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      23/08/2020 12:41 am

      Beautiful… Yes, it was painful to share that one but I agree.

  58. Michele @ ourredonkulouslife permalink
    07/08/2020 6:49 pm

    I am back on this page because I was intrigued by the other poems. Still I Rise by Maya Angelou has really hit me hard today, because no matter what happens I still rise and learn from anything thrown my way.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      23/08/2020 12:36 am

      Feel free to copy it. thank you

  59. Vaibhav Mehta permalink
    07/08/2020 9:39 pm

    Some lovely and much needed writing for these times. Inspiring!

  60. blair villanueva permalink
    07/08/2020 10:24 pm

    I agree with the quote “the secret to happiness is freedom, and the secret to freedom is courage”. I got a courage to change my life and face the consequence along my path, and I am glad I did because now I am feeling happy and blessed every single day.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      23/08/2020 12:36 am

      Good for you Sis!

  61. bye:myself permalink
    08/08/2020 3:52 am

    These poems are just wonderful – they put me in a whole different state of mind.

  62. Elicitfolio permalink
    08/08/2020 4:32 am

    I love the collection of poems you have here! Still I rise is still my favorite poem of all time!

  63. marjiemare permalink
    08/08/2020 8:59 am

    I don’t know which one I love the most from all these poems. They are all speaking to my heart as I am living in these difficult times. Thanks for sharing and reminding me to be more courageous.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      23/08/2020 12:36 am

      That’s why I have so many, haha

  64. Jenny permalink
    08/08/2020 11:12 pm

    Thank you for sharing these poems, many of them I’ve never heard before. I also watched the motivation video with Oprah, really inspiring to listen to hear story.

  65. iemexploring permalink
    09/08/2020 4:21 am

    This year has been such a write off I think we all needed this motivation! I need courage now just to leave my house!

  66. Dr Surabhi permalink
    09/08/2020 7:22 am

    It does take a lot of courage to say yes. I loved the poem by Rudyard Kipling

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      23/08/2020 12:41 am

      Glad you enjoyed it.

  67. Shristi permalink
    09/08/2020 7:55 am

    Really love these quotes and I get so much positivity from this. Thanks

  68. Kiwi permalink
    09/08/2020 4:27 pm

    These are some very powerful poems. I really like the Dont Quit poem.

  69. Mae Loureto permalink
    10/08/2020 1:29 am

    These are beautiful poems! Triumphant song of confidence is very close to my heart!

  70. ambujsaxena05 permalink
    10/08/2020 1:50 am

    I love the way you have compiled all the best known poems of courage. However, i’m sure there must be many more but they might be vernacular! Among the poems mentioned by you, I liked Don’t Quit by Edgar Albert Guest, the most

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      23/08/2020 12:35 am

      Yes, it is direct and to the point.I like it too

  71. tweenselmom permalink
    10/08/2020 2:43 am

    I love all your motivating poems, they’re really deep and meaningful! Thanks or sharing them with us!

  72. World In Eyes permalink
    10/08/2020 4:03 am

    These poems sounds so lovely..glad you shared them with us…loved them..great work though..

  73. Christine Weis permalink
    10/08/2020 4:54 am

    Having courage is everything. This is definitely a trait we focus on in school. These are lovely poems and quotes.

  74. FOODHEAL permalink
    10/08/2020 5:34 am

    Beautiful work, thank you

  75. FOODHEAL permalink
    10/08/2020 5:35 am

    Thank you for such a great work.

  76. Vaibhav Mehta permalink
    10/08/2020 5:48 am

    An absolute opportune time for the post, Something we all need in this hour of distress!

  77. 10/08/2020 8:38 am

    I love that phrase: “The secret to happiness is freedom… And the secret to freedom is courage.” at the end of the day we all just want to be happy.

  78. ahawkins permalink
    10/08/2020 9:42 am

    I find this post especially relevant now even in my own personal life. I have recently accepted a new position which is scary since I have gained comfort from my previous position but change is good. Courage is important to have to make necessary change and steps towards your goals. Thank you for this reminder and beautifully articulated post!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      23/08/2020 12:34 am

      Wishing you much success in your job. Trust the process

  79. Wren Marie permalink
    10/08/2020 10:08 am

    I important to have courage in all we do! Without it, we would stay the same as we are now.

  80. Ting permalink
    10/08/2020 10:34 am

    I find it harder to find courage as I get older. These poems are inspiring.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      23/08/2020 12:33 am

      Interesting and true. I think I was far more courageous when I was younger

  81. tonyalee permalink
    10/08/2020 11:19 am

    These are all so motivating. I will be bookmarking this post to come back to when I need a little boost in courage.

    Thank you for sharing 🙂


    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      23/08/2020 12:32 am

      Thanks again!

  82. Jasmine Martin (@BlogginandLivin) permalink
    10/08/2020 11:47 am

    I really enjoyed this! We all need some courage, especially during these times. I am going to bookmark this so that I can check out these poems when I need some courage filled words in the future!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      23/08/2020 12:32 am

      Thank you, dear!

  83. Fransic verso permalink
    10/08/2020 12:14 pm

    Amazing story. I love watching motivational videos for this purpose. Helps to learn more about other things and be motivated.

  84. Emily Terrell permalink
    10/08/2020 1:50 pm

    Courage is almost a fluid virtue to me. It is strong like a wave washing over, then weak as a soft breeze. I’ve been trying to be courageous lately, but I find that I waver often.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      23/08/2020 12:32 am

      love your point of view

  85. Rosey permalink
    10/08/2020 4:28 pm

    It does take a lot of commitment to align yourself with something that needs to be produced quickly. I love the poem selections.

  86. THE JOYOUS LIVING entertainment + disabled blogger (@thejoyousliving) permalink
    10/08/2020 5:32 pm

    i would love to learn more about your challenge moving from the UK to the US all alone. It’s funny but I would love to do the reverse and move to the UK. I had moved as a grad student in ’14 before getting so sick i had to be flown home for care.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      23/08/2020 12:31 am

      Ohh, my dear, it’s the classic immigrant story. The first most shocking experience was how fast Americans spoke. I could barely understand them even though English is my first language… That was a SHOCK!!!

  87. khoingn | The Broad Life permalink
    10/08/2020 7:18 pm

    Very nice for anyone looking for inspiration about courage, including me!

  88. Kathleen Cregg permalink
    10/08/2020 8:07 pm

    If you can dream—and not make dreams your master; If by Rudyard Kipling – YES! Don’t let them consume you but dreams are good to have!

  89. Olivia Robins permalink
    10/08/2020 8:12 pm

    still i rise poem is trylly beautiful and one of my personal favourites as well – kind regards pati robins @ style squeeze blog

  90. emily permalink
    10/08/2020 11:11 pm

    courage is a very important virtue, i found this post really inspirational and loved the poems also.

  91. Mae Loureto permalink
    11/08/2020 12:43 am

    These are powerful poems that will surely motivate anyone!

  92. Kate Loves Travel permalink
    11/08/2020 12:50 am

    I love these poems they are so inspiring – particularly ‘Still I Rise’, which is one of my favourite poems… by a woman who is an inspiration to me.

  93. tweenselmom permalink
    11/08/2020 2:29 am

    The poems are really beautiful and the quotes are meaningful, thanks for sharing them with us!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      23/08/2020 12:29 am

      Thank you for all your feedback 🙂

  94. WanderlustBeautyDreams permalink
    11/08/2020 2:31 am

    These are awesome poems! They sure do uplift you up after reading them.

  95. Ntensibe Edgar Michael permalink
    11/08/2020 2:58 am

    Truth be told, this is a time like no other where we face a lot of lies and distraction from what is really important. But, “Still I Rise by Maya Angelou” still gets me and keeps me firm in my resolution to change this.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      23/08/2020 12:23 am

      Same here

  96. Angela Ricardo Bethea permalink
    11/08/2020 3:39 am

    Those are all wonderful poems and they are all beautifully written too. Totally agree with your caption about courage as well.

  97. Renata Feyen permalink
    11/08/2020 5:45 am

    I wrote a lot of poems too when I was younger but regret that I didn’t keep them 🙂

  98. forkwardthinkingfoodinista permalink
    11/08/2020 6:17 am

    Oh wow with all what is going on at the moment this is a great way to motivate people that is for sure x

  99. Prajakta permalink
    11/08/2020 6:43 am

    I always love reading your poems, they are so good.

  100. Bella permalink
    11/08/2020 7:26 am

    This is such a great post, I love these poems they are so amazing!!

  101. Michele @ ourredonkulouslife permalink
    11/08/2020 7:59 am

    Your page is always so inspirational. I appreciate the work you do.

  102. Hannah permalink
    11/08/2020 11:10 am

    Wow Invictus gets me every time! My professor made us recite this and it always hits close to home for me!

  103. Annie MillsAnne permalink
    11/08/2020 11:18 am

    Very inspiring poems. I think the most courageous act I’ve done recently is to admit that I need help for my depression. It feels great now that I’m taking medication for it.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      23/08/2020 12:23 am

      Good for you!

  104. Kenneth permalink
    11/08/2020 2:26 pm

    These are really nice, took me and my wife to read it all night. Thanks for sharing dear!

  105. Neely permalink
    11/08/2020 2:28 pm

    I really enjoyed learning more about Invictus and loving these poems. This is so helpful to read right now.

  106. thehealthfulideas permalink
    11/08/2020 6:18 pm

    Thank you for this! There could never be too many inspirational quotes and motivational articles

  107. Rose Ann Sales permalink
    11/08/2020 10:15 pm

    I love all your points. Great article about virtues.

  108. Ambuj Saxena permalink
    11/08/2020 10:33 pm

    I just love your compilation of poem around courage. We all need courage to tide through covid times and your post does just that! It gives me different perspectives of reminding everyone about their abilities!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      23/08/2020 12:23 am

      I agree… we all need it

  109. SHADRACK BIWOT permalink
    11/08/2020 11:34 pm

    alot of people are going through difficult times in my country especially during this pandemic. ‘ll be sure to share this

  110. Mae Loureto permalink
    12/08/2020 12:01 am

    This is a good read! We all need a little motivation right now!

  111. joanna permalink
    12/08/2020 12:46 am

    I think that many people see courage as something very big, something extraordinary. But as you said, courage can be as simple as getting out of your comfort zone and doing something for the first time.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      23/08/2020 12:28 am

      Yes, even getting out of bed in the morning is an act of courage.

  112. tweenselmom permalink
    12/08/2020 2:40 am

    These encouraging poems are just what I needed, thanks for sharing all these with us! These are definitely uplifting and motivating!

  113. Krysten Quiles permalink
    12/08/2020 4:05 am

    I really need this right now, this week has been such a huge struggle. Thank you so much.

  114. World In Eyes permalink
    12/08/2020 4:27 am

    Glad you shared such motivating and helpful one with us…great work though..

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      23/08/2020 12:28 am

      Thank you for your positive feedback always.

  115. Maria Arcenas permalink
    12/08/2020 5:15 am

    Sometimes reading these kind of poems can give us more courage than we have.

  116. Celebrate Woman (@DiscoverSelf) permalink
    12/08/2020 5:43 am

    Motivation is great especially when we take the courage to take action.

  117. Jules permalink
    12/08/2020 7:14 am

    These really resonate with me. I’m a nurse in a Covid unit and it’s a constant struggle everyday. Beautiful poems.

  118. Viano permalink
    12/08/2020 11:18 am

    These are nice poems. In life, courage is a must. Learning to our fears and battling them is courage enough.

  119. manderpantz permalink
    12/08/2020 11:49 am

    I love maya angelou and If by Rudyard kipling, great poems

  120. Sincerely Jackline ( Jackline A) permalink
    12/08/2020 1:13 pm

    I love this post. I love how encouraging many of these poems.

  121. My Kitchen permalink
    12/08/2020 8:24 pm

    These are amazing sure know how to pick them.

  122. Lyosha Varezhkina permalink
    12/08/2020 9:33 pm

    Beautiful poems! I enjoyed it so much I can’t even tell which one I liked most

  123. Mary Osadolor permalink
    12/08/2020 10:32 pm

    My most courageous moment i would say is leaving family back home 7years ago and moving to a new country where I do not have any friends or family. I was able to move out of my comfort zone to find a new life for myself.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      23/08/2020 12:27 am

      I did the same thing…yes!

  124. voltaweb007 permalink
    13/08/2020 3:28 am

    Your 12 quotes are very inspirational. Yeah it’s good to encourage yourself, yeah the external drive is important but it must start from the individual. Thanks for sharing

  125. Brianne permalink
    13/08/2020 3:55 am

    I love these poems. Poetry has a way of getting to the heart of something and bringing out the true meaning and spirit of it that regular prose sometimes can’t.

  126. Monidipa permalink
    13/08/2020 4:39 am

    This something I need right now, I dont know until when I can hold up. These poems are really encouraging!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      23/08/2020 12:27 am

      Thank you… yes we do

  127. Diana permalink
    13/08/2020 4:48 am

    I’ve been trying to say yes to everything even when I’m uncertain!

  128. Morning Cup of Love permalink
    13/08/2020 6:26 am

    Thank you for sharing these great poems. Having in mind the fact what’s going on right now an extra courage is all I need. I couldn’t stop reading the poems and enjoyed every word especially the one by Ella Wheeler Wilcox!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      23/08/2020 12:26 am

      Glad it resonated with you

  129. ambujsaxena05 permalink
    13/08/2020 7:18 am

    I need courage at this point of time and I am taking a few things from every quote you have mentioned!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      15/08/2020 12:17 pm

      Hey, you can take courage from the Ramayana too, Ambuj! I really enjoyed your post where you mentioned your friend who had never read much but remembered something from that epic spiritual story about Rama’s dharma and courage. Hahaha

      • ambujsaxena05 permalink
        22/08/2020 2:37 am

        ..must say you have a sharp memory! I am not as fortunate as you to have read the Ramayana in as much detail as you have but yes…point noted

    • Mary Osadolor permalink
      22/08/2020 6:09 am

      The beauty of this article is that it speaks to the very depth of your soul, it energises you and makes you feel you can always go on even at your lowest point. Thank you for sharing these wonderful poems with us.

  130. saniya puri permalink
    13/08/2020 8:05 am

    food for thoughts… I really agree with you. Courage and freedom are must!

  131. Lyosha Varezhkina permalink
    13/08/2020 8:50 am

    Courage is very much needed for any person to become better. it actually takes courage even setting mind other way.

  132. THE JOYOUS LIVING entertainment + disabled blogger (@thejoyousliving) permalink
    13/08/2020 1:48 pm

    The psalms of David are some of my favorite scriptures. thanks for including Psalm 27.

  133. Shannon permalink
    13/08/2020 4:16 pm

    I was only familiar with one of the poems on this list and that is Still I Rise. That was a long list for me to only know one! I pinned this for more reading. Some of the words in the poems resonate so well much.

  134. katrina Kroeplin permalink
    13/08/2020 5:13 pm

    those are great poems. courage to me is standing up for myself and my kids when i don’t think i can.

  135. barbie mhanie permalink
    13/08/2020 7:01 pm

    Yes, happiness on this earth is really needed especially now in this situation. So you can have more opportunities and freedom to the things you love to do. You have to deal with it in a positive way whatever situation it is. Thank you for this sharing.

  136. nikhila permalink
    13/08/2020 9:28 pm

    These are really beautiful poems. Who doesn’t wanna read something that makes us feel good! Thanks for sharing.

  137. Alyssa permalink
    13/08/2020 9:37 pm

    Courage is something that everybody wants—an attribute of good character that makes us worthy of respect. From the Bible to fairy tales; ancient myths to Hollywood movies, our culture is rich with exemplary tales of bravery and self-sacrifice for the greater good.

  138. Shelly DS permalink
    13/08/2020 10:07 pm

    These are some really powerful poems!

  139. mischievouswordsbymartaazra permalink
    14/08/2020 2:20 am

    Such an motivational post. I really need it as I am going through some stuff at the moment.

  140. Shilpa Bindlish permalink
    14/08/2020 5:01 am

    Beautiful collection of poems. I feel motivated after reading these. Appreciate your effort to bring it here.

  141. Paulina permalink
    14/08/2020 5:19 am

    Wow! Such a motivational blog. I am glad I came across this post. Thanks for sharing!

  142. Renata Feyen permalink
    14/08/2020 7:20 am

    You found some great poems again – I especially love the Still I Rise poem 🙂

  143. forkwardthinkingfoodinista permalink
    14/08/2020 9:43 am

    I love this post. Especially at times like this we all need support and motivation that is for sure x

  144. marjiemare permalink
    14/08/2020 3:20 pm

    I just copied this beautiful poem If by Rudyard Kipling. The words resonate to me. Sometimes, we don’t even know to go on, but we find some hidden strength that we did not know even exist within us.

  145. Franze Garcia permalink
    14/08/2020 6:01 pm

    You always write so motivational, this lines spoke to me. I really need these words like right now.

  146. Sam Mitchell permalink
    14/08/2020 11:33 pm

    Thank you for always putting these lovely pieces together. I think we all need as much motivation as possible this year…;)

  147. Dr Surabhi permalink
    15/08/2020 3:14 am

    Very motivational! Loved all the poems especially if by Rudyard Kipling

  148. Eric Gamble permalink
    15/08/2020 3:35 am

    Love these 12 poems you found for Courage. I especially love how you incorporated Psalm 27 from David. So many people forget that the Book of Psalms are really poems to inspire! I liked also Courage by Wilcox. I want familiar with Wilcox before but may have to check out more of her works.
    To answer you question, no I dont believe Courage is truly or at least fully learned or in our DNA. I mean it can be a bit of both but when the chips fall, I think it is often random and accidental.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      23/08/2020 12:25 am

      I appreciate your insights. TY

  149. nikhila permalink
    15/08/2020 7:36 pm

    These are fantastic. I dont usually read poems but I love these.

  150. iemexploring permalink
    16/08/2020 3:40 am

    I really needed this right now. There are some beautiful words here. I will take the time to reflect on these today

  151. sedijalejiete permalink
    17/08/2020 12:45 am

    Thank you for a huge dose of encouragement, needed to hear this. 💛

  152. mommystimeline permalink
    17/08/2020 4:03 am

    Your post is so good and we fully agree with it motivational thoughts gives positivity.

  153. girija permalink
    17/08/2020 4:07 am

    Thanks for sharing these wonderful quotes. We need this words to keep going and motivated.

  154. rachel permalink
    17/08/2020 3:56 pm

    Still, I Rise is my absolute FAVORITE.

  155. Nicole Anderson permalink
    17/08/2020 9:43 pm

    To push the boundaries which enables us to develop and grow, requires courage which in turn makes us the people we are today. Love the collection of poems you have assembled here – in particular Desiderata by Max Ehrmann is an old favourite that makes you stop and think. Great post, yet again.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      23/08/2020 12:29 am

      Glad you enjoyed this post. I love poetry

  156. Gagan permalink
    17/08/2020 11:52 pm

    Great article! I’m interested about motivation articles. Thanks for sharing!

  157. Gervin Khan permalink
    18/08/2020 12:04 am

    Very well said. I really enjoyed reading this and while I’m doing that, I think I’m slowly building up my courage. I love this!

  158. Luna S permalink
    18/08/2020 3:22 am

    Beautiful, we can all use a bit of courage during different stages of our lives. Having beautifully written poems, quotes and support are a huge help.

  159. emily permalink
    18/08/2020 3:44 am

    these are really inspiring and motivational poems. Its a really great list!

  160. Bindu Thomas permalink
    18/08/2020 4:16 am

    Greatest motivation. Always share positivity like this. Spread Love Spread happiness

  161. MELANIE EDJOURIAN permalink
    18/08/2020 4:56 am

    Courage is an important virtue. We all have it but sometimes need to dig deeper than others to find it.

  162. Stella permalink
    18/08/2020 5:16 am

    What a collection!! I love the poems. Pablo Neruda was my childhood favorite. Loved the story of courage, I have to compare it with blogging and putting my writing out there. The more I did it the less afraid I was. Thank you for putting this collection together.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      23/08/2020 12:24 am

      Thank you too!

  163. Gleefulblogger permalink
    18/08/2020 6:18 am

    I absolutely agree to the thought of – freedom gives thru happiness. I sometimes bless my starts to have given me such chances to live my life freely and thanks to my parents who groomed me that way.

  164. Olivia Robins permalink
    18/08/2020 8:53 am

    these are trully inspiring poems – i think we all have courage , just some are a bit more affraid to show it – kind regards pati robins at style squeeze blog

  165. Mary Osadolor permalink
    18/08/2020 10:13 am

    These motivational poems are all we need at this point in time. The world need these to heal.

  166. Angela Ricardo Bethea permalink
    18/08/2020 11:12 am

    Just what I need to start my day. Thanks for putting these motivational quotes for us to read.

  167. 18/08/2020 12:16 pm

    I love Maya Angelou! And glad to have come across all of the wonderful pieces about courage above. Just what I needed to hear. Or read rather.

  168. Oscar Oganiza permalink
    18/08/2020 12:36 pm

    Life has become so hard and difficult. Thank you for sharing this quotes of motivation. It’s a big help.

  169. THE JOYOUS LIVING entertainment + disabled blogger (@thejoyousliving) permalink
    18/08/2020 1:56 pm

    we could all use some more courage. thanks for sharing another great list of poems to live by and to encourage us to be better people. thank you.

  170. Lulu permalink
    18/08/2020 3:27 pm

    You’ve put together quite a collection of inspirational quotes, thank you for that.

  171. mypathtotravel03dc5fb406 permalink
    18/08/2020 7:12 pm

    I have no idea how long it must take you to write your posts, they are always crammed full of interesting information. Thanks for sharing.

  172. Nkem permalink
    20/08/2020 1:41 am

    These poems are lovely! I love looking at these different types of expression to discuss a concept we all need to be reflecting on!

  173. Fransic verso permalink
    20/08/2020 12:50 pm

    Great poems. I think we need it in our life to be successful in many things. I like to watch and read things about it to remind me.

  174. mischievouswordsbymartaazra permalink
    21/08/2020 12:26 am

    This just what I needed today. Very inspiering post.

  175. Suanlian Tangpua permalink
    21/08/2020 12:47 am

    Very inspiring post. I always need courage at every point of my life. Courage or brave is when you are afraid of something but still face it.

  176. Czardilyn Buyawe permalink
    21/08/2020 3:55 am

    Thank you for putting this together. At this moment I felt really down but then I was encourage by this post

  177. ashmoney83 permalink
    21/08/2020 6:10 am

    Invictus hands down is one of my favorite poems!!!

  178. knycx permalink
    21/08/2020 7:07 am

    Beautifully written and thanks for the positive energy and sharing. I enjoyed reading them and it’s a great boost for the day – Knycx Journeying

  179. rebeccalerner622 permalink
    21/08/2020 8:30 am

    These poems and quotes are so gorgeous — they give me strength.

  180. Michele @ ourredonkulouslife permalink
    21/08/2020 12:08 pm

    It has been a rough couple of days.I definitely needed this boost of courage.

  181. Thuy permalink
    22/08/2020 4:20 am

    It really pays off to be brave! There’s really nothing to fear besides fear itself.

  182. Jasmine E. permalink
    22/08/2020 7:18 am

    I always look forward to your posts. They’re so inspiring, especially your last one on Mandela. You certainly didn’t disappoint with this one either!

  183. Michele @ ourredonkulouslife permalink
    22/08/2020 7:02 pm

    I always love your posts. They are so inspiring and motivates me.

  184. Nkem permalink
    22/08/2020 9:25 pm

    I will take motivation at any time, so thank you for this post! There are some lines I can pull out that speak to me.

  185. Lily permalink
    23/08/2020 3:54 am

    Commitments in life are often hard to achieve, easy to give up. But there’s no better feeling than when you accomplish them. Great motivation!

  186. Arushi permalink
    23/08/2020 6:26 am

    Thank you for sharing these amazing motivational poems I especially love the one from Maya Angelou she is such a great person and figure thank you for this article

  187. amayszingblogs permalink
    23/08/2020 2:02 pm

    I love this! We need courage nowadays despite what happening right now we need to keep going to fight and motivate 🙂

  188. Kenneth permalink
    25/08/2020 7:23 pm

    It’s been a while since I last read poems, its good practice reading for me and my daughter when she was young. We did it again today because of you, thanks for sharing!

  189. Christiana permalink
    26/08/2020 3:02 am

    These are all really great and inspirational poems on courage. I am super grateful that God blessed me courage otherwise I would have really been backward in life.

  190. mommystimeline permalink
    30/08/2020 6:05 am

    This is really very interesting post. thanks for sharing this post.

  191. ivanamearns permalink
    15/09/2020 9:34 am

    I love reading poems and this blog post is such a nice selection of well chosen poems. Thank you !

  192. Henri permalink
    15/09/2020 1:34 pm

    Oprah is such an inspiration, and Maya Angelo’s Still I Rise is an amazing courage-giver. Thanks for these!!!

  193. marjiemare permalink
    16/09/2020 5:38 pm

    All these poems are inspirational to me. As we are living in this tumultuous time, we need all the strength possible to overcome our challenges. Thanks for sharing.

  194. Krista permalink
    19/09/2020 2:56 am

    Great post and I like some of these poems too.

  195. Prajakta permalink
    21/09/2020 2:57 am

    That is such an inspiring post, beautifully written. All those poems are beautiful I always enjoy reading them.

  196. Harish Joshi permalink
    03/10/2020 6:01 am

    These poems are really worth reading. Truly inspirational 🙂

  197. Sarah M permalink
    08/10/2020 9:14 am

    I love these poems. So meaningful and in-depth.

  198. Simon Starchevsky permalink
    08/10/2020 5:48 pm

    Thank you for sharing these words, they are much needed at a time like this. Inspiration drives success and self improvement.

  199. Mayuri permalink
    10/10/2020 8:44 am

    Wow! I love all the poems. Courage is the most important virtue to succeed in life. Thanks for sharing.

  200. imbuedman permalink
    14/10/2020 12:55 pm

    This post is a collector’s item. I’ll definitely consult it whenever I need a boost of courage. Thank you.

  201. Michele @ ourredonkulouslife permalink
    16/10/2020 10:55 pm

    It is always a joy to come read your posts. I always feel so happy and inspired to take on the world.

  202. Krista permalink
    17/10/2020 10:02 pm

    This is a beautiful collection of poems! I loved reading them.

  203. MaritimeMeg permalink
    29/10/2020 1:04 am

    Wow – these are amazing poems that you included, and a great video. This is a really wonderful, motivating post about courage, and I wish I had seen your post last week when I ran into a moment when I truly needed to be more courageous and needed that bit of uplifting motivation. I’m sure this motivational post will truly help others in the future too.

  204. Merveille permalink
    30/10/2020 8:26 pm

    The Triumphant Song of Confidence – Psalm 27- A Psalm of David really got to me, especially now. I look at the world and I am so confused by the daily atrocities happening. We look around and cannot seem to find any safe refuge expect in God’s arms. Thank you for sharing.

  205. permalink
    06/11/2020 4:08 am

    You can actually have courage and use it everyday without noticing it. Getting out of bed and going through the day is courage it itself!

  206. Keerti Bhatnagar permalink
    11/11/2020 1:50 am

    This is a wonderful collection. And inspiring also.
    It was a great read ..thanks for sharing!

  207. Mary permalink
    11/11/2020 5:54 am

    Thank you for this list of great poetry. Very nice and appreciated.

  208. Roshanna21 permalink
    09/12/2020 7:36 am

    These are really beautivul poems, thanks for sharing

  209. Sandy N Vyjay permalink
    15/12/2020 9:27 pm

    Courage is what differentiates the extraordinary from the ordinary. These are some really inspiring poems. My favourite is the one by Rudyard Kipling.

  210. Ben Cross permalink
    22/12/2020 10:57 am

    I love poetry that inspires and raises the soul. And these certainly raise the courage in people!


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