Boldness Quotes


Hi All,

Here are 17 quotes about boldness. 

I hope some of them push you to be more bold:

1. Boldness be my friend. -William Shakespeare

2. Boldness is a mask for fear, however great. -John Dryden

3. People who make no mistakes lack boldness and the spirit of adventure. They are the brakes on the wheels of progress. -Dale Turner

4. Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

5. Put a grain of boldness into everything you do. -Baltasar Gracian

6. Freedom lies in being bold. -Robert Frost

7. Most of our obstacles would melt away if, instead of cowering before them, we should make up our minds to walk boldly through them. -Orison Swett Marden

8. You must play boldly to win. -Arnold Palmer

9. Fortune befriends the bold. -John Dryden

10. A decent boldness ever meets with friends. -Homer

11. Act honestly, and answer boldly. -Danish proverb

12. When you cannot make up your mind which of two evenly balanced courses of action you should take – choose the bolder. -William Joseph Slim

13. Boldness is ever blind, for it sees not dangers and inconveniences whence it is bad in council though good in execution. -Francis Bacon

14. Virtue is bold, and goodness never fearful. -William Shakespeare

15. In great straits and when hope is small, the boldest counsels are the safest. -Titus Livy

16. We make way for the man who boldly pushes past us. -Christian Nevell Bovee

17. He who finds Fortune on his side should go briskly ahead, for she is wont to favor the bold. -Baltasar Gracian

Which ones do you like the most?  Me, I like 4 and 12. 

Please share your comments down below.

Also, do any of you have any good boldness quotes you can share here? 

Be bold.


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    • Brian
    • April 16, 2010

    Thanks for all the great quotes, Shawn! They always seem to come at the right time.

    • Lee
    • April 16, 2010

    When we are bold we create more oppertunities for ourselves. We unleash motivational drivers for success.

    I too like 4 & 12…. Thank you Swawn, always a pleasure to read your inspiring quotes.

    Here are some quotes I found that inspire boldness:
    Freedom gives us the power to be bold.

    Every human has four endowments- self awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom… The power to choose, to respond, to change.
    — Stephen R. Covey

    Everything can be taken from a man but one thing; the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.
    — Viktor Frankl

    Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed – else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die.
    — Dwight D. Eisenhower

    People hardly ever make use of the freedom they have. For example, the freedom of thought. Instead they demand freedom of speech as a compensation.
    — Søren Kierkegaard

    • Fathi
    • April 17, 2010

    Great quotes, I really like them all but 12, 14, and 16. some of them made me laugh by the way, as if it passed by my subconscious and triggered old incidendts I have been through and boldness was the perfect choice.

    • David Parrish
    • April 19, 2010

    I am with you shawn on both your choices. And today I will rely upon them. Thanks

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