You aren’t the only one who has felt she is up against insurmountable odds. Seek some inspiration from these wise women.

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” – Anais Nin

“You become courageous by doing courageous acts…Courage is a habit.” – Mary Daly

“Be courageous. It’s one of the only places left uncrowded.” – Anita Roddick

“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

“I urge you to be as impudent as you dare. BE BOLD, BE BOLD, BE BOLD.” – Susan Sontag

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow.” – Mary Anne Radmacher

“You can’t test courage cautiously.” – Anne Dillard

“It is better to be a lion for a day than a sheep all your life.” – Elizabeth Kenny

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

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