What’s the Difference Between Strength and Courage?

Courage comes from the French word “coeur” meaning heart. Being courageous means facing our fears and coming from our heart rather than our head. Its a place where we face our vulnerabilities and overcome them through compassion and love. As a child in Scotland I was told I had to be strong.

Scottish-LuckenboothThis isn’t just a family legacy, but a whole cultural one! We Scots are independent and strong. But we also have big hearts, often hidden behind the strong exterior. The Scottish Luckenbooth symbolizes our heart and our national pride…. But I’m getting sidetracked here!

Here is an inspirational poem about the difference between Strength and Courage to help you choose for yourself. If anyone knows the author, please let me know. Val x

The Difference Between Strength and CourageΒ 

It takes strength to be firm,
It takes courage to be gentle.

It takes strength to stand guard,
It takes courage to let down your guard.

It takes strength to conquer,
It takes courage to surrender.

It takes strength to be certain,
It takes courage to have doubt

It takes strength to fit in,
It takes courage to stand out.

It takes strength to feel a friend’s pain,
It takes courage to feel your own pain.

It takes strength to hide your own pains,
It takes courage to show them.

It takes strength to endure abuse,
It takes courage to stop it.

It takes strength to stand alone,
It takes courage to lean on another

It takes strength to love,
It takes courage to be loved.

It takes strength to survive,
It takes courage to live.

~ David L. Griffith

Whenever you feel you have neither, may the heart of the universe hug you today with its warmth, and love.

And may the wind carry a voice that tells you there is a friend sitting in another corner of the world wishing you well!



117 Comments on “What’s the Difference Between Strength and Courage?

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  2. Beautiful poem Val, thanks for sharing. So often we honour and reward the strength in others and perhaps lose sight how brave we need to be to have the courage to face our greatest fears and vulnerabilities in life.


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  3. My husband and I are both of Scottish heritage so I really enjoyed this post for that and many other reasons as well. I am so glad that I found your blog! It is beautiful and inspiring. If people take the time to truly read your poems they can also learn from them.

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  4. I have about a pint of scotch heritage along with other European roots. The culture resonates with me, even the wailing dissonance of bagpipes! I’m glad to be connected with you through our blogs and a thread of common heredity!

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    • Me too Sherry! I look forward to sharing our journeys together. Thank for taking time to comment and the follow πŸ™‚
      Val x


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  6. Val, I thought I had to explore your previous posts… what a good idea: I’ve found this poem: it is so profound, “The Difference Between Strength and Courage”…
    “It takes strength to survive,
    It takes courage to live.”…
    It takes courage… to have courage.
    Thanks for sharing such beautiful words! xxo

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    • Thank you so much Frederic for taking the time to explore more here! I really appreciate it.<3
      Im so glad you enjoyed this poem and its message. It is one of my favorites.
      Val x


    • Thank you so much for exploring here Annabelle! This is one of my favorites too πŸ™‚ Thunder can be so hard for our pups. All we can do is reassure and be there for them hoping it is enough. ❀


  7. I enjoyed your poem and reflections on the word courage. I have written about strength myself through the perspective of guidance given in tarot and always enjoy diving deeper into the topic through others explorations. All good things to you!! Lisa

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  8. What a heartfelt sentiment and just what I needed to hear today, so Thanks Val! I shall pick myself up once more and move forward today, even though it is -1 degrees outside!………………..~ Mick E. ~

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  9. Val this is a wonderful Poem.. These two lines say it all..

    “It takes strength to survive,
    It takes courage to live.”

    Thank you Val, for sharing many of your posts and your light and uplifting words.. You have given I am sure many the courage to voice their own thoughts and the strength to help them see they are never alone.. When you find your ‘Middle Ground’ and stand tall within your space.. πŸ™‚

    Love and Blessings

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  10. What a wonderful post Val and such a nice thing to say ‘Whenever you feel you have neither, may the heart of the universe hug you today with its warmth, and love.
    And may the wind carry a voice that tells you there is a friend sitting in another corner of the world wishing you well!’.

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  11. When people told me that I had a lot of courage, I told them they were wrong.
    because I am afraid of many things..
    That was when I was told that courage is actually what it takes to move through the fear to get to the other side.. Wouldn’t need courage if there wasn’t a measure of fear and uncertainty.
    If that is true, then yes–I am courageous (and I didn’t even know it). :).

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  12. What a wonderful poem. The inner journey is not without fear, but these dear words have helped us remember that courage is oh so beautiful. As for myself…I used to operate primarily from strength (I have a bit of the Scot in me too), but years and tears have helped me to be more open and soft with myself and others.

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  14. Beautiful poem! I also love the Scottish Luckenbooth, which I’ve never seen before. I am 1/4+ Scottish and have had the privilege of visiting the exact place where my 3-greats grandmother grew up. I appreciate all things Scottish!

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  15. ‘Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.’
    -Lao Tzu

    This spurred me into seeking something, and then i found you.

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  16. Hi Val, thanks for the like on a comment I made for Sue Dreamwalker, Good to meet you. We love Scotland, love this poem. Love, David

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  19. Thank you for sharing the poem about strength and courageΒ . It was truly beautiful and touching. Much appreciated! πŸ™‚ πŸ˜‰

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  20. And may the wind carry a voice that tells you there is a friend sitting in another corner of the world wishing you well! I love this Val and your blog…always wonderful and uplifting…and thought provoking β˜ΊοΈπŸ€“ smiles hedy

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