There are numerous words used synonymously with courage: audacity, fearlessness, heroism, valor, fortitude, bravery, resolution, spirit, boldness, and, colloquially, guts [Merriam-Webster Dictionary].  Some of these indicate particular dimensions of courage; for example …
       BRAVERY refers to daring defiance of danger
       HEROISM suggests boldness in accepting risk selflessly,
                          or sacrifice for a noble cause or generous purpose

    It must be noted that courage is the mastery of fear, not the absence of fear. [Author, Mark Twain]    
    Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear.  [Writer, Ambrose Redmoon]    
     Courage is indeed the anti-dote to cowardice.

Courage is the Cornerstone of Character
Imam Abu Hamid al-Ghazali stated that the most significant battles are waged within the self. Those struggles to maintain the internal virtues that dictate how we think and how we act. The Ancient Greek philosopher, Plato suggested that the four cardinal virtues are wisdom, courage, self-control and justice.  Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq  stated that the cardinal virtues are …
piety, contentment, patience, gratitude, humility, modesty, generosity, courage, enthusiasm, benevolence, truthfulness and trustworthiness.
Courage motivates one to do what is best despite the challenges. In the absence of courage, cowards would rule everything. “All that is needed for evil to triumph, is for good people to do nothing.” [Philosopher, Edmund Burke] Courage is indeed a cornerstone of good character.

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