Are you more brave or courageous?

When I decided to move my whole life and family to Berlin, some people told me I was crazy, some told me I was courageous, and some said I was brave.

[Lorenzo Conti] · 175 words · 1 min read · Oct 13, 2023
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Today, as I watched my wife trying to sort out a complicated German questionnaire, I recalled those times, and “brave” and “courageous” popped into my mind again.

I have always been fascinated by the meaning and etymology of words, so I decided to do my research.
The two words are often used interchangeably, but they have different connotations:

  • Brave” generally means to face danger or difficulty with a lack of fear. It’s about acting despite fear.
  • Courageous” refers to the ability to confront fear, danger or uncertainty even when one is afraid. It emphasizes a conscious decision to endure and persist in the face of adversity.

In essence, bravery often implies an absence of fear, while courage involves feeling fear but consciously choosing to act in spite of it.

And you?

Are you more brave or courageous?

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