There is always a philosophy for lack of courage.
A man that flies from his fear may find that he has only taken a short cut to meet it.
J. R. R. TOLKIEN, The Children of Hurin
A coward is a hero with a wife, kids, and a mortgage.
MARVIN KITMAN, The Coward's Almanac; Or, The Yellow Pages
- So cowards fight when they can fly no further;
- As doves do peck the falcon's piercing talons.
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Henry VI, Part III
A coward's courage is in his tongue.
BURKE, attributed, Day's Collacon
It is better by noble boldness to run the risk of being subject to half of the evils we anticipate than to remain in cowardly listlessness for fear of what might happen.
Of cowards no history is written.
Conscience gets a lot of credit that really belongs to cowardice.
EVAN ESAR, 20,000 Quips & Quotes
Often life asks much of you, and you either honor life by answering with all your heart, or you cower your way into your grave.
JAMES CLEMENS, Hinterland
- How many cowards, whose hearts are all as false
- As stairs of sand, wear yet upon their chins
- The beards of Hercules and frowning Mars,
- Who, inward search'd, have livers white as milk.
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, The Merchant of Venice
The coward calls himself cautious.
The real hero is always a hero by mistake; he dreams of being an honest coward like everybody else.
UMBERTO ECO, Travels in Hyperreality
The meek will inherit the earth, but only because they won't have the courage to refuse.
EVAN ESAR, 20,000 Quips & Quotes
There never was found a man who had courage to acknowledge himself a coward.
JOSEPH BARTLETT, Aphorisms
A brave man's look is worth more than a coward's sword.
ANONYMOUS, The Little Giant Encyclopedia of Toasts & Quotes
Some have been thought brave because they were afraid to run away.
THOMAS FULLER, attributed, And I Quote
He that fights and runs away, may live to fight another day.
It's when you run away that you are most liable to stumble.
CASEY ROBINSON, attributed, Sura's Quotable Quotes
He who has conquered his own coward spirit has conquered the whole outward world.
THOMAS HUGHES, Tom Brown's Schooldays
Cowardice rightly understood begins with selfishness and ends with shame.
It is vain for the coward to fly; death follows close behind; it is by defying it that the brave escape.
VOLTAIRE, attributed, Day's Collacon
- You souls of geese,
- That bear the shapes of men, how have you run
- From slaves that apes would beat!
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Coriolanus
A coward boasting of his courage may deceive strangers, but he is a laughing-stock to those who know him.
Cowards' weapons neither cut nor pierce.
MEASTASIO, attributed, Day's Collacon
Haters and bullies are always cowards, you know. They like to pick on little guys.
SCYLAR TYBERIUS, Sebastian the Great
I'm a hero with coward's legs.
A fellow running from or toward a gun ain't got time to worry whether the word for what he is doing is courage or cowardice.
WILLIAM FAULKNER, Light in August
Cowardice, as distinguished from panic, is almost always simply a lack of ability to suspend the functioning of the imagination.
ERNEST HEMINGWAY, Men at War
- When all the blandishments of life are gone,
- The coward sneaks to death, the brave live on.
GEORGE SEWELL, The Suicide
Life is too short to cower.
CLAIRE CROSS, Double Trouble