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quotations about cowardice

Nearly every man is a coward, if confronted by the proper terror.

EDGAR WATSON HOWE, Country Town Sayings

It was always himself that the coward abandoned first. After this all other betrayals came easily.

CORMAC MCCARTHY, All the Pretty Horses

Cowards die many times before their deaths
The valiant never taste of death but once.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Julius Caesar

Apathy adds up, in the long run, to cowardice.

ROLLO MAY, The Courage to Create

Most civilization is based on cowardice. It's so easy to civilize by teaching cowardice. You water down the standards which would lead to bravery. You restrain the will. You regulate the appetites. You fence in the horizons. You make a law for every movement. You deny the existence of chaos. You teach even the children to breathe slowly. You tame.

FRANK HERBERT, God Emperor of Dune

The worst cowards, banded together, have their power.

HOMER, The Iliad

Cowardice ... is a timorous dejection of soul, creating imaginary dangers. When such a faint-hearted wretch as this is at sea, he fancies all the promontories are so many hulks of ships wreck'd on the coast. The least agitation of the waters puts him in a panic fear, and makes him enquire whether all that are aboard ar initiated.

WELLINS CALCOTT, Thoughts Moral and Divine

The coward fears the prick of Fate, not he who dares all, becoming himself the dreaded one.

ELISE PUMPELLY CABOT, "Arizona"

Complete courage and absolute cowardice are extremes that very few men fall into. The vast middle space contains all the intermediate kinds and degrees of courage; and these differ as much from one another as men's faces or their humors do.

FRANCOIS DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULD, Moral Maxims and Reflections

Any coward can fight a battle when he's sure of winning; but give me the man who has pluck to fight when he's sure of losing.

GEORGE ELIOT, Janet's Repentance

Patience is pale cold cowardice in noble breasts.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Richard II

I believe there is no other difference between those who are called courageous and those who are branded craven than that the second are fearful before the danger and the first after it. No one can be much frightened, certainly, during a period of great and immanent peril -- the mind is too much concentrated on the thing itself, and on the actions necessary to meet or avoid it. The coward is a coward, then, because he has brought his fear with him; persons we think cowardly will sometimes amaze us by their bravery, if they have had no forewarning of their danger.

GENE WOLFE, The Claw of the Conciliator

There is always a philosophy for lack of courage.

ALBERT CAMUS, Notebooks

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.

HERODOTUS, The Histories

Of cowards no history is written.

ENGLISH PROVERB

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.

SYRUS, Maxims

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.

ENGLISH PROVERB

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.

JOSE RIZAL, Touch Me Not

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.

PHAEDRUS, Fables

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.

SPIKE MILLIGAN, Puckoon

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


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