Quotations About / On:
Fear hurries on my tongue through want of courage.
(Aeschylus (525-456 B.C.), Greek tragedian. The Seven Against Thebes, l. 259.)
I'll know how to die with courage; that is easier than living.
(Georg Büchner (1813-1837), German dramatist, revolutionary. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Danton's Death, act II (1835).
Danton during his trial.)
Courage overrides self-doubt, but does not end it.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Eleventh Selection, New York (1993).)
Until the day of his death, no man can be sure of his courage.
(Jean Anouilh (1910-1987), French playwright. Thomas à Becket, in Becket, act 1.)
Courage without conscience is a wild beast.
(Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899), U.S. lawyer, orator. Speech, May 29, 1882, New York City.)
Nothing gives a fearful man more courage than another's fear.
(Umberto Eco (b. 1932), Italian semiologist, novelist. "Third Day: After Compline," The Name of the Rose (1980, trans. 1983).)
It takes a certain courage and a certain greatness to be truly base.
(Jean Anouilh (1910-1987), French playwright. Le Générale, in Ardèle, act 1.)
Every day begins with an act of courage and hope: getting out of bed.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, New York (1984).)
Simulated disorder postulates perfect discipline; simulated fear postulates courage; simulated weakness postulates strength.
(Sun Tzu (6th-5th century B.C.), Chinese general. The Art of War, ch. 5, axiom 17 (c. 490 B.C.), ed. James Clavell (1981).
The translator of this edition, Lionel Giles, added the explanatory note: "If you wish to feign confusion in order to lure the enemy on, you must first have perfect discipline; if you wish to display timidity in order to entrap the enemy, you must have extreme courage; if you wish to parade your weakness in order to make the enemy over- confident, you must have exceeding strength.")
Patience, that blending of moral courage with physical timidity.
(Thomas Hardy (1840-1928), British novelist, poet. Tess of the D'Urbervilles, ch. 43 (1891).)