Quotations About / On: COURAGE

  • 31.
    The courage of a soldier is found to be the cheapest and most common quality of human nature.
    (Edward Gibbon (1737-1794), British historian. The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, vol. 3, ch. 26 (1776-1788).)
  • 32.
    It takes physical courage to indulge in wickedness. The "good" are too cowardly to do it.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 13, p. 478, selection 15[118], eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Unpublished fragments dating to Spring 1888, "Maxims of a Hyperborean." Recorded among other epigrammatic commentaries later published in the section on "Maxims and Arrows" in Twilight of the Idols (1888).)
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  • 33.
    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.)
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  • 34.
    Courage overrides self-doubt, but does not end it.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Eleventh Selection, New York (1993).)
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  • 35.
    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.)
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  • 36.
    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).)
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  • 37.
    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.)
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  • 38.
    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).)
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  • 39.
    Patience, that blending of moral courage with physical timidity.
    (Thomas Hardy (1840-1928), British novelist, poet. Tess of the D'Urbervilles, ch. 43 (1891).)
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  • 40.
    The society of the energetic class, in their friendly and festive meetings, is full of courage, and of attempts, which intimidate the pale scholar.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Manners," Essays, Second Series (1844).)
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