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Quotations About / On: COURAGE

  • 41.
    That's what an army is—a mob; they don't fight with courage that's born in them, but with courage that's borrowed from their mass, and from their officers.
    (Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910), U.S. author. Colonel Sherburn, in Huckleberry Finn, ch. 22 (1884).)
  • 42.
    Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear—not absence of fear. Except a creature be part coward it is not a compliment to say it is brave; it is merely a loose application of the word. Consider the flea!—incomparably the bravest of all the creatures of God, if ignorance of fear were courage.
    (Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910), U.S. author. "Pudd'nhead Wilson's Calendar," ch. 12, Pudd'nhead Wilson (1894).)
  • 43.
    When an Indian is burned, his body may be broiled, it may be no more than a beefsteak. What of that? They may broil his heart, but they do not therefore broil his courage,—his principles. Be of good courage! That is the main thing.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Letter, December 19, 1854, to Harrison Blake, in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 6, p. 242, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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  • 44.
    He's nice enough not to want to be associated with a nasty remark but not nice enough not to make it. Lacking the courage of one's nastiness does not make one nice.
    (Michael Kinsley (b. 1951), U.S. journalist. Quoted in Time (New York, July 16, 1990).)
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  • 45.
    I have seen in the Halls of Congress more idealism, more humaneness, more compassion, more profiles of courage than in any other institution that I have ever known.
    (Hubert H. Humphrey (1911-1978), U.S. Democratic politician, vice president. Speech, June 6, 1965, Syracuse University, New York.)
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  • 46.
    None speak of the bravery, the might, or the intellect of Jesus; but the devil is always imagined as a being of acute intellect, political cunning, and the fiercest courage. These universal and instinctive tendencies of the human mind reveal much.
    (Lydia M. Child (1802-1880), U.S. abolitionist, writer, editor. letter, Jan. 1843. Letters from New York, vol. 1, letter 34 (1843).)
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  • 47.
    This soul, or life within us, by no means agrees with the life outside us. If one has the courage to ask her what she thinks, she is always saying the very opposite to what other people say.
    (Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), British novelist. "Montaigne," The Common Reader, First Series (1925).)
  • 48.
    The courage of a great many men, and the virtue of a great many women, are the effect of vanity, shame, and especially a suitable temperament.
    (François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 221 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).)
  • 49.
    Someone who is reluctant to say what he needs to say, often ends up doing so with an insolence whose crassness is proportionate to his fear, once he gathers the necessary courage.
    (Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Notebooks and Diaries (1811-1816).)
    More quotations from: Franz Grillparzer, courage, fear
  • 50.
    "Shall I tell you what you have that other men don't?.... It's the courage of your own tenderness."
    (D.H. (David Herbert) Lawrence (1885-1930), British author. Privately printed in Florence (1928). Lady Chatterley's Lover, ch. 14, Bantam Books (1980). Connie is speaking to Mellors.)
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