Quotations About / On:
It is stupidity rather than courage to refuse to recognize danger when it is close upon you.
(Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930), British author. Sherlock Holmes, in "The Final Problem," The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (1892).)
So the brother in black offers to these United States the source of courage that endures, and laughter.
(Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960), African-American novelist, short story writer, folklorist, playwright and anthropologist. High John de Conquer, American Mercury (1943).)
Courage, determination, and hard work are all very nice, but not so nice as an oil well in the back yard.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Second Selection, New York (1985).)
Perfect courage is to do without witnesses what one would be capable of doing with the world looking on.
(François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. Sentences et Maximes Morales, no. 216 (1678).)
I always disliked dogs, those protectors of cowards who lack the courage to fight an assailant themselves.
(J. August Strindberg (1849-1912), Swedish dramatist, novelist, poet. A Madman's Defense, pt. 3, ch. 1 (1968).)
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.)
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).)
A man of great common sense and good tastemeaning thereby a man without originality or moral courage.
(George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. "Notes: Julius Caesar," Caesar and Cleopatra (1906).)
You lack the courage to be consumed in flames and to become ashes: so you will never become new, and never young again!
(Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 10, p. 192, selection 5, number 45, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Unpublished fragments dating to November 1882February 1883.
Originally meant to be attributed to Zarathustra in Thus Spoke Zarathustra.)
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).)