Quotations About / On:
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).)
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.)
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).)
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).)
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).)
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).)
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).)
There can be a fundamental gulf of gracelessness in a human heart which neither our love nor our courage can bridge.
(Patrick, Mrs. Campbell (1865-1940), British actor. My Life and Some Letters, ch. 19 (1922).
Birth name is Beatrice Stella Tanner.)
Insolent youth rides, now, in the whirlwind. For those modern iconoclasts who are without culture possess, apparently, all the courage.
(Ellen Glasgow (1873-1945), U.S. novelist. The Woman Within, ch. 12 (1954).
Written in 1944, of the "New South." Glasgow had grown up in the more traditional Southern ambience of late-nineteenth-century Virginia.)
That way of life against which my generation rebelled had given us grim courage, fortitude, self-discipline, a sense of individual responsibility, and a capacity for relentless hard work.
(Rose Wilder Lane (1886-1968), U.S. author. As quoted in The Ghost in the Little House, ch. 2, by William V. Holtz (1993).
Written in 1935.)