Quotations About / On: COURAGE

  • 11.
    Unless a reviewer has the courage to give you unqualified praise, I say ignore the bastard.
    (John Steinbeck (1902-1968), U.S. author. Quoted in J.K. Galbraith, The Affluent Society, 1977 edition, introduction (1977). Remark describing Galbraith's chance meeting with Steinbeck in an airport lobby, when both were reading a hostile review of Galbraith's book following its first publication in 1958.)
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  • 12.
    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).)
  • 13.
    Either life entails courage, or it ceases to be life.
    (E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. Pharos and Pharillon, "The Poetry of C.P. Cavafy," in the Pharillon section (1923).)
  • 14.
    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).)
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  • 15.
    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).)
  • 16.
    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).)
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  • 17.
    Courage is a mean with regard to fear and confidence.
    (Aristotle (384-323 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Nicomachean Ethics 3.6; 1115a6-7, trans. by Ross-Urmson, The Complete Works of Aristotle, ed. Jonathan Barnes, Princeton, Princeton University Press (1985).)
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  • 18.
    Even the bravest among us rarely possesses the courage for what he really knows.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 6, p. 59, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Twilight of the Idols, "Maxims and Arrows," section 2 (prepared for publication 1888, published 1889).)
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  • 19.
    Life is not meant to be easy, my child; but take courage: it can be delightful.
    (George Bernard Shaw (20th century), Irish playwright and author. Back to Methuselah, pt. 5 (1921).)
  • 20.
    A man of great common sense and good taste—meaning thereby a man without originality or moral courage.
    (George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. "Notes: Julius Caesar," Caesar and Cleopatra (1906).)
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