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.
    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).)
  • 13.
    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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  • 14.
    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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  • 15.
    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).)
  • 16.
    Party honesty is party duty, and party courage is party expediency.
    (Grover Cleveland (1837-1908), U.S. president. Horace Samuel Merrill, Bourbon Leader: Grover Cleveland and the Democratic Party, ch. 7 (1957).)
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  • 17.
    ... fiction never exceeds the reach of the writer's courage.
    (Dorothy Allison (b. 1949), U.S. author and lesbian feminist. Skin, ch. 22 (1994). Allison wrote novels and short stories, as well as poetry and essays.)
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  • 18.
    One has to have the courage of one's pessimism.
    (Ian McEwan (b. 1948), British author. Guardian (London, May 26, 1983).)
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  • 19.
    Fear hurries on my tongue through want of courage.
    (Aeschylus (525-456 B.C.), Greek tragedian. The Seven Against Thebes, l. 259.)
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  • 20.
    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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