Men disappoint me so, I disappoint myself so, yet courage, patience, shuffle the cards ...
(Margaret Fuller (1810-1850), U.S. author, literary critic, journalist. letter, February 21, 1841, to Rev. W.H. Channing, quoted in Margaret Fuller Ossoli, p. 112, Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Houghton, Mifflin and Co., Boston (1898).)
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.)
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).)
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).)