Quotations About / On: COURAGE
... 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.)
One has to have the courage of one's pessimism.
(Ian McEwan (b. 1948), British author. Guardian (London, May 26, 1983).)
Fear hurries on my tongue through want of courage.
(Aeschylus (525-456 B.C.), Greek tragedian. The Seven Against Thebes, l. 259.)
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.)
Courage overrides self-doubt, but does not end it.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Eleventh Selection, New York (1993).)
Until the day of his death, no man can be sure of his courage.
(Jean Anouilh (1910-1987), French playwright. Thomas à Becket, in Becket, act 1.)
Courage without conscience is a wild beast.
(Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899), U.S. lawyer, orator. Speech, May 29, 1882, New York City.)
Nothing gives a fearful man more courage than another's fear.
(Umberto Eco (b. 1932), Italian semiologist, novelist. "Third Day: After Compline," The Name of the Rose (1980, trans. 1983).)
It takes a certain courage and a certain greatness to be truly base.
(Jean Anouilh (1910-1987), French playwright. Le Générale, in Ardèle, act 1.)
Every day begins with an act of courage and hope: getting out of bed.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, New York (1984).)