Quotations About / On:
The courage of a soldier is found to be the cheapest and most common quality of human nature.
(Edward Gibbon (1737-1794), British historian. The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, vol. 3, ch. 26 (1776-1788).)
It takes physical courage to indulge in wickedness. The "good" are too cowardly to do it.
(Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 13, p. 478, selection 15, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Unpublished fragments dating to Spring 1888, "Maxims of a Hyperborean."
Recorded among other epigrammatic commentaries later published in the section on "Maxims and Arrows" in Twilight of the Idols (1888).)
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.)
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).)
Patience, that blending of moral courage with physical timidity.
(Thomas Hardy (1840-1928), British novelist, poet. Tess of the D'Urbervilles, ch. 43 (1891).)
The society of the energetic class, in their friendly and festive meetings, is full of courage, and of attempts, which intimidate the pale scholar.
(Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Manners," Essays, Second Series (1844).)