Cowardice Quotes

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Cowards can never be moral.
Cowardice is the mother of cruelty.


A coward meets his fate in his own hideout.
Where there is no danger, cowards are bold.
The coward regards himself as cautious, the miser as thrifty.


To know what is right and not to do it is the worst cowardice.


Cynicism is a form of cowardice, a failure of courage to hope.


The difference between a hero and a coward is one step sideways.


Coward, n.  One who in a perilous emergency thinks with his legs.
Optimism and self-pity are the positive and negative poles of modern cowardice.


There are several good protections against temptation, but the surest is cowardice.


When we say of people what we would not say to them, we are either liars or cowards.
Cowards die many times before their deaths
The valiant never taste of death but once.
Nothing makes us more cowardly and unconscionable than the desire to be loved by everyone.
Courage is often lack of insight, whereas cowardice in many cases is based on good information.

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It was always himself that the coward abandoned first.  After this all other betrayals came easily.
The human race is a race of cowards; and I am not only marching in that procession but carrying a banner.
Every right-minded man utterly despises a coward in private life.  Cowardice is the unpardonable sin in a man.
The most mortifying infirmity in human nature, to feel in ourselves, or to contemplate in another, is, perhaps, cowardice.
Cowardice, as distinguished from panic, is almost always simply a lack of ability to suspend the functioning of the imagination.
Cowardice and courage are never without a measure of affectation. Nor is love. Feelings are never true. They play with their mirrors.

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Man gives every reason for his conduct save one, every excuse for his crimes save one, every plea for his safety save one; and that one is his cowardice.
Courage and cowardice are antithetical.  Courage is an inner resolution to go forward in spite of obstacles and frightening situations; cowardice is a submissive surrender to circumstance.

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It is the fear of being called a coward that makes most men courageous in a crisis; but real courage, which is rare, consists in doing what you know is right, regardless of what men may call you.

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All is in a man's hands and he lets it all slip from cowardice, that's an axiom.  It would be interesting to know what it is men are most afraid of.  Taking a new step, uttering a new word is what they fear most.


Complete courage and absolute cowardice are extremes that very few men fall into. The vast middle space contains all the intermediate kinds and degrees of courage; and these differ as much from one another as men's faces or their humors do.

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