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BRAVERY
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[ Also see Audacity Boldness Character Courage Cowardice Danger Daring Fear Fortitude Heroes Navy Nerve Soldiers Valor War ]

Then rush'd to meet the insulting foe;
  They took the spear, but left the shield.
      - Philip Morin Freneau,
        To the Memory of the Brave Americans who fell at Eulaw Springs

The brave
  Love mercy, and delight to save.
      - John Gay,
        Fable--The Lion, Tiger and Traveller
         (l. 33)

The heroic example of other days is in great part the source of the courage of each generation; and men walk up composedly to the most perilous enterprises, beckoned onward by the shades of the brave that were.
      - Sir Arthur Helps

Without a sign his sword the brave man draws,
  And asks no omen but his country's cause.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Iliad
         (bk. XII, l. 283), (Pope's translation)

O friends, be men; so act that none may feel
  Ashamed to meet the eyes of other men.
    Think each one of this children and his wife,
      His home, his parents, living yet and dead.
        For them, the absent ones, I supplicate,
          And bid you rally here, and scorn to fly.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Iliad
         (bk. XV, l. 843), (Bryant's translation)

In cold blood he leapt into burning Etna.
  [Lat., Ardentem frigidus Aetnam insiluit.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus),
        Ars Poetica

Many brave men lived before Agamemnon; but, all unwept and unknown, are lost in the distant night, since they are without a divine poet (to chronicle their deeds).
  [Lat., Vixere fortes ante Agamemnona
    Multi; sed omnes illacrimabiles
      Urguentur ignotique sacro.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Odes
         (bk. IV, IX, 25)

Bravery has no place where it can avail nothing.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Dare to do something worthy of transportation and a prison, if you mean to be anybody.
      - Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal)

Bravery is often too sharp a spur.
      - Louis Kossuth

The brave are parsimonious of threats.
      - Louis Kossuth

Women commiserate the brave, and men the beautiful.
      - Walter Savage Landor

The bravery founded upon the hope of recompense, upon the fear of punishment, upon the experience of success, upon rage, upon ignorance of dangers, is common bravery, and does not merit the name. True bravery proposes a just end, measures the dangers, and, if it is necessary, the affront, with coldness.
      - Francois de la Noue ("Bras de Fer")

Intrepidity is an extraordinary strength of soul, which raises it above the troubles, disorders and emotions which the sight of great perils can arouse in it; by this strength heroes maintain a calm aspect and preserve their reason and liberty in the most surprising and terrible accidents.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

True bravery is shown by performing without witness what one might be capable of doing before all the world!
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld, Maxims
         (216)

There's a brave fellow! There's a man of pluck!
  A man who's not afraid to say his say,
    Though a whole town's against him.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Christus
         (pt. III, John Endicott, act II, sc. 2)

Life may be given in many ways, and loyalty to truth be sealed as bravely in the closet as the field.
      - James Russell Lowell

'Tis more brave
  To live, than to die.
      - Lord Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton, 1st Earl of Lytton ("Owen Meredith"),
        Lucile (pt. I, canto VI, st. 11)

How well Horatius kept the bridge
  In the brave days of old.
      - Thomas Babington Macaulay,
        Lays of Ancient Rome--Horatius (70)

In adversity it is easy to despise life; he is truly brave who can endure a wretched life.
  [Lat., Rebus in angustis facile est contemnere vitam;
    Fortiter ille facit qui miser esse potest.]
      - Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis),
        Epigrams (XI, 56, 15)

Even cowards can endure hardship; only the brave can endure suspense.
      - Mignon McLaughlin

You can't be brave if you've only had wonderful things happen to you.
      - Mary Tyler Moore

Fortune and love favour the brave.
  [Lat., Audentum Forsque Venusque juvant.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Ars Amatoria
         (bk. I, 608)

The brave find a home in every land.
  [Lat., Omne solum forti patria est.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Fasti
         (I, 493)

God himself favors the brave.
  [Lat., Audentes deus ipse juvat.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Metamorphoses
         (X, 586)


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