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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 ]

Brave deeds are most estimable when hidden.
      - Blaise Pascal

Brave deeds are wasted when hidden.
      - Blaise Pascal

Physical bravery is an animal instinct; moral bravery is a much higher and truer courage.
      - Wendell Phillips

Cato the elder, when somebody was praising a man for his foolhardy bravery, said "that there was an essential difference between a really brave man and one who had merely a contempt for life."
      - Plutarch

Who combats bravely is not therefore brave:
  He dreads a death-bed like the meanest slave.
      - Alexander Pope, Moral Essays
         (epistle I, l. 115)

Brave men do not boast nor bluster. Deeds, not words, speak for such.
      - Antoine de Rivarol, Comte de Rivarol

God helps the brave.
  [Ger., Dem Muthigen hilft Gott.]
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller,
        Wilhelm Tell (I, 2, 132)

Come one, come all! this rock shall fly
  From its firm base, as soon as I.
      - Sir Walter Scott, The Lady of the Lake
         (canto V, st. 10)

Fight valiantly to-day; and yet I do thee wrong to mind thee of it, for thou art framed of the firm truth of valor.
      - William Shakespeare

He is not worthy of the honeycomb
  That shuns the hive because the bees have stings.
      - William Shakespeare

That's a valiant flea that dares eat his breakfast on the lip of a lion.
      - William Shakespeare

There is no love-broker in the world can more prevail in man's commendation with woman than report of valor.
      - William Shakespeare

What valor were it, when a cur doth grin, for one to thrust his hand between his teeth, when he might spurn him with his foot away?
      - William Shakespeare

What's brave, what's noble,
  Let's do it after the high Roman fashion,
    And make death proud to take us.
      - William Shakespeare

He did look far
  Into the service of the time, and was
    Discipled of the bravest. He lasted long,
      But on us both did haggish age steal on,
        And wore us out of act.
      - William Shakespeare,
        All's Well That Ends Well
         (King of France at I, ii)

Good sirs, take heart:
  We'll bury him; and, then, what's brave, what's noble,
    Let's do't after the high Roman fashion,
      And make death proud to take us.
      - William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra
         (Cleopatra at IV, xv)

A true knight is fuller of gay bravery in the midst than in the beginning of danger.
      - Sir Philip Sidney (Sydney)

True bravery is quiet, undemonstrative.
      - Sir Philip Sidney (Sydney)

A brave soul is a thing which all things serve.
      - Alexander Smith

What will not woman, gentle woman, dare when strong affection stirs her spirit up?
      - Robert Southey

The best hearts, Trim, are ever the bravest, replied my uncle Toby.
      - Laurence Sterne

The brave and bold persist even against fortune; the timid and cowardly rush to despair through fear alone.
  [Lat., Fortes et strenuos etiam contra fortunam insistere, timidos et ignoros ad desperationem formidine properare.]
      - Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus), Annales
         (II, 46)

Fortune favors the brave.
  [Lat., Fortes fortuna adjuvat.]
      - Terence (Publius Terentius Afer), Phormio
         (I, 4, 20)

Bravery never goes out of fashion.
      - William Makepeace Thackeray,
        Four Georges--George Second

'Tis late before the brave despair.
      - James Thomson (1)


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