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VALOR
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[ Also see Audacity Boldness Bravery Chivalry Courage Cowardice Daring Fortitude Heroes Heroism Rashness Recklessness Soldiers War ]

Valor would cease to be a virtue, if there were no injustice.
      - Agesilaus, the Great

The Spartans do not inquire how many the enemy are, but where they are.
      - Agis II

Glorious men are the scorn of wise men, the admiration of fools, the idols of parasites, and the slaves of their own vaunts.
      - Francis Bacon

It is said of untrue valor that some men's valors are in the eyes of them that look on.
      - Francis Bacon

Let me die facing the enemy.
      - Chevalier Pierre du Terrail Bayard

Discretion, the best part of valor.
      - Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher

It is a brave act of valor to contemn death; but where life is more terrible than death, it is then the truest valor to dare to live.
      - Sir Thomas Browne

But where life is more terrible than death, it is then the truest valour to dare to live.
      - Sir Thomas Browne, Religio Medici
         (pt. XLIV)

The mean of true valor lies between the extremes of cowardice and rashness.
      - Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra)

He who has resolved to conquer or die is seldom conquered; such noble despair perishes with difficulty.
      - Pierre Corneille

The fight of Balaklava--that was a feat of chivalry, fiery with consummate courage and bright with flashing valor.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

How strangely high endeavors may be blessed, where piety and valor jointly go.
      - John Dryden

Those who believe that the praises which arise from valor are superior to those which proceed from any other virtues have not considered.
      - John Dryden

There is always safety in valor.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson,
        English Traits--The Times

Valor consists in the power of self-recovery.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essays--Circles

I love the man that is modestly valiant; that stirs not till he most needs, and then to purpose. A continued patience I commend not.
      - Owen Felltham (Feltham)

A sad, wise valor is the brave complexion.
      - George Herbert

A valiant man
  Ought not to undergo, or tempt a danger,
    But worthily, and by selected ways,
      He undertakes with reason, not by chance.
        His valor is the salt t' his other virtues,
          They're all unseason'd without it.
      - Ben Jonson, New Inn (act IV, sc. 3)

No man can answer for his own valor or courage till he has been in danger.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Perfect valor is to do unwitnessed what we should be capable of doing before all the world.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

The love of glory, the fear of shame, the design of making a fortune, the desire of rendering life easy and agreeable, and the humor of pulling down other people, are often the causes of that valor so celebrated among men.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

He was spurred on by rival valor.
  [Lat., Stimulos dedit aemula virtus.]
      - Lucanus (Marcus Annaeus Lucan), Pharsalia
         (I, 120)

In vain doth valour bleed,
  While Avarice and Rapine share the land.
      - John Milton,
        Sonnet--To the Lord General Fairfax

Valor is stability, not of arms and of legs, but of courage and the soul.
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

Distressed valor challenges great respect, even from enemies.
      - Plutarch


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