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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 ]

That courage which arises from the sense of our duty, and from the fear of offending Him that made us, acts always in a uniform manner, and according to the dictates of right reason.
      - Joseph Addison

His resolve is not to seem the bravest, but to be.
      - Aeschylus

A brave man is clear in his discourse, and keeps close to truth.
      - Aristotle

The brave man, indeed, calls himself lord of the land, through his iron, through his blood.
  [Ger., Zwar der Tapfere nennt sich Herr der Lander
    Durch sein Eisen, durch sein Blut.]
      - Ernst Moritz Arndt, Lehre an den Menschen
         (5)

I know not how, but martial men are given to love. I think it is but as they are given to wine; for perils commonly ask to be paid in pleasures.
      - Francis Bacon

Song of the brave, how thrills thy tone
  As when the Organ's music rolls;
    No gold rewards, but song alone,
      The deeds of great and noble souls.
        [Ger., Hoch klingt das Lied vom braven Mann,
          Wie Orgelton und Glockenklang;
            Wer hohes Muths sich ruhmen kann
              Den lohnt nicht Gold, den lohnt Gesang.]
      - Gottfried Augustus Burger,
        Lied von Braven Mann

The truly brave are soft of heart and eyes, and feel for what their duty bids them do.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

Brave men were living before Agamemnon.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Don Juan (canto I, st. 5)

The truly brave,
  When they behold the brave oppressed with odds,
    Are touched with a desire to shield and save:--
      A mixture of wild beasts and demi-gods
        Are they--now furious as the sweeping wave,
          Now moved with pity; even as sometimes nods
            The rugged tree unto the summer wind,
              Compassion breathes along the savage mind.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Don Juan (canto VIII, st. 106)

Tell a man he is brave, and you help him to become so.
      - Thomas Carlyle

At the bottom of a good deal of the bravery that appears in the world there lurks a miserable cowardice. Men will face powder and steel because they cannot face public opinion.
      - Edwin Hubbell Chapin

Bravery is a cheap and vulgar quality, of which the brightest instances are frequently found in the lowest savage.
      - Paul Chatfield (a/k/a Horace Smith)

Brave men are all vertebrates; they have their softness on the surface and their toughness in the middle.
      - Gilbert Keith Chesterton

It is besides necessary that whoever is brave should be a man of great soul.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

No man can be brave who thinks pain the greatest evil; nor temperate, who considers pleasure the highest god.
  [Lat., Fortis vero, dolorem summum malum judicans; aut temperans, voluptatem summum bonum statuens, esse certe nullo modo potest.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        De Officiis (I, 2)

How sleep the brave, who sink to rest,
  By all their country's wishes blest!
    . . . .
      By fairy hands their knell is rung,
        By forms unseen their dirge is sung.
      - William Collins, Ode, written in 1746

Courage is incompatible with the fear of death; but every villain fears death; therefore, no villain can be brave. He may, indeed, possess the courage of the rat, and fight with desperation when driven into a corner. * * * * * yet the glare of a courage thus elicited by danger, where fear conquers fear, is not to be compared to that calm sunshine which constantly cheers and illuminates the breast of him, who builds his confidence on virtuous principles.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Brave men are brave from the very first.
  [Fr., Les hommes valeureux le sont au premier coup.]
      - Pierre Corneille, Le Cid (II, 3)

Toil for the brave!
  The brave that are no more.
      - William Cowper,
        On the Loss of the Royal George

We come to know best what men are, in their worse jeopardies.
      - Samuel Daniel

Nature often enshrines gallant and noble hearts in weak bosoms--oftenest, God bless her!--in female breasts.
      - Charles Dickens

The bravest men are subject most to chance.
      - John Dryden

The god-like hero sate
  On his imperial throne:
    His valiant peers were placed around,
      Their brows with roses and with myrtles bound
        (So should desert in arms be crowned).
          The lovely Thais by his side,
            Sate like a blooming Eastern bride
              In flower of youth and beauty's pride.
                Happy, happy, happy pair!
                  None but the brave,
                    None but the brave,
                      None but the brave deserve the fair.
      - John Dryden, Alexander's Feast (st. 1)

The brave man seeks not popular applause,
  Nor, overpower'd with arms, deserts his cause;
    Unsham'd, though foil'd, he does the best he can,
      Force is of brutes, but honor is of man.
      - John Dryden, Palamon and Arcite
         (bk. III, l. 2015)

People glorify all sorts of bravery except the bravery they might show on behalf of their nearest neighbors.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross)


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