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TIMIDITY
[ Also see Diffidence ]

An ounce of courage will go farther with women than a pound of timidity.
      - Honore de Balzac

Silent when glad; affectionate, though shy.
      - James Beattie

A woman is seldom merciful to the man who is timid.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

Women do not fancy timid men.
      - Dorothee DeLuzy

Bestow, base man, thy idle threats elsewhere; my mother's daughter knows not how to fear.
      - John Dryden

Love is frightened at the intervals of insensibility and callousness that encroach by little and little on the domain of grief, and it makes efforts to recall the keenness of the first anguish.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross)

Until every good man is brave, we must expect to find many good women timid--too timid even to believe in the correctness of their own best promptings, when these would place them in a minority.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross)

A thousand fears still overawe when she appears.
      - George Granville, Lord Landsdowne

Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the boisterous sea of liberty.
      - Thomas Jefferson

Women, somehow, have the same fear of witty men as of fireworks.
      - Douglas William Jerrold

Presumption will be easily corrected; but timidity is a disease of the mind more obstinate and fatal.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Timidity challenges the scorn of women.
      - Massias

No woman dares express all she thinks.
      - Jean-Antoine Petit-Senn

Looks that asked, yet dared not hope relief.
      - Samuel Rogers

That mute eloquence which passeth speech.
      - Samuel Rogers

Death of thy soul! those linen cheeks of thine are counsellors to fear.
      - William Shakespeare

One with more of soul in his face than words on his tongue.
      - William Wordsworth


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