Gene Wolfe

“But I believe there is no difference between those who are called courageous and those who are branded craven than that the second are fearful before the danger and the first after it. The coward is a coward, then, because he has brought his fear with him; persons we think cowardly will sometimes amaze us by their bravery, if they have had no forewarning of their danger.”

Gene Wolfe, The Claw of the Conciliator
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The Claw of the Conciliator (The Book of the New Sun #2) The Claw of the Conciliator by Gene Wolfe
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