Quotes About Cowardice

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J.R.R. Tolkien
“A man that flies from his fear may find that he has only taken a short cut to meet it.”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Children of Húrin

William Shakespeare
“Our doubts are traitors,
and make us lose the good we oft might win,
by fearing to attempt.”
William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure

Charles Dickens
“In a word, I was too cowardly to do what I knew to be right, as I had been too cowardly to avoid doing what I knew to be wrong.”
Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

Patrick Ness
“To say you have no choice is to relieve yourself of responsibility.”
Patrick Ness, Monsters of Men

Mahatma Gandhi
“A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave.”
Mahatma Gandhi

George Bernard Shaw
“Hatred is the coward's revenge for being intimidated.”
George Bernard Shaw

Ayaan Hirsi Ali
“Tolerance of intolerance is cowardice.”
Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Jim Butcher
“But the only way never to do the wrong thing is never to do anything.”
Jim Butcher, White Night

Umberto Eco
“The real hero is always a hero by mistake; he dreams of being an honest coward like everybody else.”
Umberto Eco, Travels in Hyperreality

James Crumley
“Son, never trust a man who doesn’t drink because he’s probably a self-righteous sort, a man who thinks he knows right from wrong all the time. Some of them are good men, but in the name of goodness, they cause most of the suffering in the world. They’re the judges, the meddlers. And, son, never trust a man who drinks but refuses to get drunk. They’re usually afraid of something deep down inside, either that they’re a coward or a fool or mean and violent. You can’t trust a man who’s afraid of himself. But sometimes, son, you can trust a man who occasionally kneels before a toilet. The chances are that he is learning something about humility and his natural human foolishness, about how to survive himself. It’s damned hard for a man to take himself too seriously when he’s heaving his guts into a dirty toilet bowl.”
James Crumley

Fernando Pessoa
“I'm astounded whenever I finish something. Astounded and distressed. My perfectionist instinct should inhibit me from finishing: it should inhibit me from even beginning. But I get distracted and start doing something. What I achieve is not the product of an act of my will but of my will's surrender. I begin because I don't have the strength to think; I finish because I don't have the courage to quit. This book is my cowardice.”
Fernando Pessoa

Diana Wynne Jones
“So you were going to rescue the Prince! Why did you pretend to run away? To deceive the Witch?"

"Not likely! I'm a coward. Only way I can do something this frightening is to tell myself I'm not doing it!”
Diana Wynne Jones, Howl's Moving Castle

William Francis Butler
“The nation that will insist on drawing a broad line of demarcation between the fighting man and the thinking man is liable to find its fighting done by fools and its thinking done by cowards.”
William Francis Butler

Cormac McCarthy
“Long before morning I knew that what I was seeking to discover was a thing I'd always known. That all courage was a form of constancy. That it is always himself that the coward abandoned first. After this all other betrayals come easily.”
Cormac McCarthy, All the Pretty Horses

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
“It may...be judged indecent in me to come forward on this occasion; but when I see a fellow-creature about to perish through the cowardice of her pretended friends, I wish to be allowed to speak, that I may say what I know of her character.”
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Frankenstein

Mark  Lawrence
“Cowards make the best torturers. Cowards understand fear and they can use it.”
Mark Lawrence, Prince of Thorns

Veronica Roth
“We believe that preparation eradicates cowardice, which we define as the failure to act in the midst of fear.”
Veronica Roth

Scylar Tyberius
“Haters and bullies are always cowards, you know. They like to pick on little guys.”
Scylar Tyberius, Sebastian the Great

Oscar Wilde
“Conscience and cowardice are really the same things, Basil. Conscience is the trade-name of the firm. That is all.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Mickey Mantle
“A team is where a boy can prove his courage on his own. A gang is where a coward goes to hide.”
Mickey Mantle

Immanuel Kant
“Laziness and cowardice are the reasons why so great a portion of mankind, after nature has long since discharged them from external direction (naturaliter maiorennes), nevertheless remains under lifelong tutelage, and why it is so easy for others to set themselves up as their guardians. It is so easy not to be of age. If I have a book which understands for me, a pastor who has a conscience for me, a physician who decides my diet, and so forth, I need not trouble myself. I need not think, if I can only pay - others will easily undertake the irksome work for me.

That the step to competence is held to be very dangerous by the far greater portion of mankind...”
Immanuel Kant, An Answer to the Question: What Is Enlightenment?

André Gide
“Fear of ridicule begets the worst cowardice.”
André Gide

Dean Koontz
“In self-defense and in defense of the innocent, cowardice is the only sin.”
Dean Koontz

Christopher Paolini
“If you don't make a few ememies now and then, you're a coward-or worse. Besides, it as worth it to see his reaction. Oh, he was angry!
- Angela to Eragon”
Christopher Paolini, Inheritance

José Rizal
“Cowardice rightly understood begins with selfishness and ends with shame.”
José Rizal, Noli Me Tángere

Gustave Flaubert
“He had carefully avoided her out of the natural cowardice that characterizes the stronger sex.”
Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary

Khaled Hosseini
“You're gutless. It's how you were made. And that's not such a bad thing because your saving grace is that you've never lied to yourself about it. Not about that. Nothing wrong with cowardice as long as it comes with prudence. But when a coward stops remembering who he is... God help him.”
Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

Brooke Foss Westcott
“Great occasions do not make heroes or cowards; they simply unveil them to the eyes of men. Silently and perceptibly, as we wake or sleep, we grow strong or weak; and last some crisis shows what we have become. ”
Brooke Foss Westcott

Thomas Fuller
“Some have been thought brave because they were afraid to run away.”
Thomas Fuller

Jeannette Walls
“That was the thing to remember about all monsters, They love to frighten
people, but the minute you stare them down, they turn tail and run.”
Jeannette Walls

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