Timidity Quotes

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William Shakespeare
“The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves.”
William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar

Theodore Roosevelt
“It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.”
Theodore Roosevelt

Oscar Wilde
“Nowadays most people die of a sort of creeping common sense, and discover when it is too late that the only things one never regrets are one's mistakes.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Theodore Roosevelt
“The only man who never makes mistakes is the man who never does anything.”
Theodore Roosevelt

Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Don't be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Journals of Ralph Waldo Emerson, with Annotations - 1841-1844

Vincent van Gogh
“What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?”
Vincent Van Gogh

Ellen Hopkins
“Taking no chances means wasting your dreams..”
Ellen Hopkins, Crank

Eleanor Roosevelt
“What could we accomplish if we knew we could not fail?”
Eleanor Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt
“Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.”
Theodore Roosevelt, Strenuous Life

Jim Rohn
“The worst thing one can do is not to try, to be aware of what one wants and not give in to it, to spend years in silent hurt wondering if something could have materialized - never knowing.”
Jim Rohn

Neil Gaiman
“If you dare nothing,
then when the day is over,
nothing is all you will have gained.”
Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book

Maya Angelou
“I believe most plain girls are virtuous because of the scarcity of opportunity to be otherwise.”
Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Erica Jong
“And the trouble is, if you don't risk anything, you risk even more.”
Erica Jong

Theodore Roosevelt
“We despise and abhor the bully, the brawler, the oppressor, whether in private or public life, but we despise no less the coward and the voluptuary. No man is worth calling a man who will not fight rather than submit to infamy or see those that are dear to him suffer wrong.”
Theodore Roosevelt

Leo F. Buscaglia
“To laugh is to risk appearing a fool.
To weep is to risk appearing sentimental.
To reach out to another is to risk involvement.
To expose feelings is to risk exposing your true self.
To place your ideas and dreams before a crowd is to risk their loss.
To love is to risk not being loved in return.
To hope is to risk pain.
To try is to risk failure.
But risks must be taken, because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.”
Leo F. Buscaglia

Giacomo Casanova
“one who makes no mistakes makes nothing”
Giacomo Casanova

Tacitus
“Great empires are not maintained by timidity.”
Tacitus

Erica Jong
“The trouble is, if you don't risk anything, you risk even more.”
Erica Jong

Iveta Cherneva
“Only those who play win. Only those who risk win. History favors risk-takers. Forgets the timid. Everything else is commentary.”
Iveta Cherneva

Lord Byron
“A timid mind is apt to mistake every scratch for a mortal wound.”
George Gordon Byron

“Sometimes when the Spirit of God was striving and calling so plainly, I would yield and say, 'Yes, Lord; I will go.' The glory of God came upon me like a cloud, and I seemed to be carried away hundreds of miles and set down in a field of wheat, where the sheaves were falling all around me. I was filled with zeal and power, and felt as if I could stand before the whole world and plead with dying sinners. It seemed to me that I must leave all and go at once. Then Satan would come in like a flood and say, 'You would look nice preaching, being a gazing-stock for the people to make sport of. You know you could not do it.'

Then I would think of my weakness and say, 'No; of course I cannot do it.' Then I would be in darkness and despair. I wanted to run away from God, or I wished I could die; but when I began to look at the matter in this way, that God knew all about me, and was able and willing to qualify me for the work, I asked Him to qualify me for the work. I ASKED HIM TO QUALIFY ME.”
Maria Woodworth-Etter

Sarah Pekkanen
“Sometimes following the path that looked the safest was what led to the most hurt...”
Sarah Pekkanen, Skipping a Beat

Walter de la Mare
“An hour's terror is better than a lifetime of timidity.”
Walter de la Mare, The Return

T.S. Eliot
“To country people Cows are mild,
And flee from any stick they throw;
But I’m a timid town bred child,
And all the cattle seem to know.”
T. S. Eliot

Jeanette Winterson
“You had once asked me if I was afraid of death.

I said I was afraid of not living.

I don’t want to eke out my life like a resource in short supply. The only selfish life is a timid one. To hold back, to withdraw, to keep the best in reserve, both overvalues the self, and undervalues what the self is.”
Jeanette Winterson, The Powerbook

Ann Patchett
“Questions are for the benefit of every student, not just the one raising his hand. If you don't have the starch to stand up in class and admit what you don't understand, then I don't have the time to explain it to you. If you don't have a policy against nonsense you can wind up with a dozen timid little rabbits lined up in the hall outside your office, all waiting to whisper the same imbecilic question in your ear.”
Ann Patchett, State of Wonder

“Timidity is static, expressiveness is progression.”
Wisdom Kwashie Mensah

Sinclair Lewis
“The tyranny of this dictatorship isn't primarily the fault of Big Business, nor of the demagogues who do their dirty work. It's the fault of Doremus Jessup! Of all the conscientious, respectable, lazy-minded Doremus Jessups who have let the demagogues wriggle in, without fierce enough protest.

"A few months ago I thought the slaughter of the Civil War, and the agitation of the violent Abolitionists who helped bring it on, were evil. But possibly they had to be violent, because easy-going citizens like me couldn't be stirred up otherwise. If our grandfathers had had the alertness and courage to see the evils of slavery and of a government conducted by gentlemen for gentlemen only, there wouldn't have been any need of agitators and war and blood.

"It's my sort, the Responsible Citizens who've felt ourselves superior because we've been well-to-do and what we thought was 'educated,' who brought on the Civil War, the French Revolution, and now the Fascist Dictatorship. It's I who murdered Rabbi de Verez. It's I who persecuted the Jews and the Negroes. I can blame no Aras Dilley, no Shad Ledue, no Buzz Windrip, but only my own timid soul and drowsy mind. Forgive, O Lord!

"Is it too late?”
Sinclair Lewis, It Can't Happen Here

“In our part of the world, being assertive and confident it is interpreted as being arrogant. Timidity is humility to us. Society have a way of cowarding us into silence. Hence limiting our potential as a people.”
Nurudeen Ushawu

“Timid
Predator
lurks
Deep in
shadows,
never
Tracked
as a
shadow
it flees
every step
taken
in its
direction.
It is fear.
It is nothing.
I am fearless.”
Jamie McIntosh

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