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Cowardice Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Cowardice

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The opposite of courage in our society
is not cowardice, it is conformity.
- Rollo May

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Cowardice asks the question - is it safe?
Expediency asks the question - is it politic?
Vanity asks the question - is it popular?
But conscience asks the question - is it right?
And there comes a time when one must take a position
that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular;
but one must take it BECAUSE it is right.
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Fear has its use but cowardice has none.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

There is a level of cowardice lower than that of the conformist:
the fashionable non-conformist.
- Ayn Rand

 

They tell us that suicide is the greatest piece of cowardice...
that suicide is wrong; when it is quite obvious that
there is nothing in the world to which every man has
a more unassailable title than to his own life and person.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

Valor lies just halfway between rashness and cowardice.
- Miguel de Cervantes

Fear has nothing to do with cowardice.
A fellow is only yellow when he lets his fear make him quit.
- Jerome Cady

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Courage stands halfway between cowardice and rashness,
one of which is a lack, the other an excess of courage.
- Plutarch

To be one's self, and unafraid whether right or wrong,
is more admirable than the easy cowardice of surrender to conformity.
- Irving Wallace

I hate liberality - nine times out of ten it is cowardice,
and the tenth time lack of principle.
- Henry Addington

Cowardice...
is almost always simply a lack of ability to suspend
functioning of the imagination.
- Ernest Hemingway

Falsehood is cowardice, the truth courage.
- Hosea Ballou

Humility is not cowardice.
Meekness is not weakness.
Humility and meekness are indeed spiritual powers.
- Swami Sivananda

A high heart ought to bear calamities and not flee them,
since in bearing them appears the grandeur of the mind
and in fleeing them the cowardice of the heart.
- Pietro Aretino

True valor lies between cowardice and rashness.
- Miguel de Cervantes

Courage enlarges, cowardice diminishes resources.
In desperate straits the fears of the timid aggravate
the dangers that imperil the brave.
- Christian Nestell Bovee

Moral cowardice that keeps us from speaking our minds
is as dangerous to this country as irresponsible talk.
- Margaret Chase Smith

Courage is often lack of insight, whereas cowardice
in many cases is based on good information.
- Peter Ustinov

To run away from trouble is a form of cowardice and,
while it is true that the suicide braves death,
he does it not for some noble object but to escape some ill.
- Aristotle

If pessimism is despair, optimism is cowardice and stupidity.
Is there any need to choose between them?
- Francis Parker Yockey

Patience has its limits.
Take it too far, and it's cowardice.
- George Jackson

The origin of the absurd idea of immortal life is easy to discover;
it is kept alive by hope and fear,
by childish faith, and by cowardice.
- Clarence Darrow

Humor is the most engaging cowardice.
- Robert Frost

Christians take Scriptures out of context to try to
justify or to vindicate retreat and cowardice.
- Randall Terry

Ah, yes, superstition: it would appear to be cowardice
in face of the supernatural.
- Theophrastus

I hate those men who would send into war youth to fight and die for them;
the pride and cowardice of those old men,
making their wars that boys must die.
- Mary Roberts Rinehart

God did not give you the spirit of cowardice.
- Joseph Barber Lightfoot

Humanitarianism is the expression of stupidity and cowardice.
- Adolf Hitler

The opposite for courage is not cowardice,
it is conformity.
Even a dead fish can go with the flow.
- Jim Hightower

The opposite of bravery is not cowardice but conformity.
- Robert Anthony

To see the right and not to do it is cowardice.
- Confucius

Cowardice and courage are never without a measure of affectation.
Nor is love.
Feelings are never true.
They play with their mirrors.
- Jean Baudrillard

When cowardice is made respectable, its followers are
without number both from among the weak and the strong;
it easily becomes a fashion.
- Eric Hoffer

There is a point at which the law becomes immoral and unethical.
That point is reached when it becomes a cloak for the
cowardice that dares not stand up against blatant violations of justice.
- Kurt Huber

At the bottom of not a little of the bravery that appears in the world,
there lurks a miserable cowardice.
Men will face powder and steel because they have not
the courage to face public opinion.
- Edwin Hubbel Chapin

Women have not yet realized the cowardice that resides,
for if they should decide to do so, they would be able
to fight you until death;
and to prove that I speak the truth,
amongst so many women, I will be the first to act,
setting an example for them to follow.
- Veronica Franco

Suicide sometimes proceeds from cowardice,
but not always; for cowardice sometimes prevents it;
since as many live because they are afraid to die,
as die because they are afraid to live.
- Charles Caleb Colton

When you disarm the people, you commence to offend
them and show that you distrust them either through
cowardice or lack of confidence,
and both of these opinions generate hatred.
- Niccolo Machiavelli

We ought instead of retreating should follow up the enemy and take Richmond.
And in full view of all responsible for such declaration,
I say to you all, such an order can only be prompted by cowardice or treason.
- Philip Kearny

A coward is incapable of exhibiting love;
it is the prerogative of the brave.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

It is a law of human nature that in victory even the
coward may boast of his prowess,
while defeat injures the reputation even of the brave.
- Sallust

He who despairs of the human condition is a coward,
but he who has hope for it is a fool.
- Albert Camus

Coward: One who, in a perilous emergency,
thinks with his legs.
- Ambrose Bierce

It is vain for the coward to flee; death follows close behind;
it is only by defying it that the brave escape.
- Voltaire

An Indian respects a brave man, but he despises a coward.
- Chief Joseph

Oh, Mr Coward, sir - I could never have an affair with you,
because you remind me of my father!
- Kenneth More

The man who gets drunk in peacetime is a coward.
The man who gets drunk in wartime goes on being a coward.
- Jose Bergamin

Despair gives courage to a coward.
- Thomas Fuller

I'm a hero with coward's legs.
- Spike Milligan

To be called a coward, I don't think that's fair.
- Rodney Alexander

That man is not truly brave who is afraid either to seem or to be,
when it suits him, a coward.
- Edgar Allan Poe

The higher the building the lower the morals.
- Noel Coward

The real hero is always a hero by mistake;
he dreams of being an honest coward like everybody else.
- Umberto Eco

Conscience is a coward, and those faults it has not
strength enough to prevent it seldom has justice enough to accuse.
- Oliver Goldsmith

I'm a charming coward; I fight with words.
- Carl Reiner

I know you are here to kill me.
Shoot, coward, you are only going to kill a man.
- Che Guevara

None but a coward dares to boast that he has never known fear.
- Bertrand Russell

It is the coward who fawns upon those above him.
It is the coward who is insolent whenever he dares be so.
- Junius

Courage and conviction are powerful weapons against
an enemy who depends only on fists or guns.
Animals know when you are afraid; a coward knows when you are not.
- David Seabury

It was Noel Coward whose technique I envied and tried to emulate.
I collected all his records and writing.
- Kenneth Williams

Timothy McVeigh was a coward.
Violence is the stupid way out.
It'll discredit any real legitmate movement.
- Glenn Beck

The coward's weapon, poison.
- John Fletcher

A dog barks when his master is attacked.
I would be a coward if I saw that God's truth is attacked
and yet would remain silent.
- Pearl S. Buck

A timid person is frightened before a danger,
a coward during the time, and a courageous person afterward.
- Jean Paul

Only the brave know how to forgive...
a coward never forgave; it is not in his nature.
- Laurence Sterne

Courage is the fear of being thought a coward.
- Horace Smith

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

A coward is much more exposed to quarrels than a man of spirit.
- Thomas Jefferson

I'd like to see one person - just one -
who would own up to having been a coward.
- Edith Piaf

It is better to be the widow of a hero than the wife of a coward.
- Dolores Ibarruri

I guess you could say I'm cautious, or a coward.
- Namie Amuro


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