Quotes and Sayings about Cowardice



"The opposite of bravery is not cowardice but conformity."
- Robert Anthony
(Related: Bravery, Conformity, Cowardice)

"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
(Related: Heart, Cowardice, Mind)

"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
(Related: Death, Cowardice, Suicide, Trouble)

"Falsehood is cowardice, the truth courage."
- Hosea Ballou
(Related: Truth, Courage, Cowardice, Falsehood)

"Cowardice and courage are never without a measure of affectation. Nor is love. Feelings are never true. They play with their mirrors."
- Jean Baudrillard
(Related: Love, Feelings, Courage, Affectation, Cowardice, Measure, Play)

"Courage enlarges, cowardice diminishes resources. In desperate straits the fears of the timid aggravate the dangers that imperil the brave."
- Christian Nestell Bovee
(Related: Courage, Cowardice)

"Fear has nothing to do with cowardice. A fellow is only yellow when he lets his fear make him quit."
- Jerome Cady
(Related: Fear, Cowardice, Nothing)

"True valor lies between cowardice and rashness."
- Miguel de Cervantes
(Related: Cowardice, Lies, Valor)

"Valor lies just halfway between rashness and cowardice."
- Miguel de Cervantes
(Related: Cowardice, Lies, Valor)

"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
(Related: Men, Courage, Bravery, Cowardice, Opinion, Public, Public opinion, Will, World)

"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
(Related: Cowardice, Suicide)

"To see the right and not to do it is cowardice."
- Confucius
(Related: Cowardice, Right)

"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
(Related: Life, Faith, Idea, Fear, Hope, Cowardice)

"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
(Related: Women, Truth, Death, Act, Cowardice, Example, Fight, First, Will)

"Humor is the most engaging cowardice."
- Robert Frost
(Related: Humor, Cowardice)

"Fear has its use but cowardice has none."
- Mohandas Gandhi
(Related: Fear, Cowardice)

"Cowardice... is almost always simply a lack of ability to suspend functioning of the imagination."
- Ernest Hemingway
(Related: Imagination, Ability, Cowardice)

"The opposite for courage is not cowardice, it is conformity. Even a dead fish can go with the flow."
- Jim Hightower
(Related: Courage, Conformity, Cowardice, Fish)

"Humanitarianism is the expression of stupidity and cowardice."
- Adolf Hitler
(Related: Cowardice, Expression, Stupidity)

"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
(Related: Cowardice, Fashion, Followers)

"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
(Related: Cowardice, Justice, Law)

"Patience has its limits. Take it too far, and it's cowardice."
- George Jackson
(Related: Cowardice, Limits, Patience)

"Patience has its limits, take it too far and it's cowardice."
- Holbrook Jackson
(Related: Cowardice, Limits, Patience)

"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
(Related: Cowardice, Enemy, Order, Treason)

"God did not give you the spirit of cowardice."
- Joseph Barber Lightfoot
(Related: God, Cowardice, Spirit)

"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
(Related: People, Confidence, Cowardice, Distrust, Hatred, Opinions)

"The opposite of courage in our society is not cowardice, it is conformity."
- Rollo May
(Related: Society, Courage, Conformity, Cowardice)

"Courage stands halfway between cowardice and rashness, one of which is a lack, the other an excess of courage."
- Plutarch
(Related: Courage, Cowardice, Excess)

"There is a level of cowardice lower than that of the conformist: the fashionable non-conformist."
- Ayn Rand
(Related: Cowardice)

"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
(Related: Men, War, Boys, Cowardice, Fight, Hate, Old, Pride, Youth)

"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
(Related: Life, Cowardice, Man, Nothing, Obvious, Suicide, World, Wrong)

"Humility is not cowardice. Meekness is not weakness. Humility and meekness are indeed spiritual powers."
- Swami Sivananda
(Related: Cowardice, Humility, Spiritual, Weakness)

"Moral cowardice that keeps us from speaking our minds is as dangerous to this country as irresponsible talk."
- Margaret Chase Smith
(Related: Country, Cowardice, Talk)

"Christians take Scriptures out of context to try to justify or to vindicate retreat and cowardice."
- Randall Terry
(Related: Cowardice)

"Ah, yes, superstition: it would appear to be cowardice in face of the supernatural."
- Theophrastus
(Related: Cowardice, Supernatural)

"There are several good protections against temptation, but the surest is cowardice."
- Mark Twain
(Related: Cowardice, Temptation)

"Courage is often lack of insight, whereas cowardice in many cases is based on good information."
- Peter Ustinov
(Related: Courage, Cowardice, Information)

"To be one's self, and unafraid whether right or wrong, is more admirable than the easy cowardice of surrender to conformity."
- Irving Wallace
(Related: Conformity, Cowardice, Right, Self, Surrender, Wrong)

"If pessimism is despair, optimism is cowardice and stupidity. Is there any need to choose between them?"
- Francis Parker Yockey
(Related: Optimism, Pessimism, Cowardice, Despair, Stupidity)