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38 Cowards Quotes

You are like the eels of Melun; you cry out before you are skinned. [Fr., Vous semblez les anguilles de Melun; vous criez devant qu'on vous esorche.]

Francois Rabelais Quotes , Source: Gargantua

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A cowardly cur barks more fiercely than it bites. [Lat., Canis timidus vehementius latrat quam mordet.]

Quintus Curtius Rufus (Curtis Rufus Quintus) Quotes , Source: De Rebus Gestis Alexandri Magni (VII, 4, 13)

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Who knows himself a braggart, Let him fear this; for it will come to pass That every braggart shall be found an ass.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: All's Well That Ends Well (Parolles at IV, iii)

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Hatred is the coward's revenge for being intimidated.

George Bernard Shaw Quotes

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It is better to be killed than frightened to death.

Robert S. Surtees Quotes

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Cowards are cruel, but the brave Love mercy, and delight to save.

John Gay Quotes , Source: Fables (pt. I, fable 1)

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Every recreant who proved his timidity in the hour of danger, was afterwards boldest in words and tongue. [Lat., Ignavissimus quisque, et ut res docuit, in periculo non ausurus, nimis verbis et lingua feroces.]

Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus) Quotes , Source: Annales (IV, 62)

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There are at least two kinds of cowards. One kind always lives with himself, afraid to face the world. The other kind lives with the world, afraid to face himself.

Roscoe Snowden Quotes

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The coward only threatens when he is safe. [Ger., Der Fiege droht nur, wo er sicher ist.]

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes , Source: Torquato Tasso (II, 3, 207)

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E'en a crow o' th' same nest; not altogether so great as the first in goodness, but greater a great deal in evil. He excels his brother for a coward, yet his brother is reputed one of the best that is. In a retreat he outruns any lackey; marry, in coming on he has the cramp.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: All's Well That Ends Well (Parolles at IV, iii)

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So cowards fight when they can fly no further; So doves do peck the falcon's piercing talons; So desperate thieves, all hopeless of their lives, Breathe out invectives 'gainst the officers.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: King Henry the Sixth, Part III (Clifford at I, iv)

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How many cowards whose hearts are all as false As stairs of sand, wear yet upon their chins The beards of Hercules and frowning Mars, Who inward searched, have livers white as milk!

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: The Merchant of Venice (Bassanio at III, ii)

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Fear even when morbid is not cowardice. That is the label we reserve for something that a man does. What passes through his mind is his own affair.

Lord Moran Quotes

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A coward boasting of his courage may deceive strangers, but he is a laughing-stock to those who know him. [Lat., Virtutis expers verbis jactans gloriam Ignotos fallit, notis est derisui.]

Phaedrus (Thrace of Macedonia) Quotes , Source: Fables (I, 11, 1)

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When all the blandishments of life are gone, The coward sneaks to death, the brave live on.

Dr. George Sewell Quotes , Source: The Suicide

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Cowards can never be moral.

Mahatma Gandhi Quotes

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

Junius Quotes

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Only cowards insult dying majesty.

Aesop Quotes

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The coward never on himself relies, But to an equal for assistance flies.

George Crabbe Quotes , Source: Tale III-The Gentleman Farmer (l. 84)

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Men lie, who lack courage to tell truth--the cowards!

Joaquin Miller (pseudonym of Cincinnatus Hiner Miller) Quotes , Source: Ina (sc. 3)

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To wish for death is a coward's part. [Lat., Timidi est optare necem.]

Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso) Quotes , Source: Metamorphoses (IV, 115)

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You souls of geese, That bear the shapes of men, how have you run From slaves that apes would men!

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: Coriolanus (Marcius at I, iv)

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Thou dost shame That bloody spoil. Thou slave, thou wretch, thou coward! Thou little valiant, great in villainy! Thou ever strong upon the stronger side! Thou fortune's champion, that dost never fight But when her humorous ladyship is by To teach thee safety!

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: The Life and Death of King John (Constance at III, i)

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Wouldst thou have that Which thou esteem'st the ornament of life, And live a coward in thine own esteem, Letting 'I dare not' wait upon 'I would,' Like the poor cat i' th' adage?

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: Macbeth (Lady Macbeth at I, vii)

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A coward, a most devout coward; religious in it.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: Twelfth Night, or, What You Will (Fabian at III, iv)

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