|I think the Romans call it Stoicism.|
AddisonCato. Act I. Sc. 4.
|The soul, secured in her existence, smiles|
At the drawn dagger, and defies its point.
AddisonCato. Act V. Sc. 1.
|The schoolboy, with his satchel in his hand,|
Whistling aloud to bear his courage up.
BlairThe Grave. Pt. I. L. 58.
|One who never turned his back but marched breast forward,|
Never doubted clouds would break,
Never dreamed, though right were worsted, wrong would triumph,
Held we fall to rise, are baffled to flight better,
Sleep to wake.
Robert BrowningEpilogue. Asolando.
| We are not downhearted, but we cannot understand what is happening to our neighbours.|
Joseph ChamberlainSpeech at Southwick, Jan. 15, 1906.
|A man of courage is also full of faith.|
CiceroThe Tusculan Disputations. Bk. III. Ch. VIII. Yonges trans.
|Sta come torre ferma, che non crolla|
Giammai la cima per soffiar de venti.
Be steadfast as a tower that doth not bend its stately summit to the tempests shock.
DantePurgatorio. V. 14.
|Whistling to keep myself from being afraid.|
DrydenAmphitryon. Act III. Sc. 1.
| The charm of the best courages is that they are inventions, inspirations, flashes of genius.|
EmersonSociety and Solitude. Courage.
|Courage, the highest gift, that scorns to bend|
To mean devices for a sordid end.
Couragean independent spark from Heavens bright throne,
By which the soul stands raised, triumphant high, alone.
Great in itself, not praises of the crowd,
Above all vice, it stoops not to be proud.
Courage, the mighty attribute of powers above,
By which those great in war, are great in love.
The spring of all brave acts is seated here,
As falsehoods draw their sordid birth from fear.
FarquharLove and a Bottle. Part of dedication to the Lord Marquis of Carmarthen.
| Stop shallow water still running, it will rage; tread on a worm and it will turn.|
Robert GreeneWorth of Wit.
| Few persons have courage enough to appear as good as they really are.|
J. C. and A. W. HareGuesses at Truth.
|Tender handed stroke a nettle,|
And it stings you for your pains;
Grasp it like a man of mettle,
And it soft as silks remains.
Aaron HillVerses Written on a Window.
|O friends, be men, and let your hearts be strong,|
And let no warrior in the heat of fight
Do what may bring him shame in others eyes;
For more of those who shrink from shame are safe
Than fall in battle, while with those who flee
Is neither glory nor reprieve from death.
HomerIliad. Bk. V. L. 663. Bryants trans.
|Justum et tenacem propositi virum|
Non civium ardor prava jubentium,
Non vultus instantis tyranni,
Mente quatit solida.
The man who is just and resolute will not be moved from his settled purpose, either by the misdirected rage of his fellow citizens, or by the threats of an imperious tyrant.
HoraceCarmina. III. 3. 1.
| Be bold! first gate; Be bold, be bold, and evermore be bold, second gate; Be not too bold! third gate.|
Inscription on the Gates of Busyrane.
| On ne peut répondre de son courage quand on na jamais été dans le péril.|
We can never be certain of our courage until we have faced danger.
La RochefoucauldPremier Supplément. 42.
|Write on your doors the saying wise and old,|
Be bold! be bold! and everywhereBe bold;
Be not too bold! Yet better the excess
Than the defect; better the more than less;
Better like Hector in the field to die,
Than like a perfumed Paris turn and fly.
|What! shall one monk, scarce known beyond his cell,|
Front Romes far-reaching bolts, and scorn her frown?
Brave Luther answered, Yes; that thunders swell
Rocked Europe, and discharmed the triple crown.
LowellTo W. L. Garrison. St. 5.
|Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid.|
Matthew. XIV. 27.
| I argue not|
Against Heavens hand or will, nor bate a jot
Of heart or hope; but still bear up and steer
MiltonSonnet. To Cyriack Skinner.
|Leve fit quod bene fertur onus.|
The burden which is well borne becomes light.
OvidAmorum. I. 2. 10.
|Animus tamen omnia vincit.|
Ille etiam vires corpus habere facit.
Courage conquers all things: it even gives strength to the body.
OvidEpistolæ Ex Ponto. II. 7. 75.
|Pluma haud interest, patronus an cliens probior sit|
Homini, cui nulla in pectore est audacia.
It does not matter a feather whether a man be supported by patron or client, if he himself wants courage.
PlautusMostellaria. II. 1. 64.
|Bonus animus in mala re, dimidium est mali.|
Courage in danger is half the battle.
PlautusPseudolus. I. 5. 37.
|Non solum taurus ferit uncis cornibus hostem,|
Verum etiam instanti læsa repugnat ovis.
Not only does the bull attack its foe with its crooked horns, but the injured sheep will fight its assailant.
PropertiusElegiæ. II. 5. 19.
|Cowards may fear to die; but courage stout,|
Rather than live in snuff, will be put out.
Sir Walter RaleighThe night before he died. Bayleys Life of Raleigh. P. 157.
| Cest dans les grands dangers quon voit les grands courages.|
It is in great dangers that we see great courage.
|Come one, come all! this rock shall fly|
From its firm base, as soon as I.
ScottLady of the Lake. Canto V. St. 10.
|Virtus in astra tendit, in mortem timor.|
Courage leads to heaven; fear, to death.
SenecaHercules tæus. LXXI.
|Fortuna opes auferre, non animum potest.|
Fortune can take away riches, but not courage.
| You must not think|
That we are made of stuff so fat and dull
That we can let our beard be shook with danger
And think it pastime.
Hamlet. Act IV. Sc. 7. L. 29.
| O, the blood more stirs|
To rouse a lion than to start a hare!
Henry IV. Pt. I. Act I. Sc. 3. L. 198.
|The smallest worm will turn being trodden on,|
And doves will peck in safeguard of their brood.
Henry VI. Pt. III. Act II. Sc. 2. L. 17.
|Why, courage then! what cannot be avoided|
Twere childish weakness to lament or fear.
Henry VI. Pt. III. Act V. Sc. 4. L. 37.
| We fail!|
But screw your courage to the sticking-place,
And well not fail.
Macbeth. Act I. Sc. 7. L. 59.
|By how much unexpected, by so much|
We must awake endeavour for defence;
For courage mounteth with occasion.
King John. Act II. Sc. 1. L. 80.
|Muster your wits: stand in your own defence;|
Or hide your heads like cowards, and fly hence.
Loves Labours Lost. Act V. Sc. 2. L. 85.
| He hath borne himself beyond the promise of his age, doing, in the figure of a lamb, the feats of a lion.|
Much Ado About Nothing. Act I. Sc. 1. L. 13.
| The thing of courage|
As rousd with rage doth sympathise,
And, with an accent tund in self-same key,
Retorts to chiding fortune.
Troilus and Cressida. Act I. Sc. 3. L. 51.
|Ei di virilità grave e maturo,|
Mostra in fresco vigor chiome canute.
Grave was the man in years, in looks, in word,
His locks were gray, yet was his courage green.
TassoGerusalemme. I. 53.
|Quod sors feret feremus æquo animo.|
Whatever chance shall bring, we will bear with equanimity.
TerencePhormio. I. 2. 88.
|Who stemmd the torrent of a downward age.|
ThomsonThe Seasons. Summer. L. 1,516.