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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
He who trembles to hear a leaf fall should keep out of the wood. This is a French proverb: “Qui a peur de feuilles, ne doit aller au bois.” Our corresponding English proverb is, “He who fears scars shouldn’t go the wars.” The timid should not voluntarily expose themselves to danger.   1
“Little boats should keep near shore,
Larger ones may venture more.”



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