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Robert Christy, comp.  Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages.  1887.
A brave man will yield to a brave man.  Motto of the Irish Earl of Upper Ossory.  1
A brave man’s country is wherever he chooses his abode.  Quintus Curtius Rufus.  2
A decent boldness ever meets with friends.  Homer.  3
A gallant man needs no drums to rouse him.  4
A gallant man rather despises death than hates life.  5
A man of courage never wants weapons.  6
A short sword for a brave man.  French.  7
Add a step to it.  (The Spartan mother’s advice to her son who complained that his sword was too short.)  8
All are brave when the enemy flies.  Italian.  9
Beasts and birds of prey
To the last gasp defend their brood.  Massinger.
Before the time great courage, when at the point great fear.  Spanish.  11
Bold in close ambush, base in open field.  Dryden.  12
Courage is the armed sentinel that guards liberty, innocence and right.  C. C. Baldwin’s Moral Maxims.  13
Courage, conduct and perseverance conquer all before them.  14
Courage consists not in hazarding without fear but in being resolute minded in a just cause.  15
Courage in danger is half the battle.  Plautus.  16
Courage in war is safer than cowardice.  Hindu.  17
Courage is fire, bullying is smoke.  Benjamin Disraeli.  18
Courage leads to heaven, fear to death.  Seneca.  19
Courage mounteth with occasion.  Shakespeare.  20
Courage ought to have eyes as well as arms.  21
Courage without fortune destroys a man.  22
Every man will shoot at the enemy but few will fetch the shafts.  23
Good courage breaks ill luck.  24
He is master of another man’s life, who is indifferent to his own.  Italian.  25
He makes me less bold who delivers me from the misery that made life a burthen to me.  (The soldier speaking to Antigonous.)  26
Human courage should rise to the height of human calamity.  Genl. R. E. Lee.  27
If you do not enter a tiger’s den you can’t get his cubs.  Chinese.  28
In a slothful peace courage will effeminate.  Pope.  29
In doubtful matters courage may do much, in desperate, patience.  30
Intrepid courage is the foundation of victory.  Plutarch.  31
It is courage that vanquishes in war and not good weapons.  Spanish.  32
Man has the addition of courage and virtue to defend his rights.  Civilis the Batavian.  33
No man can answer for his courage who has never been in danger.  Rochefoucauld.  34
No exile or danger can fright a brave spirit.  Dryden.  35
Nothing recommends a man more to the female mind than courage.  Spectator.  36
Put off your armor and then show your courage.  37
Rage avails less than courage.  French.  38
The courage of the soldier is found to be the cheapest and most common quality of human nature.  Gibbon.  39
The great point of honor in men is courage in women chastity.  Spectator.  40
The more wit the less courage.  41
There is a courage which grows out of fear.  42
True courage grapples with misfortune.  Tacitus.  43
Who hath no courage must have legs.  Italian.  44

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