Quotation Explorer - 'Cowardice'

The greatest giver of alms is cowardice.
Every man is sensitive. Some cover it up with brutality, others with cowardice and vanity, but a small few wear it bravely like armor - Solange nicole
So she became a woman who held her head high, not in arrogance, or contempt, but because she knew that it was a form of cowardice to make a choice and then pretend you didn’t really make it - Kamila Shamsie
Asking forgiveness is not an admission of cowardice and of sin, It is to show that having inner peace is far more important than pride especially if they think that you have wronged them in any way. - Sun Fire Elements
Politeness, delicacy [and] decency ... are but three different names for hypocrisy, chicanery, and cowardice. - John Adams
Moral cowardice that keeps us from speaking our minds is as dangerous to this country as irresponsible talk. The right way is not always the popular and easy way. Standing for right when it is unpopular is a true test of moral character. - Margaret Chase Smith
In self-defense and in defense of the innocent, cowardice is the only sin. - Dean Koontz
Conscience and cowardice are really the same thing. Conscience is the trade-name of the firm. - Oscar Wilde
Fear breeds cowardice, and cowardice compels bravery. - Ogwo David Emenike
Even the best writer has to erase sometimes,even the best orator can stammer sometimes,even the most successful man can experience failures,and even the greatest man may face the adversaries in life with cowardice... - Aman Srivastava
Cowardice asks the question - is it safe? Vanity asks the question - is it popular? Expediency asks the question - is it political? But conscience asks the question - is it right? There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, popular, or political; but because it is right.
Cowardice asks: Is it safe? Expediency asks: Is it politic? But Conscience asks: Is it right? - William Punshon
Strength is Happiness. Strength is itself victory. In weakness and cowardice there is no happiness. When you wage a struggle, you might win or you might lose. But regardless of the short-term outcome, the very fact of your continuing to struggle is proof of your victory as a human being. - Daisaku Ikeda
A true opium of the people is a belief in nothingness after death - the huge solace of thinking that for our betrayals, greed, cowardice, murders we are not going to be judged. - Czesław Miłosz
Respect of power is Important, But it shouldn't turn to Cowardice. - Naishadh A. Gajjar
So long as the deceit ran along quiet and monotonous, all of us let ourselves be deceived, abetting it unawares or maybe through cowardice... - William Faulkner
As for what concerns me in particular I have only in my life carried to an extreme what you have not dared to carry halfway, and what's more, you have taken your cowardice for good sense, and have found comfort in deceiving yourselves. - Fyodor Dostoevsky
The only way to vanquish cowardice is to brandish courage. - Charles M. Blow
Fear of ridicule begets the worst cowardice. - André Gide
Patience is often merely the guise of Cowardice.
Patience has its limits. Take it too far, and it's cowardice. - George Jackson
Tolerance of intolerance is cowardice. - Ayaan Hirsi Ali
We may place blame, give reasons, and even have excuses; but in the end, it is an act of cowardice to not follow your dreams. - Steve Maraboli
Where choice is set between cowardice and violence, I would advise violence ... I prefer to use arms in defense of honor rather than remain the vile witness of dishonor... - Mahatma Gandhi
O cowardly amd tyrannous race of monks, persecutors of the bard, and the gleemen, haters of life and joy! O race that does not draw the sword and tell the truth! O race that melts the bones of the people with cowardice and with deceit! ("The Crucifixion Of The Outcast") - W.B. Yeats
To be one's self, and unafraid whether right or wrong, is more admirable than the easy cowardice of surrender to conformity. - Irving Wallace
One needs to be either more brave or more good, because if courage is lacking goodness can substitute, while cowardice is the deficiency of both. - Neel Burton
​Pass on bravery and wisdom to the future generations, not some ragged traditions and baseless cowardice. - Abhijit Naskar
To incessantly blame others for my shortcomings is cowardice borne of fear, fed by fear, and haunted by fear. To be steadfastly accountable for my shortcomings is bravery borne of God, fed by God, and blessed by God. - Craig D. Lounsbrough
There is a level of cowardice lower than that of the conformist: the fashionable non-conformist. - Ayn Rand
Tomorrow's world can not exist without morals, without faith and memory. Cynicism, narrow interests and cowardice must not occupy our lives. - King Michael of Romania
It is neither cowardice nor betrayal to insist that the Enlightenment's main lesson is to be mindful of how much it has left its inheritors to figure out. - Samuel Moyn
Leaving others alone is a sign of cowardice, whether you are involved in a war or in a relationship. - Pratik Akkawar
Many people today believe that cynicism requires courage. Actually, cynicism is the height of cowardice. It is innocence and open-heartedness that requires the true courage-however often we are hurt as a result of it. - Erica Jong
A feeble body makes a feeble mind. I do not know what doctors cure us of, but I know this: they infect us with very deadly diseases, cowardice, timidity, credulity, the fear of death. What matter if they make the dead walk, we have no need of corpses; they fail to give us men, and it is men we need. - Jean-Jacques Rousseau
There are several good protections against temptations, but the surest is cowardice. - Mark Twain
Idolatry is committed, not merely by setting up false gods, but also by setting up false devils; by making men afraid of war or alcohol, or economic law, when they should be afraid of spiritual corruption and cowardice.
When we choose to stay down, we are in reality confusing wisdom with cowardice. When we choose to stand back up, we are using wisdom to overcome cowardice. - Craig D. Lounsbrough
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 this world to which every man has a more unassailable title than to his own life and person. - Arthur Schopenhauer
I believe that we have reached a stage in life in the economic development of Africa where moving forward is perilous, moving backwards is cowardice and standing still is suicidal but we must persevere because winners do not quit and quitter never win. - Patrick L.O. Lumumba
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
Pride, cowardice, and miserliness are bad for me but good for women - Ali R.A
Describing current human mindsets reflecting our ignorance and cowardice and non action-oriented mentality:"I'm going to do nothing but escapist drugs and hop from one party or festival to another. I will dance my way out of the harsh realities of Planet Earth. - Mark Passio
Don't think of retiring from the world until the world will be sorry that you retire. I hate a fellow whom pride or cowardice or laziness drives into a corner, and who does nothing when he is there but sit and growl. Let him come out as I do, and bark. - Samuel Johnson
It is only in pain that a woman is capable of rising above mediocrity. Her resistance to pain is infinite; one can use and abuse it without any fear that she will die, as long as some childish physical cowardice or some religious hope keeps her from the suicide that offers her a way out. - Colette
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