Great Throughts Treasury

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Euripedes NULL

The man who knows when not to act is wise. To my mind, bravery is forethought.

Bravery | Character | Forethought | Man | Mind | Wise |

William James

The highest flights of charity, devotion, trust, patience, bravery to which the wings of human nature have spread themselves have been flown for religious ideals.

Bravery | Character | Charity | Devotion | Human nature | Ideals | Nature | Patience | Trust |

François de La Noüe

The bravery founded on hope of recompense, fear of punishment, experience of success, on rage, or on ignorance of danger, is but common bravery, and does not deserve the name. True bravery proposes a just end; measures the dangers, and meets the result with calmness and unyielding decision.

Bravery | Calmness | Character | Danger | Decision | Experience | Fear | Hope | Ignorance | Punishment | Rage | Recompense | Success |

Edwin Hubbell Chapin

At the bottom of a good deal of bravery that appears in the world there lurks a miserable cowardice. Men will face powder and steel because they cannot face public opinion.

Bravery | Cowardice | Good | Men | Opinion | Public | Will | Wisdom | World |

Mahatma Gandhi, fully Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, aka Bapu

Retreat is often a plan of resistance and may be a precursor of great bravery and sacrifice. Every retreat is not cowardice which implies fear to die.

Bravery | Cowardice | Fear | Plan | Sacrifice |

François de La Rochefoucauld, François VI, Duc de La Rochefoucauld, Prince de Marcillac, Francois A. F. Rochefoucauld-Liancourt

True bravery is shown by performing, without witnesses, what one might be capable of doing before all the world.

Bravery | World |

Francis Bacon

To seek to extinguish anger utterly is but a bravery of the Stoics.

Anger | Bravery |

George Bernard Shaw

Beauty, purity, respectability, religion, morality, art, patriotism, bravery and the rest… are mere words, useful for duping barbarians into adopting civilization, or the civilized poor into submitting to be robbed and enslaved. This is the family secret of the governing class.

Art | Beauty | Bravery | Civilization | Family | Morality | Patriotism | Purity | Religion | Rest | Words |

James Harvey Robinson

Greatness, in the last analysis, is largely bravery - courage in escaping from old ideas and old standards and respectable ways of doing things. This is one of the chief elements in what we vaguely call capacity. If you do not dare differ from your associates and teachers you will never be great or your life sublime. You may be the happier as a result, or you may be miserable. Each of us is great insofar as we perceive and act on the infinite possibilities which lie undiscovered and unrecognized about us.

Associates | Bravery | Capacity | Courage | Greatness | Ideas | Life | Life | Will | Old |

Kahlil Gibran

I abstain from the people who consider insolence bravery and tenderness cowardice. And I abstain from those who consider chatter wisdom and silence ignorance.

Bravery | Cowardice | Ignorance | People | Silence | Tenderness | Wisdom |

Menander, aka Menander of Athens NULL

Let bravery be thy choice, but not bravado.

Bravery | Choice |

Preston Bradley

The world has a way of giving what is demanded of it. If you are frightened and look for failure and poverty, you will get them, no matter how hard you may try to succeed. Lack of faith in yourself, in what life will do for you, cuts you off from the good things of the world. Expect victory and you make victory. Nowhere is this truer than in business life, where bravery and faith bring both material and spiritual rewards.

Bravery | Business | Failure | Faith | Giving | Good | Life | Life | Poverty | Will | World | Failure | Business |

Robert Kennedy, fully Robert Francis "Bobby" Kennedy

Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of the rest or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance... Few are willing to brave the disapproval of their fellows, the censure of their colleagues, the wrath of their society. Moral courage is a rarer commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence. Yet it is the one essential, vital quality for those who seek to change the world that yields most painfully to change.

Battle | Bravery | Censure | Change | Courage | Daring | Energy | Hope | Injustice | Injustice | Intelligence | Man | Oppression | Rest | Society | Time | World |

Robert Kennedy, fully Robert Francis "Bobby" Kennedy

Few are willing to brave the disapproval of their fellows, the censure of their colleagues, the wrath of their society. Moral courage is a rarer commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence. Yet it is one essential vital quality for those who seek to change a world that yields most painfully to change.

Battle | Bravery | Censure | Change | Courage | Intelligence | Society | World |