I really know nothing more criminal, more mean, and more ridiculous than lying. It is the production either of malice, cowardice, or vanity; and generally misses of its aim in every one of these views; for lies are always detected, sooner or later.
It is good to be a cynic it is better to be a contented cat and it is best not to exist at all. Universal suicide is the most logical thing in the world we reject it only because of our primitive Cowardice and childish fear of the dark. If we were sensible we would seek death the same blissful blank which we enjoyed before we existed.h. p. lovecraft
The tyranny of some is possible only through the Cowardice of others.josé rizal
That which in mean men we entitle patience, Is pale cold Cowardice in noble breasts.william shakespeare
Cowardice, as distinguished from panic, isalmost always simply a lack of ability to suspend the functioning of the imagination.1942 Introduction to Men At War.
Cowardice was undoubtedly one of the most terrible vices - thus spoke Yeshua Ha-Nozri. 'No, philosopher, I disagree with you: it is the most terrible vice!'mikhail bulgakov
La force a fait les premiers esclaves, leur la" chete les a perpe tue s. Force made the first slaves; their Cowardice perpetuated slavery.1762 Du contrat social (The Social Contract), bk.1, ch.2 (translated by M Cranston).
As an old soldier I admit the Cowardice: it's as universal as sea sickness, and matters just as little.George Bernard Shaw
There are several good protections against temptation but the surest is Cowardice.1897 Following the Equator, ch.36.
For what is there more hideous than avarice, more brutal than lust, more contemptible than Cowardice, more base than stupidity and folly?cicero
Superstition would seem to be simply Cowardice in regard to the supernatural.Theophrastus
I would have to point out in the strongest terms the autocracy of the Liberal structure and the Cowardice of its members. I have never seen in all my examination of politics so degrading a spectacle as that of all these Liberals turning their coats in unison with their Chief, when they saw the chance to take power.pierre trudeau
Many people feel they are powerless to do anything effective with their lives. It takes courage to break out of the settled mold, but most find conformity more comfortable. This is why the opposite of courage in our society is not Cowardice, it's conformity.rollo may
It is the part of Cowardice, not of courage, to go and crouch in a hole under a massive tomb, to avoid the blows of fortune.Michel de Montaigne
The criminal law has, from the point of view of thwarted virtue, the merit of allowing an outlet for those impulses of aggression which Cowardice, disguised as morality, restrains in their more spontaneous forms. War has the same merit. You must not kill you neighbor, whom perhaps you genuinely hate, but by a little propaganda this hate can be transferred to some foreign nation, against whom all your murderous impulses become patriotic heroism.bertrand russell
Disgust is expressed by violence, and it is to be noted of our intellectual temper that violence is a quality which is felt to have a peculiarly intellectual sanction. Our preference, even as articulated by those who are most mild in their persons, is increasingly for the absolute and extreme, of which we feel violence to be the true sign. The gentlest of us will know that the tigers of wrath are to be preferred to the horses of instruction and will consider it intellectual Cowardice to take into account what happens to those who ride tigers.Lionel Trilling
If suicide be supposed a crime, it is only Cowardice can impel us to it. If it be no crime, both prudence and courage should engage us to rid ourselves at once of existence when it becomes a burden. It is the only way that we can then be useful to society, by setting an example which, if imitated, would preserve every one his chance for happiness in life, and would effectually free him from all danger or misery.David Hume
That was the source of my vanity and my Cowardice: always I believed everyone was watching me.andre dubus
Finally, the great question would still remain whether we can really dispense with illness even for the sake of our virtue and whether our thirst for knowledge and self-knowledge in particular does not require the sick soul as much as the healthy, and whether, in brief, the will to health alone, is not a prejudice, Cowardice, and perhaps a bit of very subtle barbarism and backwardness.Nietzsche, The Gay Science, § 120 “Health of the Soul”
Superstition would seem to be simply Cowardice in regard to the supernatural.Characters, ch. 28 (16); translation from R. C. Jebb and J. E. Sandys (trans.), The Characters of Theophrastus (London: Macmillan, 1909), p. 139.
The far and the near, the home counties and the back, the rich and the poor, will suffer or rejoice alike. The heart that feels not now is dead; the blood of his children will curse his Cowardice, who shrinks back at a time when a little might have saved the whole, and made them happy.Thomas Paine, in The Crisis, No. I (1776)
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