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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
 
Courage
 
  Courage is like the diamond—very brilliant; not changed by fire, capable of high polish, but except for the purpose of cutting hard bodies, useless.
            —C. C. Colton
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If charg’d with Courage Man should be,
(Like Powder in Artillery
  Proportion’d to the Barrel)
Can’st thou, a Blunderbuss so large,
With scarce a Pocket-Pistol’s Charge,
  Presume to bounce, or quarrel?
            —Foundling Hospital For Wit, 1743
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  Courage, like cowardice, is undoubtedly contagious, but some persons are not liable to catch it.
            —George D. Prentice
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