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Robert Christy, comp.  Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages.  1887.
 
Cowardice
 
A coward calls himself cautious and a miser thrifty.  Seneca.  1
A coward often deals a mortal blow to the brave.  French.  2
A coward’s tear may make a coward valiant.  3
A valiant man’s look is better than a coward’s sword.  Carl Seelbach.  4
Better be a coward than foolhardy.  French.  5
Better fight with a hero than play with a coward.  German.  6
Between two cowards, he has the advantage who first detects the other.  Italian.  7
But look for ruin when a coward wins,
For fear and cruelty are ever twins.  Aleyn.
  8
Coward against coward the assailant conquers.  Spanish.  9
Cowards are cruel.  10
Cowards are made to be trampled on unless their wit cover them.  11
Cowards die many times before their death;
The valiant never taste death but once.  Shakespeare.
  12
Cowards falter, but danger is often overcome by those who nobly dare.  Queen Elizabeth.  13
Cowards have no luck.  German.  14
Cowards never use their might
Except against such as will not fight.  Butler.
  15
Cowards run the greatest danger of any men in battle.  16
Cowards’ weapons neither cut nor pierce.  Italian.  17
Cowardice is afraid to be known or seen.  18
Cowardice leads to ingratitude and ungrateful sentiments to wicked actions.  Arabian.  19
For whom sword and courage are not enough, corslet and lance will not be enough.  Spanish.  20
Great cowardice is hidden by a bluster of daring.  Lucan.  21
He has acted with the spirit of a woman, i.e., without courage.  Hindu.  22
Hidden valor is as bad as cowardice.  Latin.  23
It is cowardly to fly from a living enemy or to abuse a dead one.  Danish.  24
It is cowardly to quit the post assigned us by God before he permits us.  Pythagoras.  25
Many would be cowards if they had courage enough.  26
Of two cowards, the one that attacks conquers the other.  Portuguese.  27
One coward makes ten.  German.  28
Plenty and peace binds cowards.  Shakespeare.  29
Put a coward to his mettle and he’ll fight the devil.  30
Strength avails not a coward.  Italian.  31
Tears are no proof of cowardice.  Sterne.  32
The coward may begin hostilities, but the brave are left to shed their blood in the quarrel.  Julius Auspex.  33
When all the blandishments of life are gone,
The coward sneaks to death, the brave live on.  Dr. Sewell.
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