30 Cowardice Quotes: Greatness is Not For the Faint-Hearted


Have you ever stood on the sidelines and stayed in your comfort zone because you’ve been afraid to do more? Have you ever let other people walk all over you at school or at work because you’re afraid to call them out? We’ve been in these situations at least once in our lives and in each one, we’ve always been held back by none other than fear.

There’s no shortcut to living bravely. But at the end of the day, we only need to begin with small changes until we’re bolder, ready to take on anything.

Here are 30 cowardice quotes inspiring you to be brave, so you can explore life, reach your full potential, and really start living.

In a word, I was too cowardly to do what I knew to be right, as I had been too cowardly to avoid doing what I knew to be wrong. – Charles Dickens

To say you have no choice is to relieve yourself of responsibility. – Patrick Ness

Fear of ridicule begets the worst cowardice. – André Gide

cowardice ridicule quotes

A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave. – Mahatma Gandhi

A man that flies from his fear may find that he has only taken a short cut to meet it. – J.R.R. Tolkien

cowardice fear quotes

Hatred is the coward’s revenge for being intimidated. – George Bernard Shaw

We believe that preparation eradicates cowardice, which we define as the failure to act in the midst of fear. – Veronica Roth

But the only way never to do the wrong thing is never to do anything. – Jim Butcher

cowardice way quotes

The subtle and deadly change of heart that might occur in you would be involved with the realization that a civilization is not destroyed by wicked people; it is not necessary that people be wicked but only that they be spineless. – James Baldwin

In self-defense and in defense of the innocent, cowardice is the only sin. – Dean Koontz

In this world there is always danger for those who are afraid of it. – George Bernard Shaw

cowardice danger quotes

Cowardice rightly understood begins with selfishness and ends with shame. – José Rizal

Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt. – William Shakespeare

The coward only threatens when he is safe. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

cowardice safe quotes

The human race is a race of cowards; and I am not only marching in that procession but carrying a banner. – Mark Twain

To elope is cowardly; it is running away from danger; and danger has become so rare in modern life. – Oscar Wilde

Tolerance of intolerance is cowardice. – Ayaan Hirsi Ali

cowardice tolerance quotes

That man is not truly brave who is afraid either to seem or to be, when it suits him, a coward. – Edgar Allan Poe

A coward is much more exposed to quarrels than a man of spirit. – Thomas Jefferson

Those who lack the courage will always find a philosophy to justify it. – Albert Camus

cowardice courage quotes

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.

There is no middle ground when taking the hill. You either stay in the foxhole or fight to the finish. Turning back just gets you shot in the back – and no one wants to finish as a coward. – Daniel Waldschmidt

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

cowardice blame quotes

Haters and bullies are always cowards, you know. They like to pick on little guys. – Scylar Tyberius

Being afraid you’ll look like a coward is the worst reason for doing anything. – John Irving

That’s the thing to remember about all monsters: they love to frighten people, but the minute you stare them down, they turn tail and run. – Jeanette Walls

cowardice monster quotes

It is better by noble boldness to run the risk of being subject to half of the evils we anticipate than to remain in cowardly listlessness for fear of what might happen. – Herodotus

But often life asks much of you, and you either honor life by answering with all your heart, or you cower your way into your grave. – James Rollins

cowardice life quotes

If you want a definition of what a coward is, it’s needing to push a whole class of people down so that you can walk on top of them. – Andrea Dworkin

I do not wish to be a coward like the father of mankind and throw the blame upon a woman. – Ouida

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