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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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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