„To his friends he said that he thought the man who feared gibes and jeers was more of a coward than the one who ran away from the enemy.“
— Fabius Maximus politician and soldier
Moralia: Sayings of Kings and Commanders, Plutarch; English translation by Frank Cole Babbitt Variant translation by Goodwin: He that is afraid of scoffs and reproaches is more a coward than he that flies from the enemy.
„To withdraw is not to run away, and to stay is no wise action when there is more reason to fear than to hope. 'Tis the part of a wise man to keep himself today for tomorrow, and not venture all his eggs in one basket.“
— Miguel de Cervantes Spanish novelist, poet, and playwright 1547 - 1616
Don Quixote de la Mancha (1605–1615), Part I, Book III, Context: To withdraw is not to run away, and to stay is no wise action when there is more reason to fear than to hope. 'Tis the part of a wise man to keep himself today for tomorrow, and not venture all his eggs in one basket. And though I am but a clown, or a bumpkin, as you may say, yet I would have you to know I know what is what, and have always taken care of the main chance... Sancho to Don Quixote, in Ch. 9, Peter Anthony Motteux translation (1701).
„A MAN FEARED
A man feared that he might find an assassin;
Another that he might find a victim.
One was more wise than the other.“
— Stephen Crane American novelist, short story writer, poet, and journalist 1871 - 1900
— Quintus Curtius Rufus Roman historian
Historiarum Alexandri Magni Macedonis Libri Qui Supersunt, Book IV, Ubi intravit animos pavor, id solum metuunt, quod primum formidare cœperunt. IV, 16, 17.
„That man is of supreme folly who always wants for fear of wanting; and his life flies away while he is still hoping to enjoy the good things which he has with extreme labour acquired.“
— Leonardo Da Vinci Italian Renaissance polymath 1452 - 1519
XIX Philosophical Maxims. Morals. Polemics and Speculations.
„He has no native Passion, because he is not a Thinker — & has probably weakened his Intellect by the haunting Fear of becoming extravagant.“
— Samuel Taylor Coleridge English poet, literary critic and philosopher 1772 - 1834
Letters, Letter to William Sotheby (10 September 1802)
„Fear doesn't go away. The warrior and the artist live by the same code of necessity, which dictates that the battle must be fought anew every day.“
— Steven Pressfield, The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles
„From the stinging rain comes a Rattle and hum.See the face of fear running scared in the valley below“
— Bono Irish rock musician, singer of U2 1960
Lyrics, The Joshua Tree (1987), Context: From the stinging rain comes a Rattle and hum. See the face of fear running scared in the valley below "Bullet The Blue Sky"
„He who knows what it is to enjoy God will dread His loss; he who has seen His face will fear to see His back.“
— Richard Alleine English clergyman 1611 - 1681
Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), P. 277.