„For he who fights and runs away
May live to fight another day;
But he who is in battle slain
Can never rise and fight again.“

The Art of Poetry on a New Plan (1761), vol. ii. p. 147.
The saying "he who fights and runs away may live to fight another day" dates at least as far back as Menander (ca. 341–290 B.C.), Gnomai Monostichoi, aphorism #45: ἀνήρ ὁ ϕɛύγων καὶ ράλίν μαχήɛṯαί (a man who flees will fight again). The Attic Nights (book 17, ch. 21) of Aulus Gellius (ca. 125–180 A.D.) indicates it was already widespread in the second century: "...the orator Demosthenes sought safety in flight from the battlefield, and when he was bitterly taunted with his flight, he jestingly replied in the well-known verse: The man who runs away will fight again".

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—  Menander Athenian playwright of New Comedy -342 - -291 a.C.

Variant translation: The man who runs away will fight again.
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„He who flees will fight again.“

—  Tertullian Christian theologian 155 - 220

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„Every man is scared in his first battle. If he says he's not, he's a liar. Some men are cowards but they fight the same as the brave men or they get the hell slammed out of them watching men fight who are just as scared as they are. The real hero is the man who fights even though he is scared.“

—  George S. Patton United States Army general 1885 - 1945

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Contexto: Every man is scared in his first battle. If he says he's not, he's a liar. Some men are cowards but they fight the same as the brave men or they get the hell slammed out of them watching men fight who are just as scared as they are. The real hero is the man who fights even though he is scared. Some men get over their fright in a minute under fire. For some, it takes an hour. For some, it takes days. But a real man will never let his fear of death overpower his honor, his sense of duty to his country, and his innate manhood. Battle is the most magnificent competition in which a human being can indulge. It brings out all that is best and it removes all that is base.

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„To be nobody-but-yourself — in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else — means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.“

—  E.E. Cummings American poet 1894 - 1962

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„No man who fights with gods will live long or hear his children prattling about his knees when he returns from battle.“

—  Homér, Iliad

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Original: (el) Ὅττι μάλ' οὐ δηναιὸς ὃς ἀθανάτοισι μάχηται,
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„He who knows when he can fight and when he cannot will be victorious.“

—  Sun Tzu ancient Chinese military general, strategist and philosopher from the Zhou Dynasty -543 - -495 a.C.

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„He won't fight the Germans but he will fight for Office.“

—  David Lloyd George Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1863 - 1945

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„Those who want to live, let them fight, and those who do not want to fight in this world of eternal struggle do not deserve to live.“

—  Adolf Hitler, livro Mein Kampf

Variante: He who would live must fight. He who doesn't wish to fight in this world, where permanent struggle is the law of life, has not the right to exist.
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„He can hope for little help from other men of his own kind, for they have battles of their own to fight.“

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Contexto: Liberty means self-reliance, it means resolution, it means enterprise, it means the capacity for doing without. The free man is one who has won a small and precarious territory from the great mob of his inferiors, and is prepared and ready to defend it and make it support him. All around him are enemies, and where he stands there is no friend. He can hope for little help from other men of his own kind, for they have battles of their own to fight. He has made of himself a sort of god in his little world, and he must face the responsibilities of a god, and the dreadful loneliness.

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„War will come again after this one. It will come again as long as it can be determined by people other than those who fight.“

—  Henri Barbusse French novelist 1873 - 1935

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„All brave men love; for he only is brave who has affections to fight for, whether in the daily battle of life, or in physical contests.“

—  Nathaniel Hawthorne American novelist and short story writer (1804 – 1879) 1804 - 1864

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„A conservative is a man who is too cowardly to fight and too fat to run.“

—  Elbert Hubbard American writer, publisher, artist, and philosopher fue el escritor del jarron azul 1856 - 1915

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