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‘Forward the light brigade!’

Was there a man dismayed?

Not though the soldiers knew

Some one had blundered:

Theirs not to make reply,

Theirs not to reason why,

Theirs but to do and die:

Into the valley of Death

Rode the six hundred.  Alfred Lord Tennyson, Charge of the Light Brigade

 

 

Perhaps those, who, trembling most, maintain a dignity in their fate, are the bravest: resolution on reflection is real courage.  Horace Walpole

 

 

Moral excellence comes about as a result of habit.  We become just by doing just acts, temperate by doing temperate acts, brave by doing brave acts.  Aristotle

 

 

’Tis not too late tomorrow to be brave.  John Armstrong, 1709- 1779, Scottish poet & physician

 

 

Fortune assists the brave.  Terence, Phormio

 

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56,770.  Fortune favours the brave.  Late 14th century proverb

 

 

Hold, hold, my heart;

And you, my sinews, grow not instant old,

But bear me stiffly up.  William Shakespeare, Hamlet I v 92-94

 

 

It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.  J K Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone

 

 

It is not the strength of the body that counts, but the strength of the spirit.  J R R Tolkien 

 

 

It is courage, courage, courage, that raises the blood of life to crimson splendour.  Live bravely and present a brave front to adversity.  Horace

 

 

It is hard to be brave, when youre only a Very Small Animal.  A A Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

 

 

Those who can truly be accounted brave are those who best know the meaning of what is sweet in life and what is terrible, and then go out, undeterred, to meet what is to come.  Pericles 

 

 

He who is brave is free.  Seneca

 

 

The bravest sight in the world is to see a great man struggling against adversity.  Seneca

 

 

Proximity to power has an unsurprising ability to mutate a politician’s spinal cord into bright yellow jelly.  Tariq Ali, The Obama Syndrome

 

 

Bravery never goes out of fashion.  William Makepeace Thackeray

 

 

I can’t pretend that Im brave and that I can beat the whole world.  Nelson Mandela

 

 

It is easier to be brave from a safe distance.  Aesop

 

 

Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.  Theodore Roosevelt, Strenuous Life

 

 

Be brave.  Take risks.  Nothing can substitute experience.  Paulo Coelho

 

 

The mildest manners with the bravest mind.  Homer, The Iliad XXIV:963  

 

 

I know you’re meant to be brave and resilient and plucky up to the end – I cannot be arsed.  Rab C Nesbitt: Semmitry, BBC 1997

 

 

What Harry Gregg did in the accident was marvellous.  I can’t believe what he did.  It’s just terrific the bravery that he had.  Bobby Charlton, on Munich air disaster

 

 

There are people who will do anything for thrills.  We call them daredevils.  Who are these people and what drives them on to flirt with destruction.  Could they be possessed by a daredevil death-wish?  In Search of s5e4 … Daredevil Death Wish, 1980

 

 

The black loyalists fighting for the British are making a significant impact on the War … A truly integrated unit: the first Rhode Island regiment is born … With roughly 140 black men now in the unit, their first taste of action is the Battle of Rhode Island in 1778.  Covering the retreat of six American brigades, they courageously withstand three ferocious British assaults, saving the day … Other colonies followed suit.  Black Patriots: Heroes of the Revolution, Kareem Aldul-Jabbar reporting, History 2020

 

 

There is a certain enthusiasm in liberty, that makes human nature rise above itself, in acts of bravery and heroism.  Alexander Hamilton