The truly brave,
When they behold the brave oppressed with odds,
Are touched with a desire to shield and save:—
A mixture of wild beasts and demi-gods
Are they—now furious as the sweeping wave,
Now moved with pity; even as sometimes nods
The rugged tree unto the summer wind,
Compassion breathes along the savage mind.
It may often be noticed, the less virtuous people are, the more they shrink away from the slightest whiff of the odour of un-sanctity. The good are ever the most charitable, the pure are the most brave.
Dinah Craik, A Woman's Thoughts About Women (1858), Ch. 11.
The god-like hero sate
On his imperial throne:
His valiant peers were placed around,
Their brows with roses and with myrtles bound
(So should desert in arms be crowned).
The lovely Thais, by his side,
Sate like a blooming Eastern bride
In flower of youth and beauty's pride.
Happy, happy, happy pair!
None but the brave,
None but the brave,
None but the brave deserve the fair.
Owen Meredith (Lord Lytton), Lucile (1860), Part II, Canto VI, Stanza 11.
I'm not a brave man. My self-image is of a very small and weak person. In point of fact, I'm almost six feet, and solidly built. But I was a late bloomer. I spent those formative early high-school years as a pudgy little science whimp. I'm still scared of big men with deep voices.
Then rush'd to meet the insulting foe:
They took the spear, but left the shield.
Philip Freneau, To the Memory of the Brave Americans who fell at Eutaw Springs. (See also Scott—Marmion. Introd. to Canto III).
Love mercy, and delight to save.
John Gay, Fable, The Lion, Tiger and Traveller, line 33.
Without a sign his sword the brave man draws,
And asks no omen but his country's cause.
Homer, The Iliad, Book XII, line 283. Pope's translation.
O friends, be men; so act that none may feel
Ashamed to meet the eyes of other men.
Think each one of his children and his wife,
His home, his parents, living yet or dead.
For them, the absent ones, I supplicate,
And bid you rally here, and scorn to fly.
Homer, The Iliad, Book XV, line 843. Bryant's translation.
Virgil, Æneid (29-19 BC), X, 284 and 458. Same phrase or idea found in Cicero, De Finibus, III. 4. and Tusc., II. 4. Claudian, Ad Probin. XLIII. 9. Ennius, Annales, V. 262. Livy, Book IV. 37;, Book VII. 29;, Book XXXIV. 37. Menander, In Stobæus Flor., VII, p. 206. Ed. 1709. Ovid, Metamorphoses. X. 11. 27. Pliny the Younger, Epistles, VI. 16. Tacitus, Annales, IV. 17.