heroic courage; bravery
- It is a brave act of valour to contemne death, but where life is more terrible than death, it is then the truest valour to dare to live.
- Valor consists in the power of self-recovery, so that a man cannot have his flank turned, cannot be out-generalled, but put him where you will, he stands.
- ...what really counts is not the immediate act of courage or of valor, but those who bear the struggle day in and day out - not the sunshine patriots but those who are willing to stand for a long period of time.
- All doubt is cowardice — all trust is brave.
- Edward Bulwer-Lytton, King Arthur (1848-9), Book XII, Chapter XXVIII.
- When valour preys on reason,
It eats the sword it fights with.
- What valour were it, when a cur doth grin,
For one to thrust his hand between his teeth,
When he might spurn him with his foot, away?
- You are the hare of whom the proverb goes,
Whose valor plucks dead lions by the beard.
- 'Tis much he dares;
And, to that dauntless temper of his mind,
He hath a wisdom that doth guide his valour
To act in safety.
- He's truly valiant that can suffer wisely
The worst that man can breathe and make his wrongs
His outsides, to wear them like his raiment, carelessly;
And ne'er prefer his injuries to his heart.
To bring it into danger.
Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations edit
- Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 829.
- There is always safety in valor.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson, English Traits, The Times.
- Valor consists in the power of self-recovery.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essays, Circles.
- A valiant man
Ought not to undergo, or tempt a danger,
But worthily, and by selected ways,
He undertakes with reason, not by chance.
His valor is the salt t' his other virtues,
They're all unseason'd without it.
- Ben Jonson, New Inn, Act IV, scene 3.
- Stimulos dedit æmula virtus.
- He was spurred on by rival valor.
- Marcus Annaeus Lucanus, Pharsalia, I. 120.
- In vain doth valour bleed,
While Avarice and Rapine share the land.
- John Milton, Sonnet, To the Lord General Fairfax.
- My valor is certainly going!—it is sneaking off!—I feel it oozing out, as it were, at the palms of my hands.
- Richard Brinsley Sheridan, The Rivals (1775), Act V, scene 3.