The first in banquets, but the last in fight.
Peace and plenty breed cowards; hardness over hardiness is the mother. (Cymbeline)
Cowards run the greatest dangers of any men in a battle.
Man gives every reason for his conduct save one, every excuse for his crimes save one, every plea for his safety save one; and that one is his cowardice.
A cowards fear may make a coward valiant.
It is thus that mutual cowardice keeps us in peace. Were one half of mankind brave, and one half cowards, the brave would be always beating the cowards. Were all brave, they would lead a very uneasy life; all would be continually fighting: but being all cowards, we go on very well.
Not every man is so great a coward as he thinks he is – nor yet so good a Christian.
A coward is a man in whom the instinct of self – preservation acts normally.
It is the coward who fawns upon those above him. It is the coward who is insolent whenever he dares be so.
I loathe people who keep dogs. They are cowards who haven’t got the guts to bite people themselves.