Coward Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old coward quotes, coward sayings, and coward proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

You cannot be a hero without being a coward. George Bernard Shaw
Cowards do not count in battle; they are there, but not in it. Euripides
A dog barks when his master is attacked. I would be a coward if I saw that God's truth is attacked and yet would remain silent. John Calvin
Faint heart never won fair lady. Miguel de Cervantes
He was just a coward and that was the worst luck any many could have. Ernest Hemingway
The coward fears the prick of Fate, not he who dares all, becoming himself the dreaded one. Elise Pumpelly Cabot
For cowards the road of desertion should be left open; they will carry over to the enemy nothing, but their fears. Christian Nestell Bovee
It's when you run away that you're most liable to stumble. Casey Robinson
Any coward can fight a battle when he's sure of winning; but give me the man who has pluck to fight when he's sure of losing. George Eliot
A coward is much more exposed to quarrels than a man of spirit. Thomas Jefferson
A coward boasting of his courage may deceive strangers, but he is a laughing-stock to those who know him. Phaedrus
Cowardice rightly understood begins with selfishness and ends with shame. Jose Rizal
The coward only threatens when he is safe. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
There is always a philosophy for lack of courage. Albert Camus
The worst cowards, banded together, have their power. Homer
That man is not truly brave who is afraid either to seem or to be, when it suits him, a coward. Edgar Allan Poe
The coward's weapon, poison. John Fletcher
Haters and bullies are always cowards, you know. They like to pick on little guys. Scylar Tyberius
There never was found a man who had courage to acknowledge himself a coward. Joseph R Bartlett
It is better to be the widow of a hero than the wife of a coward. Dolores Ibarruri
A coward is a hero with a wife, kids, and a mortgage. Marvin Kitman
Apathy adds up, in the long run, to cowardice. Rollo May
Cowardice, as distinguished from panic, is almost always simply a lack of ability to suspend the functioning of the imagination. Ernest Hemingway
A coward is one who in a perilous emergency thinks with his legs. Ambrose Bierce
If you build the guts to do something, anything, then you better save enough to face the consequences. Criss Jami
A coward talks to everyone but you. Shannon L. Alder
It is the coward who fawns upon those above him. It is the coward who is insolent whenever he dares be so. Junius
I'm really a peaceful sort of coward. L.A. Meyer
Chirp of coward shouted in crowd, dare to speak but not to be known. Toba Beta
A cowardly cur barks more fiercely than it bites. Quintus Curtius Rufus
Fear has its use but cowardice has none. Mahatma Gandhi
To know what is right and not do it is the worst cowardice. Confucius
A coward may cover the ground with his words but when the time comes to fight he runs away. Chinua Achebe
The coward calls himself cautious, the miser thrifty. Publilius Syrus
It was always himself that the coward abandoned first. After this all other betrayals came easily. Cormac Mccarthy
Nearly every man is a coward, if confronted by the proper terror. Edgar Watson Howe
I'm a hero with coward's legs. Spike Milligan
Staying silent is like a slow growing cancer to the soul and a trait of a true coward. There is nothing intelligent about not standing up for yourself. You may not win every battle. However, everyone will at least know what you stood for you. Shannon L. Alder
A coward's courage is in his tongue. Burke
None but a coward dares to boast that he has never known fear. Ferdinand Foch
Coward: One who, in a perilous emergency, thinks with his legs. Ambrose Bierce
Cowards die many times before their deaths. The valiant never taste of death but once. William Shakespeare
A coward: a man or woman who is unsatisfied by his condition and believes he was destined to accept it that way. Bangambiki Habyarimana
I'd like to see one person just one who would own up to having been a coward. Edith Piaf
There is but one coward on earth, and that is the coward that dare not know. W.E.B. Du Bois
A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave. Mahatma Gandhi
Cowards can never be moral. Mahatma Gandhi
Cowards dare others to do what they themselves do not dare to do. Ana Monnar
A man that flies from his fear may find that he has only taken a short cut to meet it. J. R. R. Tolkien