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.     


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.     


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.     


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.     


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.     


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.     


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