Quotes / Cowardly Lion

"Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway."

"Fear has nothing to do with cowardice. A fellow is only yellow when he lets his fear make him quit."
Jerome Cady

"Courage isn't just a matter of not being frightened, you know. It's being afraid and doing what you have to do anyway."

Roman General: There is no shame in fear! There is only shame in letting fear rule you! Try not to look scared, and you will find bravery in your heart!
English General: ...any man who faces battle without concern, is a moonstruck fool. To be brave is to go forward anyway, no matter how afeared! That is why I go forward, with so many other brave men.

"Superman isn't brave. He's smart, handsome, even decent. But he's not brave. No, listen to me. Superman is indestructible, and you can't be brave if you're indestructible. It's people like you and your mother. People who are different, and can be crushed and know it. Yet they keep on going out there every time."
Grandpa, Angus

"I mustn't run away... I mustn't run away... I mustn't run away!"
Shinji Ikari, Neon Genesis Evangelion

Butters yelped and I looked up to see Cassius holding the knife, sweeping it clumsily at his opponent. Butters skittered away from the knife, eyes wide with terror.
But he skittered directly between Cassius and me.
And held his ground.
Harry Dresden, Dead Beat

Sabrina: That was very brave of you, Gordy.
Gordy: Don't talk, run!

Cowardly Lion: All right, I'll go in there for Dorothy. Wicked Witch or no Wicked Witch, guards or no guards, I'll tear them apart. I may not come out alive, but I'm going in there. There's only one thing I want you fellows to do.
Tin Woodsman, Scarecrow: What's that?
Cowardly Lion: Talk me out of it!

“Contrary to some opinions, it is better to be a dead hero than a live louse. Dying is messy and inconvenient but even a louse dies someday, no matter what he will do to stay alive - and he is forever having to explain his choice.”

And I never passed a cry for help
Although, at times I shook with fear
And sometimes, God forgive
I've wept unmanly tears...
— "The Final Inspection" (author unknown)

...and between them was Sita, a little frightened and very brave.
The Ramayana, Ramesh Menon translation

"It’s not true, I was scared. I feel like I’m always scared and that I just want to run away."
"And yet you’re still here, still fighting. Bravery is not about being fearless, but about overcoming those fears and to move forward, and you demonstrate true courage every time you refuse to back down from your ideals."
Recruitment, a RWBY fic

"I am not afraid!
...Well I am, but I'll be brave!"

At this point in the story, Esther’s character comes to the fore. When she first learns of Haman’s plot and the threat to the Jews, her reaction is one of helplessness. She cannot approach the king without being summoned, on pain of death, and the king has not summoned her in thirty days, implying that she has fallen out of favor (Esth 4:11). However, following Mordecai’s insistent prodding, she resolves to do what she can to save her people, ending with the ringing declaration “After that I will go to the king, though it is against the law; and if I perish, I perish” (Esth 4:16). The pliant and obedient Esther has become a woman of action.

"I am a coward, in fact. But I have enough courage to run away from the waiting room right to the match."
Joichiro Tatsuyoshi, Japanese boxing champion