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[ Also see Audacity Boldness Bravery Chivalry Courage Cowardice Daring Fortitude Heroes Heroism Rashness Recklessness Soldiers War ]

It is held that valor is the chiefest virtue, and most dignifies the haver.
      - William Shakespeare

There is no love-broker in the world can more prevail in man's commendation with woman than report of valor.
      - William Shakespeare

To that dauntless temper of his mind he hath a wisdom that doth guide his valor to act in safety.
      - William Shakespeare

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?
      - William Shakespeare

When valour preys on reason,
  It eats the sword it fights with.
      - William Shakespeare

When valor preys on reason,
  It eats the sword it fights with: I will seek
    Some way to leave him.
      - William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra
         (Enobarbus at III, xiii)

You may as well say that's a valiant flea that dare eat his breakfast on the lip of a lion.
      - William Shakespeare, Henry V

Do not honor him so much
  To prick thy finger, though to wound his heart.
    What valor 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?
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Sixth, Part III
         (Northumberland at I, iv)

'Tis much he dares;
  And to that dauntless temper of his mind
    He hath a wisdom that doth guide his valor
      To act in safety.
      - William Shakespeare, Macbeth
         (Macbeth at III, i)

You are the hare of whom the proverb goes,
  Whose valor plucks dead lions by the beard.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life and Death of King John
         (Bastard at II, i)

He's truly valiant that can wisely suffer
  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.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life of Timon of Athens
         (First Senator at III, v)

I have heard of some kind of men that put quarrels purposely on others, to taste their valor.
      - William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night

True valor is like honesty; it enters into all that a man sees and does.
      - Henry Wheeler Shaw (used pseudonyms Josh Billings and Uncle Esek)

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
         (act V, sc. 3)

The truly valiant dare everything but doing anybody an injury.
      - Sir Philip Sidney (Sydney)

Valor is abased by too much loftiness.
      - Sir Philip Sidney (Sydney)

Whatever comes out of despair cannot bear the title of valor, which should be lifted up to such a height that holding all things under itself, it should be able to maintain its greatness, even in the midst of miseries.
      - Sir Philip Sidney (Sydney)

Valor is the contempt of death and pain.
      - Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus)

Valor gives awe, and promises protection to those who want heart or strength to defend themselves. This makes the authority of men among women, and that of a master buck in a numerous herd.
      - Sir William Temple

True valor
  Lies in the mind, the never-yielding purpose,
    Nor owns the blind award of giddy fortune.
      - James Thomson (1)

Go on and increase in valor, my boy,
  This is the way to the stars.
    [Lat., Macte nova virtute, puer,
      Sic itur ad astra.]
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil)

Of small number, but their valour quick for war.
  [Lat., Exigui numero, sed bello vivida virtus.]
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil),
        The Aeneid (V, 754)

As a rule, he fights well who has wrongs to redress; but vastly better fights he who, with wrongs as a spur, has also steadily before him a glorious result in prospect--a result in which he can discern balm for wounds, compensation for valor, remembrance and gratitude in the event of death.
      - Lewis (Lew) Wallace

Noble Pity held his hand awhile, and to their choice gave space whether they would prove his valor or his grace.
      - Edmund Waller

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