— Jean Racine, Phèdre
Phèdre (1677), Ce n'est plus une ardeur dans mes veines cachée: C'est Vénus tout entière à sa proie attachée. Phèdre, act I, scene III.
— Jean Racine, Phèdre
„Far better is it to have a stout heart always, and suffer one's share of evils, than to be ever fearing what may happen.“
— Herodotus, buch Historien des Herodot
The Histories, Book 7, Ch. 50 (trans. George Rawlinson) Variant translation: It is better by noble boldness to run the risk of being subject to half of the evils we anticipate than to remain in cowardly listlessness for fear of what might happen.
— F. E. Smith, 1st Earl of Birkenhead British politician 1872 - 1930
Context: Politically, economically and philosophically the motive of self-interest not only is but must... and ought to be the mainspring of human conduct... For as long a time as the records of history have been preserved human societies passed through a ceaseless process of evolution and adjustment. This process has sometimes been pacific, but more often it has resulted from warlike disturbance. The strength of different nations, measured in terms of arms, varies from century to century. The world continues to offer glittering prizes to those who have stout hearts and sharp swords; it is therefore extremely improbable that the experience of future ages will differ in any material respect from that which has happened since the twilight of the human race … it is for us who, in our history have proved ourselves a martial … people … to maintain in our own hands the adequate means for our own protection and … to march with heads erect and bright eyes along the road of our imperial destiny. "Idealism in International Politics", Rectoral Address at Glasgow University (7 November, 1923). Quoted in The Times, 8 November 1923, according to "Guarantee of Peace: The League of Nations in British Policy 1914-1925" by Peter J. Yearwood, pg 280
— Archpoet 12th century poet 1130 - 1165
"Confession", Quicquid Venus imperat Labor est suavis, quę nunquam in cordibus habitat ignavis. Line 29
„Art is long, and Time is fleeting,
And our hearts, though stout and brave,
Still, like muffled drums, are beating
Funeral marches to the grave.“
— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, buch Voices of the Night
A Psalm of Life (1839), St. 4. Cf. Andrew Marvell, Upon the Death of Lord Hastings (1649): "Art indeed is long, but life is short".
„Heart, fear nothing, for, heart, thou shalt find her- Next time, herself!-not the trouble behind her“
— Robert Browning English poet and playwright of the Victorian Era 1812 - 1889
„Let every woman whose heart bleeds for the sufferings of her sex, hasten to declare herself and to constitute herself, as far as she possibly can, a free woman.“
— Edward Carpenter British poet and academic 1844 - 1929
Love's Coming of Age (1896), Context: There is no solution except the freedom of woman—which means of course also the freedom of the masses of the people, men and women, and the ceasing altogether of economic slavery. There is no solution which will not include the redemption of the terms “free woman” and “free love” to their true and rightful significance. Let every woman whose heart bleeds for the sufferings of her sex, hasten to declare herself and to constitute herself, as far as she possibly can, a free woman. Let her accept the term with all the odium that belongs to it; let her insist on her right to speak, dress, think, act, and above all to use her sex, as she deems best; let her face the scorn and ridicule; let her “lose her own life” if she likes; assured that only so can come deliverance, and that only when the free woman is honored will the prostitute cease to exist. And let every man who really would respect his counterpart, entreat her also to act so; let him never by word or deed tempt her to grant as a bargain what can only be precious as a gift; let him see her with pleasure stand a little aloof; let him help her to gain her feet; so at last, by what slight sacrifices on his part such a course may involve, will it dawn upon him that he has gained a real companion and helpmate on life’s journey.
„Let statesmen bluster, bark and bray,
And so decide who started
This bloody war, and who's to pay,
But he must be stout-hearted,
Must sit and stake with quiet breath,
Playing at cards with Death.“
— Robert Graves English poet and novelist 1895 - 1985
Fairies and Fusiliers (1917), Context: Let statesmen bluster, bark and bray, And so decide who started This bloody war, and who's to pay, But he must be stout-hearted, Must sit and stake with quiet breath, Playing at cards with Death. Don't plume yourself he fights for you; It is no courage, love, or hate, But let us do the things we do; It's pride that makes the heart be great; It is not anger, no, nor fear — Lucasta he's a Fusilier, And his pride keeps him here. "To Lucasta on Going to the War — For the Fourth Time"
„And we cannot change this order of things; but what we can do is to acquire stout hearts, worthy of good men, thereby courageously enduring chance and placing ourselves in harmony with Nature.“
— Seneca the Younger, buch Epistulae morales
Epistulae Morales ad Lucilium (Moral Letters to Lucilius), Letter CVII: On Obedience to the Universal Will
„The hero of the Odyssey is a great fighter, a wily schemer, a ready speaker, a man of stout heart and broad wisdom who knows that he must endure without too much complaining what the gods send;“
— Robert M. Pirsig, buch Zen und die Kunst ein Motorrad zu warten
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (1974), Context: "The hero of the Odyssey is a great fighter, a wily schemer, a ready speaker, a man of stout heart and broad wisdom who knows that he must endure without too much complaining what the gods send; and he can both build and sail a boat, drive a furrow as straight as anyone, beat a young braggart at throwing the discus, challenge the Pheacian youth at boxing, wrestling or running; flay, skin, cut up and cook an ox, and be moved to tears by a song. He is in fact an excellent all-rounder; he has surpassing aretê. "Aretê implies a respect for the wholeness or oneness of life, and a consequent dislike of specialization. It implies a contempt for efficiency—or rather a much higher idea of efficiency, an efficiency which exists not in one department of life but in life itself." Ch. 29, quoted from The Greeks by H. D. F. Kitto.
— Thomas Moore Irish poet, singer and songwriter 1779 - 1852
Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919), Ill Omens.
„And I make bold to say that I am not the only one of my countrymen who could profit from taking this admonition to heart.“
— Michael Shea, buch Nifft the Lean
Nifft the Lean (1982), Prologue (p. 8)
„When the spirit touches
man's heart and brow
with thoughts that are lofty, bold, serene,
so that with clear eyes he will face the world
as a free man may“
— Dietrich Bonhoeffer German Lutheran pastor, theologian, dissident anti-Nazi 1906 - 1945
Letters and Papers from Prison (1967; 1997), The Friend, Context: When the spirit touches man's heart and brow with thoughts that are lofty, bold, serene, so that with clear eyes he will face the world as a free man may; when the spirit gives birth to action by which alone we stand or fall; when from the sane and resolute action rises the workd that gives a a man's life content and meaning — then would that many, lonely and actively working, know of the spirit that grasps and befriends him...
„p>Eye hath not seen, tongue hath not told,
And ear hath not heard it sung,
How buoyant and bold, though it seem to grow old,
Is the heart, forever young; — Forever young, — though life's old age
Hath every nerve unstrung:
The heart, the heart, is a heritage
That keeps the old man young!</p“
— Martin Farquhar Tupper English writer and poet 1810 - 1889
A Thousand Lines (1846), The Song of Seventy.
„To wake the soul by tender strokes of art,
To raise the genius, and to mend the heart;
To make mankind, in conscious virtue bold,
Live o'er each scene, and be what they behold:
For this the Tragic Muse first trod the stage.“
— Alexander Pope eighteenth century English poet 1688 - 1744
Prologue to Mr. Addison's Cato (1713), Line 1.
„This is the road I am resolved to follow. This is the path I must go. I ask all who have the spirit—the bold, the steadfast and the young in heart—to stand and join with me as we go forward.“
— Margaret Thatcher British stateswoman and politician 1925 - 2013
First term as Prime Minister, Context: In the past our people have made sacrifices, only to find at the eleventh hour their government had lost its nerve and the sacrifice had been in vain. It shall not be in vain this time. This Conservative Government, not yet two years in office, will hold fast until the future of our country is assured... This is the road I am resolved to follow. This is the path I must go. I ask all who have the spirit—the bold, the steadfast and the young in heart—to stand and join with me as we go forward. Speech to Conservative Central Council (28 March 1981) http://www.margaretthatcher.org/document/104604