„Necessity makes even the timid brave.“

—  Sallust, Chapter LVII <!-- , as quoted in A Book of Quotations, Proverbs and Household Words (1907) edited by William Gurney Benham, p. 830 -->
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Necessitas etiam timidos fortes facit.

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