In a word, I was too cowardly to do what I knew to be right, as I had been too cowardly to avoid doing what I knew to be wrong.
What is your definition of a coward? A man who would think twice before fightng a lion with his bare hands. And what is your definition of a brave man? A man who doesn’t know what a lion is. Every man knows what a lion is. Every man assumes that he does. (The difference between a brave man and a coward is a coward thinks twice before jumping in the cage with a lion. The brave man doesn’t know what a lion is. He just thinks he does.)
They tell us that suicide is the greatest piece of cowardice; that only a madman could be guiltyof it, and other insipidities of the sam kind; or else they make the nonsensical remark that suicide is wrong, when it is quite obvious that there is nothing in the world to which every man has a more unassailable title than to his own life and person.
The world was full of cravens who pretended to be heroes; it took a queer sort of courage to admit to cowardice…
The world is always satisfied, it turns out, with a countenance it can understand. Indolence and cowardice do the rest. Independence is earned by a few words of cheap confidence.