99+ Best Coward Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Profoundly inspirational coward quotes will encourage you to think a little deeper than you usually would and broaden your perspective.

Famous Coward Quotes

To say that a man lieth, is as much to say, as that he is brave towards God, and a coward towards men. — Francis Bacon

Audiences and critics are finding more and more in Coward nowadays. Plays that have been regarded as only froth for years are emerging as penetrating character studies. — Bob Baker

I’d never allow myself to let myself call myself a coward. — Graham Taylor

In this case, the law enforcement officers felt that the jury’s verdict was insufficient to the cause justice. Three men, good, veteran officers were murdered in cold-blood by a coward who surrendered to the tactical unit that responded because he was afraid getting shot himself. The jury’s sentencing recommendation was not good enough. — Chuck D.

If you go to your death rather than do everything you might to prevent what is happening, you are merely committing suicide and trying to make yourself feel better about it. That is the act of a coward. It is beneath contempt. — Jim Butcher

No coward soul is mine, No trembler in the world’s storm-troubled sphere… — Emily Bronte

So I lied to you last night. I said I just wanted one night with you. But I want every night with you. And that’s why I have to slip out of your window now, like a coward. Because if I had to tell you this yo your face, I couldn’t make myself go. — Cassandra Clare

The funny thing is, I was never much of a fighter. Better a live coward than a dead hero, that was my motto. — Ozzy Osbourne

At the end of the day, capital is a coward. It’s going to flee from wherever it perceives risk to be present in the marketplace… — Jon Huntsman, Jr.

He had noticed that events were cowards: they didn’t occur singly, but instead they would run in packs and leap out at him all at once. — Neil Gaiman

Do you see the irony at all, Tristan?’ I stare at him and shake my head. He seems determined not to speak again until I do. ‘What irony?’ I ask eventually, the words tumbling out in a hurried heap. ‘That I am to be shot as a coward while you get to live as one. — John Boyne

It is the English, not their Government; for if they were not blind cowards, they would lynch Chamberlain and Halifax and all the other smarmy traitors. — Enoch Powell

Actually, I can’t stand watching violent scenes in films; I avoid watching horror films. I don’t tend to watch action films mainly because I find them boring, but I watch the films of David Cronenberg and Martin Scorsese, usually in a state close to having a heart attack. I’m a complete coward. I make violent films as a result of my sensitivity to violence – in other words, my fear of violence. — Park Chan-wook

Only cowards torture women. — Patricia Briggs

If our principles are right, why should we be cowards? — Lucretia Mott

Coaches who let a championship team back off from becoming a dynasty are cowards. — Pat Riley

The coward makes himself cowardly, the hero makes himself heroic. — Jean-Paul Sartre

All men would be cowards if they could. — John Wilmot

Humans are cowards in the face of happiness. It takes courage to hold on to happiness. — Novala Takemoto

My advice to you, if you should ever be in a hold up, is to line up with the cowards and save your bravery for an occasion when it may be of some benefit to you. — O. Henry

I say to Floyd Mayweather Jr., don’t be a coward and face me in the ring, mano a mano, and shut your big, pretty mouth so we can show the world who is the true king of the ring, — Manny Pacquiao

I am not a coward, but I am so strong. So hard to die. — Meriwether Lewis

These internet trolls are cowards who are poisoning our national life. No-one would permit such venom in person, so there should be no place for it on social media, — Chris Grayling

There’s no need in both of us dying tonight. (Kiara) I took an oath to save every life I could. I’m not about to back out on it now. I might be a lot of things, but a coward has never been one of them. (Syn) — Sherrilyn Kenyon

It is the coward who fawns upon those above him. It is the coward who is insolent whenever he dares be so. — Junius

I’m a complete coward in real life. — Seth Rogen

I think everybody likes a person that stands up for themselves. Nobody likes a punk or a coward. — Ice Cube

Cowards have done good and kind actions, but a coward never pardoned. — Friedrich Schiller

None can be Tyrants but Cowards. — Mary Astell

It is only in his head that man is heroic; in the pit of his stomach he is always a coward. — Mary Roberts Rinehart

Imagination makes cowards of us all. — Ethel Mumford

At sixteen I get drafted. When I read the draft notice, I cry. Not because I’m a coward – I’m not afraid of anyone. But I don’t want to kill or be killed. — Klaus Kinski

I feel I’m doing what I should’ve done a lifetime ago. For a little while I’m not afraid. Maybe it’s because I’m doing the right thing at last. Maybe it’s because I’ve done a rash thing and don’t want to look the coward to you. — Ray Bradbury

An act of a coward made us all Jewish in Bella Vista, and we’re all going to be Jewish until it comes down. Good is just as strong as evil. — Vern Anastasio

The greatest braggarts are usually the biggest cowards. — Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Ah, you coward! Look at you, running. Actually, it’s called improvising. — Jonathan Stroud

The coward’s fear of death stems in large part from his incapacity to love anything but his own body. The inability to participate in others’ lives stands in the way of his developing any inner resources sufficient to overcome the terror of death. — J. Glenn Gary, The Warriors — Sebastian Junger

This is the coward who murdered a 13 year old girl. — Stanley Borgia

Advertising is a conscienceless industry, populated by cowards and idiots, that warps and drains everyone. It eggs on the worst in all of us. If I could eliminate either advertising or nuclear weapons, I would choose advertising. — George Meyer

Anything in life worth doing is worth overdoing. Moderation is for cowards. — Seal

I am not a saint or a cripple, I am not a wound; now I will see whether I am a coward. — Margaret Atwood

There is no vengeance as terrible as the vengeance a coward plots in the dark of his heart. — Glen Cook

In misfortune we often mistake dejection for constancy; we bear it without daring to look on it; like cowards, who suffer themselves to be murdered without resistance. — Francois de La Rochefoucauld

If cowardice were not so completely a coward as to be unable to look steadily upon the effects of courage, he would find that there is no refuge so sure as dauntless valor. — Jane Porter

The sea hates a coward. — Eugene O’Neill

The fear of being laughed at makes cowards of us all. — Mignon McLaughlin

I’m not going to be a coward and make excuses like a lot of fighters when they lose. Whatever the reason, I lost the fight. — Ricardo Mayorga

Meriwether Lewis’s last words were, ‘I am not a coward, but I am so strong. So hard to die.’ I don’t doubt that it is, but it cannot be much harder than being left behind. — John Green

The liar was the hottest to defend his veracity, the coward his courage, the ill-bred his gentlemanliness, and the cad his honor — Margaret Mitchell

Every decent man of our age must be a coward and a slave. That is his normal condition. Of that I am firmly persuaded. He is made and constructed to that very end. And not only at the present time owing to some casual circumstance, but always, at all times, a decent man is bound to be a coward and a slave. — Fyodor Dostoevsky

Hear, hear, said the Dog, raising her head. It’s always better to be doing, Prince. Besides, you don’t smell like a coward, so you can’t be one. — Garth Nix

You’re a selfish coward and everyone hates you. — Megan Miller

The vertue of a coward is suspition. — George Herbert

I realized now that militancy in the best sense of the word was the only answer where the black man was concerned, that any black man who wasn’t a militant in 1970 was either blind or a coward. — Jesse Owens

Anything worth doing is worth over-doing. Moderation is for cowards. — Marcus Luttrell

He was, he would be the first to admit, a coward, an incompetent, and not even very good at being a failure. — Terry Pratchett

The team doesn’t want to be bullied. It makes you look like a coward and makes you look small. Our team has more of an ego or a pride thing. Teams seem to try and bully us and we step up and take the challenge. — Marcus Williams

I’m too much of a coward to kill myself. And too much of a coward to live — Jodi Picoult

I don’t fly on account of my religion. I’m a devout coward. — Henny Youngman

I have known men of valor cowards to their wives. — Horace Walpole

They’ve gotten the best of us in recent years, so I’m a little bit worried about calling it off now and looking like a coward with my tail between my legs. — Mike Gillespie

You have to keep your vision clear, cause only a coward lives in fear. — Nas

Those who live in the past are cowards and losers. — Mike Ditka

If you are courageous, listen to the heart. If you are a coward, listen to the head. — Rajneesh

Nothing wrong with cowardice as long as it comes with prudence. But when a coward stops remembering who he is… God help him. — Khaled Hosseini

It is a law of nature that every decent man on earth is bound to be a coward and a slave — Fyodor Dostoevsky

Life’s not about security. It’s about picking up the pieces after it’s all over and carrying on. We can choose to be cowards who fear letting someone inside us, and do that alone. Or we can choose to be brave and let someone stand by our side and help us. — Sherrilyn Kenyon

Let him go, Julian. His entire body isn’t worth one molecule of yours. (Grace) (To Paul) Where I come from, we butchered worthless cowards like you just for practice. (Julian) — Sherrilyn Kenyon

There is more than one kind of death? (Kat) Yes. Cowards aren’t the only ones who die a thousand deaths. Sometimes heroes do, too. (Sin) — Sherrilyn Kenyon

An utterly fearless man is a far more dangerous comrade than a coward. — Herman Melville

Your on your on with this one babe. Coward. Calling me names isn’t going to get me in there. -Ranger and Stephanie — Janet Evanovich

Mr. Montag, you are looking at a coward. I saw the way things were going a long time back. I said nothing. I am one of the innocents who could have spoken up and out when no one would listen to the ‘guilty,’ but I did not speak and thus became guilty myself. — Ray Bradbury

At 11, I went to live with my maternal nan and granddad temporarily, after my parents separated, and Nan would let me have a go on her piano. My grandparents were like something out of the Noel Coward play, ‘This Happy Breed,’ and it was magical to hear them sing music-hall songs. — Jools Holland

The man who lays his hand upon a woman, Save in the way of kindness, is a wretch Whom ’twere gross flattery to name a coward — John Tobin

A coward is one who in a perilous emergency thinks with his legs. — Ambrose Gwinett Bierce

A light supper, a good night’s sleep, and a fine morning have often made a hero of the same man who, by indigestion, a restless night, and a rainy morning would have proved a coward — Lord Chesterfield

I don’t believe in living in the past. Living in the past is for cowards. If you live in the past, you die in the past. — Mike Ditka

Cowards make the best torturers. Cowards understand fear and they can use it — Mark Lawrence

A coward never forgives. — Laurence Sterne

Base and crafty cowards are like the arrow that flieth in the dark. — Francis Bacon

Even in my bravest moment, I am a coward. — Isaac Marion

You’re gutless. It’s how you were made. And that’s not such a bad thing because your saving grace is that you’ve never lied to yourself about it. Not about that. Nothing wrong with cowardice as long as it comes with prudence. But when a coward stops remembering who he is… God help him. — Khaled Hosseini

I think before I act—and then think again. I am not entirely a coward, but I do not lose myself in action as you do. — John Christopher

Any man who is a man may not, in honor, submit to threats or violence. But many men who are not cowards are simply unprepared for the fact of human savagery. — Jeff Cooper

I thought I raised a ballplayer. You’re nothing but a coward and a quitter. — Mickey Mantle

The coward regards himself as cautious, the miser as thrifty. — Publilius Syrus

If you only stand up for speech you approve of, you’re a hack. If you only stand up for speech that everyone approves of, you’re a coward. — Glenn Reynolds

It’s fear that makes us lose our conscience. It’s also what transforms us into cowards. — Marjane Satrapi

You always know the mark of a coward. A coward hides behind freedom. A brave person stands in front of freedom and defends it for others. — Henry Rollins

I didn’t see it, not at all. Like I said, if you are going to play a football game, don’t be a coward and wait until you make one play and do something. Just play football. His celebration doesn’t mean anything. — Ray Lewis

The only way I could endure being a coward was if I was the only one who knew it. — Pat Conroy

I found his last words without too much searching. Captured by the Bolivian army, Guevara said, ‘Shoot, coward. You are only going to kill a man. — John Green

Islamophobia: a word created by fascists, and used by cowards, to manipulate morons. — Christopher Hitchens

When all the blandishments of life are gone, The coward sneaks to death, the brave live on. — George Sewell

No one can hurry me down to Hades before my time, but if a man’s hour is come, be he brave or be he coward, there is no escape for him when he has once been born. — Homer

Cowards always drag in the Bible to back theirselves up far more than proper people does … — Miles Franklin

To know what is right and choose to ignore it is the act of a coward. — Masashi Kishimoto

The cowards never start and the weak die along the way. — Kit Carson

My uncle killed by sniper in WW2. We were taught snipers were cowards. Will shoot you in the back. Snipers aren’t heroes. And invaders are worse. — Michael Moore

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