Humility is a virtue; timidity is a disease.
All men are timid on entering any fight. Whether it is the first or the last fight, all of us are
timid. Cowards are those who let their timidity get the better of their manhood.
George S. Patton
Enter Action With Boldness
If you are unsure of a course of action, do not attempt it. Your doubts and hesitations will
infect your execution. Timidity is dangerous: Better to enter with boldness. Any mistakes you
commit through audacity are easily corrected with more audacity. Everyone admires the bold;
no one honors the timid.
No matter how timid a man is, he is capable of the loftiest heroism when he is put to the
Nowadays most people die of a sort of creeping common sense, and discover when it is too
late that the only things one never regrets are one's mistakes.
Under the command of a great general, there is no feeble soldier.
Timidity relieves one of responsibility.
The challenge of leadership is is to be strong, but not rude. Be kind, but not weak. Be bold,
but not a bully. Be thoughtful, but not lazy. Be humble, but not timid. Be proud, but not
arrogant. Have humour, but without folly.
Education helps one case cease being intimidated by strange situations.
One can say this in general of men: they are ungrateful, disloyal, insincere and deceitful,
timid of danger and avid of profit. Love is a bond of obligation that these miserable creatures
break whenever it suits them to do so; but fear holds them fast by a dread of punishment
that never passes.
Don't be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more
experiments you make the better.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
What could we accomplish if we knew we could not fail?
Timidity makes a person modest. It makes him or her say, "I'm not worthy of being written up
in the record of deeds in heaven or on earth." Timidity keeps people from their good. They are
afraid to say, "Yes, I deserve it."
Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty.
Call someone you are intimidated to call, buy a pair of shoes that costs more than you would
ever have paid in the past, ask for something you want that you have been too frightened to
ask for before. Take a risk a day - one small or bold stroke that will make you feel great once
you have done it.
Hatred is the coward's revenge for being intimidated.
George Bernard Shaw
I don't try to intimidate anybody before a fight. That's nonsense. I intimidate people by
The experienced mountain climber is not intimidated by a mountain - he is inspired by it. The
persistent winner is not discouraged by a problem - he is challenged by it. Mountains are
created to be conquered; adversities are designed to be defeated; problems are meant to be
solved. It is better to master one mountain than a thousand foothills.
William Arthur Ward
Strength in numbers is the delight of the timid. The valiant of spirit glory in fighting alone.
When people are intimidated about having their own opinions, oppression is at hand.
Man is timid and apologetic; he is no longer upright; he dares not say "I think," "I am," but
quotes some saint or sage. He is ashamed before the blade of grass or the blowing rose.
These roses under my window make no reference to former roses or to better ones; they are
for what they are; they exist with God today. There is no time to them. There is simply the
rose; it is perfect in every moment of its existence.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.
To laugh is to risk appearing a fool.
To weep is to risk appearing sentimental.
To reach out to another is to risk involvement.
To expose feelings is to risk exposing your true self.
To place your ideas and dreams before a crowd is to risk their loss.
To love is to risk not being loved in return.
To hope is to risk pain.
To try is to risk failure.
But risks must be taken, because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.
William Arthur Ward
Superstition is the religion of feeble minds.
Mediocre people will be intimidated by your success. That's because they haven't been willing
to do whatever it takes to achieve their dreams, so their retaliation is to attack you for doing
what they haven't been willing to do.
The first symptom of love in a young man is timidity; in a girl boldness.
Do not intimidate. Empower.
It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or
where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is
actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives
valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without
error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends
himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high
achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that
his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.
Strength is the outcome of need; security sets a premium on feebleness.
H. G. Wells
The worst thing one can do is not to try, to be aware of what one wants and not give in to it,
to spend years in silent hurt wondering if something could have materialized - never knowing.
It is often laziness and timidity that keep us within our duty while virtue gets all the credit.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Never be afraid to try something new. Remember that a lone amateur built the Ark. A large
group of professionals built the Titanic.
A timid mind is apt to mistake every scratch for a mortal wound.
George Gordon Byron
Even the best-natured people, if uninstructed, are always blind and uncertain. We must take
pains to instruct ourselves so that ignorance makes us neither too timid nor too bold.
Like timidity, bravery is also contagious.
Given the same amount of intelligence, timidity will do a thousand times more damage than
Karl von Clausewitz
An hour's terror is better than a lifetime of timidity.
Walter de la Mare
The future does not belong to those who are content with today, apathetic toward common
problems and their fellow man alike, timid and fearful in the face of bold projects and new
ideas. Rather, it will belong to those who can blend passion, reason and courage in a personal
commitment to the ideals of American society.
Robert F. Kennedy
Great empires are not maintained by timidity.
A timid dog barks more violently than it bites.
Quintus Curtius Rufus
An able man shows his spirit by gentle words and resolute actions. He is neither hot nor timid.
Lord Chesterfield Stanhope