Maxims on bravery and death


A small collection.


"A coward dies a thousand times before his death, but the valiant taste of death but once. It seems to me most strange that men should fear, seeing that death, a necessary end, will come when it will come." Shakespeare


“The coward dies a thousand deaths, the brave but one'.... (The man who first said that) was probably a coward.... He knew a great deal about cowards but nothing about the brave. The brave dies perhaps two thousand deaths if he's intelligent. He simply doesn't mention them.” Ernest Hemingway


A man has three earthly deaths.

The first is the death of hubris, which a man will battle over his life by what he thinks and how he acts. The second is death of his mortal body, which a coward will fear a thousand times and the brave will face once. The third is the death of his earthly name, which a man may live to prevent, if he so chooses, but determined by how well he does the first two.