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Quotations about Boldness

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NOTE:  Some of the quotes on this page were submitted to me by visitors, and not all have been verified for original source or wording. I'm working hard to confirm everything, but in the meantime please be aware of the possibility for errors.  —ღ Terri, March 2021

The game is worth the candle. I will play it boldly and remorselessly. ~Leon Lewis (1833–1920), Found Guilty; or, The Hidden Crime, 1878

It is better to be bold than too circumspect, because fortune is of a sex which likes not a tardy wooer and repulses all who are not ardent.  ~Machiavelli

Put a grain of boldness into everything you do.  ~Baltasar Gracián, translated from Spanish

But the fruit that can fall without shaking
Indeed is too mellow for me.
~Mary Wortley Montagu, The Answer

Venus favors the bold.  ~Ovid

I speak truth, not so much as I would, but as much as I dare; and I dare a little the more, as I grow older.  ~Michel de Montaigne, translated

Boldness is ever blind, for it sees not dangers and inconveniences whence it is bad in council though good in execution.  ~Francis Bacon

There is no strong performance without a little fanaticism in the performer.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Freedom lies in being bold.  ~Robert Frost

Moderation is a fatal thing; nothing succeeds like excess.  ~Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance, 1894

Be bold, be bold, and everywhere be bold.  ~Edmund Spenser

If the light in your life has changed to yellow, I recommend you floor it. It's safer than the alternative. ~Jeb Dickerson, @JebDickerson

Boldness is a mask for fear, however great.  ~John Dryden

Fate loves the fearless... ~James Russell Lowell

Bold as an onion! ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Seven Seventy Seven Sensations, 1897

The unforgivable crime is soft hitting.  Do not hit at all if it can be avoided; but never hit softly.  ~Theodore Roosevelt

I smile in unfear, in conscious potency. I come with yet more strength for the strong, with suage for the assuager. ~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), "Songs of the Strong: III," A Soul's Faring, 1921

Your heart knows that sometimes it's okay to be a complete idiot. ~Kelly Johnson, @KellyMichele29, August 2010 entry to The Quote Garden create your own quote contest on Twitter, @quotegarden

USA TODAY, April 2012: Bubba Watson won the 2012 Masters with the help of a pink PING G20 driver. He uses that color to promote cancer awareness and prevention. Tell us: Would you play with a Bubba Watson-pink driver?
— "You gotta have a big pair to swing pink, way to go Bubba!" ~Lowell Jacoby
— "I think it's a little odd, too, but hard to call him sissy-boy when he hits it 360 yards." ~Tim McDonald

I'm always top banana in the shock department. ~Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany's, 1958, spoken by the character Holly Golightly

He who finds Fortune on his side should go briskly ahead, for she is wont to favor the bold. ~Baltasar Gracián, translated from Spanish

He was a bold Man, that first eat an Oyster. ~Jonathan Swift, A Complete Collection of Genteel and Ingenious Conversation, According to the Most Polite Mode and Method Now Used at Court, and in the Best Companies of England, in Three Dialogues by Simon Wagstaff, Esq., "Polite Conversation, &c.: Dialogue II" (Colonel Atwit), completed 1731, published 1738  [This is the original phrasing. Some later sources have changed this to "He was a bold man that first ate an oyster." —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

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