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Virtue and Vice
109. Courage; Virtue
"Courage is reckoned the
greatest of all virtues; because,
unless a man has that virtue, he has no security for preserving
"We have more respect for a man who robs boldly on the highway,
than for a fellow who jumps out of a ditch, and knocks you down
behind your back. Courage is a quality so necessary for
maintaining virtue, that it is always respected, even when it is
associated with vice."
"Bravery has no place where it can avail nothing."
Johnson: Letter to Hester Thrale [Piozzi]