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|He appears to be an archetypical Renaissance figure, a versatile character that contains something of everything within him: “He is the sophisticated thinker and the powerless politician; the resentful child and the sober student; the ...|
|Dr Goldsmith proceeds — "Nor is Hamlet more accurate in the following reflection |
— " Thus conscience does make cowards of us all." A bad conscience will make
us cowards, but a good conscience will make us brave. It does not appear, that ...
|conscience does make cowards of us all They say that confession is good for the |
soul, but I was reluctant to put my job on the line by admitting to such an
egregious mistake. The proverb was first recorded c. 1641 in David Fergusson's
|Reflecting that it is only the fear of Hell which prevents man from either destroying |
evil by direct action or escaping from it by suicide, Hamlet arrives at his decision:
Thus conscience does make cowards of us all; And thus the native hue of ...
|CERTAIN MAN. who knew human nature about as well as any one else of whom |
history tells. once asserted: “Conscience doth make cowards of us all." But
William Shakespeare wrote a long while ago. and the word "conscience" does
|Cf. 1594SHAKESPEARERichardIIII. iv. 133 Where's thy conscience now?—I'll not |
meddle with it—it makes a man a coward. 1600–1SHAKESPEAREHamletIII. i. 83
Conscience does make cowards of us all. 1697VANBRUGHProvoked Wife v.
|The undiscovered Country*, from whose 4boum, No traveller returns', 4puzzles« |
the will, And makes us rather bear* those ills* we have, [Than] fly* to others that
we know not of? 1 Thus Conscience does make ^cowards of us all, And thus the
|... without encountering any others in the next.* Nor is Hamlet more accurate in |
the following reflection : Thus conscience does make cowards of us all. A bad
conscience will make us cowards ; but a good conscience will make us brave. It