„The measure may be thought bold, but I am of the opinion the boldest are the safest.“

Statement to Sir Hyde Parker urging vigorous action against the Russians and Danes (24 March 1801), quoted in "The Book of Military Quotations" by Peter G. Tsouras, p. 54
1800s

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„In difficult and desperate cases, the boldest counsels are the safest.“

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„Well, this is the time for bold measures.“

—  Bono Irish rock musician, singer of U2 1960

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Contexte: Remember what John Adams said about Ben Franklin, "He does not hesitate at our boldest Measures but rather seems to think us too irresolute."
Well, this is the time for bold measures.

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„You are reading a bold and universal headline which says ,'I am here, I am here, I am here.'"“

—  Kurt Vonnegut, livre Le Breakfast du champion

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Contexte: It was Trout’s fantasy that somebody would be outraged by the footprints. This would give him the opportunity to reply grandly, "What is it that offends you so? I am simply using man’s first printing press. You are reading a bold and universal headline which says,'I am here, I am here, I am here.'"

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„The system of fortification by wall and towers may be made safest by the addition of earthen ramparts.“

—  Vitruvius, livre De architectura

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„When the spirit touches
man's heart and brow
with thoughts that are lofty, bold, serene,
so that with clear eyes he will face the world
as a free man may“

—  Dietrich Bonhoeffer German Lutheran pastor, theologian, dissident anti-Nazi 1906 - 1945

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Contexte: When the spirit touches
man's heart and brow
with thoughts that are lofty, bold, serene,
so that with clear eyes he will face the world
as a free man may;
when the spirit gives birth to action
by which alone we stand or fall;
when from the sane and resolute action
rises the workd that gives a a man's life
content and meaning — then would that many,
lonely and actively working,
know of the spirit that grasps and befriends him...

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„"I would rather err with the majority than in my own way." So thought St Augustine. I am of the reverse opinion.“

—  Karlheinz Deschner German writer and activist 1924 - 2014

Ich will lieber mit den meisten irren als auf meine Weise. So dachte Augustinus. Ich denke umgekehrt.
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„In such a strait the wisest may well be perplexed, and the boldest staggered. The circumstances are in a great measure new. We have hardly any land-marks from the wisdom of our ancestors, to guide us. At best we can only follow the spirit of their proceeding in other cases.“

—  Edmund Burke, livre Thoughts on the Cause of the Present Discontents

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Contexte: The power of discretionary disqualification by one law of Parliament, and the necessity of paying every debt of the Civil List by another law of Parliament, if suffered to pass unnoticed, must establish such a fund of rewards and terrors as will make Parliament the best appendage and support of arbitrary power that ever was invented by the wit of man. This is felt. The quarrel is begun between the Representatives and the People. The Court Faction have at length committed them. In such a strait the wisest may well be perplexed, and the boldest staggered. The circumstances are in a great measure new. We have hardly any land-marks from the wisdom of our ancestors, to guide us. At best we can only follow the spirit of their proceeding in other cases.

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„Return London. Safest route.“

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„Law is the safest helmet.“

—  Edward Coke English lawyer and judge 1552 - 1634

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„Oh, I am a cook and a captain bold
And the mate of the Nancy brig,
And a bo'sun tight and a midshipmite
And the crew of the captain's gig.“

—  W. S. Gilbert English librettist of the Gilbert & Sullivan duo 1836 - 1911

The Yarn of the "Nancy Bell". Compare: There were three sailors of Bristol city
Who took a boat and went to sea.
But first with beef and captain's biscuits
And pickled pork they loaded she.
There was gorging Jack and guzzling Jimmy,
And the youngest he was little Billee.
Now when they got as far as the Equator
They'd nothing left but one split pea.
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„Sometimes the eye of a hurricane is the safest place to be.“

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„Two equally steep and bold paths may lead to the same peak.“

—  Nikos Kazantzakis, livre Zorba the Greek

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Contexte: Two equally steep and bold paths may lead to the same peak. To act as if death did not exist, or to act thinking every minute of death, is perhaps the same thing.

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