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Daemon
Posted: Sunday, June 5, 2016 12:00:00 AM
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As long as I know myself to be a coward I shall be unhappy.

L. Frank Baum (1856-1919)
gerry
Posted: Sunday, June 5, 2016 1:36:16 AM
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Hiding any truth makes all unhappy except for people in power as kings and presidents!Speak to the hand
PureBlueLight
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Agreed.
MelissaMe
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It's nice to see fresh faces in the quote of the day - thanks, administrative folks!

He didn't say anything about hiding being a coward. He knows himself to be a coward. That makes him unhappy. We are going to need context to even consider if there's some hidden meaning to this sentence.
Bully_rus
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It's just one out of a thousand ways to be unhappy in this life. For some, it is enough to have big ears or small nose...
Mack R
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No doubt, there are many ways to be unhappy in this life, but I certainly believe that the unflinching bravery of facing the truth is absolutely an essential factor for one's self worth development and happiness.
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Context from: "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz"
by L. Frank Baum




Chapter 6.

The Cowardly Lion.




"And I am going to ask him to give me a heart," said the Woodman.

"And I am going to ask him to send Toto and me back to Kansas," added Dorothy.

"Do you think Oz could give me courage?" asked the Cowardly Lion.

"Just as easily as he could give me brains," said the Scarecrow.

"Or give me a heart," said the Tin Woodman.

"Or send me back to Kansas," said Dorothy.

"Then, if you don't mind, I'll go with you," said the Lion, "for my life is simply unbearable without a bit of courage."

"You will be very welcome," answered Dorothy, "for you will help to keep away the other wild beasts. It seems to me they must be more cowardly than you are if they allow you to scare them so easily."

"They really are," said the Lion, "but that doesn't make me any braver, and as long as I know myself to be a coward I shall be unhappy."

So once more the little company set off upon the journey, the Lion walking with stately strides at Dorothy's side. Toto did not approve this new comrade at first, for he could not forget how nearly he had been crushed between the Lion's great jaws. But after a time he became more at ease, and presently Toto and the Cowardly Lion had grown to be good friends.

During the rest of that day there was no other adventure to mar the peace of their journey. Once, indeed, the Tin Woodman stepped upon a beetle that was crawling along the road, and killed the poor little thing. This made the Tin Woodman very unhappy, for he was always careful not to hurt any living creature; and as he walked along he wept several tears of sorrow and regret. These tears ran slowly down his face and over the hinges of his jaw, and there they rusted. When Dorothy presently asked him a question the Tin Woodman could not open his mouth, for his jaws were tightly rusted together. He became greatly frightened at this and made many motions to Dorothy to relieve him, but she could not understand. The Lion was also puzzled to know what was wrong. But the Scarecrow seized the oil-can from Dorothy's basket and oiled the Woodman's jaws, so that after a few moments he could talk as well as before.

"This will serve me a lesson," said he, "to look where I step. For if I should kill another bug or beetle I should surely cry again, and crying rusts my jaws so that I cannot speak."



http://www.kancoll.org/books/baum/oz06.htm

pedro
Posted: Monday, June 6, 2016 5:34:29 AM
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Daemon wrote:
As long as I know myself to be a coward I shall be unhappy.

L. Frank Baum (1856-1919)



He should drink more.
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