The Good Book: Proverbs, chapter 21: Boldness

Boldness. Right. I can’t help thinking this is a subject Grayling mostly knows about theoretically.

1. The bold never lack a weapon.
2. Bold knaves thrive without a grain of sense, while the good starve for want of impudence.
3. Boldness is an ill keeper of promises.
Sadly, also true.
4. Great boldness is seldom without some absurdity.
Indeed, but what’s so bad about absurdity?
5. It is a bold mouse that breeds in the cat’s ear.
And a very small one.
6. Boldness is a bulwark.
7. Boldness leads to the highest or the lowest.