Cyrano de Bergerac
Cyrano de Bergerac Courage Quotes
How we cite our quotes:
CYRANO And I offer One universal challenge to you all! Approach, young heroes – I will take yours names. Each in his turn – no crowding! One, two, three – Come, get your numbers – who will head the list – You sir? No- You? Ah, no. To the first man Who falls I’ll build a monument!...Not one? Will all who wish to die, please raise their hands? (I. 254-261)
Cyrano’s courage and devotion to his integrity force him to challenge to a duel anyone who opposes his action against Montfleury.
THE MEDDLER The Duc de Candale has a long arm. CYRANO Mine Is longer, (Drawing his sword) by three feet of steel. THE MEDDLER Yes, yes, But do you dream of daring – CYRANO I do dream Of daring… (I. 314-17)
Interestingly, Cyrano’s "dream of daring" – as we will learn later – has nothing to do with battle or swordplay; it is to tell Roxane of his love.
LE BRET Speak to her Speak, man! CYRANO Through my nose? She might laugh at me; That is the one thing in this world I fear! (I. 602-604)
Roxane’s potential mockery of Cyrano’s ugliness is the one thing in the world that renders him a coward. He fears it more than death itself.