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Boldness is the opposite of fearfulness. To be bold implies a willingness to get things done despite risks.[1] Boldness may be a property that only certain individuals are able to display.

For example, in the context of sociability, a bold person may be willing to risk shame or rejection in social situations, or to bend rules of etiquette or politeness. An excessively bold person could aggressively ask for money, or persistently push someone to fulfill a request.

The word "bold" may also be used as a synonym of "impudent"; for example, a child may be punished for being "bold" by acting disrespectfully toward an adult or by misbehaving.


Boldness may be contrasted with courage in that the latter implies having fear but confronting it. An example of personified boldness may be found in the Greco-Roman mythological character Philemon.[2]

Lysander’s words from "Tides of War";

“The bold man is prideful, brazen, ambitious,”, “The brave man calm, God-fearing, steady.”, “Boldness honors two things only: novelty and success. It feeds on them and without them dies.”, “Boldness is impatient. Courage is long-suffering. Boldness cannot endure hardship or delay; it is ravenous, it must feed on victory or it dies. Boldness makes its seat upon the air; it is gossamer and phantom. Courage plants its feet upon the earth and draws its strength from God’s holy fundament.”, “The enemy’s weakness is time. Thrasytes is perishable. It is like that fruit, luscious when ripe, which stinks to heaven when it rots.” and “Those qualities most pleasing to heaven, we believe, are courage to endure and contempt for death.”[3]

Athenians believe in incremental progress, the Spartans are combining honor and endurance, they hold-the-line when encountering resistance, they choose to brave inconvenience and take inconvenient action, they trust in decisions to hold their group actions, Athenians are moving with their engine, Spartans don't quit while ahead.


Examples of boldness and fearlessness is in preaching in the face of ridicule and opposition.

Joseph of Arimathaea, an honourable counseller, which also cwaited for the kingdom of God, came, and went in boldly unto Pilate, and craved the body of Jesus.

— Mark 15:43

And many of the brethren in the Lord, waxing confident by my bonds, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.

— Philippians 1:14

And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word, 30 By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus. 31 And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness

— Acts 4:29–31

And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel

— Ephesians 6:19

Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus

— Hebrews 10:19

St. Thomas More said "I do not care very much what men say of me, provided that God approves of me.”

St. John Bosco exclaimed "Be brave! Do not be led by what others think or say."

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  1. ^ St. Thomas Aquinas, Richard J. Regan The Cardinal Virtues - 2005 Page 116 "Is boldness a sin? Boldness is an emotion. But emotion sometimes is moderated by reason and sometimes lacks the measure of reason, whether by excess or deficiency, and emotion is sinful in this respect. "
  2. ^ "Baucis and Philemon - Myth Encyclopedia - mythology, Greek, people". Retrieved 2013-08-25.
  3. ^ Pressfield, Steven (2001). Tides of War: A Novel (Reprint ed.). New York: United States and Random House: United Kingdom: Bantam. ISBN 978-0553381399. Retrieved May 26, 2019.