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She received a medal for valor.
  exceptional or heroic courage when facing danger — especially in battle
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  • She received a medal for valor.
  • She has served her country with valor.
  • discretion is the better part of valor
  • it is a thing most sorrowful, nay shocking, to expose the fall of valor in the soul.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick

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  • He would’ve explained to his father that none of these decorations was for uncommon valor.
    Tim O’Brien  --  The Things They Carried
  • Art thou afeard
    To be the same in thine own act and valor
    As thou art in desire?
    William Shakespeare  --  Macbeth
  • He has been proposed for the silver medal of valor.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  A Farewell to Arms
  • For the old Roman valour is not dead,
    Nicolo Machiavelli  --  The Prince
  • I have heard of some kind of men that put quarrels purposely on others to taste their valour.
    William Shakespeare  --  Twelfth Night
  • the shadows closed on men again, and their hearts went cold, and the valour of Gondor withered into ash.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Return of the King

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  • A reward for their valor.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • There has never been a time when they did not inhabit this land, which by their valor they will have handed down from generation to generation, and we have received from them a free state.
    Thucydides  --  Pericles’s Funeral Oration
  • Discretion seemed the better part of valor, so I stretched my weary muscles and sprinted hard to bypass the Eskimos.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • They put their trust in strength of arm, in valor and bravery and blood.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Nine of them armed and full of strength versus three of us broken and battered and armed with nothing more than our valor.
    Pittacus Lore  --  I Am Number Four
  • From a combat perspective there wasn’t anything in the SAC’s history worthy of note, not a Purple or valor device in sight.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • The colonel in charge of defending Saint-Malo has made speeches to these men, speeches about valor, about how any hour the Hermann Goring Division will break the American line at Avranches, how reinforcements will pour in from Italy and possibly Belgium, tanks and Stukas, truckloads of fifty-millimeter mortars, how the people of Berlin believe in them like a nun believes in God, how no one will abandon his post and if he does he’ll be executed as a deserter, but von Rumpel is thinking…
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • Most people have not done so since World War I, which, as Ernest Hemingway and Paul Fussell have written, made such words as glory, honor, courage, hallow, sacrifice, valor, and sacred vaguely embarrassing if not mock-heroic.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • But for all its impressive discipline, the Twelfth Legion looked pitifully small, a splotch of demigod valor in a sea of ravenous monsters.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • A forearm across the windpipe, accompanied by a vicious kidney punch, decided brown-hair that discretion was the better part of valor.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Because he had no stories of valor, he had almost done this.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • Chapter 7 — For Valour
    Edith Nesbit  --  The Railway Children
  • In it were two bronze oak-leaf clusters, awarded to Allen for his valor in the missions of Makin, Tarawa, and Nauru.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • This combination of Austrian precision with Russian valor—what more could be wished for?
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • That’s Danny and Axe: two American heroes, two towering figures in a fighting force where valor is a common virtue.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • The girl who five years ago stood huddled with her mother and sister, as he presented her, the oldest child, with a medal of valor.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • In recognition of this, my dad, then twenty-two years old, was issued the Bronze Star for valor.
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture
  • The color speaks truth, for, thanks to your valor, things will soon go ill for Spain in Flanders.
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • One man stood head and shoulders above the others for his valor; it was the rebel who Gertrudis had seen in the plaza in Piedras Negras the week before.
    Laura Esquivel  --  Like Water for Chocolate
  • Only the bravest dwarves dare hunt Nagran, and it is only served to those who have great valor.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • What man believes in woe to come, so long as valor and tough knees are supplied him by the gods?
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • Do not forget that it must be taken under conditions of need and valor — and he must not know that you give it!
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • He had probably been through the campaign of 1815, and had even conducted himself with tolerable valor, it would seem.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • The blood went bounding along his veins; and the thoughts went rioting through his brain, proud, joyful, tender, valorous.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • Colonel Cathcart was overjoyed, for he was relieved of the embarrassing commitment to bomb Bologna without blemish to the reputation for valor he had earned by volunteering his men to do it.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • When this valorous exploit was done, he comes to me laughing, as a token of triumph, delivered me my sword again, with abundance of suprising gestures, laying it, along with the bleeding and ghastly head of the Indian, at my feet.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • He shall not feed on land or goods, but wisdom and love and valor, and his birthplace shall be between Feltro and Feltro.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • That immaculate manliness we feel within ourselves, so far within us, that it remains intact though all the outer character seem gone; bleeds with keenest anguish at the undraped spectacle of a valor-ruined man.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Though he was a good sentry, alert, ever ready to raise Cain, his valor had one flaw: let him glimpse a gun, as he did now-for the intruders were armed-and his head dropped, his tail turned in.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • She’d only gotten her stripe a few weeks ago, and the "act of valor" that earned it for her had been mostly an accident.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune
  • He began to exaggerate the endurance, the skill, and the valor of those who were coming.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • Now for every one there should be some one to whom one can speak frankly, for all the valor that one could have one becomes very alone.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • Joy, fear, sorrow, devotion, valor, rage—who can tell?
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • "Duncan, the moral," Paul said, "and Gurney the valorous."
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • He would riot enter the assembly of emulous men, nor ever go to war, but felt his valor staling in his breast with idleness, and missed the cries of battle.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • Skeet and Nig were too good-natured for quarrelling,—besides, they belonged to John Thornton; but the strange dog, no matter what the breed or valor, swiftly acknowledged Buck’s supremacy or found himself struggling for life with a terrible antagonist.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • His was one of those rare organizations, endowed with an obedient intelligence like that of the dog; with a blind valor, a quick eye, and a prompt hand; to whom sight appeared only to be given to see if the king were dissatisfied with anyone, and the hand to strike this displeasing personage, whether a Besme, a Maurevers, a Poltiot de Mere, or a Vitry.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • What do they say of my valour; of my achievements; of my courtesy?
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • So he fought with even a more savage fury than he would have if Byron had sprung upon his back without warning: with the blind and desperate valor of a starved and cornered rat he fought.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • Stepping lightly, and continually glancing at her husband, showing him a valorous and sympathetic face, Kitty went into the sick-room, and, turning without haste, noiselessly closed the door.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
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