Who said "a coward dies a thousand deaths"?


"A coward dies a thousand deaths" is attributed to William Shakespeare from his play Julius Caesar. However, the line is often misquoted, and this version is incorrect.

The original version of this quote says: “Cowards die many times before their deaths. The valiant never taste of death but once." Shakespeare used this line in Act 2, Scene 2, Line 32 of Julius Caesar.

The modernized version of this quote says: "Cowards die many times before their deaths. The brave experience death only once." Caesar is speaking with Calphurnia in this part of the play. Calphurnia is fearful for Caesar's life and wants him to stay home.

Caesar, of course, refuses to stay home and be a coward, prompting him to utter these famous words. Later in the play, he is murdered by Cassius Longinus and Marcus Brutus.

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