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Faint heart never won fair lady often used as an encouragement to action. The saying is recorded from the mid 16th century, but a related thought is found in Gower's Confessio Amantis (c.1390): ‘Bot as men sein, wher herte is failed, Ther schal no castell ben assailed.’

See also damn with faint praise.

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