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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

AUTHOR: William Faulkner (1897–1962)
QUOTATION: Be scared. You can’t help that. But don’t be afraid. Ain’t nothing in the woods going to hurt you unless you corner it, or it smells that you are afraid. A bear or a deer, too, has got to be scared of a coward the same as a brave man has got to be.
ATTRIBUTION: WILLIAM FAULKNER, “The Bear,” Saturday Evening Post, May 9, 1942, reprinted in Bear, Man, & God, Seven Approaches to William Faulkner’s “The Bear,” ed. Francis L. Utley, Lynn Z. Bloom, and Arthur F. Kinney, p. 157 (1964). This edition includes (p. 18) the version of “The Bear” in Faulkner’s Go Down, Moses, where this passage appears with minor variations in wording and punctuation.