Gallant

Definitions: (1) brave; courageous; heroic <gallant efforts in the face of danger>; (2) showing polite attention; courteous; nobly chivalrous and often self-sacrificing; courtly; (3) exhibiting dashing behavior and ornate expression; high-spirited;(4) grand; splendid; magnificent <a gallant heart>

Synonyms: bold, fearless, intrepid, valiant

Quote: To produce an enduring piece of artwork is a gallant response to the prospect of death. Every person knows that they must die. Every person possesses autonomy of the will, the ability to choose how to conduct their life. An artist does not deny their impermanence but embraces the prospect of their death by laboring to create a monument of their existence that will survive their expiry. — Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls (2016)