Panache

Definition: dashing elegance of manner; spirited self-confidence; flamboyance; verve, carefree

Quote: Men propound mathematical theorems in besieged cities, conduct metaphysical arguments in condemned cells, make jokes on the scaffold, discuss a new poem while advancing to the walls of Quebec, and comb their hair at Thermopylae. This is not panache; it is our nature. — Clive Staples [c. s.] Lewis (1898-1963) Irish-born British Novelist

Observation: It turns out bird-songs are complex languages. And the lyrebird has the most diverse range of all. They can even mimic human sounds. And their courtship dance is pure panache.

Historic Figure: Savinien Cyrano de Bergerac (1619-1655) French Dramatist and Novelist
     Note: Latin, “small feathered wing” – originally referred to a showy, feathery plume on a hat – latter associated, as a metaphor, for Cyrano’s unflagging panache even in death.