Hero Quotes

 A boy doesn't have to go to war to be a hero; he can say he doesn't like pie when he sees there isn't enough to go around. 
Author: Edgar Watson Howe
Nationality: American
b. 3 May 1853  - d. 3 October 1937
  
 A coward is a hero with a wife, kids, and a mortgage. 
Author: Marvin Kitman
Nationality: American   
 A green old age, unconscious of decay That proves the hero born in better days. 
Author: Homer
Nationality: Greek   
 A hero is born among a hundred, a wise man is found among a thousand, but an accomplished one might not be found even among a hundred thousand men. 
Author: Acharya Nagarjuna
Nationality: Indian
b. December 150  - d.  December 250
  
 A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, But he is braver five minutes longer. 
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nationality: American
b. 25 May 1803  - d. 27 April 1882
  
 A light supper, a good night's sleep, and a fine morning have often made a hero of the same man who, by indigestion, a restless night, and a rainy morning, would have proved a coward. 
Author: Earl Philip Dormer Stanhope
Nationality: English
b. 22 September 1694  - d. 24 March 1773
  
 A man can be a hero if he is a scientist, or a soldier, or a drug addict, or a disc jockey, or a crummy mediocre politician. A man can be a hero because he suffers and despairs; or because he thinks logically and analytically; or because he is ''sensitive;'' or because he is cruel. Wealth establishes a man as a hero, and so does poverty. Virtually any circumstance in a man's life will make him a hero to some group of people and has a mythic rendering in the culture -- in literature, art, theater, or the daily newspapers. 
Author: Andrea Dworkin
Nationality: American
b. 26 September 1946  - d. 9 April 2005
  
 A man not perfect, but of heart So high, of such heroic rage, That even his hopes became a part Of earth's eternal heritage. 
Author: Richard Watson Gilder
Nationality: American
b. December 1844  - d.  December 1909
  
 All our lives we fought against exalting the individual, against the elevation of the single person, and long ago we were over and done with the business of a hero, and here it comes up again: the glorification of one personality. This is not good at all. I am just like everybody else. 
Author: Vladimir Lenin
Nationality: Russian
b. 22 April 1870  - d. 21 January 1924
  
 America's present need is not heroics, but healing; not nostrums but normalcy; not revolution, but restoration. 
Author: Warren Gamaliel Harding
Nationality: Russian
b. December 1865  - d.  December 1923
  
 As much as I converse with sages and heroes, they have very little of my love and admiration. I long for rural and domestic scene, for the warbling of birds and the prattling of my children 
Author: John Adams
Nationality: American
b. 30 October 1735  - d. 4 July 1826
  
 Aspire rather to be a hero than merely appear one. 
Author: Baltasar Gracián
Nationality: Spanish
b. 08 January 1601  - d. 06 December 1658
  
 Being a hero is about the shortest-lived profession on earth. 
Author: Will Rogers
Nationality: American
b. 04 November 1879  - d. 15 August 1935
  
 Books are those faithful mirrors that reflect to our mind the minds of sages and heroes. 
Author: Edward Gibbon
Nationality: English
b. 27 April 1737  - d. 16 January 1794
  
 But when a young lady is to be a heroine, the perverseness of forty surrounding families cannot prevent her. Something must and will happen to throw a hero in her way. 
Author: Jane Austen
Nationality: English
b. 16 December 1775  - d. 18 July 1817
  
 Captain James Cook tells a heroic story in a way that makes one imagine it a matter-of-course affair. We think that the story lacks interest, when the fact is that it lacks egotism. Cook solves the riddle of the Pacific, and he tells you that he has done his duty, and has made 'a complete voyage'. 
Author: George Arnold Wood
Nationality: Australian
b. 7 July 1865  - d. 14 October 1928
  
 Character assassination is at once easier and surer than physical assault; and it involves far less risk for the assassin. It leaves him free to commit the same deed over and over again, and may, indeed, win him the honors of a hero even in the country of his victims. 
Author: Alan Barth
Nationality: American
b. December 1906  - d.  December 1979
  
 Claret is the liquor for boys; port for men; but he who aspires to be a hero must drink brandy. 
Author: Dr. Johnson
Nationality: English
b. December 1709  - d.  December 1784
  
 Every hero becomes at last a bore. 
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nationality: American
b. 25 May 1803  - d. 27 April 1882
  
 Every man has a coward and hero in his soul. 
Author: Thomas Carlyle
Nationality: Scottish
b. 4 December 1795  - d. 5 September 1881
  
 Everyone is necessarily the hero of his own life story. 
Author: John Simmons Barth
Nationality: American
b. 27 May 1930
  
 Failures to heroic minds are the stepping stones to success. 
Author: Thomas C. Haliburton
Nationality: Canadian
b. 17 December 1796  - d. 27 August 1865
  
 Fame is the perfume of heroic deeds. 
Author: Socrates
Nationality: Greek
b. December 469  - d.  December 399
  
 Feminist art is not some tiny creek running off the great river of real art. It is not some crack in an otherwise flawless stone. It is, quite spectacularly I think, art which is not based on the subjugation of one half of the species. It is art which will take the great human themes --love, death, heroism, suffering, history itself --and render them fully human. It may also, though perhaps our imaginations are so mutilated now that we are incapable even of the ambition, introduce a new theme, one as great and as rich as those others --should we call it ''joy''? 
Author: Andrea Dworkin
Nationality: American
b. 26 September 1946  - d. 9 April 2005
  
 Great occasions do not make heroes or cowards; they simply unveil them to the eyes of men. 
Author: Brooke Foss Westcott
Nationality: English
b. 12 January 1825  - d. 27 July 1901
  
 He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would fully suffice. This disgrace to civilization should be done away with at once. Heroism at command, senseless brutality, deplorable love-of-country stance, how violently I hate all this, how despicable and ignoble war is; I would rather be torn to shreds than be a part of so base an action! It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder. 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 He who seldom speaks, and with one calm well-timed word can strike dumb the loquacious, is a genius or a hero. 
Author: Johann Kaspar Lavater
Nationality: Swiss
b. 15 November 1741  - d. 2 January 1801
  
 He will have to learn, I know, that all people are not just- that all men and women are not true. Teach him that for every scoundrel there is a hero that for every enemy there is a friend. Let him learn early that the bullies are the easiest people to lick. 
Author: Abraham Lincoln
Nationality: American
b. 12 February 1809  - d. 15 April 1865
  
 Hero worship is strongest where there is least regard for human freedom. 
Author: Herbert Spencer
Nationality: English
b. 27 April 1820  - d. 8 December 1903
  
 Hero-worship is mostly idol gossip. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: English   
 Heroes are not known by the loftiness of their carriage; the greatest braggarts are generally the merest cowards. 
Author: Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Nationality: French
b. 28 June 1712  - d. 2 July 1778
  
 Heroing is one of the shortest-lived professions there is. 
Author: Will Rogers
Nationality: American
b. 04 November 1879  - d. 15 August 1935
  
 Heroism - the divine relation which, in all times, unites a great man to other men. 
Author: Thomas Carlyle
Nationality: Scottish
b. 4 December 1795  - d. 5 September 1881
  
 Herostratus lives that burnt the Temple of Diana - he is almost lost that built it. 
Author: Thomas Browne
Nationality: English
b. 19 October 1605  - d. 19 October 1682
  
 How beautiful is youth! how bright it gleams with its illusions, aspirations, dreams! Book of Beginnings, Story without End, Each maid a heroine, and each man a friend! 
Author: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Nationality: American
b. 27 February 1807  - d. 24 March 1882
  
 How to Become a Man of Genius: Woman exists, in D. H. Lawrence's philosophy, only as something soft and fat to rest the hero when he returns from his labours. Civilized societies have been learning to see something more than this in women; Lawrence will have nothing of civilization. He scours the world for what is ancient and dark and loves the traces of Aztec cruelty in Mexico. Young men, who had been learning to behave, naturally read him with delight and go round practicing cave-man stuff so far as the usages of polite society will permit. 
Author: Bertrand Russell
Nationality: British
b. 18 May 1872  - d. 2 February 1970
  
 I have observed, that in comedy, the best actor plays the part of the droll, while some scrub rogue is made the hero, or fine gentleman. So, in this farce of life, wise men pass their time in mirth, whilst fools only are serious. 
Author: Henry St. John Bolingbroke
Nationality: English
b. 16 September 1678  - d. 12 December 1751
  
 I think of a hero as someone who understands the degree of responsibility that comes with his freedom. 
Author: Bob Dylan
Nationality: American
b. 24 May 1941
  
 I would give all the wealth of the world, and all the deeds of all the heroes, for one true vision. 
Author: Henry David Thoreau
Nationality: American
b. 12 July 1817  - d. 6 May 1862
  
 I'm a hero with coward's legs. I'm a hero from the waist up.  
Author: Spike Milligan
Nationality: British
b. December 1918  - d.  December 2002
  
 If I were fierce and bald and short of breath, I'd live with scarlet Majors at the Base, And speed glum heroes up the line to death. 
Author: Siegfried Loraine Sassoon
Nationality: English
b. 08 September 1886  - d. 01 September 1967
  
 If we mean to have heroes, statesmen and philosophers, we should have learned women. 
Author: Abigail Adams
Nationality: American
b. 11 December 1744  - d. 28 October 1818
  
 In short, he was a perfect cavaliero, And to his very valet seem'd a hero. 
Author: Lord George Byron
Nationality: English
b. 22 January 1788  - d. 19 April 1824
  
 In the world's broad field of battle, In the bivouac of Life, Be not like dumb, driven cattle! Be a hero in the strife. 
Author: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Nationality: American
b. 27 February 1807  - d. 24 March 1882
  
 In war the heroes always outnumber the soldiers ten to one. 
Author: Henry Louis Mencken
Nationality: American
b. 12 September 1880  - d. 29 January 1956
  
 Israel has created a new image of the Jew in the world - the image of a working and an intellectual people, of a people that can fight with heroism. 
Author: Benjamin Nnamdi Azikiwe
Nationality: Nigerian
b. 16 November 1904  - d. 11 May 1996
  
 It is a law of nature that faint-hearted men should be the fruit of luxurious countries, for we never find that the same soil produces delicacies and heroes. 
Author: Herodotus
Nationality: Greek
b. December 484  - d.  December 425
  
 It is better to be the widow of a hero than the wife of a coward. 
Author: Dolores Ibárruri
Nationality: Spanish
b. 09 December 1895  - d. 12 November 1989
  
 It is hard to write about politicians, see them at such close range, and still think of any of them as heroes. 
Author: Robert Novak
Nationality: American
b. 26 January 1930
  
 It out-herods Herod. 
Author: William Shakespeare
Nationality: English
b. December 1564  - d. 23 April 1616
  
 It was my thirtieth year to heaven Woke to my hearing from harbour and neighbour wood And the mussel pooled and the heron Priested shore. 
Author: Dylan Thomas
Nationality: Welsh
b. 27 October 1914  - d. 9 November 1953
  
 Kennedy was lucky to have Galbraith. And Australian prime Ministers, from Curtin on, were lucky to have Coombs. He was no coward. And were he alive would tell Howard that if he wants to go down in history as a hero, he'll have to be brave enough to tell the US, politely but firmly, No. 
Author: Phillip Adams
Nationality: Australian
b. 12 July 1939
  
 Life moves on, whether we act as cowards or heroes. Life has no other discipline to impose, if we would but realize it, than to accept life unquestioningly. Everything we shut our eyes to, everything we run away from, everything we deny, denigrate, or dispise, serves to defeat us in the end. What seems nasty, painful, evil, can become a source of beauty, joy, and strength, if faced with an open mind. Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognize it as such. 
Author: Henry Miller
Nationality: American
b. 26 December 1891  - d. 07 June 1980
  
 Men are rewarded for learning the practice of violence in virtually any sphere of activity by money, admiration, recognition, respect, and the genuflection of others honoring their sacred and proven masculinity. In male culture, police are heroic and so are outlaws; males who enforce standards are heroic and so are those who violate them. 
Author: Andrea Dworkin
Nationality: American
b. 26 September 1946  - d. 9 April 2005
  
 My friends and my road-fellows, pity the nation that is full of beliefs and empty of religion. Pity the nation that wears a cloth it does not weave, eats a bread it does not harvest, and drinks a wine that flows not from its own winepress. Pity the nation that acclaims the bully as hero, and that deems the glittering conqueror bountiful. Pity the nation that raises not its voice save when it walks in a funeral, boasts not except among its ruins, and will rebel not save when its neck is laid between the sword and the block. Pity the nation whose statesman is a fox, whose philosopher is a juggler, and whose art is the art of patching and mimicking. Pity the nation that welcomes its new ruler with trumpetings, and farewells him with hootings, only to welcome another with trumpetings again. Pity the nation divided into fragments, each fragment deeming itself a nation. 
Author: Khalil Gibran
Nationality: American
b. 6 January 1883  - d. 10 April 1931
  
 My heroes are and were my parents. I can't see having anyone else as my heroes. 
Author: Michael Jeffrey Jordan
Nationality: American
b. 17 February 1963
  
 My share of the work of the world may be limited, but the fact that it is work makes it precious. Darwin could work only half an hour at a time; yet in many diligent half-hours he laid anew the foundations of philosophy. Green, the historian, tells us that the world is moved not only by the mighty shoves of the heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker. 
Author: Helen Adams Keller
Nationality: American
b. 27 June 1880  - d. 1 June 1968
  
 No man is a hero to his valet. This is not because the hero is no hero, but because the valet is a valet. 
Author: Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
Nationality: German
b. 27 August 1770  - d. 14 November 1831
  
 No matter how deep and dark your pit, how dank your shroud, their heads are heroically unbloody and unbowed. 
Author: Ogden Nash
Nationality: American
b. 19 August 1902  - d. 19 May 1971
  
 Nurture your minds with great thoughts, to believe in the heroic makes heroes. 
Author: Benjamin Disraeli
Nationality: British
b. 21 December 1804  - d. 19 April 1881
  
 O Lord, sir, when a heroine goes mad she always goes into white satin. 
Author: Richard Brinsley Sheridan
Nationality: Irish
b. 30 October 1751  - d. 7 July 1816
  
 Polar exploration is at once the cleanest and most isolated way of having a bad time which has been devised. 
Author: Apsley Cherry-Garrard
Nationality: English
b. 2 January 1886  - d. 18 May 1959
  
 See, the conquering hero comes! Sound the trumpets, beat the drums! 
Author: Thomas Morell
Nationality: English
b. December 1703  - d.  December 1784
  
 Self-truth is the essence of heroism. 
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nationality: American
b. 25 May 1803  - d. 27 April 1882
  
 Supreme art is a traditional statement of certain heroic and religious truth, passed on from age to age, modified by individual genius, but never abandoned. 
Author: W. B. Yeats
Nationality: Irish
b. 13 June 1865  - d. 28 January 1939
  
 Take away ambitions and vanity, and where will be your heroes and patriots? 
Author: Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Nationality: Roman
b. December 4  - d.  December 65
  
 Technology adds nothing to art. Two thousand years ago, I could tell you a story, and at any point during the story I could stop, and ask, Now do you want the hero to be kidnapped, or not? But that would, of course, have ruined the story. Part of the experience of being entertained is sitting back and plugging into someone else's vision. 
Author: Penn Fraser Jillette
Nationality: American
b. 5 March 1955
  
 That which we are, we are: One equal temper of heroic hearts, Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield. 
Author: Lord Alfred Tennyson
Nationality: English
b. 6 August 1809  - d. 6 October 1892
  
 The Australian people made heroes of none, and raised no idols, except perhaps an outlaw, Ned Kelly, and Carbine, a horse. 
Author: Brian Charles Fitzpatrick
Nationality: Australian
b. 17 November 1905  - d. 03 September 1965
  
 The beauty of the soul shines out when a man bears with composure one heavy mischance after another, not because he does not feel them, but because he is a man of high and heroic temper. 
Author: Aristotle
Nationality: Greek
b. December 384  - d.  December 322
  
 The greatest obstacle to being heroic is the doubt whether one may not be going to prove one's self a fool; the truest heroism is to resist the doubt; and the profoundest wisdom, to know when it ought to be resisted, and when it be obeyed. 
Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne
Nationality: American
b. 4 January 1804  - d. 19 May 1864
  
 The hero is not fed on sweets, Daily his own heart he eats; Chambers of the great are jails, And head-winds right for royal sails. 
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nationality: American
b. 25 May 1803  - d. 27 April 1882
  
 The hero is one who kindles a great light in the world, who sets up blazing torches in the dark streets of life for men to see by.The saint is the man who walks through the dark paths of the world, himself a light. 
Author: Felix Adler
Nationality: American
b. 13 August 1851  - d. 24 April 1933
  
 The high sentiments always win in the end, the leaders who offer blood, toil, tears, and sweat always get more out of their followers than those who offer safety and a good time. When it comes to the pinch, human beings are heroic. 
Author: George Orwell
Nationality: English
b. 25 June 1903  - d. 21 January 1950
  
 The main thing about being a hero is to know when to die. 
Author: Will Rogers
Nationality: American
b. 04 November 1879  - d. 15 August 1935
  
 The man who calls for caution, a close assessment of consequences, an effort to understand the opposing point of view and who proposes concessions, must have great courage. He is a real hero and rare. 
Author: J. K. Galbraith
Nationality: American
b. December 1908
  
 The play is the tragedy, 'Man', And its hero the Conqueror Worm. 
Author: Edgar Allan Poe
Nationality: American
b. 19 January 1809  - d. 7 October 1849
  
 The prudent see only the difficulties, the bold only the Advantages, of a great enterprise; the hero sees both; diminishes the former and makes the latter preponderate, and so conquers. 
Author: Johann Kaspar Lavater
Nationality: Swiss
b. 15 November 1741  - d. 2 January 1801
  
 The world is moved along not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker. 
Author: Helen Adams Keller
Nationality: American
b. 27 June 1880  - d. 1 June 1968
  
 The world's battlefields have been in the heart chiefly; more heroism has been displayed in the household and the closet, than on the most memorable battlefields in history. 
Author: Henry Ward Beecher
Nationality: American
b. 24 June 1813  - d. 8 March 1887
  
 There are new words now that excuse everybody. Give me the good old days of heroes and villains. the people you can bravo or hiss. There was a truth to them that all the slick credulity of today cannot touch. 
Author: Bette Davis
Nationality: American
b. 5 April 1908  - d. 6 August 1989
  
 There is no life of a man, faithfully recorded, but is a heroic poem of its sort, rhymed or unrhymed. 
Author: Thomas Carlyle
Nationality: Scottish
b. 4 December 1795  - d. 5 September 1881
  
 There was no word of hero in his plan; Verse should have been his love and peace his trade, But history turned him to a partisan. 
Author: John Manifold
Nationality: Australian
b. 21 April 1915  - d. 19 April 1985
  
 This creature, man, who in his own selfish affairs is a coward to the backbone, will fight for an idea like a hero. 
Author: George Bernard Shaw
Nationality: British
b. 28 July 1856  - d. 2 November 1950
  
 This heroism at command, this senseless violence, this accursed bombast of patriotism-how intensely I despise them! 
Author: Albert Einstein
Nationality: American
b. 14 March 1879  - d. 18 April 1955
  
 To be a hero or a heroine, one must give an order to oneself. 
Author: Simone Weil
Nationality: French
b. 3 February 1909  - d. 24 August 1943
  
 To go against the dominant thinking of your friends, of most of the people you see every day, is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform. 
Author: Theodore Harold White
Nationality: American
b. 06 May 1915  - d. 09 May 1986
  
 Unhappy the land that is in need of heroes. 
Author: Bertolt Brecht
Nationality: German
b. 10 February 1898  - d. 14 August 1956
  
 Upstairs she lay awake and planned a new, heroic role for herself. She would expiate herself. She would put her lilly hand down into sewerages and save him the trouble of lifting up the ooze and hairs and grey slime that resulted from their daily lives. 
Author: Edna O'Brien
Nationality: Irish
b. 15 December 1930
  
 Virtue is but heroic bravery, to do the thing thought to be true, in spite of all enemies of flesh or spirit, in despite of all temptations or menaces. 
Author: Albert Pike
Nationality: American
b. 29 December 1809  - d. 2 April 1891
  
 Wars, conflict, it's all business. One murder makes a villain. Millions a hero. Numbers sanctify. 
Author: Charlie Chaplin
Nationality: British
b. 16 April 1889  - d. 25 December 1977
  
 We are the hero of our own story. 
Author: Mary Therese McCarthy
Nationality: American
b. 21 June 1912  - d. 25 October 1989
  
 We can't all be heroes because someone has to sit on the curb and clap as they go by. 
Author: Will Rogers
Nationality: American
b. 04 November 1879  - d. 15 August 1935
  
 We relish news of our heroes, forgetting that we are extraordinary to somebody too. 
Author: Helen Hayes
Nationality: American
b. 10 October 1900  - d. 17 March 1993
  
 What is a minority? The chosen heroes of this earth have been in a minority. There is not a social, political, or religious privilege that you enjoy today that was not bought for you by the blood and tears and patient suffering of the minority. It is the minority that have stood in the van of every moral conflict, and achieved all that is noble in the history of the world. 
Author: John B. Gough
Nationality: American   
 Who sees with equal eye as God of all, A hero perish or a sparrow fall, Atoms or systems into ruin hurl'd And now a bubble burst, and now a world. 
Author: Alexander Pope
Nationality: English
b. 21 May 1688  - d. 30 May 1744
  
 Without heroes, we are all plain people and don't know how far we can go. 
Author: Bernard Malamud
Nationality: American
b. 26 April 1914  - d. 18 March 1986
  
 Heroism is endurance for one moment more.  
Author: George Frost Kennan
Nationality: American
b. 16 February 1904  - d. 17 March 2005
  
 Heath has been stuck playing the straight heroic role in The Four Feathers, A Knight's Tale-he gets to play the comic, neurotic, outrageous character in Grimm's.  
Author: Terry Vance Gilliam
Nationality: British
b. 22 November 1940
  
 These manly sentiments, in private life, make good citizens; in public life, the patriot and the hero.  
Author: James Otis
Nationality: American
b. 05 February 1725  - d. 23 May 1783
  
 There is a fine heroic feeling about being in France, and I am in perfect spirits.  
Author: Wilfred Owen
Nationality: English
b. 18 March 1893  - d. 04 November 1918
  
 As a rule, all heroism is due to a lack of reflection, and thus it is necessary to maintain a mass of imbeciles. If they once understand themselves the ruling men will be lost.  
Author: J. Ernest Renan
Nationality: French
b. December 1823  - d.  December 1892
  
 Every trait of beauty may be referred to some virtue, as to innocence, candor, generosity, modesty, or heroism. St. Pierre To cultivate the sense of the beautiful, is one of the most effectual ways of cultivating an appreciation of the divine goodness.  
Author: Margaret Hilda Thatcher
Nationality: British
b. 13 October 1925
  
 You have that scale, that big, heroic epic. Epic really is the story of man on man, history or myth and their circumstances. 
Author: Peter O'toole
Nationality: Irish
b. 2 August 1932
  
 He was a degenerate gambler. That is, a man who gambled simply to gamble and must lose. As a hero who goes to war must die. Show me a gambler and I'll show you a loser, show me a hero and I'll show you a corpse. 
Author: Mario Gianluigi Puzo
Nationality: American
b. 15 October 1920  - d. 02 July 1999
  
 Heroes are created by popular demand, sometimes out of the scantiest materials. 
Author: Gerald White Johnson
Nationality: American
b. December 1890  - d.  December 1980
  
 If I want to portray a human's ability to surmount whatever evil may befall him, I will create a hero capable of demonstrating that idea. 
Author: Naguib Mahfouz
Nationality: Egyptian
b. 11 December 1911  - d. 30 August 2006
  
 There are no heroes in most of my stories. I look at our society with a critical eye and find nothing extraordinary in the people I see. 
Author: Naguib Mahfouz
Nationality: Egyptian
b. 11 December 1911  - d. 30 August 2006
  
 This, to me, is the ultimately heroic trait of ordinary people; they say no to the tyrant and they calmly take the consequences of this resistance. 
Author: Philip Kendred Dick
Nationality: American
b. 16 December 1928  - d. 02 March 1982
  
 When you perform you are out of yourself-larger and more potent, more beautiful. You are for minutes heroic. This is power. This is glory on earth. And it is yours nightly. 
Author: Agnes de Mille
Nationality: American
b. 18 September 1905  - d. 07 October 1993
  
 I don't know if I see myself as really an action hero, but I like doing physical movies and I like doing movies where the writing is very lean. 
Author: Jodie Foster
Nationality: American
b. 19 November 1962
  
 Heaven knows, I've exposed myself in my novels through the use of fantasy and imagination. Now my new book is about what really happened to me. Not my heroines. 
Author: Judith Krantz
Nationality: American
b. 9 January 1928
  
 Heroic deeds, to use whatever dower, Heaven has bestowed, To test our utmost power. 
Author: Sarah Knowles Bolton
Nationality: American
b. 15 September 1841  - d. 21 February 1916
  
 Believe me, 'tis a godlike thing to lend; to owe is a heroic virtue. 
Author: François Rabelais
Nationality: French
b. December 1494  - d. 9 April 1553
  
 One murder made a villain, Millions a hero. 
Author: Beilby Porteus
Nationality: English
b. 8 May 1731  - d. 13 May 1808
  
 Show me a hero and I will write you a tragedy. 
Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald
Nationality: American
b. 24 September 1896  - d. 21 December 1940
  
 In the material sciences these are and have been, and are most surely likely to continue to be heroic days 
Author: J. Robert Oppenheimer
Nationality: American
b. 22 April 1904  - d. 18 February 1967
  
 A very few, as heroes, patriots, martyrs, reformers in the great sense, and men, serve the State with their consciences also, and so necessarily resist it for the most part; and they are commonly treated by it as enemies. 
Author: Henry David Thoreau
Nationality: American
b. 12 July 1817  - d. 6 May 1862
  
 The book can produce an addiction as fierce as heroin or nicotine, forcing us to spend much of our lives, like junkies, in book shops and libraries, those literary counterparts to the opium den 
Author: Phillip Adams
Nationality: Australian
b. 12 July 1939
  
 Glenn Gould was my hero. Glenn Gould was my idol. I loved him. 
Author: Warren William Zevon
Nationality: American
b. 24 January 1947  - d. 7 September 2003
  
 King Arthur was one of my heroes - I played with a trash can lid for a knightly shield and my uncle's cane for the sword Excalibur. 
Author: Lloyd Alexander
Nationality: American
b. 30 January 1924  - d. 17 May 2007
  
 I am the hero of Africa. 
Author: Idi Amin
Nationality: Ugandan
b. December 1920
  
 How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes! 
Author: Maya Angelou
Nationality: American
b. 4 April 1928
  
 Resistance is feasible even for those who are not heroes by nature, and it is an obligation, I believe, for those who fear the consequences and detest the reality of the attempt to impose American hegemony. 
Author: Noam Chomsky
Nationality: American
b. 7 December 1928
  
 Myths and creeds are heroic struggles to comprehend the truth in the world. 
Author: Ansel Adams
Nationality: American
b. 20 February 1902  - d. 22 April 1984
  
 It is surmounting difficulties that makes heroes. 
Author: Louis Pasteur
Nationality: French
b. 27 September 1822  - d. 28 September 1895
  
 I've played a heroin addict and a speed freak and dark characters throughout my career. 
Author: Meg Ryan
Nationality: American
b. 19 November 1961
  
 The heroes of the present will retreat to the imitation they are anyhow.  
Author: Charles Olson
Nationality: American
b. 27 December 1910  - d. 10 January 1970
  
 There's no excuse for the young people not knowing who the heroes and heroines are or were. 
Author: Nina Simone
Nationality: African-American
b. 21 February 1933  - d. 21 April 2003
  
 In order to master the unruly torrent of life the learned man meditates, the poet quivers, and the political hero erects the fortress of his will. 
Author: Jose Ortega y Gasset
Nationality: Spanish
b. 9 May 1883  - d. 18 October 1955
  
 A hero is someone who understands the responsibility that comes with his freedom. 
Author: Bob Dylan
Nationality: American
b. 24 May 1941
  
 When I was a boy, I always saw myself as a hero in comic books and in movies. I grew up believing this dream. 
Author: Elvis Presley
Nationality: American
b. 8 January 1935  - d. 16 August 1977
  
 Peace demands the most heroic labor and the most difficult sacrifice. It demands greater heroism than war. It demands greater fidelity to the truth and a much more perfect purity of conscience. 
Author: Thomas Merton
Nationality: American
b. 31 January 1915  - d. 10 December 1968
  
 There are heroes in evil as well as in good. 
Author: François de La Rochefoucauld
Nationality: French
b. 15 September 1613  - d. 17 March 1680
  
 Though nature be ever so generous, yet can she not make a hero alone. Fortune must contribute her part too; and till both concur, the work cannot be perfected. 
Author: François de La Rochefoucauld
Nationality: French
b. 15 September 1613  - d. 17 March 1680
  
 The whole earth is the tomb of heroic men and their story is not given only on stone over their clay but abides everywhere without visible symbol woven into the stuff of other mens lives. 
Author: Pericles
Nationality: Athenian
b. December 495  - d.  December 429
  
 My philosophy, in essence, is the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute. 
Author: Ayn Rand
Nationality: American
b. 20 January 1905  - d. 6 March 1982
  
 One must think like a hero to behave like a merely decent human being. 
Author: May Sarton
Nationality: American
b. 3 May 1912  - d. 16 July 1995
  
 A zeal for the defence of their country led these heroes to the scene of action, though with a few men to attack a powerful army of experienced warriors. 
Author: Daniel Boone
Nationality: American
b. 22 October 1734  - d. 26 September 1820
  
 O beautiful for spacious skies, For amber waves of grain, For purple mountain majesties Above the fruited plain. America! America! God shed His grace on thee, And crown thy good with brotherhood From sea to shining sea. O beautiful for pilgrim feet Whose stern impassion'd stress A thorough?fare for freedom beat Across the wilderness. America! America! God mend thine ev'ry flaw, Confirm thy soul in self control, Thy liberty in law. O beautiful for heroes prov'd In liberating strife, Who more than self their country lov'd And mercy more than life. America! America! May God thy gold reflne Till all success be nobleness, And ev'ry gain divine. O beautiful for patriot dream That sees beyond the years, Thine alabaster cities gleam, Undimmed by human tears. America! America! God shed His grace on thee, And crown thy good with brotherhood From sea to shining sea.  
Author: Katherine Lee Bates
Nationality: American
b. 12 August 1859  - d. 28 March 1929
  
 If your descent is from heroic sires, Show in your life a remnant of their fires. 
Author: Nicholas Boileau-Despréaux
Nationality: French
b. December 1636  - d.  December 1711
  
 Man is an evasive beast, given to cultivating strange notions about himself. He is humiliated by his simian ancestry, and tries to deny his animal nature, to persuade himself that he is not limited by its weaknesses nor concerned in its fate. And this impulse may be harmless, when it is genuine. But what are we to say when we see the formulas of heroic self-deception made use of by unheroic self-indulgence? What are we to say when we see asceticism preached to the poor by fat and comfortable retainers of the rich? What are we to say when we see idealism become hypocrisy, and the moral and spiritual heritage of mankind twisted to the knavish purposes of class-cruelty and greed? What I say is - Bootstrap-lifting! 
Author: Upton Sinclair
Nationality: American
b. 20 September 1878  - d. 25 November 1968
  
 On the tradtions and heros of ancient times stands firm the Roman state. 
Author: Quintus Ennius
Nationality: Roman
b. December 239  - d.  December 169
  
 You cannot be a hero without being a coward. 
Author: George Bernard Shaw
Nationality: British
b. 28 July 1856  - d. 2 November 1950
  
 Since the German people, with unparalleled heroism, but also at the cost of fearful sacrifices, has waged war against half the world, it is our right and our duty to obtain safety and independence for ourselves at sea.  
Author: Bernhard von Bülow
Nationality: German
b. 3 May 1849  - d. 28 October 1929
  
 To joke in the face of danger is the supreme politeness, a delicate refusal to cast oneself as a tragic hero. 
Author: Edmond Eugène Alexis Rostand
Nationality: French
b. 1 April 1868  - d. 2 December 1918
  
 The small triumph of "The Graduate" was to have domesticated alienation and the difficulty of communication, by making what Benjamin is alienated from a middle-class comic strip and making it absurdly evident that he has nothing to communicate - which is just what makes him an acceptable hero for the large movie audience. If he said anything or had any ideas, the audience would probably hate him. 
Author: Pauline Kael
Nationality: American
b. 19 June 1919  - d. 3 September 2001
  
 Unlike storybook heroes and heroines but like many actual heroes and heroines, she was something of a social outcast. As Simone Weil noted, it was the people with irregular and embarrassing histories who were often the heroes of the Resistance in the Second World War; the proper middle-class people may have felt they had too much to lose. 
Author: Pauline Kael
Nationality: American
b. 19 June 1919  - d. 3 September 2001
  
 How convenient it would be to many of our great men and great families of doubtful origin, could they have the privilege of the heroes of yore, who, whenever their origin was involved in obscurity, modestly announced themselves descended from a god. 
Author: Washington Irving
Nationality: American
b. 3 April 1783  - d. 28 November 1859
  
 The idol of today pushes the hero of yesterday out of our recollection, and will, in turn, be supplanted by his successor of tomorrow. 
Author: Washington Irving
Nationality: American
b. 3 April 1783  - d. 28 November 1859
  
 Today, in too many of our schools our children are being robbed of their innocence. Their minds are being poisoned against their Judeo-Christian heritage, against America's heroes and against American history, against the values of faith and family and country. Eternal truths that do not change from the Old and New Testament have been expelled from our public schools, and our children are being indoctrinated in moral relativism, and the propaganda of an anti-Western ideology. 
Author: Patrick J. Buchanan
Nationality: American
b. 2 November 1938
  
 It was Wilsonism, liberal interventionism, not 'isolationism,' that created the moral-political swamp in which fascism, Hitlerism, and Stalinism were spawned. Unable to deal with the truth - that their own heroes produced the disasters that may yet ring down the curtain on Western Civilization - the blind children of Wilson now scapegoat Pius XII and America First. Do those attacking me realize they are defending the policies that produced World War II and virtual annihilation of the Jewish population of Europe? While the West is busy erecting Holocaust museums, it has failed to study the history that produced it. 
Author: Patrick J. Buchanan
Nationality: American
b. 2 November 1938
  
 The higher Greek poetry did not make up fictitious plots; its business was to express the heroic saga, the myths. 
Author: Gilbert Murray
Nationality: English
b. 3 January 1866  - d. 20 May 1957
  
 There is no heroic poem in the world but is at bottom a biography, the life of a man; also, it may be said, there is no life of a man, faithfully recorded, but is a heroic poem of its sort, rhymed or unrhymed. 
Author: Thomas Carlyle
Nationality: Scottish
b. 4 December 1795  - d. 5 September 1881
  
 His Religion is not an easy one: with rigorous fasts, lavations, strict complex formulas, prayers five times a day, and abstinence from wine, it did not "succeed by being an easy religion." As if indeed any religion, or cause holding of religion, could succeed by that! It is a calumny on men to say that they are roused to heroic action by ease, hope of pleasure, recompense, sugar-plums of any kind, in this world or the next! In the meanest mortal there lies something nobler. 
Author: Thomas Carlyle
Nationality: Scottish
b. 4 December 1795  - d. 5 September 1881
  
 To the Arab Nation it was as a birth from darkness into light; Arabia first became alive by means of it. A poor shepherd people, roaming unnoticed in its deserts since the creation of the world, a hero-prophet was sent down to them with a word they could believe, see, the unnoticed becomes world-notable, the small has grown world-great; within one century afterwards, Arabia is at Grenada on this hand, at Delhi on that, glancing in valor and splendor and the light of genius, Arabia shines through long ages over a great section of the world. Belief is great, life-giving. The history of a nation becomes fruitful, soul-elevating, great, so soon as it believes. 
Author: Thomas Carlyle
Nationality: Scottish
b. 4 December 1795  - d. 5 September 1881
  
 Our revolution has made me feel the full force of the axiom that history is fiction and I am convinced that chance and intrigue have produced more heroes than genius and virtue. 
Author: Maximilien François Marie Isidore de Robespierre
Nationality: French
b. 6 May 1758  - d. 28 July 1794
  
 Stephen Fry: Voiceover Good old Berent's cocoa. Always there. Original or New Berent's, specially prepared for the mature citizens in your life, with nature's added store of powerful barbiturates and heroin. 
T.V. Series: Fry and Laurie
Nationality: British   
 The Boy made his way back to the village in a state of great despondency. First of all, there wasn't going to be any fight; next, his dear and honoured friend the dragon hadn't shown up in quite such a heroic light as he would have liked; and lastly, whether the dragon was a hero at heart or not, it made no difference, for St. George would most undoubtedly cut his head off. 
Author: Kenneth Graham
Nationality: Scottish
b. 20 July 1859  - d. 6 July 1932
  
 The dreadful beast must be exterminated, the country-side must be freed from this pest, this terror, this destroying scourge. The fact that not even a hen roost was the worse for the dragon's arrival wasn't allowed to have anything to do with it. He was a dragon, and he couldn't deny it, and if he didn't choose to behave as such that was his own lookout. But in spite of much valiant talk no hero was found willing to take sword and spear and free the suffering village and win deathless fame; and each night's heated discussion always ended in nothing. Meanwhile the dragon, a happy Bohemian, lolled on the turf, enjoyed the sunsets, told antediluvian anecdotes to the Boy, and polished his old verses while meditating on fresh ones. 
Author: Kenneth Graham
Nationality: Scottish
b. 20 July 1859  - d. 6 July 1932
  
 St. George paced slowly up the street. The Boy's heart stood still and he breathed with sobs, the beauty and the grace of the hero were so far beyond anything he had yet seen. His fluted armour was inlaid with gold, his plumed helmet hung at his saddle-bow, and his thick fair hair framed a face gracious and gentle beyond expression till you caught the sternness in his eyes. He drew rein in front of the little inn, and the villagers crowded round with greetings and thanks and voluble statements of their wrongs and grievances and oppressions. The Boy heard the grave gentle voice of the Saint, assuring them that all would be well now, and that he would stand by them and see them righted and free them from their foe; then he dismounted and passed through the doorway and the crowd poured in after him. But the Boy made off up the hill as fast as he could lay his legs to the ground. 
Author: Kenneth Graham
Nationality: Scottish
b. 20 July 1859  - d. 6 July 1932
  
 "Our villagers are the biggest story-tellers in all the country round. It's a known fact. You're a stranger in these parts, or else you'd have heard it already. All they want is a fight. They're the most awful beggars for getting up fights - it's meat and drink to them. ... I've no doubt they've been telling you what a hero you were, and how you were bound to win, in the cause of right and justice, and so on; but let me tell you, I came down the street just now, and they were betting six to four on the dragon freely!" "Six to four on the dragon!" murmured St. George sadly, resting his cheek on his hand. "This is an evil world, and sometimes I begin to think that all the wickedness in it is not entirely bottled up inside the dragons..." 
Author: Kenneth Graham
Nationality: Scottish
b. 20 July 1859  - d. 6 July 1932
  
 The world has held great Heroes, As history books have showed; But never a name to go down to fame Compared with that of Toad! 
Author: Kenneth Graham
Nationality: Scottish
b. 20 July 1859  - d. 6 July 1932
  
 I felt like a hero. People think it quite remarkable that I was in combat in an airplane and I flew sixty missions even though I tell them that the missions were largely milk runs. 
Author: Joseph Heller
Nationality: American
b. 1 May 1923  - d. 12 December 1999
  
 Though Frank Shallard might have come to admire pictures, great music, civilized furniture, he had been trained to regard them as worldly, and to content himself with art which 'presented a message,' to regard 'Les Miserables' as superior because the bishop was a kind man, and 'The Scarlet Letter' as a poor book because the heroine was sinful and the author didn't mind. 
Author: Sinclair Lewis
Nationality: American
b. 7 February 1885  - d. 10 January 1951
  
 We all live in suspense, from day to day, from hour to hour; in other words, we are the hero of our own story. 
Author: Mary Therese McCarthy
Nationality: American
b. 21 June 1912  - d. 25 October 1989
  
 Who lives longer: the man who takes heroin for two years and dies, or the man who lives on roast beef, water, and potatoes till ninety-five? One passes his twenty-four months in eternity. All the years of the beef-eater are lived only in time. 
Author: Aldous Huxley
Nationality: English
b. 26 July 1894  - d. 22 November 1963
  
 Routine is the death to heroism. 
Author: P. G. Wodehouse
Nationality: American
b. 15 October 1881  - d. 14 February 1975
  
 Poets and heroes are of the same race, the latter do what the former conceive. 
Author: Alphonse de Lamartine
Nationality: French
b. 21 October 1790  - d. 28 February 1869
  
 I believe audiences are ready to embrace the complexities of the film, but it still boils down to heroism. The simplistic approach is not appropriate and it's not interesting. We know there will be limitations and controversies. 
Author: Ron Howard
Nationality: American
b. 1 March 1954
  
 Thus adorned, the two heroes, 'twixt shoulder and elbow, Shook hands and went to 't; and the word it was bilbow. 
Author: John Byrom
Nationality: English
b. 29 February 1692  - d. 26 September 1763
  
 It is patriotism that stirs the people. Belgium defending her soil is heroic, and so is Turkey . . . . . . It is good for the world that such things should be done. The old heart of the earth needed to be warmed with the red wine of the battlefields. Such august homage was never before offered to God as this, the homage of millions of lives given gladly for love of country. 
Author: Padraic Pearse
Nationality: Irish
b. December 1879  - d.  December 1916
  
 If humiliation and rejection are to be the rewards of faithful and effective service in this field, what are those of us to conclude who have also served prominently in this line of work but upon whom this badge has not yet been conferred? We cannot deceive ourselves into believing that it was merit, rather than chance, that spared some of us the necessity of working in areas of activity that have now become controversial, of recording opinions people now find disagreeable, of aiding in the implementation of policies now under question. ... In no field of endeavor is it easier than in the field of foreign affairs to be honestly wrong; in no field is it harder for contemporaries to be certain they can distinguish between wisdom and folly; in no field would it be less practicable to try to insist on infallibility as a mark of fitness for office. 
Author: George Frost Kennan
Nationality: American
b. 16 February 1904  - d. 17 March 2005
  
 We dedicate this day to all the heroes and heroines in this country and the rest of the world who sacrificed in many ways and surrendered their lives so that we could be free. Their dreams have become reality. Freedom is their reward. 
Author: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
Nationality: South African
b. 18 July 1918
  
 Mandela, he had the strength of will to endure a long period of hardship, the change of heart to see his opponents as human and the intelligence to see that offering light at the end of the tunnel is always preferable to blocking the way or trying to blow up obstacles. 
Author: Peter Garrett
Nationality: Australian
b. 16 April 1953
  
 It doesn't take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle. 
Author: General H. Norman Schwarzkopf
Nationality: American
b. December 1934
  
 And I tell you, if you have the desire for knowledge and the power to give it physical expression, go out and explore. 
Author: Apsley Cherry-Garrard
Nationality: English
b. 2 January 1886  - d. 18 May 1959
  
 If you march your Winter Journeys you will have your reward, so long as all you want is a penguin's egg. 
Author: Apsley Cherry-Garrard
Nationality: English
b. 2 January 1886  - d. 18 May 1959
  




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