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A hero is a man who is afraid to run away.

English Proverbs,

What makes a hero truly great is that they never despair.

Roy Thompson,

I think of a hero as someone who understands the degree of responsibility that comes with his freedom.

Bob Dylan, singer songwriter

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.

Felix Adler, educator

You cannot be a hero without being a coward.

George Bernard Shaw, dramatist

My heroes are and were my parents. I can't see having anyone else as my heroes.

Michael Jordan, basketball player

We can't all be heroes because somebody has to sit on the curb and clap as they go by.

Will Rogers, actor

Being a hero is about the shortest lived profession on earth.

Will Rogers, actor

A hero is someone right who doesn't change.

George Foreman, athlete

The hero draws inspiration from the virtue of his ancestors.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, writer

What is a society without a heroic dimension?

Jean Baudrillard, sociologist

Aspire rather to be a hero than merely appear one.

Baltasar Gracian, philosopher

One must think like a hero to behave like a merely decent human being.

May Sarton, poet

We relish news of our heroes, forgetting that we are extraordinary to somebody too.

Helen Hayes, actress

There are heroes in evil as well as in good.

Francois de la Rochefoucauld, writer

All the heroes, the fire fighters and police men are dying. Don't forget them, many are still alive.

James Dye,

Be your own hero, it's cheaper than a movie ticket.

Doug Horton,

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.

Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf,

No heroine can create a hero through love of one, but she can give birth to one.

Jean Paul, author

And how can man die better than facing fearful odds, for the ashes of his fathers, and the temples of his Gods?

Thomas Babington Macaulay, poet

Show me a hero and I will write you a tragedy.


Heroes are not known by the loftiness of their carriage; the greatest braggarts are generally the merest cowards.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau, philosopher

A big man has no time really to do anything but just sit and be big.


In war the heroes always outnumber the soldiers ten to one.

H. L. Mencken, writer

The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example.

Benjamin Disraeli, prime minister

Claret is the liquor for boys; port for men; but he who aspires to be a hero must drink brandy.

Samuel Johnson, author

No man is a hero to his valet. This is not because the hero is no hero, but because the valet is a valet.

G. W. F. Hegel,

The ordinary man is involved in action, the hero acts. An immense difference.

Henry Miller, author

What is a hero without love for mankind.

Doris Lessing, writer

To have no heroes is to have no aspiration, to live on the momentum of the past, to be thrown back upon routine, sensuality, and the narrow self.

Charles Horton Cooley, sociologist

Life, misfortunes, isolation, abandonment, poverty, are battlefields which have their heroes; obscure heroes, sometimes greater than the illustrious heroes.

Victor Hugo, author

You don't have to be a fantastic hero to do certain things -- to compete. You can be just an ordinary chap, sufficiently motivated to reach challenging goals.

Edmund Hillary, explorer

Now stiff on a pillar with a phallic air nelson stylites in Trafalgar square reminds the British what once they were.

Lawrence Durrell, writer

One brave deed makes no hero.

John Greenleaf Whittier, poet

It's true that heroes are inspiring, but mustn't they also do some rescuing if they are to be worthy of their name? Would Wonder Woman matter if she only sent commiserating telegrams to the distressed?

Jeanette Winterson, novelist

The great destroyers of nations and men are comfort, plenty and security. A coward gets scared and quits. A hero gets scared, but still goes on.


A hero is someone we can admire without apology.

Kitty Kelley, journalist

Children demand that their heroes should be freckleless, and easily believe them so: perhaps a first discovery to the contrary is less revolutionary shock to a passionate child than the threatened downfall of habitual beliefs which makes the world seem to totter for us in maturer life.

George Eliot, author

Heroes are created by popular demand, sometimes out of the scantiest materials.

Gerald W. Johnson, journalist

The idol of today pushes the hero of yesterday out of our recollection; and will, in turn, be supplanted by his successor of tomorrow.

Washington Irving, writer

You lived too long, we have supped full with heroes, they waste their deaths on us.

C. D. Andrews,

They wouldn't be heroes if they were infallible, in fact they wouldn't be heroes if they weren't miserable wretched dogs, the pariahs of the earth, besides which the only reason to build up an idol is to tear it down again.

Lester Bangs, critic

Everyone is necessarily the hero of his own life story.

John Barth, novelist

Celebrity-worship and hero-worship should not be confused. Yet we confuse them every day, and by doing so we come dangerously close to depriving ourselves of all real models. We lose sight of the men and women who do not simply seem great because they are famous but are famous because they are great. We come closer and closer to degrading all fame into notoriety.

Daniel J. Boorstin, historian

In our world of big names, our true heroes tend to be anonymous. In this life of illusion and quasi-illusion, the person of solid virtues who can be admired for something more substantial than his well-knowness often proves to be the unsung hero: the teacher, the nurse, the mother, the honest cop, the hard worker at lonely, underpaid, unglamorous, unpublicized jobs.

Daniel J. Boorstin, historian

Unhappy the land that is in need of heroes.

Bertolt Brecht, poet

Hero-worship is the deepest root of all; the tap-root, from which in a great degree all the rest were nourished and grown . . . Worship of a Hero is transcendent admiration of a Great Man. I say great men are still admirable; I say there is, at bottom, nothing else admirable! No nobler feeling than this of admiration for one higher than himself dwells in the breast of men.

Thomas Carlyle, philosopher

All sorts of Heroes are intrinsically of the same material; that given a great soul, open to the Divine Significance of Life, then there is given a man fit to speak of this, to sing of this, to fight and work for this, in a great, victorious, enduring manner; there is given a Hero, -- the outward shape of whom will depend on the time and the environment he finds himself in.

Thomas Carlyle, philosopher

I am convinced that a light supper, a good night's sleep, and a fine morning, have sometimes made a hero of the same man, who, by an indigestion, a restless night, and rainy morning, would have proved a coward.

Lord Chesterfield, statesman

The paper tiger hero, James Bond, offering the whites a triumphant image of themselves, is saying what many whites want desperately to hear reaffirmed: I am still the White Man, lord of the land, licensed to kill, and the world is still an empire at my feet.

Eldridge Cleaver, activist

Bardot, Byron, Hitler, Hemingway, Monroe, Sade: we do not require our heroes to be subtle, just to be big. Then we can depend on someone to make them subtle.

D. J. Enright,

I offer neither pay, nor quarters, nor food; I offer only hunger, thirst, forced marches, battles and death. Let him who loves his country with his heart, and not merely with his lips, follow me.

Giuseppe Garibaldi, soldier

The fame of heroes owes little to the extent of their conquests and all to the success of the tributes paid to them.

Jean Genet, dramatist

What is our task? To make Britain a fit country for heroes to live in.

David Lloyd George, statesman

It is said, that no one is a hero to their butler. The reason is, that it requires a hero to recognize a hero. The butler, however, will probably know well how to estimate his equals.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, writer

Once the state has been founded, there can no longer be any heroes. They come on the scene only in uncivilized conditions.

G. W. F. Hegel,

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.

Edward W. Howe,

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.

Johann Kaspar Lavater, theologian

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.

Lenin (Vladimir Ulyanov),

Ultimately a hero is a man who would argue with the gods, and so awakens devils to contest his vision. The more a man can achieve, the more he may be certain that the devil will inhabit a part of his creation.

Norman Mailer, novelist

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.

George Orwell, author

One murder makes a villain, millions often a hero.

Bishop Beilby Porteus,

The main thing about being a hero is to know when to die.

Will Rogers, actor

How many famous and high-spirited heroes have lived a day too long?

Jean-Jacques Rousseau, philosopher

Had we lived I should have had a tale to tell of the hardihood, endurance and courage of my companions which would have stirred the heart of every Englishman. These rough notes and our dead bodies must tell the tale.

Robert Falcon Scott, explorer

If we are marked to die, we are enough to do our country loss; and if to live, the fewer men, the greater share of honor.

William Shakespeare, dramatist

The more characteristic American hero in the earlier day, and the more beloved type at all times, was not the hustler but the whittler.

Mark Sullivan,

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