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A hero is someone we can admire without apology. - Kitty Kelley

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

What is a hero without love for mankind. - Doris Lessing

In war the heroes always outnumber the soldiers ten to one. - H. L. Mencken

Calculation never made a hero. - John Henry Newman

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

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

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

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

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

The opportunities for heroism are limited in this kind of world: the most people can do is sometimes not to be as weak as they've been at other times. - Angus Wilson

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

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

Listen, my friend, there are two races of beings. The masses teeming and happy --common clay, if you like --eating, breeding, working, counting their pennies; people who just live; ordinary people; people you can't imagine dead. And then there are the others --the noble ones, the heroes. The ones you can quite well imagine lying shot, pale and tragic; one minute triumphant with a guard of honor, and the next being marched away between two gendarmes. - Jean Anouilh

Everyone is necessarily the hero of his own life story. - John Barth

What is a society without a heroic dimension? - Jean Baudrillard

Unhappy the land that is in need of heroes. - Bertolt Brecht

Down these mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean, who is neither tarnished nor afraid... He is the hero, he is everything. He must be a complete man and a common man and yet an unusual man. He must be, to use a rather weathered phrase, a man of honor, by instinct, by inevitability, without thought of it, and certainly without saying it. He must be the best man in his world and a good enough man for any world. - Raymond Chandler

Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few. - Winston Churchill

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

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

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. - Andrea Dworkin

Every hero becomes a bore at last. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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

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

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. - Edgar Watson Howe

What with making their way and enjoying what they have won, heroes have no time to think. But the sons of heroes --ah, they have all the necessary leisure. - Aldous Huxley

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

Mankind's common instinct for reality has always held the world to be essentially a theatre for heroism. In heroism, we feel, life's supreme mystery is hidden. We tolerate no one who has no capacity whatever for it in any direction. On the other hand, no matter what a man's frailties otherwise may be, if he be willing to risk death, and still more if he suffer it heroically, in the service he has chosen, the fact consecrates him forever. - William James

Heroes are created by popular demand, sometimes out of the scantiest materials. - Gerald W. Johnson

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

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