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.
Author: Felix Adler (1851-1933)
Profession: American Educator, Social Critic
You lived too long, we have supped full with heroes, they waste their deaths on us.
Author: C. D. Andrews (1913-1992)
Profession: British Poet, Scholar
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.
Author: Jean Anouilh (1910-1987)
Profession: French Playwright
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.
Author: Lester Bangs (1948-1982)
Profession: American Rock Journalist
Everyone is necessarily the hero of his own life story.
Author: John Barth (1930)
Profession: American Novelist, Short Story Writer
What is a society without a heroic dimension?
Author: Jean Baudrillard
Profession: French Postmodern Philosopher, Writer
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 (1813-1887)
Profession: American Preacher, Orator, Writer
True heroism consists in being superior to the ills of life, in whatever shape they may challenge us to combat.
Author: Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821)
Profession: French General, Emperor
In our world of big names, curiously, 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-knownness 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.
Author: Daniel J. Boorstin (1914)
Profession: American Historian
Unhappy the land that is in need of heroes.
Author: Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956)
Profession: German Dramatist, Poet
Heroism is the divine relation which, in all times, unites a great man to other men.
Author: Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)
Profession: Scottish Philosopher, Author
The poetry of heroism appeals irresistibly to those who don't go to a war, and even more to those whom the war is making enormously wealthy. It's always so.
Author: Louis-Ferdinand Celine (1894-1961)
Profession: French Author
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.
Author: Raymond Chandler (1888-1959)
Profession: American Author
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.
Author: Lord Chesterfield (1694-1773)
Profession: British Statesman, Author
Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duty, and so bear ourselves that if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, ''This was their finest hour.''
Author: Winston Churchill (1874-1965)
Profession: British Statesman, Prime Minister