Quotations about Heroes
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.
What is a society without a heroic dimension?
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.
--Daniel J. Boorstin
Unhappy the land that is in need of heroes.
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.
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
Heroism feels and never reasons, and therefore is always right.
--Ralph Waldo Emerson
Show me a hero and I will write you a tragedy.
--F. Scott Fitzgerald
The ordinary man is involved in action, the hero acts. An immense difference.
You cannot be a hero without being a coward.
--George Bernard Shaw
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