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Best Quotes About Heroes And Heroism

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A list of the best heroes and heroism quotes and sayings, including the names of each speaker or author when available. This list is sorted by popularity, so only the most famous heroes and heroism quotes are at the top. The authors of these historic heroes and heroism quotes are displayed next to each quote, so if you see one you like be sure to check out other inspirational quotes from that same writer.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best quotes about heroes and heroism?" and "What are inspirational heroes and heroism quotes?"

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    “Don’t blame yourself, or worry. Neither does a bit of good." Janet Morris

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    "Beauty from another world gave birth to your voice–– sent to rescue scorned hearts from traumatized nights." Aberjhani

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    "Sometimes the cost of winning for all the right reasons is so great that spirits die and hearts grow cold." Janet Morris

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    "Arrows are cheap; you’re expensive." Janet Morris, Chris Morris

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    "Be polite to all, friendly to none. Be professional. Be ready to kill everyone and everything." Janet Morris, Chris Morris

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    "Deception is a tactic: use it. Do whatever it takes to win." Janet Morris

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    new! "The only unfair fight is the one you lose." Janet Morris, Chris Morris

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    "You have crossbows: Shoot early; shoot often." Janet Morris, Chris Morris

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    "Keep your enemies at a distance, your partners close at hand." Janet Morris, Chris Morris

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    "You've been playing gods-and-witches again, that's clear." Janet Morris, Chris Morris

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    One brave deed makes no hero. John Greenleaf Whittier

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

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    Most people aren't appreciated enough, and the bravest things we do in our lives are usually known only to ourselves. No one throws ticker tape on the man who chose to be faithful to his wife, on the lawyer who didn't take the drug money, or the daughter who held her tongue again and again. All this anonymous heroism. Peggy Noonan

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

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

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    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

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    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, 1st Baron Macaulay

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    What is a hero without love for mankind. Doris Lessing

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    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. Vladimir Lenin

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    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

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    Sometimes, when one person is missing, the whole world seems depopulated. Alphonse de Lamartine

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

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    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. Ernest Renan

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

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    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

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    Routine is the death to heroism. P. G. Wodehouse

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

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    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.

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    You cannot be a hero without being a coward. George Bernard Shaw

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    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

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

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

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

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

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

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    There are heroes in evil as well as in good. François de La Rochefoucauld

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

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

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    Heroism is not only in the man, but in the occasion. Calvin Coolidge

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    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 Cooley

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    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

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    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. Winston Churchill

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

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    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.

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    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. Louis-Ferdinand Céline

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    Heroism is the divine relation which, in all times, unites a great man to other men. Thomas Carlyle

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