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The 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.

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

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

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

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

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    "The only unfair fight is the one you lose." 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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    The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example. Benjamin Disraeli

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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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    Show me a hero and I will write you a tragedy. F. Scott Fitzgerald

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

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    The greatest obstacle to being heroic is the doubt whether one may not be going to prove one's self a fool; the truest heroism is to resist the doubt; and the profoundest wisdom, to know when it ought to be resisted, and when it be obeyed. Nathaniel Hawthorne

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

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

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    A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    The characteristic of genuine heroism is its persistency. All men have wandering impulses, fits and starts of generosity. But when you have resolved to be great, abide by yourself, and do not weakly try to reconcile yourself with the world. The heroic cannot be the common, nor the common the heroic. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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

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

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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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    One brave deed makes no hero. John Greenleaf Whittier

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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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    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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    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

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

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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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    What is a society without a heroic dimension? Jean Baudrillard

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

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

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    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

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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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    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. Henry Ward Beecher

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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 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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