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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.

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

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    Janet Morris, Chris Morris

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

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

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    One brave deed makes no hero. John Greenleaf Whittier

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

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    new! "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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    "Deception is a tactic: use it. Do whatever it takes to win." Janet 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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    "Arrows are cheap; you’re expensive." Janet Morris, Chris Morris

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

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

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

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

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    What is a society without a heroic dimension? Jean Baudrillard

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

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

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

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

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    Aspire rather to be a hero than merely appear one. Baltasar Gracián y Morales

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