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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 heroes and heroism quotes from that same writer.

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    “Don’t blame yourself, or worry. Neither does a bit of good." 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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    "You have crossbows: Shoot early; shoot often." 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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    "Be polite to all, friendly to none. Be professional. Be ready to kill everyone and everything." 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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    "Arrows are cheap; you’re expensive." 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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    "Deception is a tactic: use it. Do whatever it takes to win." Janet Morris

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

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

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

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

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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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    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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    Heroism feels and never reasons, and therefore is always right. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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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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    "You've been playing gods-and-witches again, that's clear." 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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    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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    One brave deed makes no hero. John Greenleaf Whittier

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

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

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

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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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    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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    Every hero becomes a bore at last. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    What is our task? To make Britain a fit country for heroes to live in. David Lloyd George

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

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

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

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

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    The fame of heroes owes little to the extent of their conquests and all to the success of the tributes paid to them. Jean Genet

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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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    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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    Children demand that their heroes should be freckleless, and easily believe them so: perhaps a first discovery to the contrary is less revolutionary shock to a passionate child than the threatened downfall of habitual beliefs which makes the world seem to totter for us in maturer life. George Eliot

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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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    Once the state has been founded, there can no longer be any heroes. They come on the scene only in uncivilized conditions. Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

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