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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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"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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“Don’t blame yourself, or worr... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Quotes About Heroes And Heroism
“Don’t blame yourself, or worry. Neither does a bit of good." Janet Morris

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Don't, boy. Draw that sword o... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Quotes About Heroes And Heroism
Don't, boy. Draw that sword on your left hip now and everything changes -- for the worse, for you and all your brothers. Janet Morris, Chris Morris, Critias

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

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Show me a hero and I will writ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Quotes About Heroes And Heroism
Show me a hero and I will write you a tragedy. F. Scott Fitzgerald

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

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"Wanting neither too much to live, nor too much to die." Janet Morris, Chris Morris

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The legacy of heroes is the me... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Quotes About Heroes And Heroism
The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example. Benjamin Disraeli

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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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The hero draws inspiration fro... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Quotes About Heroes And Heroism
The hero draws inspiration from the virtue of his ancestors. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Be your own hero, it's cheaper... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Quotes About Heroes And Heroism
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 ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Quotes About Heroes And Heroism
A hero is a man who is afraid to run away.

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Routine is the death to herois... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Quotes About Heroes And Heroism
Routine is the death to heroism. P. G. Wodehouse

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The ordinary man is involved i... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Quotes About Heroes And Heroism
The ordinary man is involved in action, the hero acts. An immense difference. Henry Miller

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A hero is no braver than an or... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Quotes About Heroes And Heroism
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 ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Quotes About Heroes And Heroism
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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If we are marked to die, we ar... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Quotes About Heroes And Heroism
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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Sometimes, when one person is ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Quotes About Heroes And Heroism
Sometimes, when one person is missing, the whole world seems depopulated. Alphonse de Lamartine

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Now stiff on a pillar with a p... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Quotes About Heroes And Heroism
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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Never in the field of human co... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Quotes About Heroes And Heroism
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... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Quotes About Heroes And Heroism
Heroism is not only in the man, but in the occasion. Calvin Coolidge

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A man can be a hero if he is a... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Quotes About Heroes And Heroism
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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Down these mean streets a man ... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Quotes About Heroes And Heroism
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. is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Quotes About Heroes And Heroism
One brave deed makes no hero. John Greenleaf Whittier

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What is our task? To make Brit... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Quotes About Heroes And Heroism
What is our task? To make Britain a fit country for heroes to live in. David Lloyd George

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There are heroes in evil as we... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Quotes About Heroes And Heroism
There are heroes in evil as well as in good. François de La Rochefoucauld

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One must think like a hero to ... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Quotes About Heroes And Heroism
One must think like a hero to behave like a merely decent human being. May Sarton

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Every hero becomes a bore at l... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Quotes About Heroes And Heroism
Every hero becomes a bore at last. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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You cannot be a hero without b... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Quotes About Heroes And Heroism
You cannot be a hero without being a coward. George Bernard Shaw

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We can't all be heroes, becaus... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Quotes About Heroes And Heroism
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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Heroism feels and never reason... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Quotes About Heroes And Heroism
Heroism feels and never reasons, and therefore is always right. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Being a hero is about the shor... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Quotes About Heroes And Heroism
Being a hero is about the shortest lived profession on earth. Will Rogers

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Let us therefore brace ourselv... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Quotes About Heroes And Heroism
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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Heroes are not known by the lo... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Quotes About Heroes And Heroism
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-spiri... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Quotes About Heroes And Heroism
How many famous and high-spirited heroes have lived a day too long? Jean-Jacques Rousseau

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The great destroyers of nation... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Quotes About Heroes And Heroism
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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Aspire rather to be a hero tha... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Quotes About Heroes And Heroism
Aspire rather to be a hero than merely appear one. Baltasar Gracián y Morales

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Heroism is the divine relation... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Quotes About Heroes And Heroism
Heroism is the divine relation which, in all times, unites a great man to other men. Thomas Carlyle

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True heroism consists in being... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Quotes About Heroes And Heroism
True heroism consists in being superior to the ills of life, in whatever shape they may challenge us to combat. Napoleon Bonaparte

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What is a society without a he... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Quotes About Heroes And Heroism
What is a society without a heroic dimension? Jean Baudrillard

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Listen, my friend, there are t... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Quotes About Heroes And Heroism
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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Most people aren't appreciated... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Quotes About Heroes And Heroism
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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Once the state has been founde... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Quotes About Heroes And Heroism
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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A boy doesn't have to go to wa... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Quotes About Heroes And Heroism
A boy doesn't have to go to war to be a hero; he can say he doesn't like pie when he sees there isn't enough to go around. Edgar Watson Howe

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What with making their way and... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Quotes About Heroes And Heroism
What with making their way and enjoying what they have won, heroes have no time to think. But the sons of heroes --ah, they have all the necessary leisure. Aldous Huxley

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Children demand that their her... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Quotes About Heroes And Heroism
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