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Quotations: Heroes

If we mean to have heroes, statesmen and philosophers, we should have learned women.
Abigail Adams

The whole country was tied together by radio. We all experienced the same heroes and comedians and singers. They were giants.
Woody Allen

How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!
Maya Angelou

All of childhood's unanswered questions must finally be passed back to the town and answered there. Heroes and bogey men, values and dislikes, are first encountered and labeled in that early environment. In later years they change faces, places and maybe races, tactics, intensities and goals, but beneath those penetrable masks they wear forever the stocking-capped faces of childhood.
Maya Angelou

I believe it is the nature of people to be heroes, given the chance.
James A. Autry

Heroes know that things must happen when it is time for them to happen. A quest may not simply be abandoned; unicorns may go unrescued for a long time, but not forever; a happy ending cannot come in the middle of the story.
Peter S. Beagle

Mythology: the body of a primitive people's beliefs, concerning its origin, early history, heroes, deities and so forth, as distinguished from the true accounts which it invents later.
Ambrose Bierce

There are new words now that excuse everybody. Give me the good old days of heroes and villains. the people you can bravo or hiss. There was a truth to them that all the slick credulity of today cannot touch.
Bette Davis

Nurture your mind with great thoughts; to believe in the heroic makes heroes.
Benjamin Disraeli

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

Books are those faithful mirrors that reflect to our mind the minds of sages and heroes.
Edward Gibbon

Behind the complicated details of the world stand the simplicities: God is good, the grown-up man or woman knows the answer to every question, there is such a thing as truth, and justice is as measured and faultless as a clock. Our heroes are simple: they are brave, they tell the truth, they are good swordsmen and they are never in the long run really defeated. That is why no later books satisfy us like those which were read to us in childhood /for those promised a world of great simplicity of which we knew the rules, but the later books are complicated and contradictory with experience; they are formed out of our own disappointing memories.
Graham Greene

When the heroes go off the stage, the clowns come on.
Heinrich Heine

As you get older, it is harder to have heroes, but it is sort of necessary.
Ernest Hemingway

To think great thoughts, you must be heroes as well as idealists.
Oliver Wendell Holmes

Our admiration is so given to dead martyrs that we have little time for living heroes.
Elbert Hubbard

The heroes of the world community are not those who withdraw when difficulties ensue, not those who can envision neither the prospect of success nor the consequence of failure -- but those who stand the heat of battle, the fight for world peace through the United Nations.
Hubert H. Humphrey

My heroes are and were my parents. I can't see having anyone else as my heroes.
Michael Jordan

I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble. The world is moved along not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of.
Helen Keller

Old myths, old gods, old heroes have never died. They are only sleeping at the bottom of our mind, waiting for our call. We have need for them. They represent the wisdom of our race.
Stanley Kunitz

Poets and heroes are of the same race, the latter do what the former conceive.
Alphonse de Lamartine

Grace is given to heal the spiritually sick, not to decorate spiritual heroes.
Martin Luther

Our heroes are those... who... act above and beyond the call of duty and in so doing give definition to patriotism and elevate all of us.... America is the land of the free because we are the home of the brave.
David Mahoney

Without heroes, we are all plain people, and don't know how far we can go.
Bernard Malamud

History is not the story of heroes entirely. It is often the story of cruelty and injustice and shortsightedness. There are monsters, there is evil, there is betrayal. That's why people should read Shakespeare and Dickens as well as history ~~ they will find the best, the worst, the height of noble attainment and the depths of depravity.
David C. McCullough

I'm kind of hooked to the game of art and literature; my heroes are artists and writers.
Jim Morrison

Heroes take journeys, confront dragons, and discover the treasure of their true selves.
Carol Lynn Pearson

The soldiers fight, and the kings are heroes.
Yiddish Proverb

We have every right to dream heroic dreams. Those who say that we're in a time when there are no heroes, they just don't know where to look.
Ronald Reagan

When great men permit themselves to be cast down by the continuance of misfortune, they show us that they were only sustained by ambition, and not by their mind; so that PLUS a great vanity, heroes are made like other men.
François de la Rochefoucauld

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

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

The average is the borderline that keeps mere men in their place. Those who step over the line are heroes by the very act. Go.
Henry Rollins

You don't raise heroes, you raise sons. And if you treat them like sons, they'll turn out to be heroes, even if it's just in your own eyes.
Walter M. Schirra

You cannot have power for good without having power for evil too. Even mother's milk nourishes murderers as well as heroes.
George Bernard Shaw

If you are out there, you have fans. You have a champion. Organize these champions. You probably know who your best customers are. Make them a star on your site. Make those people your superheroes.
Jamison Stafford

If everybody was satisfied with himself there would be no heroes.
Mark Twain

True courage is not the brutal force of vulgar heroes, but the firm resolve of virtue and reason.
Alfred North Whitehead

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