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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

If we must have heroes and wars whereinto make them, there is no war so brilliant as a war with the wrong, no hero so fit to be sung, as he who has gained the bloodless VICTORY of truth and mercy.

Isambard Kingdom Brunel

A static hero is a public liability. Progress grows out of motion.

Richard E. Byrd

Thus adorned, the two heroes, 'twixt shoulder and elbow, shook hands and went to 't; and the word it was bilbow.

John Byrom

A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.

Joseph Campbell

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.

Lord Chesterfield

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

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill

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 Horton Cooley

This, to me, is the ultimately heroic trait of ordinary people; they say no to the tyrant and they calmly take the consequences of this resistance.

Philip K. Dick

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

Heroes are created by popular demand, sometimes out of the scantiest materials.

Gerald W. Johnson

Without heroes we're all plain people and don't know how far we can go.

Bernard Malamud

The soldiers fight, and the kings are heroes.

Jewish Proverb

The ability to accept victory graciously and take defeat without bitterness is what makes heroes.


We have more to learn today from the spectacle of a great man at a great moment than from any number of monographs on ancient wage levels.

C. V. Wedgwood