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HEROES
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[ Also see Bravery Courage Daring Fame Fortitude Glory Hero Worship Heroism Martyrdom Patriotism Soldiers Valor War Wounds Youth Zeal ]

The heroes of literary history have been no less remarkable for what they have suffered than for what they have achieved.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Yet reason frowns in war's unequal game,
  Where wasted nations raise a single name;
    And mortgag'd states their grandsire's wreaths regret,
      From age to age in everlasting debt;
        Wreaths which at last the dear-bought right convey
          To rust on medals, or on stones decay.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

The gentle breath of peace would leave him on the surface neglected and unmoved. It is only the tempest that lifts him from his place.
      - Junius (pseudonym, possibly of Sir Philip Francis)

Still the race of hero spirits pass the lamp from hand to hand.
      - Charles Kingsley, The World's Age

Rarely do they appear great before their valets.
  [Fr., Rarement ils sont grands vis-a-vis de leur valets-de-chambre.]
      - Jean de la Bruyere, Les Caracteres

There are heroes in evil as well as in good.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld, Maxims
         (no. 194)

The prudent sees only the difficulties, the bold only the advantages, of a great enterprise; the hero sees both, diminishes those, makes these preponderate, and conquers.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

Crowds speak in heroes.
      - Gerald Stanley Lee, Crowds
         (bk. IV, ch. III)

There is never any real danger in allowing a pedestal for a hero. He never has time to sit on it. One sees him always over and over again kicking his pedestal out from under him, and using it to batter a world with.
      - Gerald Stanley Lee, Crowds
         (bk. V, pt. III, ch. XVI)

Dost thou know what a hero is? Why, a hero is as much as one should say,--a hero.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Hyperion
         (bk. I, ch. I)

'Tis as easy to be heroes as to sit the idle slaves
  Of a legendary virtue carved upon our father's graves.
      - James Russell Lowell, The Present Crisis
         (st. 15)

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

We all live in suspense, from day to day, from hour to hour; in other words, we are the hero of our own story.
      - Mary McCarthy

Such an one has been, as it were, miraculous in the world, in whom his wife and valet have seen nothing even remarkable; few men have been admired by their servants.
  [Fr., Tel a este miraculeux au monde, auquel sa femme et son valet n'ont rien veu seulement de remarquable; peu d'hommes ont este admirez par leur domestiques.]
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, Essays
         (bk. III, ch. II)

See the conquering hero comes!
  Sound the trumpets, beat the drums!
      - Dr. Thomas Morell,
        words used by Handel in "Joshua" and "Judas Maccaboeus"

Worship your heroes from afar; contact withers them.
      - Madame Suzanne Curchod Necker

My personal attendant does not think so much of these things as I do.
      - Plutarch, De Iside (ch. XXIV)

We don't have to turn to our history books for heroes. They're all around us. Don't let anyone tell that America's best days are behind her that the American spirit has been vanquished. We've seen it triumph too often in our lives to stop believing in it now.
      - Ronald Reagan

The real heroes of this war are the "great, brave, patient, nameless people.
      - Whitelaw Reid

I came to explore the wreck.
      - Adrienne Rich, Diving into the Wreck

Place moral heroes in the field, and heroines follow them as brides, but the opposite does not hold true; no heroine can create a hero through love of her, but she may give birth to one.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

He who, with strong passions, remains chaste--he who, keenly sensitive, with manly power of indignation in him, can yet restrain himself and forgive--these are strong men, spiritual heroes.
      - Frederick William Robertson

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

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

A hero is a man who does what he can.
      - Romain Rolland


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