Quotations About / On: HERO

  • 11.
    You cannot be a hero without being a coward.
    (George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. John Bull, in Other Island, preface (1907).)
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  • 12.
    Hero-worship is strongest where there is least regard for human freedom.
    (Herbert Spencer (1820-1903), British philosopher. Social Statistics, pt. 4, ch. 30, sect. 6 (1850).)
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  • 13.
    Show me a hero and I will write you a tragedy.
    (F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), U.S. author. The Crack-Up, "Notebook E," ed. Edmund Wilson (1945).)
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  • 14.
    Heroes are created by popular demand, sometimes out of the scantiest materials, or none at all.
    (Gerald W. Johnson (1890-1980), U.S. author. American Heroes and Hero-Worship, ch. 1 (1943).)
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  • 15.
    The world doesn't make any heroes anymore.
    (Graham Greene (1904-1991), British novelist, and Carol Reed. Major Calloway, in The Third Man (film) (1950).)
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  • 16.
    Necessity makes heroes of us all.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, New York (1984).)
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  • 17.
    There are heroes of wickedness, as there are of goodness.
    (François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 186 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).)
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  • 18.
    The hero sees that the event is ancillary: it must follow him.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Character," Essays, Second Series (1844).)
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  • 19.
    Unhappy the land that is in need of heroes.
    (Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956), German dramatist, poet. Galileo, in Life of Galileo, sc. 13. responding to Andrea's remark, "Unhappy the land that has no heroes.")
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  • 20.
    Cowards suffer, heroes enjoy.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Letter, May 20, 1860, to Harrison Blake, in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 6, p. 362, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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