The ordinary man is as courageous and invulnerable as a hero when he does not recognize any danger, when he has no eyes to see it. Conversely, the hero's only vulnerable spot is on his back, and so exactly where he has no eyes.
(Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 2, p. 334, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Human, All-Too-Human, "Man Alone With Himself," aphorism 572, "The Origin of Courage," (1878).)
At the Carter Center we work with victims of oppression, and we give support to human rights heroes.
(Jimmy Carter (James Earl Carter, Jr.) (b. 1924), U.S. president. Address to the Democratic National Convention, New York City, July 1992, transcript in Vertical File, Box No. Election '76MEnergy Policy, Jimmy Carter Library, Atlanta, Georgia.
Describing the purpose of the Carter Center of Emory University, a non-profit organization founded by Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter in 1982 to promote world peace and world health.)
What is our task? To make Britain a fit country for heroes to live in.
(David Lloyd George (1863-1945), British Liberal politician, Prime Minister. speech, Nov. 24, 1918, Wolverhampton, England. quoted in Times (London, Nov. 25, 1918).
The words were frequently recalled in the years of low wages and unemployment that followed.)
One murder makes a villain, millions a hero. Numbers sanctify, my good fellow.
(Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977), British actor, screenwriter, director, and Orson Welles. Monsieur Henri Verdoux (Charles Chaplin), Monsieur Verdoux, said to a reporter (Herb Vigran) before Verdoux is led to the guillotine (1947).)