The hero is commonly the simplest and obscurest of men.
(Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "Walking" (1862), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 5, p. 224, Houghton Mifflin (1906).
This observation ends a long meditation on the Rhine versus the Mississippi, as they symbolize, respectively, the chivalric age of mediaeval Europe and the heroic age of modern, democratic America.)
(Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 1, p. 288, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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).)