Quotations About / On: HERO

  • 31.
    I'm not an American hero. I'm a person that loves children.
    (Clara Mcbride Hale (1905-1992), African American child care worker. As quoted in I Dream a World, by Brian Lanker (1989). Hale was a poor mother of two who was widowed when her children were only five and six years old. She went on to raise forty foster children to successful adulthoods and to found Hale House (b. 1973) in the Harlem section of New York City. Hale House was a shelter for the babies of drug-addicted mothers. In 1985, President Ronald Reagan had cited her as "an American hero.")
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  • 32.
    Ironic and jittery, we are puzzled by the old heroes with their fighting, boasting, and cocksure lovemaking.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Second Selection, New York (1985).)
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  • 33.
    The more characteristic American hero in the earlier day, and the more beloved type at all times, was not the hustler but the whittler.
    (Mark Sullivan (1874-1952), U.S. journalist, historian. Our Times: The United States, 1900-1925, vol. 3, ch. 9 (1930).)
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  • 34.
    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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  • 35.
    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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  • 36.
    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.)
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  • 37.
    And there is no trade or employment but the young man following it may become a hero.
    (Walt Whitman (1819-1892), U.S. poet. Song of Myself, sect. 48, Leaves of Grass (1855).)
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  • 38.
    Carlyle, to adopt his own classification, is himself the hero as literary man.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "Thomas Carlyle and His Works" (1847), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 4, p. 340, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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  • 39.
    He was ... a degenerate gambler. That is, a man who gambled simply to gamble and must lose. As a hero who goes to war must die. Show me a gambler and I'll show you a loser, show me a hero and I'll show you a corpse.
    (Mario Puzo (b. 1920), U.S. novelist. Fools Die, ch. 2 (1978). Referring to Jordan Hawley.)
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  • 40.
    What with making their way and enjoying what they have won, heroes have no time to think. But the sons of heroes—ah, they have all the necessary leisure.
    (Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British author. repr. In Music at Night and Other Essays (1949). "Vulgarity in Literature," (1930).)
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