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.")
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.)
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.)