Quotations About / On: HERO

  • 41.
    To have no heroes is to have no aspiration, to live on the momentum of the past, to be thrown back upon routine, sensuality, and the narrow self.
    (Charles Horton Cooley (1864-1929), U.S. sociologist. Human Nature and the Social Order, ch. 8 (1902).)
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  • 42.
    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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  • 43.
    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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  • 44.
    Many heroes lived before Agamemnon; but all are unknown and unwept, extinguished in everlasting night, because they have no spirited chronicler.
    (Horace [Quintus Horatius Flaccus] (65 B.C.-8 B.C.), Roman poet. Odes, bk. 4, ode 9, st. 7.)
  • 45.
    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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  • 46.
    Once the state has been founded, there can no longer be any heroes. They come on the scene only in uncivilized conditions.
    (Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831), German philosopher. "Wrong," addition 58, The Philosophy of Right (1821, trans. 1942).)
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  • 47.
    You cannot have power for good without having power for evil too. Even mother's milk nourishes murderers as well as heroes.
    (George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. Cusins, in Major Barbara, act 3.)
  • 48.
    You cannot have power for good without having power for evil too. Even mother's milk nourishes murderers as well as heroes.
    (George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. (First produced 1905). Cusins, in Major Barbara, act 3, The Bodley Head Bernard Shaw: Collected Plays with their Prefaces, vol. 3, ed. Dan H. Laurence (1971).)
  • 49.
    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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  • 50.
    The condition-of-England question is a practical one. The condition of England demands a hero, not a poet.
    (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. 341, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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