Quotations About / On: HERO

  • 41.
    They wouldn't be heroes if they were infallible, in fact they wouldn't be heroes if they weren't miserable wretched dogs, the pariahs of the earth, besides which the only reason to build up an idol is to tear it down again.
    (Lester Bangs (1948-1982), U.S. rock journalist. Creem (London, March 1975).)
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  • 42.
    A nice war is a war where everybody who is heroic is a hero, and everybody more or less is a hero in a nice war. Now this war is not at all a nice war.
    (Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author; relocated to France. Wars I Have Seen (1945). Written in 1943 about World War II, which was then in progress.)
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  • 43.
    We all felt that the men about us were making history, and that we were looking at heroes, if we could only find them out.
    (M. E. W. Sherwood (1826-1903), U.S. socialite, traveller, and author. An Epistle to Posterity, ch. 5 (1897). Remembering Washington, D.C., in 1862-1863, when it was a Civil War camp. Sherwood's "favorite" of the men was General McClellan.)
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  • 44.
    Athletes are American princes and the locker room is their castle. Some of them behave in princely fashion, become legitimate heroes to us all. And some are jerks.
    (Anna Quindlen (b. 1952), U.S. journalist, columnist, author. (October 4, 1990). Thinking Out Loud, p. 65, Random House (1993).)
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  • 45.
    Ultimately a hero is a man who would argue with the gods, and so awakens devils to contest his vision. The more a man can achieve, the more he may be certain that the devil will inhabit a part of his creation.
    (Norman Mailer (b. 1923), U.S. author. The Presidential Papers, preface (1963).)
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  • 46.
    Ultimately a hero is a man who would argue with the gods, and so awakens devils to contest his vision. The more a man can achieve, the more he may be certain that the devil will inhabit a part of his creation.
    (Norman Mailer (b. 1923), U.S. author. The Presidential Papers, preface (1963).)
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  • 47.
    Fighting is like champagne. It goes to the heads of cowards as quickly as of heroes. Any fool can be brave on a battlefield when it's be brave or else be killed.
    (Margaret Mitchell (1900-1949), U.S. novelist. Ashley Wilkes, in Gone with the Wind, vol. 2, pt. 4, ch. 31 (1936).)
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  • 48.
    Existentialism is about being a saint without God; being your own hero, without all the sanction and support of religion or society.
    (Anita Brookner (b. 1938), British novelist, art historian. Interview in Writers at Work, Eighth Series, ed. George Plimpton (1988).)
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  • 49.
    In every great novel, who is the hero all the time? Not any of the characters, but some unnamed and nameless flame behind them all.
    (D.H. (David Herbert) Lawrence (1885-1930), British author. First published by Centaur Press (Philadelphia, 1925). "The Novel," Reflections on the Death of a Porcupine, M. Secker (1934).)
  • 50.
    No phallic hero, no matter what he does to himself or to another to prove his courage, ever matches the solitary, existential courage of the woman who gives birth.
    (Andrea Dworkin (b. 1946), U.S. feminist critic. Speech, first delivered to Queens College, City University of New York, March 12, 1975. "The Sexual Politics of Fear and Courage," published in Our Blood, ch. 5 (1976).)
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