Quotations About / On:
My villain, my hero you mean. I always think of my murderers as my heroes.
(Samson Raphaelson (1896-1983), U.S. screenwriter, Alma Reville, screenwriter, Joan Harrison, screenwriter, and Alfred Hitchcock. Isobel Sedbusk (Auriol Lee), Suspicion (1941).
Mystery writer Isobel Sedbusk discusses her fictional characters at a dinner party.)
I'm a hero wid coward's legs, I'm a hero from the waist up.
(Spike Milligan (b. 1918), British comedian, humorous writer. Puckoon, ch. 2 (1963).)
The Americans are certainly hero-worshippers, and always take their heroes from the criminal classes.
(Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Letter, April 19, 1882.)
Heroes are born to be troublemakers.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Third Selection, New York (1986).)
The world doesn't make any heroes anymore.
(Graham Greene (1904-1991), British novelist, and Carol Reed. Major Calloway, in The Third Man (film) (1950).)
Necessity makes heroes of us all.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, New York (1984).)
Cowards suffer, heroes enjoy.
(Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Letter, May 20, 1860, to Harrison Blake, in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 6, p. 362, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
Every hero becomes a bore at last.
(Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. Representative Men, "Uses of Great Men," (1850).)
The fame of heroes owes little to the extent of their conquests and all to the success of the tributes paid to them.
(Jean Genet (1910-1986), French playwright, novelist. Prisoner of Love, pt. 1 (1986, trans. 1989).)
You don't send a man to his death because you want a hero.
(Paddy Chayefsky (1923-1981), U.S. author, screenwriter, and Arthur Hiller. Admiral Jessup (Melvyn Douglas), The Americanization of Emily (1964).
Based on the novel by William Bradford Huie.)