Quotations About / On: HERO
You cannot be a hero without being a coward.
(George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. John Bull, in Other Island, preface (1907).)
Hero-worship is strongest where there is least regard for human freedom.
(Herbert Spencer (1820-1903), British philosopher. Social Statistics, pt. 4, ch. 30, sect. 6 (1850).)
Show me a hero and I will write you a tragedy.
(F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), U.S. author. The Crack-Up, "Notebook E," ed. Edmund Wilson (1945).)
Heroes are created by popular demand, sometimes out of the scantiest materials, or none at all.
(Gerald W. Johnson (1890-1980), U.S. author. American Heroes and Hero-Worship, ch. 1 (1943).)
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).)
There are heroes of wickedness, as there are of goodness.
(François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 186 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).)
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).)
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.")
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).)