Quotations About / On: HERO

  • 21.
    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).)
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  • 22.
    If a man wishes to become a hero, then the serpent must first become a dragon: otherwise he lacks his proper enemy.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 2, p. 320, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Human, All-Too-Human, "Man Alone With Himself," aphorism 498, "A Condition of Heroism," (1878). An allusion to Arthur Schopenhauer, The World as Will and Idea, 1:173.)
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  • 23.
    The hero used to be the one in white. Now he is harder to spot.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Sixth Selection, New York (1989).)
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  • 24.
    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).)
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  • 25.
    Higher than "thou shalt" stands "I will" (the heroes), and higher than "I will" stands "I am" (the Greek gods).
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 11, p. 105, selection 25[351], eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Unpublished fragments dating to Spring 1884.)
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  • 26.
    We are really so prejudiced by our educations, that, as the ancients deified their heroes, we deify their madmen.
    (Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl Chesterfield (1694-1773), British statesman, man of letters. letter, Feb. 22, 1748; (first published 1774). The Letters of the Earl of Chesterfield to His Son, vol. 1, no. 142, ed. Charles Strachey (1901).)
  • 27.
    What's a hero? I didn't even think about it.
    (Uli Derickson (b. c. 1944), flight attendant. As quoted in People magazine, p. 111 (March 7-14, 1994). Working on TWA flight 847 from Athens to Rome, which was hijacked for seventeen days by Lebanese terrorists in 1985, she persuaded the hijackers to spare the lives of all but one person on board and maintained calm throughout the ordeal. Rejecting the "hero" label, she insisted that she was only doing her job.)
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  • 28.
    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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  • 29.
    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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  • 30.
    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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