Quotations About / On: HERO

  • 21.
    Necessity makes heroes of us all.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, New York (1984).)
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  • 22.
    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).)
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  • 23.
    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.")
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  • 24.
    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).)
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  • 25.
    The hero is commonly the simplest and obscurest of men.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "Walking" (1862), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 5, p. 224, Houghton Mifflin (1906). This observation ends a long meditation on the Rhine versus the Mississippi, as they symbolize, respectively, the chivalric age of mediaeval Europe and the heroic age of modern, democratic America.)
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  • 26.
    A hero's love is as delicate as a maiden's.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 1, p. 288, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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  • 27.
    Every hero becomes a bore at last.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. Representative Men, "Uses of Great Men," (1850).)
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  • 28.
    Hero… or acting true?
    (Frank Muisenga)
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  • 29.
    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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  • 30.
    Carlyle, to adopt his own classification, is himself the hero as literary man.
    (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. 340, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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