Quotations About / On: HERO

  • 31.
    The ordinary man is involved in action, the hero acts. An immense difference.
    (Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. The Books in My Life, ch. 10 (1951).)
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  • 32.
    What is our task? To make Britain a fit country for heroes to live in.
    (David Lloyd George (1863-1945), British Liberal politician, Prime Minister. speech, Nov. 24, 1918, Wolverhampton, England. quoted in Times (London, Nov. 25, 1918). The words were frequently recalled in the years of low wages and unemployment that followed.)
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  • 33.
    In order to master the unruly torrent of life the learned man meditates, the poet quivers, and the political hero erects the fortress of his will.
    (José Ortega Y Gasset (1883-1955), Spanish essayist, philosopher. "Preliminary Meditation," Meditations on Quixote (1914).)
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  • 34.
    One murder makes a villain, millions a hero. Numbers sanctify, my good fellow.
    (Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977), British actor, screenwriter, director, and Orson Welles. Monsieur Henri Verdoux (Charles Chaplin), Monsieur Verdoux, said to a reporter (Herb Vigran) before Verdoux is led to the guillotine (1947).)
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  • 35.
    I think of a hero as someone who understands the degree of responsibility that comes with his freedom.
    (Bob Dylan [Robert Allen Zimmerman] (b. 1941), U.S. singer, songwriter. Interview in booklet accompanying the Biograph album set (1985).)
  • 36.
    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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  • 37.
    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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  • 38.
    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).)
  • 39.
    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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  • 40.
    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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