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.)
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).)
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.)
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).)
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.)