Quotations About / On: HERO

  • 41.
    Many heroes lived before Agamemnon; but all are unknown and unwept, extinguished in everlasting night, because they have no spirited chronicler.
    (Horace [Quintus Horatius Flaccus] (65-8 B.C.), Roman poet. Odes, bk. 4, ode 9, st. 7 (23 B.C.).)
  • 42.
    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 Unpublished fragments dating to Spring 1884.)
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  • 43.
    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).)
  • 44.
    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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  • 45.
    To have no heroes is to have no aspiration, to live on the momentum of the past, to be thrown back upon routine, sensuality, and the narrow self.
    (Charles Horton Cooley (1864-1929), U.S. sociologist. Human Nature and the Social Order, ch. 8 (1902).)
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  • 46.
    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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  • 47.
    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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  • 48.
    Many heroes lived before Agamemnon; but all are unknown and unwept, extinguished in everlasting night, because they have no spirited chronicler.
    (Horace [Quintus Horatius Flaccus] (65 B.C.-8 B.C.), Roman poet. Odes, bk. 4, ode 9, st. 7.)
  • 49.
    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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  • 50.
    Once the state has been founded, there can no longer be any heroes. They come on the scene only in uncivilized conditions.
    (Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831), German philosopher. "Wrong," addition 58, The Philosophy of Right (1821, trans. 1942).)
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