Quotations About / On: HERO

  • 51.
    The youth, intoxicated with his admiration of a hero, fails to see, that it is only a projection of his own soul, which he admires.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. Speech, July 24, 1838, at Dartmouth College. "Literary Ethics," Nature, Addresses, and Lectures (1849).)
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  • 52.
    The ordinary man is as courageous and invulnerable as a hero when he does not recognize any danger, when he has no eyes to see it. Conversely, the hero's only vulnerable spot is on his back, and so exactly where he has no eyes.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 2, p. 334, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Human, All-Too-Human, "Man Alone With Himself," aphorism 572, "The Origin of Courage," (1878).)
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  • 53.
    He was ... a degenerate gambler. That is, a man who gambled simply to gamble and must lose. As a hero who goes to war must die. Show me a gambler and I'll show you a loser, show me a hero and I'll show you a corpse.
    (Mario Puzo (b. 1920), U.S. novelist. Fools Die, ch. 2 (1978). Referring to Jordan Hawley.)
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  • 54.
    What with making their way and enjoying what they have won, heroes have no time to think. But the sons of heroes—ah, they have all the necessary leisure.
    (Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British author. repr. In Music at Night and Other Essays (1949). "Vulgarity in Literature," (1930).)
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  • 55.
    I have always been a friend to hero-worship; it is the only rational one, and has always been in use amongst civilized people—the worship of spirits is synonymous with barbarism—it is mere fetish.... There is something philosophic in the worship of the heroes of the human race.
    (George Borrow (1803-1881), British author. An elderly individual, in Lavengro, ch. 23 (1851).)
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  • 56.
    They wouldn't be heroes if they were infallible, in fact they wouldn't be heroes if they weren't miserable wretched dogs, the pariahs of the earth, besides which the only reason to build up an idol is to tear it down again.
    (Lester Bangs (1948-1982), U.S. rock journalist. Creem (London, March 1975).)
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  • 57.
    A nice war is a war where everybody who is heroic is a hero, and everybody more or less is a hero in a nice war. Now this war is not at all a nice war.
    (Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author; relocated to France. Wars I Have Seen (1945). Written in 1943 about World War II, which was then in progress.)
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  • 58.
    When it looks at great accomplishments, the world, bent on simplifying its images, likes best to look at the dramatic, picturesque moments experienced by its heroes.... But the no less creative years of preparation remain in the shadow.
    (Stefan Zweig (18811942), Austrian writer. Magellan. Der Mann und seine Tat (Magellan. The Man and His Feat), p. 101, trans. by Marion Sonnenfeld, S. Fischer Verlag (1983).)
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  • 59.
    But then in novels the most indifferent hero comes out right at last. Some god comes out of a theatrical cloud and leaves the poor devil ten thousand-a-year and a title.
    (Anthony Trollope (1815-1882), British novelist. Ayala's Angel, vol. 3, ch. xxxviii, London, Chapman and Hall (1881).)
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  • 60.
    There is a hate layer of opinion and emotion in America. There will be other McCarthys to come who will be hailed as its heroes.
    (Max Lerner (b. 1902), U.S. author, columnist. repr. in The Unfinished Country, pt. 4 (1959). "McCarthyism: The Smell of Decay," New York Post (April 5, 1950). The word "McCarthyism" was first coined in this article, as Lerner affirmed in a later column, Feb. 3, 1954: "For my own part I doubt seriously whether the word will outlast the political power of the man from whom it derives.")
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