Quotations About / On: HERO

  • 61.
    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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  • 62.
    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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  • 63.
    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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  • 64.
    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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  • 65.
    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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  • 66.
    Though nature be ever so generous, yet can she not make a hero alone. Fortune must contribute her part too; and till both concur, the work cannot be perfected.
    (François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 54 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).)
  • 67.
    Athletes are American princes and the locker room is their castle. Some of them behave in princely fashion, become legitimate heroes to us all. And some are jerks.
    (Anna Quindlen (b. 1952), U.S. journalist, columnist, author. (October 4, 1990). Thinking Out Loud, p. 65, Random House (1993).)
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  • 68.
    Ultimately a hero is a man who would argue with the gods, and so awakens devils to contest his vision. The more a man can achieve, the more he may be certain that the devil will inhabit a part of his creation.
    (Norman Mailer (b. 1923), U.S. author. The Presidential Papers, preface (1963).)
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  • 69.
    Ultimately a hero is a man who would argue with the gods, and so awakens devils to contest his vision. The more a man can achieve, the more he may be certain that the devil will inhabit a part of his creation.
    (Norman Mailer (b. 1923), U.S. author. The Presidential Papers, preface (1963).)
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  • 70.
    Fighting is like champagne. It goes to the heads of cowards as quickly as of heroes. Any fool can be brave on a battlefield when it's be brave or else be killed.
    (Margaret Mitchell (1900-1949), U.S. novelist. Ashley Wilkes, in Gone with the Wind, vol. 2, pt. 4, ch. 31 (1936).)
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