Quotations About / On: HERO

  • 61.
    Here is a hero who did nothing but shake the tree as soon as the fruit was ripe. Does this seem to be too small a thing to you? Then take a good look at the tree he shook.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 2, p. 701, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). The Wanderer and His Shadow, aphorism 347, "Also Worthy of a Hero," (1880).)
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  • 62.
    It is impossible to strive for the heroic life. The title of hero is bestowed by the survivors upon the fallen, who themselves know nothing of heroism.
    (Johan Huizinga (1872-1945), Dutch historian. The Spirit of the Netherlands (1968).)
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  • 63.
    Tom was a glittering hero once more—the pet of the old, the envy of the young. His name even went into immortal print, for the village paper magnified him. There were some that believed he would be President, yet, if he escaped hanging.
    (Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910), U.S. author. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, ch. 24 (1876).)
  • 64.
    The tragic hero prefers death to prudence. The comedian prefers playing tricks to winning. Only the villain really plays to win.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Sixth Selection, New York (1989).)
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  • 65.
    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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  • 66.
    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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  • 67.
    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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  • 68.
    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).)
  • 69.
    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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  • 70.
    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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