Quotations About / On: HERO

  • 71.
    I don't believe in villains or heroes, only in right or wrong ways that individuals are taken, not by choice, but by necessity or by certain still uncomprehended influences in themselves, their circumstances and their antecedents.
    (Tennessee Williams (1914-1983), U.S. dramatist. New York Post (March 17, 1957).)
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  • 72.
    It's true that heroes are inspiring, but mustn't they also do some rescuing if they are to be worthy of their name? Would Wonder Woman matter if she only sent commiserating telegrams to the distressed?
    (Jeanette Winterson (b. 1959), British author. Independent (London, January 6, 1990).)
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  • 73.
    America loves the representation of its heroes to be not just larger than life, but stupendously, awesomely bigger than anything else. If blue whales built statues to each other they'd be smaller then these.
    (Simon Hoggart (b. 1946), British journalist. America: A User's Guide, ch. 11 (1990). Remarking on Mount Rushmore.)
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  • 74.
    Freud was a hero. He descended to the "Underworld" and met there stark terrors. He carried with him his theory as a Medusa's head which turned these terrors to stone.
    (R.D. (Ronald David) Laing (b. 1927), British psychiatrist. The Divided Self, pt. 1, ch. 1 (1959).)
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  • 75.
    The first typical adolescent of modern times was Wagner's Siegfried. : the music of Siegfried expressed for the first time that combination of (provisional) purity, physical strength, naturism, spontaneity and joie de vivre which was to make the adolescent the hero of our twentieth century, the century of adolescence.
    (Philippe Ariés (20th century), French historian. Centuries of Childhood, pt. 1, ch. 1 (1962).)
  • 76.
    Resistance is feasible even for those who are not heroes by nature, and it is an obligation, I believe, for those who fear the consequences and detest the reality of the attempt to impose American hegemony.
    (Noam Chomsky (b. 1928), U.S. linguist, political analyst. repr. In American Power and the New Mandarins (1969). "Supplement to On Resistance," New York Review of Books (February 1, 1968).)
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  • 77.
    Bardot, Byron, Hitler, Hemingway, Monroe, Sade: we do not require our heroes to be subtle, just to be big. Then we can depend on someone to make them subtle.
    (D.J. Enright (b. 1920), British poet and critic. (First published 1953). "The Marquis and the Madame," Conspirators and Poets (1966).)
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  • 78.
    Nelson's famous signal before the Battle of Trafalgar was not: "England expects that every man will be a hero." It said: "England expects that every man will do his duty." In 1805 that was enough. It should still be.
    (Johan Huizinga (1872-1945), Dutch historian. In the Shadow of Tomorrow, ch. 15 (1936).)
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  • 79.
    The heroes of the world community are not those who withdraw when difficulties ensue, not those who can envision neither the prospect of success nor the consequence of failure—but those who stand the heat of battle, the fight for world peace through the United Nations.
    (Hubert H. Humphrey (1911-1978), U.S. Democratic politician, vice president. speech, Nov. 17, 1965, New York City.)
  • 80.
    Mommy is still the front-line parent, and Daddy is still the "other." Daddy is still "different." Daddy is still a daughter's defender, her hero, the first man in her life—no matter how old she is.
    (Victoria Secunda (20th century), U.S. psychologist and author. Women and Their Fathers, ch. 1 (1992).)
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