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A boy doesn't have to go to war to be a hero; he can say he doesn't like pie when he sees there isn't enough to go around.
~ Edgar Watson Howe - [Heroes and Heroism]

 

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A hero is someone we can admire without apology.
~ Kitty Kelley - [Heroes and Heroism]

 

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All our lives we fought against exalting the individual, against the elevation of the single person, and long ago we were over and done with the business of a hero, and here it comes up again: the glorification of one personality. This is not good at all. I am just like everybody else.
~ Vladimir Ilyich Lenin - [Heroes and Heroism]

 

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And how can man die better than facing fearful odds, for the ashes of his fathers, and the temples of his Gods?
~ Thomas B. Macaulay - [Heroes and Heroism]

 

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Calculation never made a hero.
~ John Henry Newman - [Heroes and Heroism]

 

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Claret is the liquor for boys; port for men; but he who aspires to be a hero must drink brandy.
~ Samuel Johnson - [Heroes and Heroism]

 

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Heroes are created by popular demand, sometimes out of the scantiest materials.
~ Gerald W. Johnson - [Heroes and Heroism]

 

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In war the heroes always outnumber the soldiers ten to one.
~ H. L. Mencken - [Heroes and Heroism]

 

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Mankind's common instinct for reality has always held the world to be essentially a theatre for heroism. In heroism, we feel, life's supreme mystery is hidden. We tolerate no one who has no capacity whatever for it in any direction. On the other hand, no matter what a man's frailties otherwise may be, if he be willing to risk death, and still more if he suffer it heroically, in the service he has chosen, the fact consecrates him forever.
~ William James - [Heroes and Heroism]

 

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Most people aren't appreciated enough, and the bravest things we do in our lives are usually known only to ourselves. No one throws ticker tape on the man who chose to be faithful to his wife, on the lawyer who didn't take the drug money, or the daughter who held her tongue again and again. All this anonymous heroism.
~ Peggy Noonan - [Heroes and Heroism]

 

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My heroes are and were my parents. I can't see having anyone else as my heroes.
~ Michael Jordan - [Heroes and Heroism]

 

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No heroine can create a hero through love of one, but she can give birth to one.
~ Jean Paul - [Heroes and Heroism]

 

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One murder makes a villain, millions often a hero.
~ Bishop Porteous - [Heroes and Heroism]

 

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Sometimes, when one person is missing, the whole world seems depopulated.
~ Alphonse De Lamartine - [Heroes and Heroism]

 

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The idol of today pushes the hero of yesterday out of our recollection; and will, in turn, be supplanted by his successor of tomorrow.
~ Washington Irving - [Heroes and Heroism]

 

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The ordinary man is involved in action, the hero acts. An immense difference.
~ Henry Miller - [Heroes and Heroism]

 

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The prudent see only the difficulties, the bold only the advantages, of a great enterprise; the hero sees both; diminishes the former and makes the latter preponderate, and so conquers.
~ Johann Kaspar Lavater - [Heroes and Heroism]

 

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There are heroes in evil as well as in good.
~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld - [Heroes and Heroism]

 

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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 - [Heroes and Heroism]

 

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What is a hero without love for mankind.
~ Doris Lessing - [Heroes and Heroism]

 

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