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  • Listen, my friend, there are two races of beings. The masses teeming and happy--common clay, if you like--eating, breeding, working, counting their pennies; people who just live; ordinary people; people you can't imagine dead. And then there are the others--the noble ones, the heroes. The ones you can quite well imagine lying shot, pale and tragic; one minute triumphant with a guard of honor, and the next being marched away between two gendarmes.
    * Jean Anouilh


  • A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.
    * Joseph Campbell


  • I am convinced that a light supper, a good night's sleep, and a fine morning, have sometimes made a hero of the same man, who, by an indigestion, a restless night, and rainy morning, would have proved a coward.
    * Lord Chesterfield


  • Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.
    * Sir Winston Churchill


  • To have no heroes is to have no aspiration, to live on the momentum of the past, to be thrown back upon routine, sensuality, and the narrow self.
    * Charles Horton Cooley


  • This, to me, is the ultimately heroic trait of ordinary people; they say no to the tyrant and they calmly take the consequences of this resistance.
    * Philip K. Dick


  • A man can be a hero if he is a scientist, or a soldier, or a drug addict, or a disc jockey, or a crummy mediocre politician. A man can be a hero because he suffers and despairs; or because he thinks logically and analytically; or because he is "sensitive"; or because he is cruel. Wealth establishes a man as a hero, and so does poverty. Virtually any circumstance in a man's life will make him a hero to some group of people and has a mythic rendering in the culture--in literature, art, theater, or the daily newspapers.
    * Andrea Dworkin


  • Heroes are created by popular demand, sometimes out of the scantiest materials.
    * Gerald W. Johnson


  • Without heroes we're all plain people and don't know how far we can go.
    * Bernard Malamud


  • We have more to learn today from the spectacle of a great man at a great moment than from any number of monographs on ancient wage levels.
    * C. V. Wedgwood