Heroic Quotes

Heroic Quotes by Kofi Annan, James Salter, J.R. Ward, Chris Wooding, Dalai Lama, Elizabeth Samet and many others.

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Sadly, a prize for peace is a rarity in this world. Most nations have monuments or memorials to war, bronze salutations to heroic battles, archways of triumph. But peace has no parade, no pantheon of victory.
Kofi Annan
I’ve always said that I felt women are more heroic.
James Salter
Conflict is the microscope of a book. When it’s trained on a character, you see what’s underneath the narratives of physical description. You see whether someone is strong or weak, principled or apathetic, heroic or villainous.” (J.R. on writing the BDB series)
J.R. Ward
I wanted to write an adventure in the old-fashioned way, something to which I could apply the adjective ‘rollicking’ and not feel embarrassed. But I’ve never liked my heroes to be too heroic, so they ended up being a bunch of criminals instead.
Chris Wooding
The real test of compassion is not what we say in abstract discussions but how we conduct ourselves in daily life.
Dalai Lama
The allure of military life and its heroic promise seem indestructible, but nothing threatens the romance of war more effectively than war itself.
Elizabeth Samet
But why,… if you have a serious comment to make on the real life of men, must you do it by talking about a phantasmagoric never-never land of your own? Because, I take it, one of the main things the author wants to say is that the real life of men is of that mythical and heroic quality.
C. S. Lewis
It is an Englishman who turns out to be the real villain of ‘The Moonstone.’ By contrast, the three Indian priests who dedicate their lives to returning the jewel to its proper home in the temple, though they have nothing personal to gain by doing so, are positively heroic.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
My sisters both are working mothers. I understand that my being an actress as well as being at home isn’t some heroic thing. That doesn’t mean it isn’t confusing or difficult – especially that question of how you find a balance.
Jennifer Garner
Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.
C. S. Lewis
If you know with a complete absence of doubt that what you are doing is consistent with your own purpose and that you are involved in accomplishing a great affair, then you are at peace with yourself and in harmony with your own heroic mission.
Wayne Dyer
Courtesy is a silver lining around the dark clouds of civilization; it is the best part of refinement and in many ways, an art of heroic beauty in the vast gallery of man’s cruelty and baseness.
Bryant H. McGill
Common sense in religion is rare, and we are too often trying to be heroic instead of just ordinarily good and kind.
Dorothy Day
We honor our heroic and patriotic dead by being true men, as true men by faithfully fighting the battles of our day as they fought the battles of their day.
David McMurtrie Gregg
May all of you as Americans never forget your heroic origins, never fail to seek Divine guidance, and never lose your natural God-given optimism.
Ronald Reagan
The reason can only be this: heroic poetry depends on an heroic age, and an age is heroic because of what it is, not because of what it does.
Lascelles Abercrombie
Consequently, the value and importance of the monarchic idea cannot reside in the person of the monarch himself except if Heaven decides to lay the crown on the brow of the heroic genius like Frederick the Great or a wise character like William I.
Adolf Hitler
A hero could be anyone who does something heroic, irrespective of the gender.
Vicky Kaushal
I think that always makes it fun, trying to create a heroic character and putting your own twist on it and injecting your own personality into it.
Dwayne Johnson
If God does not enter your kitchen, there is something wrong with your kitchen. If you can’t take God into your recreation, there is something wrong with your play. We all believe in the God of the heroic. What we need most these days is the God of the humdrum, the commonplace, the everyday.
Peter Marshall
We could say that compassion is the ultimate attitude of wealth: an anti-poverty attitude, a war on want. It contains all sorts of heroic, juicy, positive, visionary, expansive qualities. And it implies larger scale thinking, a freer and more expansive way of relating to yourself and the world.
Chogyam Trungpa
One of the rules I try to follow is that normal people are going to be involved even in heroic events.
David Brin
I should throw you off this building minus the flying horse and see how heroic you sound on the way down.
Rick Riordan
Whereas in a memory you edit things out and sort of restructure the things to seem a little bit more heroic, or to focus on particular aspects that magnify or reduce certain things.
Chris Ware
The course was more plodding than heroic: I did not strive valiantly against doubters but took incremental steps studded with a few intuitive leaps.
Steve Martin
Experience acquired in the heroic battle against Batista’s tyranny showed that the enemy, no matter what his strength, could not defeat the Cuban people.
Fidel Castro
Our best presidents have really combined domestic leadership with heroic achievements in foreign affairs or war.
Allan Lichtman
A truley heroic way of life lies in squarely confronting and courageously overcoming the pounding vicissitudes that life always throws in our paths
Daisaku Ikeda
One of the problems of other MMOs combat is that you often have scenarios where you have multiple heroes beating on a single enemy. That just isn’t very Heroic
James Ohlen
Those who ran away are now outside the distant perimeter wall of the airport. Now they’re outside the wall and the heroic Republican Guard is now in control of the whole area of Saddam International Airport. So where are those villainous louts, those mercenaries?
Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf
I deem as heroic those who have the harder task, face it unflinchingly and live. In this world women do that.
James Salter
You know that the nucleus of a time is not
The poet but the poem, the growth of the mind
Of the world, the heroic effort to live expressed
As victory. The poet does not speak in ruins
Nor stand there making orotund consolations.
He shares the confusions of intelligence.
Wallace Stevens
Though much is taken, much abides; and though We are not now that strength which in old days Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are; One equal temper of heroic hearts, Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.
Alfred Lord Tennyson
Anyone can be heroic from time to time, but a gentleman is something you have to be all the time.
Luigi Pirandello
My mother, as a girl, had remembered this woman from Maine, someone who was part of the extended family somehow, and I recall her talking about this great, risk-taking woman. There are the most amazing, heroic stories in everybody’s lives.
Patricia MacLachlan
To me, it’s a heroic attribute to be so committed to a principle that you apply it, not when it’s easy, not when it supports your position, not when it protects people you like, but when it defends and protects people that you hate.
Glenn Greenwald
I grew up reading books about heroic collies.
Cathleen Schine
In the material sciences these are and have been, and are most surely likely to continue to be heroic days.
J. Robert Oppenheimer
I hope that I’m not the type of person who, standing at the doorway to hell, strikes a heroic pose and then starts frowning with indecision.
Liu Xiaobo
We have taught our people to use prayer too much as a means of comfort – not in the original and heroic sense of uplifting, inspiring, strengthening, but in the more modern and baser sense of soothing sorrow, dulling pain, and drying tears – the comfort of the cushion, not the comfort of the Cross.
Geoffrey Studdert Kennedy
I think honesty is the most heroic quality one can aspire to.
Daniel Radcliffe
Yet only the atrocities of the conquered are referred to as criminal acts; those of the conqueror are justified as necessary, heroic, and even worse, as the fulfillment of God’s will.
Jim Fergus
Necessity does everything well. In our condition of universal dependence, it seems heroic to let the petitioner be the judge of his necessity, and to give all that is asked, though at great inconvenience.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
One of the secrets of Fox News’ outsized success – it’s the most profitable news organisation in the U.S. and, quite likely, the world – is that it saw the country full of liberal occupiers and Fox News’ viewers as the heroic resistance.
Michael Wolff
People saw me as being heroic, but I was no more heroic than I was with other injuries I had, like the lacerated kidney I suffered during the 1990 World Series. It’s just that people haven’t known anyone with a lacerated kidney, but everyone can relate to someone with cancer.
Eric Davis
He lives out in Orchard Park. I mean, to be able to sit on the bench so patiently, for whatever part, and to be able to get up and do something, with such heroic competencies would be great.
Robert Creeley
In the action business, when you don’t want to say you ran like a mouse, you call it ‘taking cover.’ It’s more heroic.
Jim Butcher
Christianity is not the faith of the complacent, the comfortable or of the timid. It demands and creates heroic souls.
Mitt Romney
Villains are as important as the hero. Without the right villain, the hero isn’t heroic enough.
Mukesh Rishi
I think we are drawn to anti-heroes because that is what most of us are most of the time and it is good to see that we are heroic.
Mark Kurlansky
The heroic cannot be the common,
nor the common the heroic.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Friendship, in the old heroic sense of that term, no longer exists. It is in reality no longer expected or recognized as a virtue among men.
Thomas Carlyle
I never saw a true representation – an iconic hero – for myself. It just got boring, reading about all these really powerful and heroic white guys.
Salim Akil
The great pleasure that comes from reading poets such as Mark Doty and Marianne Moore is the realisation that the essential virtues – compassion, wonder, humility, respect for the mysterious – are far from conventionally heroic.
John Burnside
I like writing about women, weak and strong, pathetic and heroic. I like writing about men, ditto. And all the variants of men and women, beasts and demons.
Tanith Lee
Courage is more exhilarating than fear and in the long run it is easier. We do not have to become heroes over night. Just a step at a time, meeting each thing that comes up, seeing it is not as dreadful as it appeared, discovering we have the strength to stare it down.
Eleanor Roosevelt
The hero is commonly the simplest and obscurest of men.
Henry David Thoreau
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
Nurture your minds with great thoughts. To believe in the heroic makes heroes.
Benjamin Disraeli
The Border Ballads, for instance, and the Robin Hood Ballads, clearly suppose a state of society which is nothing but a very circumscribed and not very important heroic age.
Lascelles Abercrombie
If we had a better understanding of the ways we think about enemies, we might be able to think of more rational ways of settling conflict.
Sam Keen
In the world of poker, it’s not heroic to try to function on a couple hours of sleep.
Daniel Negreanu
Here then is a great #‎ truth . In the #‎ pain , the #‎ agony , and the #‎ heroic endeavors of life, we pass through a #‎ refiner ‘s #‎ fire , and the insignificant and the unimportant in our lives can melt away like dross and make our #‎ faith #‎ bright , #‎ intact , and #‎ strong .
James E. Faust
I want to do something splendid… Something heroic or wonderful that won’t be forgotten after I’m dead… I think I shall write books.
Louisa May Alcott
That’s what heroic stories do for us. They show us the way. They remind us of the good we are capable of.
Sam Raimi
Perhaps in our presence, the most heroic deed on earth is done in some silent spirit, the loftiest purpose cherished, the most generous sacrifice made, and we do not suspect it. I believe this greatness to be most common among the multitude, whose names are never heard.
William Ellery Channing
Heroic people take risks to themselves to help others. There’s nothing heroic about accepting $5 million to go out and run around chasing a ball, although you may show fortitude or those other qualities while you do it.
Gregg Easterbrook
I really do inhabit a system in which words are capable of shaking the entire structure of government, where words can prove mightier than 10 military divisions.
Vaclav Havel
Avatars are a way to express our true selves, our most heroic, idealized version of who we might become.
Jane McGonigal
I salute all the nations of the Arab Spring and I salute the heroic people of Syria who are striving for freedom, democracy and reform.
Ismail Haniyeh
Societies create their own history and tend to wipe out lowly beginnings, either by forgetting them or inventing totally fictitious heroic rescues.
My father was a coal hewer from Goldthorpe, a coal-mining village in South Yorkshire. He played for the Yorkshire second team as an opening fast bowler – to me he was a gorgeously heroic man. He helped form a union and closed down the Barnsley seam because it was seeping gas, and saved many, many lives.
Brian Blessed
Studies from universities in Holland and Berlin confirm that 80 percent of Muslims in the Netherlands believe it is a heroic deed to travel to Syria as a fighter.
Geert Wilders
As well as tasting fantastic, blackberries are good for you. Anthocyanin isn’t just a pigment, it’s a flavonoid, a heroic antioxidant! The stuff of superfoods!
Alice Roberts
It did seem hard to be doing something heroic while everyone was too busy to notice.
Frances Hardinge
Some men make gain a fountain, whence proceeds
A stream of liberal and heroic deeds;
The swell of pity, not to be confined
Within the scanty limits of the mind.
William Cowper
The news of the open military help to Franco from Hitler and Mussolini, and the heroic resistance of the people of Madrid, Barcelona and the big cities fired a widespread wish to help the Republic and its people.
Bill Alexander
Nature is not slow to equip us in the prison-uniform of the party to which we adhere.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
In my fantasies, I was always caught up in heroic struggles, and I saw myself saving lives, sacrificing myself for others. I had far loftier ambitions than mere romance.
Irene Gut Opdyke
The most heroic word in all languages is revolution.
Eugene V. Debs
What the writers do, and we hopefully can bring to life, is that they present characters who, on the surface, aren’t always heroic and their acts aren’t always devoid of selfishness.
Charlie Cox
Keep out of this,” Lucian said. “I’m not smiting anybody.” “You’re showing mercy.” Catch-a-Tick nodded. “That’s heroic, too. But not as good as smiting.
Lloyd Alexander
One of the rules I try to follow is that normal people are going to be involved even in heroic events
David Brin
I am convinced that we will never build a democratic state based on rule of law if we do not at the same time build a state that is-regardless of how unscientific this may sound to the ears of a political scientist-humane, moral, intellectual and spiritual, and cultural.
Vaclav Havel
I wanted to do something heroic if I was going to be on TV. And the first thing that appeals to me once I have decided I don’t want to be the bad guy is to find things that are not black and white.
Kevin Bacon
The heroic New York doctor who caught Ebola has been declared Ebola free. President Obama called the doctor to thank him for his selflessness and compassion. Then to be safe, Obama threw his phone in a trash can and lit it on fire.
Jimmy Fallon
How heroic to be able to suppress one’s vanity to the extent of confessing that the game is too hard.
Alice James
You can’t make accommodations in crucial situations and be heroic.
Alan Furst
The emotions – love, mirth, the heroic, wonder, tranquility, fear, anger, sorrow, disgust – are in the audience.
John Cage
To stand upon ramparts and die for our principles is heroic, but to sally forth to battle and win for our principles is something more than heroic.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
We must be prepared to make the same heroic sacrifices for the cause of peace that we make ungrudgingly for the cause of war.
Albert Einstein
Aspire rather to be a hero than merely appear one.
Baltasar Gracian
I think that our future has lost that capital F we used to spell it with. The science fiction future of my childhood has had a capital F – it was assumed to be an American Future because America was the future. The Future was assumed to be inherently heroic, and a lot of other things, as well.
William Gibson
It is a mystery to me how a theologian can be praised for having brought himself to disbelieve dogmas. I’ve always thought that those who have brought themselves to believe in dogmas merit the true recognition owing a heroic deed.
Karl Kraus
Christianity is not the faith of the complacent, the comfortable or of the timid. It demands and creates heroic souls like Wesley, Wilberforce, Bonhoeffer, John Paul the Second, and Billy Graham. Each showed, in their own way, the relentless and powerful influence of the message of Jesus Christ.
Mitt Romney
We live in an age in which there is no heroic death.
Yukio Mishima
And as cynical and jaded as many have become, you see the heroic nature of cops, who put aside a lot of their own personal concerns and their families to speak for the dead, which is a sacred thing. Over time there is this thing in them that is very powerful and interesting and provocative to me.
Veena Sud
The heart becomes heroic through passion. It is no longer composed of anything but what is pure; it no longer rests upon anything but what is elevated and great.
Victor Hugo
He’s probably their battle poet, too.” “You mean he makes up heroic songs about famous battles?” “No, no. He recites poems that frighten the enemy….When a well-trained gonnagle starts to recite, the enemy’s ears explode.
Terry Pratchett
People think me a sort of Florence Nightingale, but I have no heroic qualities. I simply don’t feel very much.
Franny Billingsley
There is no heroic poem in the world but is at bottom a biography, the life of a man.
Thomas Carlyle
A heroic nature is very Greek.
Patrick Wilson
the highest point a man can attain is not Knowledge, or Virtue, or Goodness, or Victory, but something even greater, more heroic and more despairing: Sacred Awe!
Nikos Kazantzakis
There’s nothing heroic about suicide bombers. They’re mostly just dumb, brainwashed kids, stoned out of their minds.
Marcus Luttrell
A hero cannot be a hero unless in a heroic world.
Nathaniel Hawthorne
If we cannot come together to pause, to respect our dead and the heroic lives of meaning they led, then ours is truly a civilization lost.
Mark McKinnon
The monotony of a long heroic poem may often be pleasantly relieved by judicious interruptions in the perfect successions of rhymes, just as the metre may sometimes be adorned with occasional triplets and Alexandrines.
H. P. Lovecraft
I do not subscribe to a feminism that demands perfection or super heroic nobility of women. But I do insist that putting women at the service of patriarchy is no victory for us.
Mona Eltahawy
Tragedy enlightens – and it must, in that it points the heroic finger at the enemy of man’s freedom. The thrust for freedom is the quality in tragedy which exalts. The revolutionary questioning of the stable environment is what terrifies.
Arthur Miller
Democracy forever teases us with the contrast between its ideals and its realities, between its heroic possibilities and its sorry achievements.
Agnes Repplier
If a man hasn’t discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Stranded in this mill town railroad yard while the whole world was converging elsewhere, we seemed to be nothing but children playing among heroic men.
John Knowles
I think on some level, that’s a fear that exists in everybody, that if we’re tested, we won’t make the courageous choice. We won’t make the decision that would make us heroic. We make the decision that would reveal us to be all too human.
Bruce Greenwood
The Dance instills in you something that sets you apart. Something heroic and remote.
Edgar Degas
To criticize one’s country is to do it a service…. Criticism, in short, is more than a right; it is an act of patriotism-a higher form of patriotism, I believe, than the familiar rituals and national adulation.
J. William Fulbright
When a truth is not given complete freedom, freedom is not complete.
Vaclav Havel
For most of the universe’s life is not all gummy wads and tarty tarts; is a struggle against hardship, unfairness, corruption, abuse, and adversity in all its guises, where even to survive – let alone survive with dignity – is heroic. To soldier through the days in the wake of failure is the courageous act of many.
Frank Beddor
Passive resistance is a sport for gentleman (and ladies)-just like the pursuit of war, a heroic enterprise for the ruling classes but a grievous burden on the rest.
Kenneth Kaunda
One would like to be grand and heroic, if one could; but if not, why try at all? One wants to be very something, very great, very heroic; or if not that, then at least very stylish and very fashionable. It is this everlasting mediocrity that bores me.
Harriet Beecher Stowe
Commonplace though it may appear, this doing of one’s duty embodies the highest ideal of life and character. There may be nothing heroic about it; but the common lot of men is not heroic.
Samuel Smiles
I had the good fortune and opportunity to come home and to tell the truth; many soldiers, like Pat Tillman… did not have that opportunity. The truth of war is not always easy. The truth is always more heroic than the hype.
Jessica Lynch
I like women who are so real that they become as cowardly as certain men, as heroic as others and as sexual and dominating as men can be. And as you can imagine everything I do is [misunderstood].
Danielle Arbid
An intelligent person, looking out of his eyes and hearkening in his ears, with a smile on his face all the time, will get more true education than many another in a life of heroic vigils”.
Robert Louis Stevenson
Many single mothers do a heroic job looking after their children, as mine did with us; but as she found, it becomes twice as hard to set boundaries with half the number of parents.
David Lammy
I’m not great at fear. I made the least frightening vampire show ever on TV. I’m pretty much good at heroic narratives and making people laugh, and that’s pretty much it.
Joss Whedon
The language of the heroic is something that has evolved over time.
Kehinde Wiley
The point is, not how long you live, but how nobly you live.
Seneca the Younger
Love doesn’t mean doing extraordinary or heroic things. It means knowing how to do ordinary things with tenderness.
Jean Vanier
I’m always interested in getting to know people, and that means vilified people as much as those celebrated. You find out that heroes aren’t always so heroic, and villains have some bit of humanity in them.
Dustin Lance Black
Heroic figures are now obsolete,So Demigod and Devil find retreatIn minds of children – as rare beasts and men,Elsewhere extinct, persist in hill or fenFrom man protected – where each form assumesGigantic stature and intention, loomsFrom wind-moved, twilight-woven histories:For them each flower teems with mysteries.
Osbert Sitwell
The other terror that scares us from self-trust is our consistency; a reverence for our past act or word, because the eyes of others have no other data for computing our orbit than our past acts, and we are loath to disappoint them.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
The idea of sacrifice is integral to the John Henry myth. Heroic figures have to die in order for us to have our stories; we live and stand on their bones.
Colson Whitehead
In such misfortunes my Mother was of an heroic spirit, in suffering patiently when there was no remedy, and being industrious where she thought she could help.
Margaret Cavendish
I think it is rather heroic to go into a war zone where everyone is trying to kill you, and you have no way of shooting back.
Kerry Greenwood
Heroes are people who rise to the occasion and slip quietly away.
Tom Brokaw
We must love men more than things, and I admire and weep more for the soldiers than for the churches which were only the recording of an heroic gesture which today is reenacted at every moment.
Marcel Proust
As Charles Lamb says, there is nothing so nice as doing good by stealth and being found out by accident, so I now say it is even nicer to make heroic decisions and to be prevented by ‘circumstances beyond your control’ from ever trying to execute them.
William James
How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!
Maya Angelou
When it comes to the pinch, human beings are heroic. Women face childbed and the scrubbing brush, revolutionaries keep their mouths shut in the torture chamber, battleships go down with their guns still firing when their decks are awash.
George Orwell
Lying can never save us from another lie.
Vaclav Havel
Aja gave Loor an up and down once-over. She then said, “Is Loor a man’s name or a woman’s name?” Ouch. Loor answered, “It is the name of a legendary hero on Zadaa. A woman.” Really?” Aja said. “What did she do that was so heroic?” She killed her enemies and ate them.
D. J. MacHale
T. E. Lawrence was far more than a glamorous, swashbuckling, heroic figure in flowing robes mounted on a camel, leading the Arab tribes against the Turks in World War One.
Michael Korda
[W]hen I see men callously and cheerfully denying women the full use of their bodies, while insisting with sobs and howls on the satisfaction of their own, I simply can’t find it heroic, or kind, or anything but pretty rotten and feeble.
Dorothy L. Sayers
The romance genre is the only genre where readers are guaranteed novels that place the heroine at the heart of the story. These are books that celebrate women’s heroic virtues and values: courage, honor, determination and a belief in the healing power of love.
Jayne Ann Krentz
Every rebel is, with us, more or less a soldier who has missed his vocation, a being made for a heroic life … The European race is a race of masters and soldiers. If you reduce this noble race to the work in a slave’s prison like Negroes or Chinamen, it will rebel.
Ernest Renan
I don’t want to sound like a heroic woman or to seem full of myself, but I do have a core of trust that I’ll figure things out and find my way. And if whatever I try is not a good experience, even that is a good experience. If something turns out lousy, it’s interesting.
Julie Taymor
The Life of Johnson is assuredly a great, a very great work. Homer is not more decidedly the first of heroic poets. Shakespeare is not more decidedly the first of dramatists, Demosthenes is not more decidedly the first of orators, than Boswell is the first of biographers. He has no second.
Thomas B. Macaulay
There are two types of courage involved with what I did. When it comes to picking up a rifle, millions of people are capable of doing that, as we see in Iraq or Vietnam. But when it comes to risking their careers, or risking being invited to lunch by the establishment, it turns out that’s remarkably rare.
Daniel Ellsberg
You can raise good children in single parent households, and many of you perhaps here today come from that type of environment. It is possible and many do it in heroic situations, but it’s much more difficult and the numbers move against us in a broad society.
Sam Brownback
I have been primarily interested in how and why ordinary people do unusual things, things that seem alien to their natures. Why do good people sometimes act evil? Why do smart people sometimes do dumb or irrational things?
Philip Zimbardo
This is not a story of heroic feats, or merely the narrative of a cynic; at least I do not mean it to be. It is a glimpse of two lives running parallel for a time, with similar hopes and convergent dreams.
Che Guevara
Games are a way of escaping reality – that’s why you need heroic factor.
Hideo Kojima
If you look at the heroes of antiquity and myth, they all have flaws. It’s something that they have to overcome; their flaws are something that they have to act in spite of. The challenge is not to defy your fate, but to endure it. That is heroic.
Nicholas Meyer
Over the course of my creative life, I’ve trafficked in broken, heroic mothers.
Peter Hedges
In the pain, the agony, and the heroic endeavors of life, we pass through a refiner’s fire, and the insignificant and the unimportant in our lives can melt away like dross and make our faith bright, intact, and strong.
James E. Faust
A healthy person is not perfect but perfectible, not a done deal but a work in progress. Staying healthy takes discipline, work, and patience, which is why our life is a journey and perforce a heroic one.
David Richo
Men have said that the cross of Christ was not a heroic thing, but I want to tell you that the cross of Jesus Christ has put more heroism in the souls of men than any other event in human history.
John G. Lake
Very few of my characters are totally heroic or totally villainous.
Charlaine Harris
I’ve not seen in my lifetime any politician who is a heroic figure. The manipulation that all politicians use on one level or another is so transparent.
Dean Koontz
To be a woman is a great adventure; To drive men mad is a heroic thing.
Boris Pasternak
With all due respect to the other writers, I don’t want to disparage any other writers; I don’t want to have to invent a bigger villain than Deathstroke so Deathstroke can seem heroic fighting this bigger villain. I’d rather just have Deathstroke be who is, and he’s kind of a bastard.
Christopher Priest
Do one thing that’s heroic for you today – big or small – and fear won’t define you anymore.
Bob Goff
The unbought grace of life, the cheap defence of nations, the nurse of manly sentiment and heroic enterprise, is gone!
Edmund Burke
In the hands of the discoverer, medicine becomes a heroic art . . wherever life is dear he is a demigod.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
I should say sincerity, a deep, great, genuine sincerity, is the first characteristic of all men in any way heroic.
Thomas Carlyle
We may never know why Joe Ellis fabricated a heroic past. But we know that the life he embellished has deeply diminished the life he’d earned.
Ellen Goodman
When you’re younger, you’re going to be cast as the heroic, earnest leading man.
Ioan Gruffudd
When we quit thinking primarily about ourselves and our own self-preservation, we undergo a truly heroic transformation of consciousness.
Joseph Campbell
HYPOTHESES: Evil is boring. Cynicism is idiotic. Fear is a bad habit. Despair is lazy. Joy is fascinating. Love is an act of heroic genius. Pleasure is our birthright. Receptivity is a superpower.
Rob Brezsny
There is a light at the end of the tunnel… hopefully its not a freight train!
Mariah Carey
Heroes need monsters to establish their heroic credentials. You need something scary to overcome.
Margaret Atwood
When you think of the long and gloomy history of man, you will find more hideous crimes have been committed in the name of obedience than have ever been committed in the name of rebellion.
C.P. Snow
The heroic soul does not sell its justice and its nobleness.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
The adventure of the hero is the adventure of being alive
Joseph Campbell
There is an electric fire in human nature tending to purify – so that among these human creatures there is continually some birth of new heroism. The pity is that we must wonder at it, as we should at finding a pearl in rubbish.
John Keats
Heroic deeds, to use whatever dower Heaven has bestowed, to test our utmost power.
Sarah Knowles Bolton
Follow your bliss. The heroic life is living the individual adventure. There is no security in following the call to adventure. Nothing is exciting if you know what the outcome is going to be.
Joseph Campbell
Supreme art is a traditional statement of certain heroic and religious truth, passed on from age to age, modified by individual genius, but never abandoned.
William Butler Yeats
Dwight Eisenhower presented a face of America that was heroic and resolute; Ronald Reagan represented a return to confidence and glamour after the weary Carter years.
Joy Reid
There’s many heroic underappreciated investigative journalists.
Robert Crumb
Myths and creeds are heroic struggles to comprehend the truth in the world.
Ansel Adams
Heroes are heroes because they are heroic in behavior, not because they won or lost.
Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Lust is an immoderate wantonness of the flesh, a sweet poison, a cruel pestilence; a pernicious poison, which weakeneth the body of man, and effeminateth the strength of the heroic mind.
Francis Quarles
The reason progress is slow is that we always expect other men to be the heroes and to live the heroic lives. But we all have hero stuff in us. In our sphere of life we can always live more heroically and triumphantly and grow in heroic stature.
Wilferd Peterson
One can’t live mindfully without being enmeshed in psychological processes that are around us.
Philip Zimbardo
The higher Greek poetry did not make up fictitious plots; its business was to express the heroic saga, the myths.
Gilbert Murray
In South America, I heard the 8th Symphony of Beethoven. And the young conductor thought, Beethoven must be heroic. But this is piece which shouldn’t be heroic. And this was such a misunderstanding, such a deep misunderstanding.
Kurt Masur
Modern man must descend the spiral of his own absurdity to the lowest point; only then can he look beyond it. It is obviously impossible to get around it, jump over it, or simply avoid it.
Vaclav Havel
He would still see it as his duty to shut up and get on with it, not cause any trouble. In our own time we’ve made a hero of the rebel, and it’s more heroic to speak up.
Eddie Campbell
Nurture your mind with great thoughts
Benjamin Disraeli
We don’t tend to write about disease in fiction – not just teen novels but all American novels – because it doesn’t fit in with our idea of the heroic romantic epic. There is room only for sacrifice, heroism, war, politics and family struggle.
John Green
I always feel freelance writers are leading a heroic life. I think that is the real writer’s life. On the other hand, it’s good to have another job. It gives you something to do.
Tom Paulin
The real hero is always a hero by mistake; he dreams of being an honest coward like everybody else.
Umberto Eco
Courage is the form of every virtue at the testing point.
Lynn G. Robbins
True loyalty consists not in bowing the knee to earthly greatness, or in heroic deeds to “gild the kingly knave, or garnish out the fool,” but in noble, generous acts of honest purpose, where truth, honor, and virtue, and a nation’s welfare, are dearer than life.
James Ellis
I was once invited to take part in a heroic, possibly fatal enterprise, but I declined, mainly on account of sloth.
Edward Abbey
This obsession with leadership… It’s not neutral; it’s American, this idea of the heroic leader who comes in on a white horse to save the day. I think it’s killing American companies.
Henry Mintzberg
Don’t scale because you think there’s a pot of gold over that rainbow. Scale because you’re ready and eager to do heroic work, every day, forever.
Seth Godin
Somehow super power and hero are so synonymous that they get combined into one word, ‘superhero,’ whereas I’m kind of more interested in separating those two ideas out. You have characters with super powers who may or may not be heroic, because human beings aren’t all heroic. I tend to be drawn to antiheros.
Doug Liman
If I programmed my own TV network, it would air good news! Just positive stories. Heroic stories. Cute puppy dogs doin’ stuff.
Jennifer Aniston
To be a leader in this new economy, you have to love risk-which means patterning your life on the heroic, not on the strategic. Acting boldly is better than acting knowingly.
Harriet Rubin
Nor is there wanting in the press Some spirit to stand simply forth, Heroic in it nakedness, Against the uttermost of earth. The tale of earth’s unhonored things Sounds nobler there than ‘neath the sun; And the mind whirls and the heart sings, And a shout greets the daring one.
Robert Frost
My daughter, there are times of moral danger when the hardest virtuous resolution to form is flight, and when the most heroic bravery is flight.
Charles Dickens
The exercise of power is determined by thousands of interactions between the world of the powerful and that of the powerless, all the more so because these worlds are never divided by a sharp line: everyone has a small part of himself in both.
Vaclav Havel
Johnnie Cochran was such a heroic figure for getting the acquittal of O.J. Simpson, and the acquittal was such a historical event because it was the first time that I’d seen somebody who looked like me have the criminal justice system work in their favor rather than against.
Sterling K. Brown
Americans admire success. Englishmen admire heroic failure
Anne Fadiman
An artist’s fine goal is to manifest a well-nigh heroic self-discipline, carefully attending to all that concerns him.
Eric Maisel
An Eagle Scout deserves a letter of congratulations, but not a proclamation, … That’s a normal process. It’s not a heroic process.
Frank Bruno
I like books that expose me to people unlike me and books that do battle against caricature or simplification. That, to me, is the heroic in fiction.
Zadie Smith
Some journeys are direct, and some are circuitous; some are heroic, and some are fearful and muddled. But every journey, honestly undertaken, stands a chance of taking us toward the place where our deep gladness meets the world’s deep need
Parker J. Palmer
Nothing great will ever be achieved without great men, and men are great only if they are determined to be so.
Charles de Gaulle
Explore your mind, discover yourself, then give the best that is in you to your age and to your world. There are heroic possibilities waiting to be discovered in every person
Wilferd Peterson
The greatest cause of evil included all human motives in one giant paradox. Good and bad were so inextricably mixed that we couldn’t make them out; bad seemed to lead to good, and good motives led to bad. The paradox is that evil comes from man’s urge to heroic victory over evil.
Ernest Becker
The heroic action of American law enforcement is the only force standing between us and total anarchy.
Marjorie Taylor Greene
He wanted to appear suddenly to her in novel and heroic colors. He wanted to stir her from that casualness she showed toward everything except herself.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
My stepfather stepped in where no man would’ve stepped in – six kids, five of them boys – and that’s heroic.
Tim Allen
Is it absurd to imagine that our social behavior, from amoeba to man, is also planned and dictated, from stored information, by the cells? And that the time has come for men to be entrusted with the task, through heroic efforts, of bringing life to other worlds?
Albert Claude
I’m pretty much good at heroic narratives and making people laugh.
Joss Whedon
True heroism consists in being superior to the ills of life, in whatever shape they may challenge us to combat.
Napoleon Bonaparte
As human beings, of course, we’re all compromised and complex and contradictory and if a screenplay can express those contradictions within a character and if there’s room for me to express them, that’s a part I’d love to play, so much more than a character who is heroic and one-dimensional.
Hugo Weaving
What passes for identity in America is a series of myths about one’s heroic ancestors.
James A. Baldwin
Isn’t every hero aware of all the terrible reason they did those good deeds?” Aware of every mistake they ever made and how good people got hurt because of their decisions? Don’t they recall the moments they weren’t heroic at all? The moments where their heroism led to more deaths than deliberate villainy ever could?
Holly Black
To me, it feels like ‘The Doctor’ has to have a long coat, and that’s something imprinted on me from childhood, because he always did. And there’s something heroic in a flapping coat, but at the same time, I need to get rid of it sometimes and just be a scrawny guy in a suit that doesn’t quite fit.
David Tennant
The function of (heroic) symbols is to give you a sense of Aha! Yes, I know what it is, it’s myself.
Joseph Campbell
There’s always something heroic and romantic about taking a stand against the powers that be.
Greg Gutfeld
I believe with all my heart that the American classroom teachers are one of our greatest and most heroic treasures.
Patricia Polacco
I answer the heroic question, ‘Death, where is thy sting?’ with ‘It is in my heart and mind and memories.
Maya Angelou
Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices.
Harry S. Truman
What was moving, I think, was the fact that the statue is a woman and not a heroic, manly figure. So for all her scale and immensity, there’s something soft about the Statue of Liberty, something tender about her.
Derek Walcott
Men imagine that they communicate their virtue or vice only by overt actions, and do not see that virtue or vice emit a breath every moment.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Some are in it for the money, which is fine. Some of them are in it to be a movie star; that’s another reason. Some actors – and this I never understand – will only play likeable characters. And if they’re not likeable, they change them to be heroic.
Rupert Friend
Work for something because it is good, not just because it stands a chance to succeed.
Vaclav Havel
Happiness is not fame or riches or heroic virtues, but a state that will inspire posterity to think in reflecting upon our life, that it was the life they would wish to live.
Show me a hero and I’ll write you a tragedy.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Peace demands the most heroic labor and the most difficult sacrifice.
Thomas Merton
The idea of the solitary hero can be quite an unhealthy one, and we need to pool our efforts and be heroic together!
Rob Hopkins
It’s all about trying to make the world and the universe a better place. I’m proud to be connected with it. I think we need that in our lives. We need ethical, heroic people trying to do the right thing to help others and to improve life on this planet and in the universe.
Leonard Nimoy
We should cultivate the optimistic temperament, and endeavour to see the good that dwells in everything. If we sit down and lament over the imperfection of our bodies and our minds, we profit nothing; it is the heroic endeavour to subdue adverse circumstances that carries our spirit upward.
Swami Vivekananda
I don’t really think of Odo as a heroic lead, but that’s nice if you do.
Rene Auberjonois
O vanity, how little is thy force acknowledged or thy operations discerned! How wantonly dost thou deceive mankind under different disguises! Sometimes thou dost wear the face of pity; sometimes of generosity; nay, thou hast the assurance to put on those glorious ornaments which belong only to heroic virtue.
Henry Fielding
Alfred Hitchcock, Isaac Newton, Elvis Presley, Captain Bligh, they’re heroic or pathetic depending on which book you buy.
Bob Seger
The fact is that when it comes to judgment as to what should be secret and what should not be secret, Julian Assange’s judgment has been pretty good so far.
Daniel Ellsberg
What is a hero without love for mankind.
Doris Lessing
To be heroic is to be courageous enough to die for something.
Criss Jami
I am proud to have played a small part in ensuring that no veteran’s heroic service will be cast aside due to prejudice.
Ted Deutch
How much pleasure they lose (and even the pleasures of heroic poesy are not unprofitable) who take away the liberty of a poet, and fetter his feet in the shackles of a historian.
William Davenant
Sam’s probably out there somewhere being his usual heroic self,” Caine said. “I can’t let that boy save the world all alone. I’d never live it down.
Michael Grant
Heroism feels and never reasons, and therefore is always right.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Baseball is a spirited race of man against man, reflex against reflex. A game of inches. Every skill is measured. Every heroic, every failing is seen and cheered, or booed. And then becomes a statistic.
Ernie Harwell
Winston Churchill aroused this nation in heroic fashion to save civilisation in World War Two. We have everything we need except political will, but political will is a renewable resource.
Al Gore
I find Jessica Jones a much more interesting character to write for than Wonder Woman. Wonder Woman is so noble and heroic, and I don’t find that as interesting as one who’s really damaged and flawed and has post-traumatic stress disorder.
Melissa Rosenberg
Surrender is forbidden. Sixth Army will hold their positions to the last man and the last round and by their heroic endurance will make an unforgettable contribution toward the establishment of a defensive front and the salvation of the Western world.
Adolf Hitler
I lived a dream life (almost too exclusively, perhaps) when I was a lad and even now my thought goes back for refreshment to thosedays when all the world seemed to be a place of heroic adventure in which one’s heart must keep its own counsel.
Woodrow Wilson
Sometimes I see myself reflected too closely in other men for comfort, and then I have an enormous wish to believe in the saints, in heroic virtue.
Graham Greene
My fiction is almost always inspired by a character’s need or desire to rise above him- or herself. No one is perfect and some of us have much adversity in our lives; it is those people who struggle to rise above their nature or background that I find the most interesting and heroic.
Robert Crais
The Ultimate Warrior was explosive, confident, heroic, and ready to get into battle. He was a character who had his own set of rules.
The Ultimate Warrior
Let us not be too much acquainted. I would have a man enter his house through a hall filled with heroic and sacred sculptures, that he might not want the hint of tranquillity and self-poise.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
We may need simple and heroic legends for that peculiar genre of literature known as the textbook. But historians must also labor to rescue human beings from their legends in science if only so that we may understand the process of scientific thought aright.
Stephen Jay Gould
I guess I’m always drawn to the underbelly of someone, really, as opposed to how heroic they are. I don’t judge those sorts of people.
Daniel Mays
There are people who can do all fine and heroic things but one – keep from telling their happiness to the unhappy.
Mark Twain
It is essential to resist the depiction of history as the work of heroic individuals
Angela Davis
Most lawyers aren’t trial lawyers. Most lawyers, even trial lawyers, don’t get their problems solved in a courtroom. We like to go to court. It seems heroic to go to court. We think we’re the new, great advocates, better than anything we’ve seen on TV, and we come home exhilarated by having gone to court.
Janet Reno
The amazing heroic women in labor, they are the truest inspiration, and when they push their babies into the light… I am astonished every time.
Robin Lim
To suffer unecessarily is masochistic rather than heroic.
Viktor E. Frankl
Some spirit to stand simply forth, Heroic in its nakedness, Against the uttermost of earth.
Robert Frost
Surely tis by faith we are upheld thro such trials-justice will be meted in time to those who fill soft places and malign men who perform heroic duties
Elizabeth Blair Lee
Man’s natural and inevitable urge to deny mortality and achieve a heroic self-image are the root causes of human evil.
Ernest Becker
We relish news of our heroes, forgetting that we are extraordinary to somebody too.
Helen Hayes
I think most of us maintain some sort of fantasy in our minds that we are heroes, if only secretly, that we could really be amazing if only given a chance. That we could all be loved one day. You can always think of yourself as being transcendent or heroic. I think we all are.
Megan Fox
Outside of my family, I was always inspired by true heroic stories of leadership and survival. For example, the story of the Shackleton expedition, when their ship became lodged in the Antarctic ice pack while exploring.
Christina Koch
I think the world is ready for people of color to take on more heroic and leading roles, and not always be the sidekick, the nemesis or any sort of stereotype of what a person of color can play typically in a Hollywood picture.
Jessica Alba
Some forms of absolutism are not bad; they may even be heroic.
D. A. Carson
I would love for people to think that I am as quick, clever, smart and heroic as the characters that I write, but those characters are characters.
Aaron Sorkin
There’s soldiers out there every day that are doing heroic things… We don’t need to create them.
Jessica Lynch
There’s nothing romantic, nothing grand, nothing heroic, nothing brave, nothing like that about drinking. It’s a real coward’s death.
Warren Zevon
Playing big, heroic characters with heart is always a lot of fun. I enjoy making movies like that, and a lot of people love to live vicariously through those characters.
Dwayne Johnson
If there’s another 9/11 or a major war in the Middle-East involving a U.S. attack on Iran, I have no doubt that there will be, the day after or within days an equivalent of a Reichstag fire decree that will involve massive detentions in this country.
Daniel Ellsberg
The essay I had to read was called, “An Essay on Criticism” by Alexander Pope. The first challenge was that the essay was, in fact, a very long poem in “heroic couplets”. If something is called an essay, it should be an essay.
Maureen Johnson
My stepfather, Steve Mallonee, is a retired Miami Beach firefighter, loved and adored by many. After numerous years of heroic work, saving lives through fire and heavy smoke, he has developed a very fatal lunge disease called Pulmonary Fibrosis.
Chad Gilbert
I’ve always felt heroic about my life… As a child, I remember little girls in the playground moaning about how boys could do more than they could. I didn’t think that was the case at all. My parents didn’t treat me as a girl.
Vivienne Westwood
A happy life is imposВ­siВ­ble; the best that a man can attain is a heroic life.
Arthur Schopenhauer
How much we forgive to those who yield us the rare spectacle of heroic manners! We will pardon them the want of books, or arts, and even of gentler virtues. How tenaciously we remember them!
Ralph Waldo Emerson
There are so many stories about boys becoming heroes, learning their powers and becoming incredibly heroic. There have to be those stories for girls, too.
Cassandra Clare
At all costs the true world of childhood must prevail, must be restored; that world whose momentous, heroic, mysterious quality is fed on airy nothings, whose substance is so ill-fitted to withstand the brutal touch of adult inquisition.
Jean Cocteau
We deify willpower and self-control – and mock its absence. People who achieve through remarkable willpower are ‘strong’ and ‘heroic.’ People who need help or structure are ‘weak.’ This is crazy – because few of us can accurately gauge or predict our willpower.
Marshall Goldsmith
I think the real heroic teachers are the ones who work with kids, like my mom and my sister do.
David Duchovny
We always need to remember that behind almost every great moment in history, there are heroic people doing really boring and frustrating things for a prolonged period of time.
Gail Collins
People have their complexities. They have their heroic moments and their villainous moments, too.
Ryan Reynolds
In my fool hardy youth, when my friends were dreaming of heroic deeds in the realms of engineering and law, finance and national politics, I dreamt of becoming a librarian.
Alberto Manguel
She refused to think of Neil, brave and quiet, whose reward for a heroic rescue was to be slowly devoured by strange cave balloons.
Brandon Mull
I think for some reason we’re conditioned in movies that the protagonist must be heroic or redeemable in some way, whereas in theater, that’s not a necessary.
Oscar Isaac
We must learn that passively to accept an unjust system is to cooperate with that system, and thereby to become a participant in its evil.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
A thirsty ambition for truth and virtue, and a frenzy to conquer all lies and vices which are not recognized as such nor desire to be; herein consists the heroic spirit of the philosopher.
Johann Georg Hamann
Heroes are those who can somehow resist the power of the situation and act out of noble motives, or behave in ways that do not demean others when they easily can.
Philip Zimbardo
We’ve made some heroic efforts, but the Earth as a whole is in worse shape today than 30 years ago, … There’s been 30 more years of greenhouses gases, species extinctions and population growth.
Denis Hayes
The balance of private good and general welfare is at the bottom of civilized morals but the morals of the Heroic Age are founded on individuality, and on nothing else.
Lascelles Abercrombie
When they saddle the leading man with violence it makes the characters look weak. If a man is a heroic type he doesn’t have to resort to violence. How many successful men in the world have to settle problems with their fists?
Sterling Hayden
But whoso is heroic will always find crises to try his edge.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nothing is given to man on earth – struggle is built into the nature of life, and conflict is possible – the hero is the man who lets no obstacle prevent him from pursuing the values he has chosen.
Andrew Bernstein
Many heroic exploits and chivalrous adventures are related to me which exist only in the regions of fancy. With me the world has taken great liberties, and yet I have been but a common man.
Daniel Boone
All of world’s eyes are trained on the Games. So winning at that stage is heroic. It is a different feeling altogether and cannot be explained in words.
Gagan Narang
I have played some of the great men in history and I believe in the great man who does heroic deeds, even in these egalitarian times.
Charlton Heston
All great men are play actors of their own ideal.
Friedrich Nietzsche
What is the foundation of that interest all men feel in Greek history, letters, art, and poetry, in all its periods, from the Heroic or Homeric age down to the domestic life of the Athenians and Spartans, four or five centuries later? What but this, that every man passes personally through a Grecian period.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
As a writer, I can’t be a heroic sword fighter like General Dumas, but I can rescue someone who’s been taken out of history by using my writing to bring them back.
Tom Reiss
A real man would never cry in public unless he was watching a movie in which a heroic dog died to save its master.Or if Heidi klum unbuttoned her blouse. Or he accidently dropped a full case of beer.
Allan Pease
Evil is knowing better, but willingly doing worse.
Philip Zimbardo
World War II was the last ‘pure’ war. It was purely heroic. There was someone who tried to conquer the world, who tried to exterminate people.
Morten Tyldum
People throughout time have grieved, have fallen in love, have fallen out of love. We are sometimes petty and sometimes heroic, and we have been that way forever.
Monica Hesse
I wasn’t heroic because I was never in danger.
Nicholas Winton
They, all of them, work incredibly hard to make me seem clever and heroic, neither of which I am.
Hugh Laurie
An ordinary life examined closely reveals itself to be exquisite and complicated and exceptional, somehow managing to be both heroic and plain.
Susan Orlean
a woman, when she is heroic, is not heroic by halves.
George Sand
Because of England’s lack of social mobility, unless they make truly heroic efforts, writers who are privately educated and then go on to Oxbridge or an institution like the BBC will generally embarrass themselves when they attempt to have a go at working- or lower middle-class characters.
Adrian McKinty
I think there are good men and women in all decades. We’ve grown cynical. And look at what we do to all our heroes: Churchill, FDR, Kennedy, they all had affairs. But heroic things happen every day.
Kevin Costner
True religion comes not front the teaching of men or the reading of books; it is the awakening of the spirit within us, consequent upon pure and heroic action.
Swami Vivekananda
Everybody was trying to put me in action movies and heroic roles, and I wanted to find more complex things. They just didn’t suit my taste, so I thought, ‘OK, I have to be brave enough to say no.’ And for a while, that hurt me immeasurably in the Hollywood world.
Josh Hartnett
Bad guys are complicated characters. It’s always fun to play them. You get away with a lot more. You don’t have a heroic code you have to live by.
Peter Dinklage
My younger brother’s death in Vietnam was both sobering and cause for reflection. In ‘Fallen Angels’ I wanted to dispel the notion of war as either romantic or simplistically heroic.
Walter Dean Myers
If you do it right 51 percent of the time you will end up a hero.
Alfred P. Sloan
Everybody’s saying, you know, ‘You’re so heroic and so on despite of the polio that you had and so on.’ Look, I had polio when I was four. So when you’re four years old, you know, you get used to things very, very quickly.
Itzhak Perlman
A lot of action heroes, we’re told they are heroic primarily because they commit violence upon the bad guy. It can be cathartic; it can be thrilling. But at some point, I think you want more from your heroes than just the ability and willingness to pummel someone.
Gail Simone
Elements of the heroic exist in almost every individual: it is only the felicitous development of them all in one that is rare.
Christian Nestell Bovee
Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it ought to be done, whether you like it or not. It is the first lesson that ought to be learned and however early a man’s training begins, it is probably the last lesson that he learns thoroughly.
Thomas Huxley
When I wrote War Against the Mafia as a Vietnam statement, I didn’t expect much to come of it-but quite a bit came and it captured me. I continued the books to feed the obvious hunger that was there for heroic fiction.
Don Pendleton
A Lady with a Lamp shall stand In the great history of the land, A noble type of good, Heroic womanhood.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Glory to the heroic soldiers of the Korean People’s Army!
Kim Jong Il
I’d love to say something heroic. I’d love to say we made history. But basically it was a bunch of guys parked around the Bay there, and somebody grabbed a board and went surfing, and it looked so good the rest of us guys said, ‘Hey, we got to get in on this.’
Greg Noll
The human response it calls for is truly heroic, requiring nothing short of rewiring the entire planet with a new generation of clean-energy technologies – and doing that very soon… Are we, as a species, capable of that kind of deliberate global response?
Eban Goodstein
I have nothing but the embittered sun;
Banished heroic mother moon and vanished,
And now that I have come to fifty years
I must endure the timid sun.
William Butler Yeats
A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.
Christopher Reeve
If there must be madness, something may be said for having it on a heroic scale
John Kenneth Galbraith
I think it is the hardest thing in the world. I’m endlessly intrigued by what human nature is capable of, both the horrible things we are capable of and also the heroic things. I’m really interested in exploring that side of human nature.
Veena Sud
Not for Moorcock the painful, infrequent excretion of dry little novels like so many rabbit pellets; his is the grand, messy fluxitself, in all its heroic vulgarity, its unquenchable optimism, its enthusiasm for the inexhaustible variousness of things.
Angela Carter
In this watering-place I acted an heroic character, badly studied; and being a novice on such a stage, I forgot my part before a pair of lovely blue eyes.
Adelbert von Chamisso
Some people might say my coming out after just winning the MVP award is heroic, and I understand that.
Sheryl Swoopes
Our point isn’t to make an examination of popular film but to illustrate that the yearning for a heroic adventure lies just beneath the surface of our consciousness; film, television, literature, sports, and travel are in a sense vicarious adventures.
Alan Hirsch
I suppose there must be some way in which I’m compelled to show some side of myself – or of people – that’s paranoid and fraught and beleaguered and downtrodden, just as Tom Cruise wants to show that he’s terrifyingly upbeat and terrifyingly heroic all the time.
Paul Giamatti
Because it is a radical act of freedom, creative achievement is a heroic process that requires, in all its permutations, specific strengths of character.
Robert Grudin
All your wounds from craving love
Exist because of heroic deeds.
Everyone has faced something; some struggles are more heroic than others.
Megan Shull
Compassion can shoulder the suffering of the entire world without feeling the slightest bit of pain.
Mata Amritanandamayi
Among the events of John McCain’s five-and-a-half years of imprisonment and torture in North Vietnam, probably the most heroic, and surely the most celebrated, was his refusal to accept an early release from his captors.
Bret Stephens
Peace demands the most heroic labor and the most difficult sacrifice. It demands greater heroism than war. It demands greater fidelity to the truth and a much more perfect purity of conscience.
Thomas Merton
Are they dead that yet speak louder than we can speak, and a more universal language? Are they dead that yet act? Are they dead that yet move upon society and inspire the people with nobler motives and more heroic patriotism?
Henry Ward Beecher
The past is only so heroic as we see it. It is the canvas on which our idea of heroism is painted, and so, in one sense, the dim prospectus of our future field.
Henry David Thoreau
The script of ‘Shaapit’ was such that the leading man couldn’t be shown indulging into anything heroic.
Vikram Bhatt
And so Galahad decided that it would be a disgrace to set off on a quest with the other knights. Alone he would enter the dark forest where there was no path. This is the myth of The Hero’s Journey.
Joseph Campbell
There’s a heroic amount of effort that goes into making him [Doctor Strange] a superhero by the end of the film.
Benedict Cumberbatch
Condemnation without investigation is the height of ignorance
Albert Einstein
The beauty of the soul shines out when a man bears with composure one heavy mischance after another, not because he does not feel them, but because he is a man of high and heroic temper.
I have a lot of spiritual books that I read that I really, really love – everything from the Bible to Joseph Campbell, who I love. He wrote The Hero of a Thousand Faces. It’s about exploring what is heroic in you. It helps me a lot.
Viola Davis
In our age, self-indulgence and self-destruction, rather than self-sacrifice, are the foundations for new heroic myths.
Dean Koontz
A man not perfect, but of heart so high, of such heroic rage, That even his hopes became a part of earth’s eternal heritage.
Richard Watson Gilder
I was never able to write seriously about heroes because I was very aware that I was not one and that in my background there was not this heroic thing.
Robert Sheckley
Isn’t it the moment of most profound doubt that gives birth to new certainties? Perhaps hopelessness is the very soil that nourishes human hope; perhaps one could never find sense in life without first experiencing its absurdity.
Vaclav Havel
Blacks had survived every form of human debasement with ingenuity, self-reliance, a deep and ironic humor, a capacity for self-reinvention and a heroic fortitude. But we had no experience of wide-open freedom.
Shelby Steele
Give me a character that has an heroic quality, and I’ll go there.
Richard C. Armitage
Government has got to invest more money in our NHS. The people who work in it are heroic. They do an amazing job.
Michael Gove
If things go wrong, I’ll lead them away. Once it’s clear, get back to the car. If you don’t see me in five minutes, then I’ve probably died a very brave and heroic death. Oh and don’t Oh, and don’t touch the radio–I’ve got it tuned right where I want it and I don’t want you messing that up.
Derek Landy
Hope is easy; knowledge is hard. Science is the one domain in which we human beings make a truly heroic effort to counter our innate biases and wishful thinking. Science is the one endeavor in which we have developed a refined methodology for separating what a person hopes is true from what he has good reason to believe.
Sam Harris
Heroic poetry has ever been esteemed the greatest work of human nature.
John Dryden
Our Party conferred the honourable title, ‘The Heroic Working Class of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il,’ on our working class that supported the great leaders’ ideas and leadership with loyalty.
Kim Jong-un
I’m not building each one character around one metaphor, so much as trying to build a heroic archetype that can be used to express the kind of metaphors that I find in each story.
Kurt Busiek
Riddick is an antihero. He’s the quintessential antihero. We all know how much I love antiheroes. It takes you 45 minutes in the movie just for Riddick to understand the word “heroism,” let alone for anyone to hope that he can be heroic.
Vin Diesel
A noble life crowned with heroic death, rises above and outlives the pride and pomp and glory of the mightiest empire of the earth.
James A. Garfield
Is it absurd to imagine that our social behavior, from amoeba to man, is also planned and dictated, from stored Information, by the cells? And that the time has come for men to be entrusted with the task, through heroic efforts, of bringing life to other worlds?
Albert Claude
The greatest menace to freedom is an inert people.
Louis D. Brandeis
No one is more hated than he who speaks the truth.
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
Our children long for realistic maps of the future that they can be proud of. Where are the cartographers of human purpose?
Carl Sagan
In a truly heroic life there is no peradventure. It is always doing or dying.
Roswell Dwight Hitchcock
It is by no means necessary that a great nation should always stand at the heroic level. But no nation has the root of greatness in it unless in time of need it can rise to the heroic mood.
Theodore Roosevelt
Indeed, the idea that doubt can be heroic, if it is locked into a structure as grand as that of the paintings of Cezanne’s old age, is one of the keys to our century. A touchstone of modernity itself.
Robert Hughes
The coward makes himself cowardly, the hero makes himself heroic.
Jean-Paul Sartre
Interestingly, it’s as though the gospel story of Jesus is the archetypal heroic journey, the embodiment of the very adventure that all people in every epoch have desired.
Alan Hirsch
Delicate, gracious, and eloquent, John Brandi’s poems reveal that he remains an extraordinary profound poet of prayer and praise. His is the most honorable and heroic of ambitions – to dress our broken world in the clothes of language, trust, and hope.
David St. John
Majorian presents the welcome discovery of a great and heroic character, such as sometimes arise, in a degenerate age, to vindicate the honor of the human species.
Edward Gibbon
Since we were kids, we grow up believing that astronauts are heroes – that to go up in a rocket is a heroic thing. These guys are bigger than movie stars. To me, it’s… all a well-dressed-up lie, basically. There’s billions spent on rockets up there, and there’s millions starving down here. It don’t make sense to me.
Ian Brown
A people without the memories of heroic suffering and sacrifices are a people without a history.
John Brown Gordon
The determination in your heroic effort
Will permeate your mind and heart
Even after your success or failure
Is long forgotten.
Sri Chinmoy
Writing is more than anything a compulsion, like some people wash their hands thirty times a day for fear of awful consequences if they do not. It pays a whole lot better than this type of compulsion, but it is no more heroic.
Julie Burchill
To learn to die is an heroic work.
Mercy Otis Warren
There’s a light at the end of the tunnel. And it’s a train.
Margaret Smith
Mandela today is almost universally held as a heroic freedom fighter, and of course rightly so.
Ryan Shapiro
I suppose the textbook definition of an anti-hero is pretty straightforward – a protagonist who embodies not only heroic characteristics but also some characteristics typically deemed non-heroic, even villainous.
Paul S. Kemp
When I hear a guy lost a battle to cancer, that really did bother me, that that’s a term. It implies that he failed and that somebody else that defeated cancer is heroic and courageous.
Norm MacDonald
Find something useful to do with your morning,’ she thought to him as she neared her chambers. ‘Do something heroic in front of an audience. Knock a child into a river while no one’s looking and then rescue him.
Kristin Cashore
A lot of the characters I’ve played before are heroic or invincible in some ways and not tuned into fear and anxiety and pain.
Jason Statham
The conquest of fear yields the courage of life. That is the cardinal initiation of every heroic adventure– fearlessness and achievement.
Joseph Campbell
People aren’t universally heroic.
Alexei Sayle
My father was this big, tough guy, almost heroic in proportion to me as a child. It was only later that I saw how fearful he was.
John Burnside
I really wanted to explore a range of women who aren’t necessarily perfect, heroic women. I wanted to series to influence creative people to include more women in their work, especially historic works.
Anita Sarkeesian
Virtue alone is sweet society,
It keeps the key to all heroic hearts,
And opens you a welcome in them all.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
While the Second World War brought about untold misery and suffering, it was also a time when the world witnessed extraordinary bravery. Through the collective, heroic efforts of countless men and women, victory was claimed over tyranny and evil.
Sam Kutesa
But whoso is heroic must find crises to try his edge. Human virtue demands her champions and martyrs, and the trial of persecution always proceeds.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
As polishing expresses the vein in marble, and grain in wood, so music brings out what of heroic lurks anywhere. The hero is the sole patron of music.
Henry David Thoreau
The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example.
Benjamin Disraeli
America’s founding ideal was the principle of individual rights. Nothing more-and nothing less. The rest-everything that America achieved, everything she became, everything ‘noble and just,’ and heroic, and great, and unprecedented in human history-was the logical consequence of fidelity to that one principle.
Ayn Rand
Failures to heroic minds are the stepping stones to success.
Thomas Chandler Haliburton
The ordinary man is involved in action, the hero acts. An immense difference.
Henry Miller
There’s nothing more noble than a father and mother making an opportunity for their child, knowing that their life is gonna be hard. There’s something incredibly heroic about that.
Kevin Costner
I have to confess that I had gambled on my soul and lost it with heroic insouciance and lightness of touch. The soul is so impalpable, so often useless, and sometimes such a nuisance, that I felt no more emotion on losing it than if, on a stroll, I had mislaid my visiting card.
Charles Baudelaire
There is a power in love to divine another’s destiny better than that other can, and by heroic encouragements, hold him to his task. What has friendship so signal as its sublime attraction to whatever virtue is in us?
Ralph Waldo Emerson
life is a tragic mystery. We are pierced and driven by laws we only half understand, we find that the lesson we learn again and again is that of accepting heroic helplessness.
Florida Scott-Maxwell
The most heroic word in all languages is REVOLUTION.
Eugene V. Debs
The first thought that I had about really trying to get sober was, ‘Man, I could do a lot of good in the world. I can lead by example and just be this heroic recovery guy.’ And that’s just a bad reason to get sober. You can’t get sober for anybody’s benefit, let alone the world at large. You really got to do it for yourself.
Remarkable. . . . Moskos manages to capture a world that most people know only through the distorting prism of television and film, where police officers are usually portrayed as quixotically heroic or contemptibly corrupt.
Daniel Horan
The greatest obstacle to being heroic is the doubt whether one may not be going to prove one’s self a fool; the truest heroism is to resist the doubt; and the profoundest wisdom, to know when it ought to be resisted, and when it be obeyed.
Nathaniel Hawthorne
Situational variables can exert powerful influences over human behavior, more so that we recognize or acknowledge.
Philip Zimbardo
There is a light at the end of the tunnel, but the way out is through.
David Allen
In the 1930s, photographers such as Walker Evans and Dorothea Lange produced images of sharecroppers and Okies, which drew attention both to the conditions in which these unfortunates found themselves and to their heroic fortitude.
Geoff Dyer
The number one taboo for boys is to be feminine, so for someone to not only override their internal directive but society’s directive is mind-boggling and heroic. It’s courageous.
Of all man’s inborn dispositions there is none more heroic than the love in him. Everything else accepts defeat and dies, but love will fight no-love every inch of the way.
Laurens van der Post
I was not the young heroic model for ‘Hamlet.’ I tended to play those characters that orbited around them: the rogues and the rat bags and the idiots and the fools and the clowns that sway the plot somehow from a tangent.
Geoffrey Rush
Freedom requires no effort to enjoy but requires heroic efforts to preserve.
Richard G. Scott
Am I willing to give up what I have in order to be what I am not yet? Am I willing to let my ideas of myself, of man be changed? Am I able to follow the spirit of love into the desert? To empty myself even of my concept of emptiness?
Mary Caroline Richards
If monarchy is corrupting – and it is – wait till you see what overt empire does to us.
Daniel Ellsberg
After 1945, shamefully, we Brits seemed dedicated to punishing the heroic Poles at every turn for their wartime loyalty.
Alistair Horne
I’d like to think Fleabag’s honesty makes her heroic in spite of her actions.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge
As a child, I was always drawn to heroic characters. I decided I wanted to act when I realised that Superman and all those gangsters and Indians were just real people in costume.
Orlando Bloom
If woman had no existence save in the fiction written by men, one would imagine her a person of utmost importance; very various; heroic and mean; splendid and sordid; infinitely beautiful and hideous in the extreme; as great as a man; some think even greater.
Virginia Woolf
The heroic soul does not sell its justice and its nobleness. It does not ask to dine nicely and to sleep warm. The essence of greatness is the perception that virtue is enough. Poverty is its ornament. It does not need plenty, and can very well abide its loss.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
I was hugely impressed… was the ultimate example of a man who knew what he didn’t know, was perfectly willing to admit it, and didn’t want to leave until he understood. That’s heroic to me. I wish every grad student had that attitude.
Randy Pausch
Censorship is never over for those who have experienced it. It is a brand on the imagination that affects the individual who has suffered it, forever.
Noam Chomsky
Now i’d like to tell u i did something heroic like stand up against a raging team of fire-breathing horses with only my sword the truth is i ran.
Rick Riordan
Plants respond far better to moderate but consistent care than they do to occasional bouts of heroic intervention.
Martha Stewart
That’s another way of writing a song, of course. Just talking to somebody that ain’t there. That’s the best way. That’s the truest way. Then it just becomes a question of how heroic your speech is. To me, it’s something to strive after.
Bob Dylan
Beauty is the mark God sets on virtue. Every natural action is graceful; every heroic act is also decent, and causes the place and the bystanders to shine.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Morning brings back the heroic ages.
Henry David Thoreau
King Arthur was one of my heroes because he was such a marvelous, heroic, courageous, and magnificent person that I had to admire him even though I knew perfectly well that I could never be in any way like that.
Lloyd Alexander
Obviously, despite hard work and heroic efforts, many dreams don’t come true. But if we don’t dare to dream and then throw muscle, heart, and soul into making the dream come true, then WoW Projects-and all of the emotional, intellectual, spiritual, and financial riches that they bring will surely NOT be our lot in life!
Tom Peters
You want to believe in black and white, good and evil, heroes that are truly heroic, villains that are just plain bad, but I’ve learned in the past year that things are rarely so simple. The good guys can do some truly awful things, and the bad guys can sometimes surprise the heck out of you.
Karen Marie Moning
The monotony of a long heroic poem may often be pleasantly relieved by judicious interruptions in the perfect succession of rhymes, just as the metre may sometimes be adorned with occasional triplets and Alexandrines.
H. P. Lovecraft
He plants his feet stubbornly, adopting what he must think is an heroic post. He’s just begging for a pigeon to fly by and relieve itself.
Libba Bray
The whole earth is the tomb of heroic men and their story is not given only on stone over their clay but abides everywhere without visible symbol woven into the stuff of other mens lives.
Despite the persistent image of the architect as a heroic loner erecting monumental edifices through sheer force of will, the building art has always been a highly cooperative enterprise.
Martin Filler
The fortitude of a Christian consists in patience, not in enterprises which the poets call heroic, and which are commonly the effects of interest, pride and worldly honor.
John Dryden
My philosophy, in essence, is the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute.
Ayn Rand
Devotion to the truth is the hallmark of morality; there is no greater, nobler, more heroic form of devotion than the act of a man who assumes the responsibility of thinking.
Ayn Rand
We have all the freedoms we want. But what we are missing is red ink: the language to articulate our non-freedom. The way we are taught to speak about freedom- war on terror and so on-falsifies freedom.
Slavoj ЕЅiЕѕek
My characters are never heroic. They are mostly lost and trying to find the right door to open and they end up opening the wrong doors.
Gaspar Noe
The quality of films out there depends on how much responsibility we’re willing to take. I try to play women who are positive and heroic.
Cheryl Ladd
The quest for heroic adventure then is a quest for the gospel, although it might not be seen that way by everyone.
Alan Hirsch
I’ve always felt that the human-centered approach to computer science leads to more interesting, more exotic, more wild, and more heroic adventures than the machine-supremacy approach, where information is the highest goal.
Jaron Lanier
Mothers – especially single mothers – are heroic in their efforts to raise our nation’s children, but men must also take responsibility for their children and recognize the impact they have on their families’ well-being.
Evan Bayh
The line between good and evil is permeable and almost anyone can be induced to cross it when pressured by situational forces.
Philip Zimbardo
She has a choice. She can either accept a life of misery or she can struggle against it. And she chooses to struggle…she fails in the end but there’s something beautiful and even heroic in her rebellion.
Kate Winslet
History, after all, is a process, not a position, and it is not best written in bronze and marble. It is complex, plastic and ever-changing; all things that heroic statues are not.
David Olusoga
I think of few heroic actions, which cannot be traced to the artistical impulse. He who does great deeds, does them from his innate sensitiveness to moral beauty.
Walt Whitman
I honestly think part of the appeal of ‘Rumours’ was that it was sort of heroic. We managed to push through in the face of so much personal adversity.
Lindsey Buckingham
Do one heroic thing today; big or small doesn’t matter because it defines who you are and what you really believe
Bob Goff
My sonnet asserts that the sonnet still lives. My epic, should such fortune befall me, asserts that the heroic narrative is not lost – that it is born again.
James Fenton
Real change in society must start from individual initiative.
Dalai Lama
In all this world, I pray thee, who Is virtuous, heroic, true?
Without the high and noble the simple and vulgar is utterly mean; and without the simple and ordinary the noble and heroic is meaningless
J. R. R. Tolkien
You don’t encounter anyone who is not hero or villain of their own story. If it’s man vs. self, you have to explore the ways each character is villainous and heroic.
Kit Williamson
Disease is surely one of the ways in which we are tried by life and offered the chance to be heroic. Though few of us will win Olympic gold medals or slay dragons, disease can be the spark or gift that allows many of us to live out our personal myths and become heroes.
Bernie Siegel
I was born at six months, and I weighed 900 grams [less than two pounds]. I have a very heroic birth story.
Etgar Keret
Remember, Monsieur that roses are not gathered except in the midst of thorns and that heroic acts of virtue are accomplished only in weakness.
Vincent de Paul
Over the years, the writers at DC Comics softened Wonder Woman’s powers in ways that would have infuriated Marston. During the 1960s, she was hardly wondrous at all, less a heroic warrior than the tomboyish girl next door. It was no longer clear whether she was meant to empower the girls or captivate the boys.
Amanda Foreman
Heroes are made in the hour of defeat. Success is, therefore, well described as a series of glorious defeats.
Mahatma Gandhi
None of us know all the potentialities that slumber in the spirit of the population, or all the ways in which that population can surprise us when there is the right interplay of events.
Vaclav Havel
I’ve always thought like I’m really a 3-feet-high comic trapped in a leading man’s body… but then I played Nicholas Nickleby, and suddenly I was heroic.
Roger Rees
The dream of my life has risen to become fact. Self-defense in the ghetto will have been a reality. Jewish armed resistance and revenge are facts. I have been a witness to the magnificent, heroic fighting of Jewish men in battle.
Mordechai Anielewicz
According to some, heroic deaths are admirable things. I’ve never been convinced by this argument, mainly because, no matter how cool, stylish, composed, unflappable, manly, or defiant you are, at the end of the day you’re also dead. Which is a little too permanent for my liking.
Jonathan Stroud
Truth is certainly a branch of morality and a very important one to society.
Thomas Jefferson
We have every right to dream heroic dreams.
Ronald Reagan
I don’t want to be considered a hero…. Imagine young people would grow up with the feeling that you have to be a hero to do your human duty. I am afraid nobody would ever help other people, because who is a hero? I was not. I was just an ordinary housewife and secretary.
Miep Gies
Believe me, ’tis a godlike thing to lend; to owe is a heroic virtue.
Francois Rabelais
Revival comes from heaven when heroic souls enter the conflict determined to win or die – or if need be, to win and die! The kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.
Charles Grandison Finney
True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.
Arthur Ashe
She tried to open the bottle, but the top slipped through her fingers without moving. He took the bottle from her hand and opened it with his thumb and index finger. There was nothing special in the gesture and yet she found it strangely fascinating like a small heroic feat performed specially for her.
Paolo Giordano
The only training for the heroic is the mundane.
Edmund Burke
Even if you’ve been a coward all your life, death is a heroic act.
Abi Morgan
Dying in the line of duty is heroic, but dying while unemployed is just stupid.
Tsugumi Ohba
Sometimes I wonder if suicides aren’t in fact sad guardians of the meaning of life.
Vaclav Havel
I would love to do something like ‘Beverly Hills Cop’. I’d get to be funny and cool and heroic all in the same breath.
Ja Rule
Whether such socialism is foolish naivety or heroic idealism is a matter of opinion, but what is certain is that, however many CDs are sold or tours sold out, the sound waves themselves are free.
Stephen Hough
Hope is definitely not the same thing as optimism. It is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out.
Vaclav Havel
The truth is always more heroic than the hype.
Jessica Lynch
Hope is a feeling that life and work have meaning. You either have it or you don’t, regardless of the state of the world that surrounds you.
Vaclav Havel
The year 1896 … marked the beginning of what has been aptly termed the heroic age of Physical Science. Never before in the history of physics has there been witnessed such a period of intense activity when discoveries of fundamental importance have followed one another with such bewildering rapidity.
Ernest Rutherford
Times of great calamity and confusion have been productive for the greatest minds. The purest ore is produced from the hottest furnace. The brightest thunder-bolt is elicited from the darkest storm.
Charles Caleb Colton