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Engrave this Quote A hero is a man who is afraid to run away.
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-English Proverb
Engrave this Quote The hero is one who kindles a great light in the world, who sets up blazing torches in the dark streets of life for men to see by.
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-Felix Adler
Engrave this Quote You lived too long, we have supped full with heroes, they waste their deaths on us.
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-C. D. Andrews
Engrave this Quote 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.
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-Jean Anouilh
Engrave this Quote 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.
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-Arthur Ashe
Engrave this Quote They wouldn't be heroes if they were infallible, in fact they wouldn't be heroes if they weren't miserable wretched dogs, the pariahs of the earth, besides which the only reason to build up an idol is to tear it down again.
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-Lester Bangs
Engrave this Quote Everyone is necessarily the hero of his own life story.
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-John Barth
Engrave this Quote What is a society without a heroic dimension?
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-Jean Baudrillard
Engrave this Quote The world's battlefields have been in the heart chiefly; more heroism has been displayed in the household and the closet, than on the most memorable battlefields in history.
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-Henry Ward Beecher
Engrave this Quote True heroism consists in being superior to the ills of life, in whatever shape they may challenge us to combat.
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-Napoleon Bonaparte
Engrave this Quote Celebrity-worship and hero-worship should not be confused. Yet we confuse them every day, and by doing so we come dangerously close to depriving ourselves of all real models. We lose sight of the men and women who do not simply seem great because they are famous but are famous because they are great. We come closer and closer to degrading all fame into notoriety.
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-Daniel J. Boorstin
The Image, ch. 2, From Hero to Celebrity: The Human Pseudo-event, 1961
Engrave this Quote In our world of big names, our true heroes tend to be anonymous. In this life of illusion and quasi-illusion, the person of solid virtues who can be admired for something more substantial than his well-knowness often proves to be the unsung hero: the teacher, the nurse, the mother, the honest cop, the hard worker at lonely, underpaid, unglamorous, unpublicized jobs.
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-Daniel J. Boorstin
Engrave this Quote Unhappy the land that is in need of heroes.
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-Bertolt Brecht
Engrave this Quote Heroism is the divine relation which, in all times, unites a great man to other men.
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-Thomas Carlyle
Engrave this Quote Hero-worship is the deepest root of all; the tap-root, from which in a great degree all the rest were nourished and grown . . . Worship of a Hero is transcendent admiration of a Great Man. I say great men are still admirable; I say there is, at bottom, nothing else admirable! No nobler feeling than this of admiration for one higher than himself dwells in the breast of men.
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-Thomas Carlyle
Engrave this Quote All sorts of Heroes are intrinsically of the same material; that given a great soul, open to the Divine Significance of Life, then there is given a man fit to speak of this, to sing of this, to fight and work for this, in a great, victorious, enduring manner; there is given a Hero, -- the outward shape of whom will depend on the time and the environment he finds himself in.
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-Thomas Carlyle
Engrave this Quote The poetry of heroism appeals irresistibly to those who don't go to a war, and even more to those whom the war is making enormously wealthy. It's always so.
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-Louis-Ferdinand Celine
Engrave this Quote Down these mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean, who is neither tarnished nor afraid... He is the hero, he is everything. He must be a complete man and a common man and yet an unusual man. He must be, to use a rather weathered phrase, a man of honor, by instinct, by inevitability, without thought of it, and certainly without saying it. He must be the best man in his world and a good enough man for any world.
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-Raymond Chandler
Engrave this Quote 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.
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-Lord Chesterfield
Engrave this Quote The paper tiger hero, James Bond, offering the whites a triumphant image of themselves, is saying what many whites want desperately to hear reaffirmed: I am still the White Man, lord of the land, licensed to kill, and the world is still an empire at my feet.
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-Eldridge Cleaver
Engrave this Quote 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.
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-Charles Horton Cooley
Engrave this Quote Heroism is not only in the man, but in the occasion.
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-Calvin Coolidge
Engrave this Quote The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example.
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-Benjamin Disraeli
Engrave this Quote Now stiff on a pillar with a phallic air nelson stylites in Trafalgar square reminds the British what once they were.
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-Lawrence Durrell
Engrave this Quote 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.
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-Andrea Dworkin

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