Quotes and Sayings about Heroes
"As much as I converse with sages and heroes, they have very little of my love and admiration. I long for rural and domestic scene, for the warbling of birds and the prattling of my children."
- John Adams
(Related: Love, Admiration, Birds, Children, Heroes)
"King Arthur was one of my heroes - I played with a trash can lid for a knightly shield and my uncle's cane for the sword Excalibur."
- Lloyd Alexander
"Our men and women in our armed forces are the real heroes in this conflict."
- Wayne Allard
(Related: Men, Women, Conflict, Heroes)
"I don't have any influences, any heroes, it's just me."
- GG Allin
"Custer had dead heroes. Crazy Horse had only live ones."
- Stephen Ambrose
"How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!"
- Maya Angelou
"And I believe we need heroes, I believe we need certain people who we can measure our own shortcomings by."
- Richard Attenborough
(Related: People, Heroes, Measure)
"My heroes are the camera crew and the electricians. They work such long hours."
- Adam Baldwin
(Related: Work, Heroes)
"Our flag honors those who have fought to protect it, and is a reminder of the sacrifice of our nation's founders and heroes. As the ultimate icon of America's storied history, the Stars and Stripes represents the very best of this nation."
- Joe Barton
(Related: History, Sacrifice, America, Heroes, Nation, Stars)
"Since I was seventeen I thought I might be a star. I'd think about all my heroes, Charlie Parker, Jimi Hendrix... I had a romantic feeling about how these people became famous."
- Jean-Michel Basquiat
(Related: Thought, People, Famous, Feeling, Heroes, Romantic)
"Great heroes need great sorrows and burdens, or half their greatness goes unnoticed."
- Peter S. Beagle
(Related: Greatness, Heroes)
"I want to be a hero, a small and good kind of hero, even though I know heroes have very short lives."
- Boris Becker
(Related: Heroes, Want)
"It's silly to say it about a tennis player, but I'm an unbelievable hero in Germany. And Germany needs heroes more than any place."
- Boris Becker
(Related: Germany, Heroes, Needs, Silly, Tennis)
"Some of my other heroes around that time were, oddly enough, Frank Sinatra, Nat Cole and people like that - I was always more inclined to listen to ballads."
- William Bell
(Related: Time, People, Ballads, Heroes)
"Michael Mann's always been one of my heroes."
- Peter Berg
"I got my heroes secondhand, from television and movies, to a certain extent."
- Brad Bird
(Related: Movies, Heroes, Television)
"I got to work with one of my heroes, Johnny Depp, and to see how he goes about business, which was really inspiring for me at this stage in my career."
- Orlando Bloom
(Related: Work, Business, Career, Heroes, Inspiring)
"My heroes are the ones who survived doing it wrong, who made mistakes, but recovered from them."
(Related: Heroes, Mistakes, Wrong)
"A zeal for the defence of their country led these heroes to the scene of action, though with a few men to attack a powerful army of experienced warriors."
- Daniel Boone
(Related: Men, Action, Army, Country, Heroes, Zeal)
"Time makes heroes but dissolves celebrities."
- Daniel J. Boorstin
(Related: Time, Heroes)
"Unhappy the land that is in need of heroes."
- Bertolt Brecht
(Related: Heroes, Land)
"Villains are very, very boring to do. They're so much easier than heroes."
- Jeremy Brett
"If you have a crisis, whether on a ship or wherever, there are heroes who rise above it."
- Jerry Bruckheimer
(Related: Crisis, Heroes)
"One of the things I really like about Ford's films is how there is always a focus on the way characters live, and not just the male heroes."
- Ken Burns
(Related: Focus, Heroes)
"Over all our happy country - over all our Nation spread, Is a band of noble heroes - is our Army of the Dead."
- Will Carleton
(Related: Army, Country, Heroes, Nation)
"You should never meet your heroes. Paul Newman... I was so excited about meeting him, but he turned up in shell suit bottoms, slippers, and a jumper. He was just so worn out and old, he wanted to go home."
- Allan Carr
(Related: Home, Heroes, Meeting, Old)
"At the Carter Center we work with victims of oppression, and we give support to human rights heroes."
- Jimmy Carter
(Related: Work, Rights, Heroes, Human rights, Oppression, Support, Victims)
"Those who kept their sanity and humanity intact in the face of awful adversity. Heroes named and unnamed, some known only to God."
- Silvia Cartwright
(Related: God, Adversity, Heroes, Humanity, Sanity)
"These fallen heroes represent the character of a nation who has a long history of patriotism and honor - and a nation who has fought many battles to keep our country free from threats of terror."
- Michael N. Castle
(Related: History, Patriotism, Character, Country, Heroes, Honor, Nation, Terror)
"My musical heroes are people like Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie who wrote and sang real songs for real people; for everyone, old, young, and in between."
- Tom Chapin
(Related: People, Heroes, Old, Songs)
"Resistance is feasible even for those who are not heroes by nature, and it is an obligation, I believe, for those who fear the consequences and detest the reality of the attempt to impose American hegemony."
- Noam Chomsky
(Related: Nature, Fear, American, Consequences, Heroes, Obligation, Reality)
"To have no heroes is to have no aspiration, to live on the momentum of the past, to be thrown back upon routine, sensuality, and the narrow self."
- Charles Horton Cooley
(Related: Heroes, Past, Routine, Self, Sensuality)
"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
(Related: Men, Women, Day)
"I liked the Beatles because there was so much melody. Jimi Hendrix is still one of my heroes."
- Robert Cray
"Steve McQueen was from a time when you didn't know every little dirty thing about our public figures. He and James Dean were very mysterious, archetypal American heroes."
- Sheryl Crow
(Related: Time, American, Heroes, Public)
"When I first started writing, I was in advertising at the time, I was doing most of my writing on weekends. I had studied most of the other series heroes and I figured it would be fun for mine to be different and put him in and around water. So I dreamed up Dirk Pitt."
- Clive Cussler
(Related: Time, Advertising, First, Fun, Heroes, Water, Writing)
"There are new words now that excuse everybody. Give me the good old days of heroes and villains, the people you can bravo or hiss. There was a truth to them that all the slick credulity of today cannot touch."
- Bette Davis
(Related: Truth, People, Credulity, Heroes, Now, Old, Today, Words)
"But the West did not last long enough. Its folk myths and heroes became stage properties of Hollywood before the poets had begun to get to work on them."
- Christopher Dawson
(Related: Work, Folk, Heroes, Hollywood, Myths, Poets)
"I find it strange the way human nature wants heroes and yet wants to destroy their heroes. It's a kind of mass insecurity people want something to look up to and get a buzz off but, at the same time, want to destroy it because it makes them feel insecure."
- Danielle Dax
(Related: Nature, Time, People, Heroes, Human nature, Insecurity, Want)
"I also try very hard to create characters - both heroes and villains - with psychological depth."
- Jeffery Deaver
"We like our archetypes and heroes to be what they are at face value. And life doesn't work out like that."
- Laura Dern
(Related: Life, Work, Heroes, Value)
"There's something so accessible about heroes who have faults."
- Laura Dern
(Related: Faults, Heroes)
"Being around all the great names of the game at a young age because they were my heroes; the fact this meant so much to Canada. It was just an incredible thing to be a part of."
- Marcel Dionne
(Related: Age, Being, Canada, Fact, Heroes, Names)
"Nurture your minds with great thoughts. To believe in the heroic makes heroes."
- Benjamin Disraeli
(Related: Thoughts, Heroes)
"I think, with the gay liberation movement has had need for heroes and heroines, and it would be rather nice to have Abraham Lincoln as your poster boy, wouldn't it?"
- David Herbert Donald
(Related: Gay, Heroes)
"It was just the thrill of a lifetime. Brando and Hackman were two of my heroes."
- Richard Donner
"I think I'm a fan of people who were brave, my aunt, my grandmother, those are my heroes."
- George Eads
(Related: People, Heroes)
"Every character I play has to be the hero of his own story, the way we're all heroes of our own lives."
- Jesse Eisenberg
(Related: Character, Heroes, Play)
"We invoke the sacrifices of our fallen heroes in the abstract, but we seldom take time to thank them individually."
- Rahm Emanuel
(Related: Time, Heroes)
"I think superheroes today are like whistle blowers."
- Robert Englund
"Heroes can be sweet."
- Oriana Fallaci
"Well, there are conjoined twins in real life and we can tell a story about them so long as they're not the brunt of the jokes. In this, they're the heroes of this story; we love these guys."
- Bobby Farrelly
(Related: Life, Love, Heroes, Jokes, Twins)
"I'm no hero. Heroes don't come back. Survivors return home. Heroes never come home. If anyone thinks I'm a hero, I'm not."
- Bob Feller
(Related: Home, Heroes)
"So I think rather than being attracted so much now to working with my heroes, I'm sort of more attracted to working with completely unlikely strangers because it's more exciting really."
- Neil Finn
(Related: Being, Heroes, Now, Strangers)
"I teethed on books of heroes such as Winston Churchill, Abraham Lincoln and King David."
- Luke Ford
(Related: Books, Heroes)
"But if one could go back in time, I'd love to have been directed by Howard Hawks, who's one of my great heroes. One of the greatest directors there ever was. He directed probably one of the greatest westerns of all time in Rio Bravo."
- Stephen Fry
(Related: Love, Time, Hawks, Heroes)
"The fame of heroes owes little to the extent of their conquests and all to the success of the tributes paid to them."
- Jean Genet
(Related: Success, Fame, Heroes)
"What is our task? To make Britain a fit country for heroes to live in."
- David Lloyd George
(Related: Country, Heroes)
"Books are those faithful mirrors that reflect to our mind the minds of sages and heroes."
- Edward Gibbon
(Related: Books, Heroes, Mind)
"I know the game wasn't a classic, but the night was about more than that-it was about bringing back the memories and raising money for former heroes who have now fallen on hard times."
- David Ginola
(Related: Money, Heroes, Memories, Night, Now)
"Joe Louis was one of my first heroes."
- Robert Goulet
(Related: First, Heroes)
"The world doesn't make any heroes anymore."
- Graham Greene
(Related: Heroes, World)
"Life is not simple, and people can't be boxed into being either heroes or villains."
- Jessica Hagedorn
(Related: Life, People, Being, Heroes)
"What we're doing with Band of Brothers is trying to put it into human terms, so it is not just a flickering, black and white myth on a screen, it is a resonant story. I want the audience to recognize themselves in these men. They're not just mythic heroes."
- Tom Hanks
(Related: Men, Brothers, Heroes, Myth, Trying, Want)
"Our heroes are fighting to bring stability to the Middle East, and they have put pressure on all of the tyrannies of the Middle East. They have taken a stand against tyranny, against terrorists, and for the prospect of decent societies throughout that region."
- Orrin Hatch
(Related: Fighting, Heroes, Pressure, Stability, Tyranny)
"We relish news of our heroes, forgetting that we are extraordinary to somebody too."
- Helen Hayes
(Related: Heroes, News)
"The real heroes were my good buddies who died during the battles."
- Ira Hayes
"Once the state has been founded, there can no longer be any heroes. They come on the scene only in uncivilized conditions."
- Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
(Related: Heroes, State)
"When the heroes go off the stage, the clowns come on."
- Heinrich Heine
(Related: Clowns, Heroes)
"As you get older it is harder to have heroes, but it is sort of necessary."
- Ernest Hemingway
"Oklahomans value our children and our seniors. Oklahomans value traditions of faith. Oklahomans value our heroes, our veterans. Oklahomans value innovation and the creative arts."
- Brad Henry
(Related: Faith, Children, Heroes, Innovation, Traditions, Value, Veterans)
"You know, in my hometown of Hope, Arkansas, the three sacred heroes were Jesus, Elvis, and FDR, not necessarily in that order."
- Mike Huckabee
(Related: Hope, Heroes, Order)
"My heroes were Dylan, John Lennon and Picasso, because they each moved their particular medium forward, and when they got to the point where they were comfortable, they always moved on."
- John Hughes
"Heroes to me are guys that sit in libraries. They absorb knowledge and then the risks they take are calculated on the basis of the courage it took to become replete with knowledge."
- William Hurt
(Related: Knowledge, Courage, Heroes, Libraries)
"What with making their way and enjoying what they have won, heroes have no time to think. But the sons of heroes - ah, they have all the necessary leisure."
- Aldous Huxley
(Related: Time, Heroes, Leisure, Sons)
"These heroes of finance are like beads on a string; when one slips off, all the rest follow."
- Henrik Ibsen
(Related: Finance, Heroes, Rest)
"We've always been ready for female superheroes. Because women want to be them and men want to do them."
- Famke Janssen
(Related: Men, Women, Want)
"What has made this nation great? Not its heroes but its households."
- Sarah Orne Jewett
(Related: Heroes, Nation)
"Heroes are created by popular demand, sometimes out of the scantiest materials, or none at all."
- Gerald W. Johnson
(Related: Heroes, Popular)
"My heroes are and were my parents. I can't see having anyone else as my heroes."
- Michael Jordan
(Related: Heroes, Parents)
"I asked him a number of questions and I got some very interesting answers. Ken's heroes, according to Christopher, would be people like John Wayne, of course."
- Stacy Keach
(Related: People, Answers, Heroes, Questions)
"The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of tiny pushes of each honest worker."
- Helen Keller
(Related: Heroes, World)
"With any good story, you need the adversary, the heroes and villains. You need a good mixture to make it work."
- Phil Keoghan
(Related: Work, Heroes)
"The trouble with super heroes is what to do between phone booths."
- Ken Kesey
(Related: Heroes, Trouble)
"What I've learned is that it's okay to take from heroes, such as Debussy, but it has to be filtered through my own personality so that ultimately it's me."
- William Kraft
(Related: Heroes, Personality)
"Old myths, old gods, old heroes have never died. They are only sleeping at the bottom of our mind, waiting for our call. We have need for them. They represent the wisdom of our race."
- Stanley Kunitz
(Related: Wisdom, Gods, Heroes, Mind, Myths, Old, Race, Waiting)
"Just by luck, I picked good heroes to worship."
- Charles Kuralt
(Related: Heroes, Luck, Worship)
"Poets and heroes are of the same race, the latter do what the former conceive."
- Alphonse de Lamartine
(Related: Heroes, Poets, Race)
"The law has no power over heroes."
- Charlotte Lennox
(Related: Power, Heroes, Law)
"Today, free agency takes away a lot of your heroes, they go somewhere else. Some of them don't but a lot of them do-take the higher offer to go somewhere else. And, it turns the fans off because they get attached to the players."
- Bob Lilly
(Related: Fans, Heroes, Today)
"Our Nation must provide sufficient access to healthcare, adequate benefits, and the supplemental resources our veterans were promised and so dearly need. We owe our heroes no less."
- Dan Lipinski
(Related: Benefits, Healthcare, Heroes, Nation, Veterans)
"But there were women in the world, and from them each of our heroes had taken to himself a wife. The good ladies were no strangers to the prowess of their husbands. and, strange as it may seem, they presumed a little upon it."
- Augustus Baldwin Longstreet
(Related: Women, Wife, Ladies, Heroes, Husbands, May, Strangers, World)
"It would be nice to say the rich people, the fancy people, all behaved like bastards and the poor slobs all came through like heroes. But as a matter of fact, sometimes the poor slobs behave like slobs and the great, noble, privileged characters come off very well, indeed."
- Walter Lord
(Related: People, Fact, Fancy, Heroes, Poor)
"There are no heroes in most of my stories. I look at our society with a critical eye and find nothing extraordinary in the people I see."
- Naguib Mahfouz
(Related: Society, People, Eye, Heroes, Nothing)
"Without heroes, we are all plain people and don't know how far we can go."
- Bernard Malamud
(Related: People, Heroes)
"Dean Martin is one of my heroes."
- Joe Mantegna
(Related: Heroes, Martin)
"Heroes are people who are all good with no bad in them. That's the way I always saw Joe DiMaggio. He was beyond question one of the greatest players of the century."
- Mickey Mantle
(Related: People, Heroes, Question)
"In every age poets and social reformers have tried to stimulate the people of their own time to a nobler life by enchanting stories of the virtues of the heroes of old."
- Alfred Marshall
(Related: Age, Life, Time, People, Heroes, Old, Poets)
"Things were easier for the old novelists who saw people all of a piece. Speaking generally, their heroes were good through and through, their villains wholly bad."
- W. Somerset Maugham
(Related: People, Heroes, Old)
"Last week, the House of Representatives passed a resolution honoring the victims and heroes of September 11th. As we commemorate the anniversary of 9-11, we must also remember that the threat is still very real today."
- Michael McCaul
(Related: Heroes, Resolution, Today, Victims)
"Yes, it's a prequel. It tells the story about how the girls were born with superpowers, but they weren't necessarily heroes at the beginning of this movie, so the movie is about the events that happen in their life to make them decide to be heroes."
- Craig McCracken
(Related: Life, Beginning, Events, Girls, Heroes)
"Young people and Indian people need to know that we existed in the 20th Century. We need to know who our heroes are and to know what we have done and accomplished in this century other than what Olympic athletes Jim Thorpe and Billy Mills have done."
- Russell Means
(Related: People, Athletes, Heroes)
"In war the heroes always outnumber the soldiers ten to one."
- H. L. Mencken
(Related: War, Heroes, Soldiers)
"What I want to bring back to superheroes with this project is a sense of play. Things have gotten so dreary. The heroes have gotten so ugly that even their muscles have muscles."
- Frank Miller
(Related: Heroes, Play, Project, Sense, Ugly, Want)
"The only lesson to extract from any civil war is that it's pointless and futile and ugly, and that there is nothing glamorous or heroic about it. There are heroes, but the causes are never heroic."
- Anthony Minghella
(Related: War, Causes, Heroes, Nothing, Ugly)
"Fighting is like champagne. It goes to the heads of cowards as quickly as of heroes. Any fool can be brave on a battlefield when it's be brave or else be killed."
- Margaret Mitchell
(Related: Cowards, Fighting, Fool, Heroes)
"I've spent several years in Hollywood, and I still think the movie heroes are in the audience."
- Wilson Mizner
(Related: Heroes, Hollywood, Years)
"The world's made up of individuals who don't want to be heroes."
- Brian Moore
(Related: Heroes, Want, World)
"Of course I do not regret the Bond days, I regret that sadly heroes in general are depicted with guns in their hands, and to tell the truth I have always hated guns and what they represent."
- Roger Moore
(Related: Truth, Heroes, Regret)
"And thus it was that I started to wonder why Robert Burns is so important to us. We have other poets, and other writers, and other heroes, yet we do not afford them the veneration that we afford to Robert Burns."
- Len G. Murray
(Related: Heroes, Poets, Wonder, Writers)
"Lance Armstrong is the guy that I would put up there as one of my heroes. He's done something that no one else has done and when you put into it what he overcame, it's absolutely unbelievable."
- Craig T. Nelson
"Heroes always make the right decision; I find that seldom happens in my life."
- Judd Nelson
(Related: Life, Decision, Heroes, Right)
"The heroes of the present will retreat to the imitation they are anyhow."
- Charles Olson
(Related: Heroes, Imitation, Present, Will)
"I saw some war heroes... John Kerry is not a war hero. He couldn't tie the shoes of some of the people in Coastal Division 11."
- John O'Neill
(Related: War, People, Heroes)
"We all want heroes and we all want somebody to look up to."
- Stacie Orrico
(Related: Heroes, Want)
"Heroes, whatever high ideas we may have of them, are mortal and not divine. We are all as God made us and many of us much worse."
- John Osborne
(Related: God, Ideas, Heroes, May)
"I met Jack Bruce, one of my heroes, in a studio while doing some recording. England had just beat Scotland in a big football match and I saw Jack trying to break into this refrigerator in the lounge, drunk out of his brain, and I didn't know what to say."
- Andy Partridge
(Related: EnglFootball, Heroes, Scotland, Trying)
"It is surmounting difficulties that makes heroes."
- Louis Pasteur
(Related: Difficulties, Heroes)
"First, how to memorialize the heroes of 9/11; second, something that expresses our resolve."
- George Pataki
(Related: First, Heroes)
"I identify with the Clint Eastwoods and Harrison Fords. Those are my heroes."
- Barry Pepper
"Death, after all, is the common expectation from birth. Neither heroes nor cowards can escape it."
- Ellis Peters
(Related: Death, Cowards, Expectation, Heroes)
"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 A. Peterson
(Related: Life, Men, Progress, Heroes, Reason)
"By that I mean, I think that it is true that politics and political heroes have to satisfy our need to be greater than mortal in some way, and that's led them into creating illusions, sound bites, focus groups that tell you what to do."
- Sydney Pollack
(Related: Politics, Focus, Heroes, Sound)
"As we continue to fight the War on Terror, it is imperative that we protect America's fallen heroes by ensuring that they are treated with respect, while being laid to rest."
- Jon Porter
(Related: War, America, Being, Fight, Heroes, Respect, Rest, Terror)
"I love milk so much! I make a point of drinking a glass of milk every day. So now anyone who did those milk ads with the milk mustaches, they're my heroes."
- Natalie Portman
(Related: Love, Day, Drinking, Heroes, Now)
"Women can't be afraid to look like action heroes. It's not always pretty, but when it's on the screen, it translates well to the audience."
- Victoria Pratt
(Related: Women, Action, Heroes, Pretty)
"I thought it was such a unique concept to play parents who happen to be super heroes and have a son who is going through puberty and starting high school."
- Kelly Preston
(Related: Son, Thought, Heroes, Parents, Play, School)
"The poet does not fear death, not because he believes in the fantasy of heroes, but because death constantly visits his thoughts and is thus an image of a serene dialogue."
- Salvatore Quasimodo
(Related: Death, Fear, Thoughts, Fantasy, Heroes)
"The heroes of Flight 93 won the first battle in the War on Terror, and they should never be forgotten."
- Jim Ramstad
(Related: War, Battle, First, Heroes, Terror)
"Heroes may not be braver than anyone else. They're just braver five minutes longer."
- Ronald Reagan
(Related: Heroes, May)
"It often seemed like we had become a nation where the only heroes were rock singers and ball players and that there were no large men of probity who could be called upon for the task."
- Elliot Richardson
(Related: Men, Heroes, Nation)
"I had both male and female heroes."
- Sally Ride
"Hard times don't create heroes. It is during the hard times when the 'hero' within us is revealed."
- Bob Riley
"We're our own dragons as well as our own heroes, and we have to rescue ourselves from ourselves."
- Tom Robbins
"There are heroes in evil as well as in good."
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Related: Evil, Heroes)
"We can't all be heroes, because somebody has to sit on the curb and applaud when they go by."
- Will Rogers
"No, people back home don't realize why there is this kind of need for heroes in America at the moment. People in Britain don't really understand what's going on here. They don't understand why Camp X-ray exists."
- Jon Ronson
(Related: Home, People, America, Heroes)
"Racial history is therefore natural history and the mysticism of the soul at one and the same time; but the history of the religion of the blood, conversely, is the great world story of the rise and downfall of peoples, their heroes and thinkers, their inventors and artists."
- Alfred Rosenberg
(Related: History, Religion, Soul, Time, Artists, Blood, Heroes, World)
"I pretty much grew up when punk was big in the UK. The Sex Pistols were heroes for me. I used to run around like Johnny Rotten. I had a jacket like his."
- Gavin Rossdale
(Related: Sex, Heroes, Pretty, Punk)
"How many famous and high-spirited heroes have lived a day too long?"
- Jean Jacques Rousseau
(Related: Day, Famous, Heroes)
"Heroes are not known by the loftiness of their carriage; the greatest braggarts are generally the merest cowards."
- Jean Jacques Rousseau
(Related: Cowards, Heroes)
"It's the unusual leading man. Most of the Hollywood leading men are powerful and capable and strong, heroes. He has this vulnerability, he's fragile, he struggles to find a way to live from day to day that we can identify with, that we can understand."
- Mark Rydell
(Related: Men, Day, Heroes, Hollywood, Leading, Man, Vulnerability)
"It shouldn't take an emergency for this Administration to deal with the health care needs of our nation's heroes. Funding the VA and our bringing our troops home safely should never be treated as an afterthought."
- John Salazar
(Related: Health, Home, Care, Heroes, Nation, Needs, Troops)
"Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is one of my personal heroes."
- Ken Salazar
(Related: Heroes, Martin)
"I never appreciated 'positive heroes' in literature. They are almost always cliches, copies of copies, until the model is exhausted. I prefer perplexity, doubt, uncertainty, not just because it provides a more 'productive' literary raw material, but because that is the way we humans really are."
- Jose Saramago
(Related: Cliches, Doubt, Heroes, Literary, Literature, Uncertainty)
"Our young people look up to us. Let us not let them down. Our young people need us. Saving them will make heroes of us all."
- Gale Sayers
(Related: People, Heroes, Will)
"Athletes as role models and heroes is a hoax, a sick hoax. The men and women who are fighting in Iraq, they are the true heroes."
- Gale Sayers
(Related: Men, Women, Athletes, Fighting, Heroes, Iraq)
"We were like heroes, to stand there and observe the police, and the police were scared to move upon us."
- Bobby Seale
(Related: Heroes, Police)
"The key element in tragedy is that heroes and heroines are destroyed by that which appears to be their greatest strength."
- Robert Shea
(Related: Strength, Heroes, Key, Tragedy)
"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
"I'm quite influenced in this by one of my heroes, Montaigne, who thought a man's real task was to render as honest an account of himself as he could."
- Robert Sheckley
(Related: Thought, Heroes, Man)
"My heroes are those who risk their lives every day to protect our world and make it a better place - police, firefighters and members of our armed forces."
- Sidney Sheldon
(Related: Day, Heroes, Police, Risk, World)
"I try to give both my heroes and villains an emotional dimensionality which provides the motivation for their actions."
- Sidney Sheldon
(Related: Motivation, Actions, Heroes)
"I'm too shy, really to be able to hang out with my heroes for too long."
- Michelle Shocked
"I admire runners older than I - they are now my heroes. I want to be like them as I grow older."
- Frank Shorter
(Related: Heroes, Now, Want)
"There's no excuse for the young people not knowing who the heroes and heroines are or were."
- Nina Simone
(Related: People, Heroes)
"We thank thee for this opportunity to show our love for these heroes who have accomplished such wonders for the beloved United States, which was founded by noble and inspired men."
- Lorenzo Snow
(Related: Love, Men, Opportunity, Heroes, states, United, Wonders)
"See, heroes never die. John Wayne isn't dead, Elvis isn't dead. Otherwise you don't have a hero. You can't kill a hero. That's why I never let him get older."
- Mickey Spillane
"I believe that interest in heroes is universal and eternal."
- Norman Spinrad
(Related: Heroes, Interest)
"Vietnam helped me realize who the true heroes really are in this world. It's not the home-run hitters."
- Willie Stargell
(Related: Home, Heroes, Vietnam, World)
"But as I grew up as a child, falling in love with the theater and Shakespeare, my heroes were Sir Laurence Olivier and Sir John Gielgud."
- Patrick Stewart
(Related: Love, Heroes, Shakespeare, Theater)
"When we contemplate the heroes of Christianity, and compare our feeble efforts with their astonishing performance and self devotion, we should fall into despair, were there not a few softening features, by which they are brought back to the ranks of humanity."
- John Strachan
(Related: Performance, Christianity, Despair, Devotion, Heroes, Humanity, Self)
"In every man the memory of the struggles and the heroes of the past is alive. But these memories are not incompatible with the desire for peace in the future."
- Gustav Stresemann
(Related: Peace, Desire, Future, Heroes, Man, Memories, Memory, Past)
"We will never forget the passengers of Flight 93, who courageously confronted the terrorists, defeating another planned attack on America. They are the heroes for our times."
- Bob Taft
(Related: America, Forget, Heroes, Will)
"On the one hand, the press, television, and movies make heroes of vandals by calling them whiz kids."
- Ken Thompson
(Related: Movies, Heroes, Kids, Press, Television)
"The heroes of our youth grow old - 'the boys of summer in their ruin,' in Dylan Thomas's verse - yet we seem the same."
- John Thorn
(Related: Boys, Heroes, Old, Ruin, Summer, Youth)
"But baseball bounced back in the next decade to reclaim its place as the national pastime: new heroes, spirited competition, and booming prosperity gave birth to dreams of expansion, both within the major leagues and around the world."
- John Thorn
(Related: Dreams, Baseball, Competition, Heroes, Prosperity, World)
"We remember the heroes who ran into the burning buildings to rescue those trapped inside, and the dauntless passengers on Flight 93 who laid down their lives to save others, including almost certainly those of us in the U.S. Capitol."
- Todd Tiahrt
"As a boy I used to go to the Chamber of Horrors at the annual fair, to look at the wax figures of Emperors and Kings, of heroes and murderers of the day. The dead now had that same unreality, which shocks without arousing pity."
- Ernst Toller
(Related: Day, Heroes, Kings, Now, Pity)
"Lynda Carter played Wonder Woman and was one of the first female superheroes. It gives me more of an encouragement that we can be strong and can do whatever a guy can do."
- Thuy Trang
(Related: Encouragement, First, Woman, Wonder)
"I don't believe in superheroes but I love Batman movies. There's a part of every person that is entertained by the idealistic, the fantastic."
- Aisha Tyler
(Related: Love, Movies)
"For as long as this nation has known war, we have embraced the heroes it has produced. Americans have rightfully noted the honor and nobility of courage under hostile fire and thanked those who perished in their defense."
- James T. Walsh
(Related: War, Courage, Americans, Defense, Fire, Heroes, Honor, Nation, Nobility)
"For as long as this nation has known war, we have embraced the heroes it has produced."
- Jim Walsh
(Related: War, Heroes, Nation)
"The selfless actions of these heroes have removed them from their families, businesses and homeland to fight, so that others may experience the liberty awaiting our troops upon safe return to America."
- Jim Walsh
(Related: Experience, Actions, America, Fight, Heroes, Liberty, May, Troops)
"I never had any acting heroes. I never really went to the theatre."
- Julie Walters
(Related: Acting, Heroes, Theatre)
"Great occasions do not make heroes or cowards; they simply unveil them to the eyes of men. Silently and imperceptibly, as we wake or sleep, we grow strong or weak; and at last some crisis shows what we have become."
- Brooke Foss Westcott
(Related: Men, Cowards, Crisis, Eyes, Heroes, Sleep)
"When leaders take back power, when they act as heroes and saviors, they end up exhausted, overwhelmed, and deeply stressed."
- Margaret J. Wheatley
(Related: Power, Act, End, Heroes, Leaders)
"True courage is not the brutal force of vulgar heroes, but the firm resolve of virtue and reason."
- Alfred North Whitehead
(Related: Courage, Virtue, Force, Heroes, Reason)
"Receiving far less attention are the working class heroes, who go about their solitary work routines with quiet dignity, come home from another grueling day, yet still find time to interact with their children."
- Armstrong Williams
(Related: Home, Time, Work, Attention, Children, Class, Day, Dignity, Heroes, Quiet)
"You know, heroes are ordinary people that have achieved extraordinary things in life."
- Dave Winfield
(Related: Life, People, Heroes)
"My heroes are people like Picasso and Miro and people who at last really reach something in their old age, which they absolutely couldn't ever have done in their youth."
- Robert Wyatt
(Related: Age, People, Heroes, Old, Youth)
"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
(Related: Power, Act, Heroes, Motives)