I think of a hero as someone who understands the degree of responsibility that comes with his freedom.
You either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain.Harvey Dent
See, the conquering hero comes! Sound the trumpets, beat the drums!
Ultimately a hero is a man who would argue with the gods, and so awakens devils to contest his vision.Norman Kingsley Mailer
For every hero, there has to be a fall guy, and the greater the triumph on one hand, the greater the humiliation on the other.quintin jardine
We all live in suspense, from day to day, from hour to hour; in other words, we are the hero of our own story.mary mccarthy
The seventh rule of the ethics of means and ends is that generally success or failure is a mighty determinant of ethics. The judgment of history leans heavily on the outcome of success or failure; it spells the difference between the traitor and the patriotic hero. There can be no such thing as a successful traitor, for if one succeeds he becomes a founding father.saul alinsky
Still the race of hero spirits pass the lamp from hand to hand.Charles Kingsley
Be a hero. Always say, “I have no fear.” Tell this to everyone “Have no fear.”swami vivekananda
...my opinion is that we have, in the person of Da Free John, a Spiritual Master and religious genius of the ultimate degree. I assure you I do not mean that lightly. I am not tossing out high-powered phrases to 'hype' the works of Da Free John. I am simply offering to you my own considered opinion: Da Free John's teaching is, I believe, unsurpassed by that of any other spiritual hero, of any period, of any place, of any time, of any persuasion.adi da
Character assassination is at once easier and surer than physical assault; and it involves far less risk for the assassin. It leaves him free to commit the same deed over and over again, and may, indeed, win him the honors of a hero in the country of his victims.alan barth
When I was very young every grownup was a hero. It's been all downhill since then, and I have only two left.peter s. beagle
The practice of perseverance is the discipline of the noblest virtues. To run well, we must run to the end. It is not the fighting but the' conquering that gives a hero his title to renown.elias lyman magoo
No man is quite so much a hero in the dark as in broad daylight, in solitude as in society, in the gloom of the churchyard as in the blaze of the drawing-room. The season and the place may be such as to oppress the stoutest heart with a mysterious awe, which, if not fear, is near akin to it.william h. prescott
In the US. Infantry Manual published during World War II, the soldier was told what to do if a live grenade fell into the trench where he and others were sitting: to wrap himself around the grenade so as to at least save the others. (If no one "volunteered," all would be killed, and there were only a few seconds to decide who would be the hero.)Anatol Rapoport
The first thing I ever thought of when I thought of Buffy , the movie, was the little...blonde girl who goes into a dark alley and gets killed, in every horror movie. The idea of Buffy was to subvert that idea, that image, and create someone who was a hero where she had always been a victim. That element of surprise ... genre-busting is very much at the heart of both the movie and the series.joss whedon
A static hero is a public liability. Progress grows out of motion.richard e. byrd
Oh, great is the hero who wins a name, But greater many and many a time Some pale-faced fellow who dies in shame, And lets God finish the thought sublime. And great is the man with a sword undrawn, And good is the man who refrains from wine; But the man who fails and yet still fights on, Lo, he is the twin-born brother of mine.joaquin miller
Before your eyes rises the hero of Gogol 's story who, in a fit of aberration, imagined that he was the King of Spain . Such is the fate of all megalomaniacs.joseph stalin
He's of stature somewhat low. Your hero always should be tall, you know.Charles Churchill
In every first novel the hero is the author as Christ or Faust
Yes, but tomorrow I shall be a hero of the Soviet Union...