I think of a hero as someone who understands the degree of responsibility that comes with his freedom.
"He is coming! he is coming!"
Like a bridegroom from his room,
Came the hero from his prison
To the scaffold and the doom.
"It is better to arm and strengthen your hero, than to disarm and enfeeble your foe."anne brontë
He's just really unlikely as a hero — which makes him so brilliant, I think, because he's like this mad professor.karen gillan
And I wanted to say to the mayor of New York all our concern, our admiration for what has been done after this drama, with such an efficiency, very full of clever and heart. I told him that in the French press, when they mention the mayor of New York, they say "mayor hero" (ph), which is a French expression equivalent to "Rudy the Rock".jacques chirac
He has wasted the day, he tells himself, he has wasted the day as he has wasted so many days of his life ... while that huge work with which he has cheated himself, that enormous novel which would lift him at a bound from the impasse in which he stifles, whose dozens of characters would develop a vision of life in bountiful complexity, lies foundering, rotting on a beach of purposeless effort. Notes here, pages there, it sprawls through a formless wreck of incidental ideas and half-episodes; utterly without shape. He is not even a hero for it.norman mailer
I am well aware that there is such a great craving in man for heroism and the heroic, and that hero worship forms not a small motif in his complex. I am also aware that, unless man believes in his own heroism and the heroism of others, he cannot achieve much or great things. We must, however, take proper care that we do not make a fetish of this cult of hero-worship, for then we will turn ourselves into votaries of false gods and prophets.aung san
A hero looks death in the face, real death, not just the image of death. Behaving honourably in a crisis doesn't mean being able to act the part of a hero well, as in the theatre, it means being able to look death itself in the eye. For an actor may play lots of different roles, but at the end of it all he himself , the human being, is the one who has to die.ludwig wittgenstein
Jack was embarrassed never hero more, And as he knew not what to say, he swore.lord byron
A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.gilbert keith chesterton
Of course, Alexander the Great was a hero, but why smash the chairs?nikolai vasilievich gogol
Eugene Dubois is no hero in my book, if only because I share the spirit of his unorthodoxies, but disagree so strongly with his version, and regard his supporting arguments as so weakly construed and so willfully blind to opposing evidence (the dogmatist within is always worse than the enemy without).stephen jay gould
He's not out seeing a sight but the rock crystal thing to see the startling El Greco brimming with inner light that covets nothing that it has let go. This then you may know as the hero.marianne moore
The corporate right and the political right declared class warfare on working people a quarter of a century ago and they've won … Take the paradox of Rush Limbaugh, ensconced in a Palm Beach mansion massaging the resentments across the country of white-knuckled wage earners, who are barely making ends meet in no small part because of the corporate and ideological forces for whom Rush has been a hero.bill moyers
Each man is a hero and an oracle to somebody, and to that person whatever he says has an enhanced value.ralph waldo emerson
The idol of to-day pushes the hero of yesterday out of our recollection; and will, in turn, be supplanted by his successor of to-morrow.washington irving
A hero is a goddam stupid thing to have in the first place and a general block to anything you might wanta accomplish on your own.
We call him a hero who maintains himself, single-handed, against superior numbers. We call him a master-horseman who sits a fiery and vicious steed, guiding him at will. And in like manner, we call him a moral hero who conquers the enemies within his own breast and we admire and revere the soul which can ride its own passions and force them into obedience to the dictates of reason.
A good novel tells us about its hero. A bad novel tells us about the author.
Everyone's here now. Okay hero... set me free.
So this... is what it feels like... to be a hero...