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Heroes quotes and quotations

Nurture your mind with great thoughts; to believe in the heroic makes heroes.
Benjamin Disraeli

A man must indeed be a hero to appear such in the eyes of his valet.
Thomas Carlyle

Everyone is necessarily the hero of his own life story.
John Barth

My valet-de-chambre sings me no such song.
Author Unknown

Hero-worship exists, has existed, and will forever exist, universally among Mankind.
Thomas Carlyle

The hero is the world-man, in whose heart One passion stands for all, the most indulged.
Philip James Bailey

Ferryman ho! In the night so black Hark to the clank of iron; 'Tis heroes of the Yser, 'Tis sweethearts of glory, 'Tis lads who are unafraid! Ferryman ho!
Lucien Boyer

A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

If Hero means sincere man, why may not every one of us be a Hero?
Thomas Carlyle

Every hero becomes a bore at last.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

As the master so the valet. (Like master, like man.)
Philip James Bailey

The real hero is always a hero by mistake; he dreams of being an honest coward like everybody else.
Umberto Eco

I want a hero: an uncommon want, When every year and month sends forth a new one.
Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

Worship of a hero is transcendent admiration of a great man.
Thomas Carlyle

Heroing is one of the shortest-lived professions there is.
Will Rogers

Heroes as great have died, and yet shall fall.
Homer ("Smyrns of Chios")

Hail, Columbia! happy land! Hail, ye heroes! heaven-born band! Who fought and bled in Freedom's cause.
Joseph Hopkinson

There are heroes in evil as well as in good.
Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

We can't all be heroes because somebody has to sit on the curb and clap as they go by.
Will Rogers

Many heroes lived before Agamemnon, but they are all unmourned, and consigned to oblivion, because they had no bard to sing their praises.
Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus)

America's present need is not heroics, but healing; not nostrums but normalcy; not revolution, but restoration.
Warren G. Harding

The hero is not fed on sweets, Daily his own heart he eats; Chambers of the great are jails, And head-winds right for royal sails.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

No man is a hero to his valet.
Mme. A.M. Bigot de Cornuel

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

Still the race of hero spirits pass the lamp from hand to hand.
Charles Kingsley

Rarely do they appear great before their valets.
Jean de la Bruyere

He's of stature somewhat low-- Your hero always should be tall, you know.
Charles Churchill

Each man is a hero and an oracle to somebody, and to that person whatever he says has an enhanced value.
Mme. A.M. Bigot de Cornuel

Self-trust is the essence of heroism.
Ralph Waldo Emerson


To a valet no man is a hero.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

But to the hero, when his sword Has won the battle for the free, Thy voice sounds like a prophet's word, And in its hollow tones are heard The thanks of millions yet to be.
Fitz-Greene Halleck

It hath been an antient custom among them [Hungarians] that none should wear a fether but he who had killed a Turk, to whom onlie yt was lawful to shew the number of his slaine enemys by the number of fethers in his cappe.
Richard Hansard

The boy stood on the burning deck Whence all but he had fled; The flame that lit the battle's wreck, Shone round him o'er the dead. . . . . The flames roll'd on--he would not go Without his Father's word; That father, faint in death below, His voice no longer heard.
Mrs. Felicia D. Hemans