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Published Saturday, April 30, 2016 @ 7:59 PM EDT
Apr 30 2016

No man is a hero to his valet.
-Jonathan Yardley

A coward is a hero with a wife, kids, and a mortgage.
-Marvin Kitman

A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.
-G.K. Chesterton

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

A villain who shares one's guilt is inevitably more attractive than a hero convinced of one's innocence.
-Kenneth Tynan

Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.
-Nora Ephron

Ah. Columbus Day. Guy had no idea where he was going. Couldn't figure out where he was. Did it all on borrowed money. He is an American hero.
-Will Durst

All men can be criminals, if tempted; all men can be heroes, if inspired.
-G.K. Chesterton

All our heroes, all our great stories are about failure.
-Peter Carey

Canadians do not like heroes, and so they do not have them.
-George Woodcock

Chance and intrigue have produced more heroes than genius and virtue.
-Maximilien Robespierre

Children respond to heroes by thinking creatively and sometimes in breaking beyond the bounds of the impossible in their turn, and so becoming heroes themselves.
-Madeleine L'Engle

Don't ever make the mistake with people like me thinking we are looking for heroes. There aren't any and if there were, they would be killed immediately. I'm never surprised by bad behavior. I expect it.
-Gore Vidal

Eventually, somebody is going to be a hero, and somebody's going to be president. Not necessarily the same person.
-Howard Baker, Jr.

Every hero becomes a bore at last.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every religious tradition has gangsters and thugs. We also have humans and heroes in those same traditions. Some simple truths need to be said over and over again.
-Cornel West

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

Heroes and winners aren't the same thing.
-Kevin Farrell

Heroes are sometimes created out of the scantiest materials, such as the apple William Tell never shot or the the flag Barbara Fritchie never waved.
-Gerald W. Johnson

Heroes come along when you need them.
-Ronald Steel

Heroes do not easily tolerate the company of other heroes.
-Kenneth Clark

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

History is moving pretty quickly these days and the heroes and villains keep on changing parts.
-Ian Fleming

I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles. They are the real heroes, and so are the families and friends who have stood by them.
-Christopher Reeve

I think that Richard Nixon will go down in history as a true folk hero, who struck a vital blow to the whole diseased concept of the revered image and gave the American virtue of irreverence and skepticism back to the people.
-William S. Burroughs

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