Quotes About Heroism

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George Carlin
“I like it when a flower or a little tuft of grass grows through a crack in the concrete. It's so fuckin' heroic.”
George Carlin

J.M. Coetzee
“Become major, Paul. Live like a hero. That's what the classics teach us. Be a main character. Otherwise what is life for?”
J.M. Coetzee

Alfred Tennyson
“Though much is taken, much abides; and though
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.”
Alfred Tennyson, Idylls of the King and a Selection of Poems

Gerard Way
“Heroes are ordinary people who make themselves extraordinary.”
Gerard Way

Jodi Picoult
“Heroes didn't leap tall buildings or stop bullets with an outstretched hand; they didn't wear boots and capes. They bled, and they bruised, and their superpowers were as simple as listening, or loving. Heroes were ordinary people who knew that even if their own lives were impossibly knotted, they could untangle someone else's. And maybe that one act could lead someone to rescue you right back.”
Jodi Picoult, Second Glance

Fred Rogers
“Anyone who does anything to help a child in his life is a hero to me. ”
Fred Rogers

J.R.R. Tolkien
“Living by faith includes the call to something greater than cowardly self-preservation.”
J.R.R. Tolkien, J.R.R. Tolkien 4-Book Boxed Set: The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings

Joss Whedon
“The thing about a hero, is even when it doesn't look like there's a light at the end of the tunnel, he's going to keep digging, he's going to keep trying to do right and make up for what's gone before, just because that's who he is.”
Joss Whedon

Ursula K. Le Guin
“Nobody who says, ‘I told you so’ has ever been, or will ever be, a hero.”
Ursula K. Le Guin

Christopher Paolini
“One part brave, three parts fool!”
Christopher Paolini

John Green
“We are like a bunch of dogs squirting on fire hydrants. We poison the groundwater with our toxic piss, marking everything MINE in a ridiculous attempt to survive our deaths. I can't stop pissing on fire hydrants...I am an animal like any other. Hazel is different. she walks lightly, old man. She walks lightly upon the earth. She knows the truth: We're as likely to hurt the universe as we are to help it, and we're not likely to do either.

People will say it's sad that she leaves a lesser scar, that fewer remember her, that she was loved deeply but not widely. But it's not sad. It's triumphant. It's heroic. Isn't that the real heroism?

The real heroes anyway aren't the people doing things; the real heroes are the people NOTICING things, paying attention.”
John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

Umberto Eco
“The real hero is always a hero by mistake; he dreams of being an honest coward like everybody else.”
Umberto Eco, Travels in Hyperreality

Jim Butcher
“In the action business, when you don't want to say you ran like a mouse, you call it 'taking cover.' It's more heroic.”
Jim Butcher, Dead Beat

Tamora Pierce
“It's not just children who need heroes.”
Tamora Pierce

Piers Anthony
“Being terrified but going ahead and doing what must be done—that's courage. The one who feels no fear is a fool, and the one who lets fear rule him is a coward.”
Piers Anthony, Castle Roogna

Jim Butcher
“Heroism doesn't pay very well. I try to be cold-blooded and money-oriented, but I keep screwing it up.”
Jim Butcher, Dead Beat

N.D. Wilson
“Sometimes standing against evil is more important than defeating it. The greatest heroes stand because it is right to do so, not because they believe they will walk away with their lives. Such selfless courage is a victory in itself.”
N.D. Wilson, Dandelion Fire

Criss Jami
“To be heroic is to be courageous enough to die for something; to be inspirational is to be crazy enough to live a little.”
Criss Jami, Venus in Arms

Abigail Adams
“These are the times in which a genius would wish to live. It is not in the still calm of life, or the repose of a pacific station, that great characters are formed. The habits of a vigorous mind are formed in contending with difficulties. Great necessities call out great virtues. When a mind is raised, and animated by scenes that engage the heart, then those qualities which would otherwise lay dormant, wake into life and form the character of the hero and the statesman.”
Abigail Adams

Jim Butcher
“No one is an unjust villain in his own mind. Even - perhaps even especially - those who are the worst of us. Some of the cruelest tyrants in history were motivated by noble ideals, or made choices that they would call 'hard but necessary steps' for the good of their nation. We're all the hero of our own story.”
Jim Butcher, Turn Coat

Jim Butcher
“Harry Dresden. Saving the world, one act of random destruction at a time.”
Jim Butcher, Mean Streets

Lloyd Alexander
“Long ago I yearned to be a hero without knowing, in truth, what a hero was. Now, perhaps, I understand it a little better. A grower of turnips or a shaper of clay, a Commot farmer or a king--every man is a hero if he strives more for others than for himself alone.
Once you told me that the seeking counts more than the finding. So, too, must the striving count more than the gain.”
Lloyd Alexander, The High King

It may not feel too classy, begging just to eat But you know who does
“It may not feel too classy, begging just to eat
But you know who does that?
Lassie, and she always gets a treat

So you wonder what your part is
Because you're homeless and depressed But home is where the heart is
So your real home's in your chest

Everyone's a hero in their own way Everyone's got villains they must face
They're not as cool as mine
But folks you know it's fine to know your place

Everyone's a hero in their own way
In their own not-that-heroic way
So I thank my girlfriend Penny
Yeah, we totally had sex
She showed me there's so many different muscles I can flex

There's the deltoids of compassion,
There's the abs of being kind
It's not enough to bash in heads
You've got to bash in minds

Everyone's a hero in their own way Everyone's got something they can do Get up go out and fly
Especially that guy, he smells like poo

Everyone's a hero in their own way
You and you and mostly me and you
I'm poverty's new sheriff
And I'm bashing in the slums
A hero doesn't care if you're a bunch of scary alcoholic bums

Everybody!

Everyone's a hero in their own way Everyone can blaze a hero's trail
Don't worry if it's hard
If you're not a friggin 'tard you will prevail

Everyone's a hero in their own way Everyone's a hero in their...”
Joss Whedon, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog: The Book

Alan Moore
“As I see it, part of the art of being a hero is knowing when you don't need to be one anymore.”
Alan Moore, Watchmen

Joseph Campbell
“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself”
Joseph Campbell

Robert Fanney
“You or I might think that at least one would show courage and put up a fight. But neither you nor I have suffered as they, and even we have born witness in silence to lesser ills under less dire threat. Yet, in the face of evil, to sit silent is an even greater evil. Complacency is ever the enabler of darkest deeds;”
Robert Fanney

Sophocles
“When he endures nothing but endless miseries-- What pleasure is there in living the day after day,
Edging slowly back and forth toward death?
Anyone who warms their heart with the glow
Of flickering hope is worth nothing at all.
The noble man should either live with honor or die with honor. That's all there is to be said.”
Sophocles, Sophocles II: Ajax/Women of Trachis/Electra/Philoctetes

Roman Payne
“Alexander the Great slept with 'The Iliad' beneath his pillow. During the waning moon, I cradle Homer’s 'Odyssey' as if it were the sweet body of a woman.”
Roman Payne, Rooftop Soliloquy

Bertolt Brecht
“Unhappy the land that is in need of heroes”
Bertolt Brecht, Galileo

Amit Kalantri
“To assess the quality of thoughts of people, don't listen to their words, but watch their actions.”
Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

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