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Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.

Sometimes, when one person is missing, the whole world seems depopulated.
A hero is a man who is afraid to run away.
Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duty, and so bear ourselves that if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, This was their finest hour.
The hero draws inspiration from the virtue of his ancestors.
A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer.
It doesn't take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle.
The greatest obstacle to being heroic is the doubt whether one may not be going to prove one's self a fool; the truest heroism is to resist the doubt; and the profoundest wisdom, to know when it ought to be resisted, and when it be obeyed.
The characteristic of genuine heroism is its persistency. All men have wandering impulses, fits and starts of generosity. But when you have resolved to be great, abide by yourself, and do not weakly try to reconcile yourself with the world. The heroic cannot be the common, nor the common the heroic.
I think of a hero as someone who understands the degree of responsibility that comes with his freedom.
One brave deed makes no hero.
What makes a hero truly great is that they never despair.
You cannot be a hero without being a coward.
We can't all be heroes, because somebody has to sit on the curb and clap as they go by.
Most people aren't appreciated enough, and the bravest things we do in our lives are usually known only to ourselves. No one throws ticker tape on the man who chose to be faithful to his wife, on the lawyer who didn't take the drug money, or the daughter who held her tongue again and again. All this anonymous heroism.
The ordinary man is involved in action, the hero acts. An immense difference.
What is a hero without love for mankind.
A hero is someone we can admire without apology.
The idol of today pushes the hero of yesterday out of our recollection; and will, in turn, be supplanted by his successor of tomorrow.
What with making their way and enjoying what they have won, heroes have no time to think. But the sons of heroes --ah, they have all the necessary leisure.
A boy doesn't have to go to war to be a hero; he can say he doesn't like pie when he sees there isn't enough to go around.
Aspire rather to be a hero than merely appear one.
A hero is someone right who doesn't change.
Heroism feels and never reasons, and therefore is always right.
The poetry of heroism appeals irresistibly to those who don't go to a war, and even more to those whom the war is making enormously wealthy. It's always so.
True heroism consists in being superior to the ills of life, in whatever shape they may challenge us to combat.
The hero is one who kindles a great light in the world, who sets up blazing torches in the dark streets of life for men to see by.
If we are marked to die, we are enough to do our country loss; and if to live, the fewer men, the greater share of honor.
Heroes are not known by the loftiness of their carriage; the greatest braggarts are generally the merest cowards.
And how can man die better than facing fearful odds, for the ashes of his fathers, and the temples of his Gods?
My heroes are and were my parents. I can't see having anyone else as my heroes.
Be your own hero, it's cheaper than a movie ticket.
No man is a hero to his valet. This is not because the hero is no hero, but because the valet is a valet.
I offer neither pay, nor quarters, nor food; I offer only hunger, thirst, forced marches, battles and death. Let him who loves his country with his heart, and not merely with his lips, follow me.
Bardot, Byron, Hitler, Hemingway, Monroe, Sade: we do not require our heroes to be subtle, just to be big. Then we can depend on someone to make them subtle.
The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example.
Heroism is not only in the man, but in the occasion.
To have no heroes is to have no aspiration, to live on the momentum of the past, to be thrown back upon routine, sensuality, and the narrow self.
Unhappy the land that is in need of heroes.
In our world of big names, curiously, our true heroes tend to be anonymous. In this life of illusion and quasi-illusion, the person of solid virtues who can be admired for something more substantial than his well-knownness often proves to be the unsung hero: the teacher, the nurse, the mother, the honest cop, the hard worker at lonely, underpaid, unglamorous, unpublicized jobs.
Everyone is necessarily the hero of his own life story.
Listen, my friend, there are two races of beings. The masses teeming and happy --common clay, if you like --eating, breeding, working, counting their pennies; people who just live; ordinary people; people you can't imagine dead. And then there are the others --the noble ones, the heroes. The ones you can quite well imagine lying shot, pale and tragic; one minute triumphant with a guard of honor, and the next being marched away between two gendarmes.
It's true that heroes are inspiring, but mustn't they also do some rescuing if they are to be worthy of their name? Would Wonder Woman matter if she only sent commiserating telegrams to the distressed?
The opportunities for heroism are limited in this kind of world: the most people can do is sometimes not to be as weak as they've been at other times.
Show me a hero and I will write you a tragedy.
A big man has no time really to do anything but just sit and be big.
The great destroyers of nations and men are comfort, plenty and security. A coward gets scared and quits. A hero gets scared, but still goes on.
The more characteristic American hero in the earlier day, and the more beloved type at all times, was not the hustler but the whittler.
Had we lived I should have had a tale to tell of the hardihood, endurance and courage of my companions which would have stirred the heart of every Englishman. These rough notes and our dead bodies must tell the tale.
How many famous and high-spirited heroes have lived a day too long?
One must think like a hero to behave like a merely decent human being.
Being a hero is about the shortest lived profession on earth.
As a rule, all heroism is due to a lack of reflection, and thus it is necessary to maintain a mass of imbeciles. If they once understand themselves the ruling men will be lost.
The main thing about being a hero is to know when to die.
One murder makes a villain, millions often a hero.
No heroine can create a hero through love of one, but she can give birth to one.
Calculation never made a hero.
In war the heroes always outnumber the soldiers ten to one.
Ultimately a hero is a man who would argue with the gods, and so awakens devils to contest his vision. The more a man can achieve, the more he may be certain that the devil will inhabit a part of his creation.
All our lives we fought against exalting the individual, against the elevation of the single person, and long ago we were over and done with the business of a hero, and here it comes up again: the glorification of one personality. This is not good at all. I am just like everybody else.
The prudent see only the difficulties, the bold only the advantages, of a great enterprise; the hero sees both; diminishes the former and makes the latter preponderate, and so conquers.
There are heroes in evil as well as in good.
Claret is the liquor for boys; port for men; but he who aspires to be a hero must drink brandy.
Heroes are created by popular demand, sometimes out of the scantiest materials.
Mankind's common instinct for reality has always held the world to be essentially a theatre for heroism. In heroism, we feel, life's supreme mystery is hidden. We tolerate no one who has no capacity whatever for it in any direction. On the other hand, no matter what a man's frailties otherwise may be, if he be willing to risk death, and still more if he suffer it heroically, in the service he has chosen, the fact consecrates him forever.
Once the state has been founded, there can no longer be any heroes. They come on the scene only in uncivilized conditions.
We relish news of our heroes, forgetting that we are extraordinary to somebody too.
It is said, that no one is a hero to their butler. The reason is, that it requires a hero to recognize a hero. The butler, however, will probably know well how to estimate his equals.
What is our task? To make Britain a fit country for heroes to live in.
The fame of heroes owes little to the extent of their conquests and all to the success of the tributes paid to them.
Every hero becomes a bore at last.
Children demand that their heroes should be freckleless, and easily believe them so: perhaps a first discovery to the contrary is less revolutionary shock to a passionate child than the threatened downfall of habitual beliefs which makes the world seem to totter for us in maturer life.
A man can be a hero if he is a scientist, or a soldier, or a drug addict, or a disc jockey, or a crummy mediocre politician. A man can be a hero because he suffers and despairs; or because he thinks logically and analytically; or because he is sensitive; or because he is cruel. Wealth establishes a man as a hero, and so does poverty. Virtually any circumstance in a man's life will make him a hero to some group of people and has a mythic rendering in the culture -- in literature, art, theater, or the daily newspapers.
Now stiff on a pillar with a phallic air nelson stylites in Trafalgar square reminds the British what once they were.
The paper tiger hero, James Bond, offering the whites a triumphant image of themselves, is saying what many whites want desperately to hear reaffirmed: I am still the White Man, lord of the land, licensed to kill, and the world is still an empire at my feet.
I am convinced that a light supper, a good night's sleep, and a fine morning, have sometimes made a hero of the same man, who, by an indigestion, a restless night, and rainy morning, would have proved a coward.
Down these mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean, who is neither tarnished nor afraid... He is the hero, he is everything. He must be a complete man and a common man and yet an unusual man. He must be, to use a rather weathered phrase, a man of honor, by instinct, by inevitability, without thought of it, and certainly without saying it. He must be the best man in his world and a good enough man for any world.
Heroism is the divine relation which, in all times, unites a great man to other men.
The world's battlefields have been in the heart chiefly; more heroism has been displayed in the household and the closet, than on the most memorable battlefields in history.
What is a society without a heroic dimension?
They wouldn't be heroes if they were infallible, in fact they wouldn't be heroes if they weren't miserable wretched dogs, the pariahs of the earth, besides which the only reason to build up an idol is to tear it down again.
You lived too long, we have supped full with heroes, they waste their deaths on us.
He would still see it as his duty to shut up and get on with it, not cause any trouble. In our own time we've made a hero of the rebel, and it's more heroic to speak up.
Every hero becomes a bore at last.