Heroes

Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan Page

“Only a dead nation remembers its heroes when they die. Real nations respect them when they are alive.”

- Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan

Source/Notes: Zareef, Adil Saturday, (January 28, 2006) The Demise of a Dream. The Daily Times [1]
Roger Waters Page

“So you think you can tell heaven from hell - blue skies from pain? Can you tell a green field from a cold steel rail, a smile from a veil? Do you think you can tell? Did they get you to trade your heroes for ghosts - hot ashes for trees, hot air for a cool breeze, cold comfort for change? Did you exchange a walk-on part in a war for a lead role in a cage?”

- Roger Waters

Wally Schirra Page

“You don't raise heroes, you raise sons. And if you treat them like sons, they'll turn out to be heroes, even if it's just in your own eyes.”

- Wally Schirra

Hunter S. Thompson Page

“Myths and legends die hard in America. We love them for the extra dimension they provide, the illusion of near-infinite possibility to erase the narrow confines of most men's reality. Weird heroes and mould-breaking champions exist as living proof to those who need it that the tyranny of the rat race is not yet final.”

- Hunter S. Thompson

Joseph Campbell Page

“Furthermore, we have not even to risk the journey alone; for the heroes of all time have gone before us; the labyrinth is thoroughly known; we have only to follow the thread of the hero-path. And where we had thought to find an abomination, we shall find a god; where we had thought to slay another, we shall slay ourselves; where we had thought to travel outward, we shall come to the center of our own existence; where we had thought to be alone, we shall be with all the world.”

- Joseph Campbell

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Sidney Sheldon Page

“My heroes are those who risk their lives every day to protect our world and make it a better place - police, firefighters and members of our armed forces.”

- Sidney Sheldon

Nina Simone Page

“There's no excuse for the young people not knowing who the heroes and heroines are or were.”

- Nina Simone

Orson Scott Card Page

“Heroes and victims are the product of the mood they were in when opportunity came or when circumstances were at their worst.”

- Orson Scott Card

Source/Notes: Treason (1988)
Robert Green Ingersoll Page

“These heroes are dead. They died for liberty - they died for us. They are at rest. They sleep in the land they made free, under the flag they rendered stainless, under the solemn pines, the sad hemlocks, the tearful willows, and the embracing vines. They sleep beneath the shadows of the clouds, careless alike of sunshine or of storm, each in the windowless Place of Rest. Earth may run red with other wars - they are at peace. In the midst of battle, in the roar of conflict, they found the serenity of death. I have one sentiment for soldiers living and dead: cheers for the living; tears for the dead.”

- Robert Green Ingersoll

Clive Cussler Page

“When I first started writing, I was in advertising at the time, I was doing most of my writing on weekends. I had studied most of the other series heroes and I figured it would be fun for mine to be different and put him in and around water. So I dreamed up Dirk Pitt.”

- Clive Cussler

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William Ellery Channing Page

“The sages and heroes of history are receding from us, and history contracts the record of their deeds into a narrow and narrower page. But time has no power over the name and deeds and words of Jesus Christ.”

- William Ellery Channing

Source/Notes: Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895)
Helen Keller Page

“I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble. The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.”

- Helen Keller

Source/Notes: Optimism: An Essay (1903 edition), p. 21
Huey Newton Page

“Too many so-called leaders of the movement have been made into celebrities and their revolutionary fervor destroyed by mass media. They become Hollywood objects and lose identification with the real issues. The task is to transform society; only the people can do that — not heroes, not celebrities, not stars.”

- Huey Newton

Source/Notes: Revolutionary suicide (1973)
Robert Wyatt Page

“My heroes are people like Picasso and Miro and people who at last really reach something in their old age, which they absolutely couldn't ever have done in their youth.”

- Robert Wyatt

Jim Ramstad Page

“The heroes of Flight 93 won the first battle in the War on Terror, and they should never be forgotten.”

- Jim Ramstad

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Maya Angelou Page

“How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!”

- Maya Angelou

Bertolt Brecht Page

“Unhappy the land that is in need of heroes.”

- Bertolt Brecht

Source/Notes: Plays: The Caucasian chalk circle. The threepenny opera. The trial of Lucullus. The life of Galileo (1962 edition)