Heroic Quotations

"We can all learn from the islands of extraordinariness in our midst." - Howard Gardner

"We cannot all be great, but we can always attach ourselves to something great. " - Harry Emerson Fosdick

"Let knowledge grow from more to more, but more of reverence in us dwell. - Alfred Lord Tennyson

"Nature never intended man to be a low, groveling creature. From the moment of his birth, she implants in him an inextinguishable desire for the noble and the good." - Longinus

"I doubt that human beings can live without some expanded ideal of behavior, some palpable image of the spaciousness of man." - Robert Penn Warren

"The hero cannot be common, nor the common the heroic." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The true test of a great man - that at least, which must secure his place among the highest order of great men - is, his having been in advance of his age. " - Seneca

"In picking out from history our heroes each one of us may best fortify and inspire what creative energy may lie in the soul. This is the best justification of hero worship. " - William James

"The faculty of love, of admiration, is to be regarded as the sign and measure of high souls. Ridicule, on the other hand, is a small faculty. " - Thomas Carlyle

"... there resides in us the motivating and civilizing force of the human spirit. It gives us the ability to think courageous thoughts, do courageous deeds, and give courageous sustenance to our fellows. I predict that it will one day be the subject of scientific research and validating experience." - Sherwin Nuland

"The world is forwarded by having its attention fixed on the best things " - Matthew Arnold

"It may be a reflection of our times that we cannot see unvarnished heroism without noticing the baseness that often lies just below the surface. " - Zachary Karbell

"In generous ages, the bad is forgotten, the good is remembered. . . ungenerous ages leave us malicious libels..."- James Froude

"Who had made the nation great? Not its heroes but its households." -Sarah Hale

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Last Updated 05/13/2008