Heroes Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old heroes quotes, heroes sayings, and heroes proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

A hero. You want to be one of those rare human beings who make history, rather than merely watch it flow around them like water around a rock.     

Dan Simmons

I think a hero is any person really intent on making this a better place for all people.     

Maya Angelou

The hero sees values beyond what's possible. That's the nature of a hero. It kills him, of course, ultimately. But it makes the whole struggle of humanity worthwhile.     

John Gardner

We do not have to become heroes overnight. Just a step at a time, meeting each thing that comes up ... discovering we have the strength to stare it down.     

Eleanor Roosevelt

The fame of heroes owes little to the extent of their conquests and all to the success of the tributes paid to them.     

Jean Genet

Nothing is given to man on earth - struggle is built into the nature of life, and conflict is possible - the hero is the man who lets no obstacle prevent him from pursuing the values he has chosen.     

Andrew Bernstein

Real change in society must start from individual initiative.     

The Dalai Lama

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Heroes are made in the hour of defeat. Success is, therefore, well described as a series of glorious defeats.     

Mahatma Gandhi

The hero is commonly the simplest and obscurest of men.     

Henry David Thoreau

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example.     

Benjamin Disraeli

The ordinary man is involved in action, the hero acts. An immense difference.     

Henry Miller

A hero is a man who is afraid to run away.     

English Proverb

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.     

Johann Kaspar Lavater

Being a hero is about the shortest lived profession on earth.     

Will Rogers

Heroes are created by popular demand, sometimes out of the scantiest materials.     

Gerald W. Johnson

Heroes are not known by the loftiness of their carriage; the greatest braggarts are generally the merest cowards.     

Jean Jacques Rousseau

Heroism is not only in the man, but in the occasion.     

Calvin Coolidge

I think of a hero as someone who understands the degree of responsibility that comes with his freedom.     

Bob Dylan

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.     

Felix Adler

True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others, at whatever cost.     

Arthur Ashe

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.     

Henry Ward Beecher

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.     

Charles Horton Cooley

Show me a hero and I will write you a tragedy.     

F. Scott Fitzgerald

A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.     

Christopher Reeve

Not the glittering weapon fights the fight, but rather the hero's heart.     


The hero draws inspiration from the virtue of his ancestors.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

A hero is someone who rebels or seems to rebel against the facts of existence and seems to conquer them...     

Jim Morrison

A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.     

Joseph Campbell