heroism

A Quote by Thomas Carlyle on heroism, life, and poetry

He who would write heroic poems should make his whole life a heroic poem.

Thomas Carlyle (1795 - 1881)

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A Quote by Søren Aabye Kierkegaard on fatherhood, genius, heroism, justice, poets, saints, women, and world

It is through woman that ideality is born into the world and - what were man without her! There is many a man who has become a genius through a woman, many a one a hero, many a one a poet, many a one even a saint; but he did not become a genius through the woman he married, for through her he only became a privy councillor; he did not become a hero through the woman he married, for through her he only became a general; he did not become a poet through the woman he married, for through her he only became a father; he did not become a saint through the woman he married, for he did not marry, and would have married but one - the one whom he did not marry; just as the others became a genius, became a hero, became a poet through the help of the woman they did not marry.

Soren Kierkegaard (1813 - 1855)

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A Quote by Solomon Short on heroism, nature, and survival

Nature abhors a hero....how can it be the survival of the fittest when the fittest keeps putting himself in situations where he is most likely to get creamed?

Solomon Short

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A Quote by Socrates on deed, fame, and heroism

Fame is the perfume of heroic deeds.

Socrates (469 - 399 BC)

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A Quote by Sir William Davenant on heroism, liberty, pleasure, and poets

How much pleasure they lose (and even the pleasures of heroic poesy are not unprofitable) who take away the liberty of a poet, and fetter his feet in the shackles of a historian.

Sir William Davenant (1606 - 1668)

Source: Letter from S. T. Coleridge to Thomas Hobbes, Biographia Literaria, 1817.

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A Quote by Sarah Knowles Bolton on envy, failure, faith, fate, fear, fighting, fortune, god, heart, heroism, hope, justice, life, love, planning, trust, words, work, world, and zest

The Inevitable I like the man who faces what he must, With step triumphant and a heart of cheer; Who fights the daily battle without fear; Sees his hopes fail, yet keeps unfaltering trust That God is God,-that somehow true and just His plans work out for mortals; not a tear Is shed when fortune, which the world holds dear, Falls from his grasp - better, with love, a crust Than living in dishonor; envies not, Nor loses faith in man; but does his best, Nor ever murmurs at his humbler lot But with a smile and words of hope, gives zest To every toiler; he alone is great Who by a life heroic conquers fate.

Sarah Knowles Bolton (1841 - 1916)

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A Quote by Samuel Parkes Cadman on anxiety, defeat, desires, dreams, heroism, idleness, life, luxury, persuasion, promises, rest, safety, security, spirituality, success, and vision

By whatever basis human desires are classified, the promise of an abundant life covers virtually all. To the spiritual it suggests escape from futility; to the sensuous it calls up visions of luxury; to the defeated it is a dream of success. To the idle it pledges ease; to the weary, rest; to the frightened it means safety; to the anxious, security; and to the improvident it conjures inexhaustible resources. Persuade a man that you can give him the thing he most desires and you will be his hero; offer him justification for his failures and he will be your disciple; assure him a boundless supply of "loaves and fishes" and he will seek to make you king.

Samuel Parkes Cadman (1864 - 1936)

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A Quote by Romain Rolland on heroism

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A hero is one who does what he can. The others don't.

Romain Rolland (1866 - 1944)

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A Quote by Roland Huntford on age, corruption, desires, direction, heroism, life, sacrifice, self-sacrifice, victory, and worth

. . . He had by now divested himself of schoolboy attitudes. He was unburdened by the desire to be a martyr or a hero. Any thoughts in that direction, Belgica effectively had quashed. Heroism in the corrupt sense of the age almost by definition, meant wanton self-sacrifice and bungling. For neither had he any taste. He wanted rational attainment; victory, but not at any price. No point upon the globe was worth the cost of a single life.

Roland Huntford

Source: SCOTT and AMUNDSEN The Race to The South Pole referring to polar explorer Roald Amundsen.

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A Quote by Richard Watson Gilder on earth, eternity, heart, heroism, and hope

A man not perfect, but of heart so high, of such heroic rage, That even his hopes became a part of earth's eternal heritage.

Richard Watson Gilder

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