heroism

A Quote by Rabindranath Tagore on beauty, discovery, dreams, facts, force, good, greatness, heroism, life, love, nature, personality, personality, soul, and time

We cannot look upon our lives as dreams of a dreamer who has no awakening in all time. We have a personality to which matter and force are unmeaning unless related to something infinitely personal, whose nature we have discovered, in some measure, in human love, in the greatness of the good, in the martyrdom of heroic souls, in the ineffable beauty of nature, which can never be a mere physical fact nor anything but an expression of personality.

Rabindranath Tagore (1861 - 1941)

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A Quote by P. K. Thomajan on animals, giving, heroism, impossibility, life, losing, people, praise, punishment, and revenge

PEOPLE They range from animals to gods. They pray for you and they prey on you. They are bears for punishment and brutes for revenge. They want to be Everyone, Everywhere, Everything. Their restlessness fills them with wanderings and spurs them into wanderings. They are creatures of moods and modes. They try to look different, but deep down underneath they are all alike. They are hero-worshippers and idol-destroyers. They are quick to take sides and quick to swing from side to side. They like individuals who can appraise and praise them. People must be taken as they are and still they want to be taken as they aren't. They have their ways and want to get away with them. They cry for the moon and wail for a place in the sun. They are happiest in the hurly-burly, giving and taking, making and losing, to the tune of a hurdygurdy. They try everything once and seldom stop to think twice. But they are blessed with nine lives and often strike twelve at eleventh hours. With people all things are possible; without them, all things are impossible. They must forever be felt and dealt with. To lose contact with them is to lose contact with life.

P. K. Thomajan

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A Quote by Ortega y Gassett on ancestry, heroism, and society

The hero's will is not that of his ancestors nor of his society, but his own. This will to be oneself is heroism.

Ortega y Gassett

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A Quote by General H. Norman Schwarzkopf on heroism, men, and order

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.

Norman Schwarzkopf (1934 -)

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A Quote by Nikos Kazantzakis on despair, goodness, heroism, knowledge, sacred, victory, and virtue

The highest point a man can obtain is not Knowledge, or Virtue, or Goodness, or Victory, but something even greater, more heroic and more despairing: Sacred Awe!

Nikos Kazantzakis (1883 - 1957)

Source: Zorba the Greek, 1946, ch. 24

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A Quote by Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux on heroism and life

If your descent is from heroic sires, Show in your life a remnant of their fires.

Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux (1636 - 1711)

Source: Satire

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A Quote by Nathaniel Hawthorne on doubt, heroism, obstacles, self, and wisdom

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 to be obeyed.

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804 - 1864)

Source: The Blithedale Romance

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A Quote by Maxwell Anderson on heroism, play, seriousness, spirituality, and tragedy

From the point of view of the playwright, then, the essence of a tragedy, or even of a serious play, is the spiritual awakening, or regeneration, of his hero.

Maxwell Anderson (1888 - 1959)

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A Quote by Mary McCarthy on day, heroism, and words

We all live in suspense, from day to day, from hour to hour; in other words, we are the hero of our own story.

Mary McCarthy (1912 - 1989)

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A Quote by Marsilio Ficino on beauty, common sense, facts, heroism, poetry, and soul

Poetry being an attempt to express, not the common sense, - as the avoirdupois of the hero, or his structure in feet and inches, - but the beauty and soul in his aspect . . . runs into fable, personifies every fact. . . .

Marsilio Ficino (1433 - 1499)

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