Quotes of the Day for 25 September 2002 – Heroes
The birthday list today includes three actors that suggested today's theme. Michael Douglas, son of another heroic figure, was born at New Brunswick, New Jersey on this day in 1944. Mark Hamill, Jedi knight Luke Skywalker, was born at Oakland, California in 1952. And then there is the quintessential hero, the Man of Steel, fighting for Truth, Justice, and the American Way: Superman. Christopher Reeves was born at New York City, also in 1952, and as he fights back after his paralyzing accident, he is a hero in real life as well as on screen. As these quotes tell, you can be hero as well.
The beauty of the soul shines out when a man bears with composure one heavy mischance after another, not because he does not feel them, but because he is a man of high and heroic temper.
You don't have to be a fantastic hero to do certain things; to compete. You can be just an ordinary person, sufficiently motivated to reach challenging goals. The intense effort, the giving of everything you've got, is a very pleasant bonus.
- Edmund Hillary
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
Claret is the liquor for boys; port for men; but he who aspires to be a hero must drink brandy.
- Samuel Johnson
The whole earth is the tomb of heroic men and their story is not graven only on stone over their clay but abides everywhere without visible symbol, woven into the stuff of other men's lives.
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