- Show me a hero and I will write you a tragedy.
The Crack-Up (1945) ‘Note-Books E’ 1896–1940 Americannovelist: Edmund Wilson (ed.)
- The important thing when you are going to do something brave is to have someone on hand to witness it.
Observer 18 May 1980 1922– Englishhistorian: in
- I’m a hero wid coward’s legs, I’m a hero from the waist up.
Puckoon (1963) 1918–2002 Irishcomedian:
- Genghis Khan was not exactly lovable but I suppose he is my favourite historical character because he was damned efficient.
A Dictionary of Contemporary Quotations (1982) 1937–2005 Australian media tycoon: in 1979, attributed; Jonathon Green
- We can’t all be heroes because someone has to sit on the curb and clap as they go by.
Quotations for Our Time (1977) 1879–1935 Americanactor and humorist: attributed, Laurence J. Peter
- But be not afraid of greatness: some men are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.
Twelfth Night (1601) 1564–1616 Englishdramatist: