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date: 23 August 2017


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

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