Updated: 6 October 2006

You are what you do when it counts
  - The Masao


Show me a hero and I'll write you a tragedy.
  - F. Scott Fitzgerald


He knows a hero when he sees one. Too few characters out there, flying around like that, saving old girls like me. And Lord knows, kids like Henry need a hero. Courageous, self-sacrificing people. Setting examples for all of us. Everybody loves a hero. People line up for them, cheer them, scream their names. And years later, they'll tell how they stood in the rain for hours just to get a glimpse of the one who taught them how to hold on a second longer. I believe there's a hero in all of us, that keeps us honest, gives us strength, makes us noble, and finally allows us to die with pride, even though sometimes we have to be steady, and give up the thing we want the most. Even our dreams.
  - Aunt May Parker, Spiderman 2


True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others whatever the cost.
  - Arthur Ashe


There are new words now that excuse everybody. Give me the good old days of heroes and villains. The people you can bravo or hiss. There was a truth to them that all the slick credulity of today cannot touch.
  - Bette Davis
 “The Lonely Life”


Nurture your mind with great thoughts; to believe in the heroic makes heroes.
  - Benjamin Disraeli


I think of a hero as someone who understands the degree of responsibility that comes with his freedom.
  - Bob Dylan


Well hey, I didn't spend all those years playing Dungeons & Dragons and not learn a little something about courage.
  - The X-Files
 “Jose Chung's From Outer Space”


“We've grown used to the idea of space, and perhaps we forget that we've only just begun... I know it's hard to understand, but sometimes painful things like this happen. It's all part of taking a chance and expanding man's horizons. The future doesn't belong to the faint-hearted. It belongs to the brave.”

  - US President Ronald Reagan
 28 January 1986, Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster
Space Shuttle Columbia
1 February 2003


There will no longer be so many pleasant things to look at if responsible people do not do something about the unpleasant ones.

    - Margaret L'Engle,
“A Wrinkle in Time”


Fear is the mind killer.
Fear is the little death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past me I will turn to see fear's path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.

    - Frank Hebert, “Dune”
 Bene Gesserit Meditation


A fool never cares when he's risking his life
   For excitement or thrills or for fame
And if he survives, other fools call him brave
   To the wise he's a fool all the same.

The wise one knows fear when there's danger to face
   So he's serious, thoughtful and grave
He'll do what he must in the best way he can
   And this is the one who is brave.

    - The Hobbit, The Play


We have not even to risk the adventure alone, for the heroes of all time have gone before us. The labyrinth is thoroughly known. We have only to follow the thread of the hero path, and where we had thought to slay another, we shall slay ourselves. Where we had thought to travel outward, we will come to the centre of our own existence. And where we had thought to be alone, we will be with all the world.
    - Joseph Campbell,
 "The Power of Myth"


Keep your fears to yourself,
but share your courage with others.