Unhappy is the land without heroes.  
--Bertolt Brecht 
We seem to worship celebrities today, not heroes. 
--Bill Moyers, speaking of the 1990s
Heroes have substance. 
--David McCullough ("Forgotten Heroes")
The hero is he whom every American should wish to be. 
   --Dixon Wecter ("The Hero in America: A Chronicle of Hero-Worship")
A society needs heroes to pull together tendencies to separation.
--Joseph Campbell ("The Hero's Adventure")
I think of a hero as someone who understands the responsibility that comes with his freedom. 
--Bob Dylan 
A  hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere in spite of overwhelming obstacles.
--Christopher Reeve
The hero does his work well and makes a unique contribution 
to the public good. 
--Sidney Hook ("The Hero in History")
Today seems always less heroic than yesterday.
--Dixon Wecter ("The Hero in America: A Chronicle of Hero-Worship")
The person of solid values who can be admired for something more substantial than his well-knownness often proves to be the unsung hero.
--Daniel Boorstin
One must think like a hero to behave like a merely decent human being. 
--May Sarton