I'm not the heroic type. I was beaten up by Quakers.
What is a minority? The chosen heroes of this earth have been in a minority. There is not a social, political, or religious privilege that you enjoy today that was not bought for you by the blood and tears and patient suffering of the minority. It is the minority that have stood in the vanguard of every moral conflict, and achieved all that is noble in the history of the world.
As you get older, it is harder to have heroes, but it is sort of necessary.
Nurture your mind with great thoughts; to believe in the heroic makes heroes.
Everyone is necessarily the hero of his own life story.
Our heroes are people and people are flawed. Don't let that taint the thing you love.
Heroing is one of the shortest-lived professions there is.
It has become a common feeling, I believe, as we have watched our heroes falling over the years, that our own small stone of activism, which might not seem to measure up to the rugged boulders of heroism we have so admired, is a paltry offering toward the building of an edifice of hope. Many who believe this choose to withhold their offerings out of shame. This is the tragedy of the world. For we can do nothing substantial toward changing our course on the planet, a destructive one, without rousing ourselves, individual by individual, and bringing our small, imperfect stones to the pile.