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HEROES

 

We find not much in ourselves to admire, we are always privately wanting to be like somebody else. If everybody was satisfied with himself there would be no heroes.
- Mark Twain's Autobiography

We admire them, we envy them, for great qualities which we ourselves lack. Hero worship consists in just that.
- Mark Twain's Autobiography

One can be a hero to other folk, and in a sort of vague way understand it, or at least believe it, but that a person can really be a hero to a near and familiar friend is a thing which no hero has ever yet been able to realize, I am sure.
-Mark Twain's Autobiography

To be human is to have one's little modicum of romance secreted away in one's composition. One never ceases to make a hero of one's self in private.
- The Gilded Age

Heroine: girl in a book who is saved from drowning by a hero and marries him next week, but if it was to be over again ten years later it is likely she would rather have a life-belt and he would rather have her have it.
Hero: person in a book who does things which he can't and girl marries him for it.
- More Maxims of Mark, Johnson, 1927

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