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Heroism is endurance for one moment more. ~ George F. Kennan

 

Happy Superhero Day!

In 1995, Marvel Comics employees created National Superhero Day.  Superhero Day is a day for honoring fictional superheroes as well as the real superheroes in our lives.

FACT: You don’t have to wear a cape to be a hero or a heroine.

FACT: You don’t have to have laser beam sight or telekinetic powers. 

FACT: You don’t have to save the world from imminent alien destruction.

Every day, ordinary people show their extraordinary powers.  You have extraordinary powers.  We all do.

Having the will and fortitude to survive, thrive, and strive each day makes you a hero.

Standing up for what’s right, even when you stand alone, makes you a hero.

Accepting defeat with poise and grace, then rising to try again, makes you a hero.

Heroes and heroines abound.  They are in plain sight.  They live within each of us. 

Release your inner superhero today.  Let him or her shine for all the world to see.

 

61 Superhero Quotes

We can all be heroes: in our virtues, in our homes, in our lives. ~ James Ellis

We can all be heroes: in our virtues, in our homes, in our lives. ~ James Ellis

Everything that a truly brave man does is done from principle not impulse, and when no one sees him he is just as heroic as he would be if he was in the eyes of the multitude. ~ H. W. Shaw

Everything that a truly brave man does is done from principle not impulse, and when no one sees him he is just as heroic as he would be if he was in the eyes of the multitude. ~ H. W. Shaw

Every age has its heroes. ~ George William Curtis

Every age has its heroes. ~ George William Curtis

Worship your heroes from afar; contact withers them. ~ Susanne Curchod Necker

Worship your heroes from afar; contact withers them. ~ Susanne Curchod Necker

Of two heroes, he who esteems his rival the most is the greater. ~ Laurent Angliviel de la Beaumelle

Of two heroes, he who esteems his rival the most is the greater. ~ Laurent Angliviel de la Beaumelle

Heroes in every exalted walk of life are characterized by a restless, glowing, unappeasable activity. ~ Elisha L. Magoon

Heroes in every exalted walk of life are characterized by a restless, glowing, unappeasable activity. ~ Elisha L. Magoon

Heroes in history seem to us poetic because they are there; but if we should tell the simple truth of some of our neighbors, it would sound like poetry. ~ George William Curtis

Heroes in history seem to us poetic because they are there; but if we should tell the simple truth of some of our neighbors, it would sound like poetry. ~ George William Curtis

The prudent sees only the difficulties, the bold only the advantages, of a great enterprise; the hero sees both, diminishes those, makes these preponderate, and conquers. ~ Johann Caspar Lavater

The prudent sees only the difficulties, the bold only the advantages, of a great enterprise; the hero sees both, diminishes those, makes these preponderate, and conquers. ~ Johann Caspar Lavater

A man must be a hero to understand a hero. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

A man must be a hero to understand a hero. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

A hero is—as though one should say—a man of high achievement, who performs famous exploits; who does things that are heroical, and in all his actions and demeanor is a hero indeed. ~ Henry Brooke

A hero is—as though one should say—a man of high achievement, who performs famous exploits; who does things that are heroical, and in all his actions and demeanor is a hero indeed. ~ Henry Brooke

The heroic cannot be the common, nor the common the heroic. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

The heroic cannot be the common, nor the common the heroic. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Heroism is that divine relation which in all times unites a great man to other men. ~ Thomas Carlyle

Heroism is that divine relation which in all times unites a great man to other men. ~ Thomas Carlyle

Heroism is active genius; genius, contemplative heroism. Heroism is the self-devotion of genius manifesting itself in action. ~ Julius Charles Hare

Heroism is active genius; genius, contemplative heroism. Heroism is the self-devotion of genius manifesting itself in action. ~ Julius Charles Hare

The greatest obstacle to being heroic is the doubt whether one may not be going to prove one’s self a fool; the truest heroism is to resist the doubt; and the profoundest wisdom to know when it ought to be resisted, and when to be obeyed. ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne

The greatest obstacle to being heroic is the doubt whether one may not be going to prove one’s self a fool; the truest heroism is to resist the doubt; and the profoundest wisdom to know when it ought to be resisted, and when to be obeyed. ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne

There is an army of memorable sufferers, who suffer inwardly and not outwardly. ~ Henry Ward Beecher

There is an army of memorable sufferers, who suffer inwardly and not outwardly. ~ Henry Ward Beecher

The heroic soul does not sell its justice and its nobleness; it does not ask to dine nicely and to sleep warm; the essence of greatness is the perception that virtue is enough; poverty is its ornament; it does not need plenty, and can very well abide its loss. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

The heroic soul does not sell its justice and its nobleness; it does not ask to dine nicely and to sleep warm; the essence of greatness is the perception that virtue is enough; poverty is its ornament; it does not need plenty, and can very well abide its loss. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Heroes aren’t heroes because they worship the light, but because they know the darkness all too well to stand down and live with it. ~ Ninya Tippett

Heroes aren’t heroes because they worship the light, but because they know the darkness all too well to stand down and live with it. ~ Ninya Tippett

Self-trust is the essence of heroism. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Self-trust is the essence of heroism. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Heroism is no extempore work of transient impulse—a rocket rushing fretfully up to disturb the darkness, by which, after a moment’s insulting radiance, it is ruthlessly swallowed up—but a steady fire, which darts forth tongues of flames. It is no sparkling epigram of action, but a luminous epic of character. ~ Edwin Percy Whipple

Heroism is no extempore work of transient impulse—a rocket rushing fretfully up to disturb the darkness, by which, after a moment’s insulting radiance, it is ruthlessly swallowed up—but a steady fire, which darts forth tongues of flames. It is no sparkling epigram of action, but a luminous epic of character. ~ Edwin Percy Whipple

A smooth sea, never made a skillful mariner, neither do uninterrupted prosperity and success qualify for usefulness and happiness. The storms of adversity, like those of the ocean, rouse the faculties, and excite the invention, prudence, skill, and fortitude of the voyager. ~ Frederick Marryat

A smooth sea, never made a skillful mariner, neither do uninterrupted prosperity and success qualify for usefulness and happiness. The storms of adversity, like those of the ocean, rouse the faculties, and excite the invention, prudence, skill, and fortitude of the voyager. ~ Frederick Marryat

The martyrs of ancient times, in bracing their minds to outward calamities, acquired a loftiness of purpose, and a moral heroism worth a lifetime of softness and security. ~ Frederick Marryat

The martyrs of ancient times, in bracing their minds to outward calamities, acquired a loftiness of purpose, and a moral heroism worth a lifetime of softness and security. ~ Frederick Marryat

Bravery to contend for a good cause is noble; silently to suffer for it, heroical. ~ Demetrius Chrysoloras

Bravery to contend for a good cause is noble; silently to suffer for it, heroical. ~ Demetrius Chrysoloras

There is no courage but in innocence; no constancy but in an honest cause. ~ Thomas Southern

There is no courage but in innocence; no constancy but in an honest cause. ~ Thomas Southern

The true courage of the hero is to forget the rank he has attained by his courage. ~ Stanisław Leszczyński

The true courage of the hero is to forget the rank he has attained by his courage. ~ Stanisław Leszczyński

The characteristic of heroism is its persistency. All men have wandering impulses, fits, and starts of generosity. But when you have chosen your part, abide by it, and do not weakly try to reconcile yourself with the world. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

The characteristic of heroism is its persistency. All men have wandering impulses, fits, and starts of generosity. But when you have chosen your part, abide by it, and do not weakly try to reconcile yourself with the world. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

To be heroic does not have to mean possessing the ability to stand against the evils of the world, either well or successfully, but just that one is willing to stand. ~ Mike Alsford

To be heroic does not have to mean possessing the ability to stand against the evils of the world, either well or successfully, but just that one is willing to stand. ~ Mike Alsford

The praise of good men serves as an encouragement to virtue and heroism. ~ Noah Webster

The praise of good men serves as an encouragement to virtue and heroism. ~ Noah Webster

The sages and heroes of Greece and Rome, not only directed the operations of farming, but thought it no disparagement to till the soil with their own hands. ~ Ebenezer Mack

The sages and heroes of Greece and Rome, not only directed the operations of farming, but thought it no disparagement to till the soil with their own hands. ~ Ebenezer Mack

Hunger has a most amazing faculty of sharpening the genius; and he who with a full belly can think like a hero, after a course of fasting shall rise to the sublimity of a demi-god. ~ Oliver Goldsmith

Hunger has a most amazing faculty of sharpening the genius; and he who with a full belly can think like a hero, after a course of fasting shall rise to the sublimity of a demi-god. ~ Oliver Goldsmith

I never knew a young man remarkable for heroic bravery, whose very aspect was not lighted up by gentleness and humanity. ~ Thomas Erskine

I never knew a young man remarkable for heroic bravery, whose very aspect was not lighted up by gentleness and humanity. ~ Thomas Erskine

The true lady has a great influence in society, and this influence is not due exclusively to the fascination of her charms, but chiefly to the strength, uniformity, and consistency of her virtues, maintained under so many sacrifices, and with so much fortitude and heroism. ~ Emma Martin

The true lady has a great influence in society, and this influence is not due exclusively to the fascination of her charms, but chiefly to the strength, uniformity, and consistency of her virtues, maintained under so many sacrifices, and with so much fortitude and heroism. ~ Emma Martin

It is the spirit of indomitable perseverance that crowns all worthy heroes. ~ Isaac Barrow

It is the spirit of indomitable perseverance that crowns all worthy heroes. ~ Isaac Barrow

A heroic resolution never permits life to pass away in trifles. ~ Author Unknown (from Acton; Or, the Circle of Life)

A heroic resolution never permits life to pass away in trifles. ~ Author Unknown (from Acton; Or, the Circle of Life)

No revenge is more heroic than that which torments envy by doing good. ~ Aeneas Sage

No revenge is more heroic than that which torments envy by doing good. ~ Aeneas Sage

The greatest hero is not he who subdues nations, but he who conquers himself. ~ John Jeffrey

The greatest hero is not he who subdues nations, but he who conquers himself. ~ John Jeffrey

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, at whatever cost. ~ Arthur Ashe

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, at whatever cost. ~ Arthur Ashe

I should say sincerity, a deep, great, genuine sincerity, is the first characteristic of all men in any way heroic. ~ Thomas Carlyle

I should say sincerity, a deep, great, genuine sincerity, is the first characteristic of all men in any way heroic. ~ Thomas Carlyle

The hero lifteth his sword against the enemy that resisteth; but no sooner does he submit than he is satisfied. ~ Robert Dodsley

The hero lifteth his sword against the enemy that resisteth; but no sooner does he submit than he is satisfied. ~ Robert Dodsley

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

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

Adhere to your own act, and congratulate yourself if you have done something strange and extravagant, and broken the monotony of a decorous age. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Adhere to your own act, and congratulate yourself if you have done something strange and extravagant, and broken the monotony of a decorous age. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful. ~ Malala Yousafai

When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful. ~ Malala Yousafai

It does not take a great supernatural heroine or magical hero to save the world. We all save it every day, and we all destroy it – in our own small ways – by every choice we make and every tiniest action resulting from that choice. ~ Vera Nazarian

It does not take a great supernatural heroine or magical hero to save the world. We all save it every day, and we all destroy it – in our own small ways – by every choice we make and every tiniest action resulting from that choice. ~ Vera Nazarian

Figure out what you need to do to be the heroine of your own story. ~ Ava DuVernay

Figure out what you need to do to be the heroine of your own story. ~ Ava DuVernay

The Coward will run away from danger, only to strike in the dark. The Heroine will run through the dark, even though she knows the coward is waiting to strike. ~ David A. Cleinman

The Coward will run away from danger, only to strike in the dark. The Heroine will run through the dark, even though she knows the coward is waiting to strike. ~ David A. Cleinman

When the hero is ready, the mentor appears. ~ Will Craig

When the hero is ready, the mentor appears. ~ Will Craig

Women who believe in each other create armies that will win kingdoms and wars. ~ Nikita Gill

Women who believe in each other create armies that will win kingdoms and wars. ~ Nikita Gill

Great heroes need great sorrows and burdens, or half their greatness goes unnoticed. It is all part of the fairy tale. ~ Peter S. Beagle

Great heroes need great sorrows and burdens, or half their greatness goes unnoticed. It is all part of the fairy tale. ~ Peter S. Beagle

Nothing is given to man on earth – struggle is built into the nature of life, and conflict is possible – the hero is the man who lets no obstacle prevent him from pursuing the values he has chosen. ~ Andrew Bernstein

Nothing is given to man on earth – struggle is built into the nature of life, and conflict is possible – the hero is the man who lets no obstacle prevent him from pursuing the values he has chosen. ~ Andrew Bernstein

“Heroes aren’t always the ones who win,” she said. “They’re the ones who lose, sometimes. But they keep fighting, they keep coming back. They don’t give up. That’s what makes them heroes.” ~ Cassandra Clare

“Heroes aren’t always the ones who win,” she said. “They’re the ones who lose, sometimes. But they keep fighting, they keep coming back. They don’t give up. That’s what makes them heroes.” ~ Cassandra Clare

All the heroes of tomorrow are the heretics of today. ~ Edgar Yipsel Harburg

All the heroes of tomorrow are the heretics of today. ~ Edgar Yipsel Harburg

Who are these so called heroes and where do they come from? Are their origins in obscurity or in plain sight? ~ Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Who are these so called heroes and where do they come from? Are their origins in obscurity or in plain sight? ~ Fyodor Dostoyevsky

We do not have to become heroes overnight. Just a step at a time, meeting each thing that comes up, seeing it as not as dreadful as it appears, discovering that we have the strength to stare it down. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

We do not have to become heroes overnight. Just a step at a time, meeting each thing that comes up, seeing it as not as dreadful as it appears, discovering that we have the strength to stare it down. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

We are all ordinary. We are all boring. We are all spectacular. We are all shy. We are all bold. We are all heroes. We are all helpless. It just depends on the day. ~ Brad Meltzer

We are all ordinary. We are all boring. We are all spectacular. We are all shy. We are all bold. We are all heroes. We are all helpless. It just depends on the day. ~ Brad Meltzer

Our mother used to say that a hero doesn’t always have to slay a dragon to save the day…Sometimes he just walks through the fire alongside you, and that’s enough. ~ Kristy Cambron

Our mother used to say that a hero doesn’t always have to slay a dragon to save the day…Sometimes he just walks through the fire alongside you, and that’s enough. ~ Kristy Cambron

It takes strength to remember, it takes another kind of strength to forget, it takes a hero to do both. ~ James Baldwin

It takes strength to remember, it takes another kind of strength to forget, it takes a hero to do both. ~ James Baldwin

Men have to have heroes, but no man can ever be as big as the need, and so a legend grows around a grain of truth, like a pearl. ~ Peter S. Beagle

Men have to have heroes, but no man can ever be as big as the need, and so a legend grows around a grain of truth, like a pearl. ~ Peter S. Beagle

A hero is someone who does what must be done, and needs no other reason. ~ Christopher Golden & ‎Nancy Holder

A hero is someone who does what must be done, and needs no other reason. ~ Christopher Golden & ‎Nancy Holder

People are not born heroes or villains; they’re created by the people around them. ~ Chris Colfer

People are not born heroes or villains; they’re created by the people around them. ~ Chris Colfer

Heroism is endurance for one moment more. ~ George F. Kennan

Heroism is endurance for one moment more. ~ George F. Kennan

However great the advantages which nature bestows on us, it is not she alone, but fortune in conjunction with her, which makes heroes. ~ François de La Rochefoucauld

However great the advantages which nature bestows on us, it is not she alone, but fortune in conjunction with her, which makes heroes. ~ François de La Rochefoucauld

Do not let the hero in your soul perish, in lonely frustration for the life you deserved, but have never been able to reach. Check your road and the nature of your battle. The world you desired can be won, it exists, it is real, it’s yours. ~ Ayn Rand

Do not let the hero in your soul perish, in lonely frustration for the life you deserved, but have never been able to reach. Check your road and the nature of your battle. The world you desired can be won, it exists, it is real, it’s yours. ~ Ayn Rand

 

 

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