Best Quotes About Heroes

True courage is not the brutal force of vulgar heroes, but the firm resolve of virtue and reason. -Alfred North Whitehead

How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes! -Maya Angelou

The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of tiny pushes of each honest worker. -Helen Keller

Nurture your minds with great thoughts. To believe in the heroic makes heroes. -Benjamin Disraeli

We can't all be heroes, because somebody has to sit on the curb and applaud when they go by. -Will Rogers

Without heroes, we are all plain people and don't know how far we can go. -Bernard Malamud

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

To have no heroes is to have no aspiration, to live on the momentum of the past, to be thrown back upon routine, sensuality, and the narrow self. -Charles Horton Cooley

The world's made up of individuals who don't want to be heroes. -Brian Moore

My heroes are the ones who survived doing it wrong, who made mistakes, but recovered from them. -Bono

Unhappy the land that is in need of heroes. -Bertolt Brecht

Fighting is like champagne. It goes to the heads of cowards as quickly as of heroes. Any fool can be brave on a battlefield when it's be brave or else be killed. -Margaret Mitchell

How many famous and high-spirited heroes have lived a day too long? -Jean-Jacques Rousseau

As much as I converse with sages and heroes, they have very little of my love and admiration. I long for rural and domestic scene, for the warbling of birds and the prattling of my children. -John Adams

The fame of heroes owes little to the extent of their conquests and all to the success of the tributes paid to them. -Jean Genet

Books are those faithful mirrors that reflect to our mind the minds of sages and heroes. -Edward Gibbon

What with making their way and enjoying what they have won, heroes have no time to think. But the sons of heroes – ah, they have all the necessary leisure. -Aldous Huxley

As you get older it is harder to have heroes, but it is sort of necessary. -Ernest Hemingway

My heroes are and were my parents. I can't see having anyone else as my heroes. -Michael Jordan

We relish news of our heroes, forgetting that we are extraordinary to somebody too. -Helen Hayes

I've spent several years in Hollywood, and I still think the movie heroes are in the audience. -Wilson Mizner

In war the heroes always outnumber the soldiers ten to one. -H. L. Mencken

What is our task? To make Britain a fit country for heroes to live in. -David Lloyd George

There are heroes in evil as well as in good. -Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Things were easier for the old novelists who saw people all of a piece. Speaking generally, their heroes were good through and through, their villains wholly bad. -W. Somerset Maugham

Resistance is feasible even for those who are not heroes by nature, and it is an obligation, I believe, for those who fear the consequences and detest the reality of the attempt to impose American hegemony. -Noam Chomsky

Hard times don't create heroes. It is during the hard times when the 'hero' within us is revealed. -Bob Riley

We will never forget the passengers of Flight 93, who courageously confronted the terrorists, defeating another planned attack on America. They are the heroes for our times. -Bob Taft

Oklahomans value our children and our seniors. Oklahomans value traditions of faith. Oklahomans value our heroes, our veterans. Oklahomans value innovation and the creative arts. -Brad Henry

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is one of my personal heroes. -Ken Salazar

Our heroes are fighting to bring stability to the Middle East, and they have put pressure on all of the tyrannies of the Middle East. They have taken a stand against tyranny, against terrorists, and for the prospect of decent societies throughout that region. -Orrin Hatch

We've always been ready for female superheroes. Because women want to be them and men want to do them. -Famke Janssen

What we're doing with Band of Brothers is trying to put it into human terms, so it is not just a flickering, black and white myth on a screen, it is a resonant story. I want the audience to recognize themselves in these men. They're not just mythic heroes. -Tom Hanks

Our men and women in our armed forces are the real heroes in this conflict. -Wayne Allard

What I want to bring back to superheroes with this project is a sense of play. Things have gotten so dreary. The heroes have gotten so ugly that even their muscles have muscles. -Frank Miller

Villains are very, very boring to do. They're so much easier than heroes. -Jeremy Brett

My heroes are the camera crew and the electricians. They work such long hours. -Adam Baldwin

We were like heroes, to stand there and observe the police, and the police were scared to move upon us. -Bobby Seale

Today, free agency takes away a lot of your heroes, they go somewhere else. Some of them don't but a lot of them do-take the higher offer to go somewhere else. And, it turns the fans off because they get attached to the players. -Bob Lilly

I'm too shy, really to be able to hang out with my heroes for too long. -Michelle Shocked

The law has no power over heroes. -Charlotte Lennox

Over all our happy country – over all our Nation spread, Is a band of noble heroes – is our Army of the Dead. -Will Carleton

Great occasions do not make heroes or cowards; they simply unveil them to the eyes of men. Silently and imperceptibly, as we wake or sleep, we grow strong or weak; and at last some crisis shows what we have become. -Brooke Foss Westcott

My heroes were Dylan, John Lennon and Picasso, because they each moved their particular medium forward, and when they got to the point where they were comfortable, they always moved on. -John Hughes

My heroes, my dreams, and my future lay in Yankee Stadium. And they can't take that away from me. -Derek Jeter

The real heroes were my good buddies who died during the battles. -Ira Hayes

There's no excuse for the young people not knowing who the heroes and heroines are or were. -Nina Simone

The only lesson to extract from any civil war is that it's pointless and futile and ugly, and that there is nothing glamorous or heroic about it. There are heroes, but the causes are never heroic. -Anthony Minghella

I identify with the Clint Eastwoods and Harrison Fords. Those are my heroes. -Barry Pepper

So I think rather than being attracted so much now to working with my heroes, I'm sort of more attracted to working with completely unlikely strangers because it's more exciting really. -Neil Finn

When I first started writing, I was in advertising at the time, I was doing most of my writing on weekends. I had studied most of the other series heroes and I figured it would be fun for mine to be different and put him in and around water. So I dreamed up Dirk Pitt. -Clive Cussler

I liked the Beatles because there was so much melody. Jimi Hendrix is still one of my heroes. -Robert Cray

Young people and Indian people need to know that we existed in the 20th Century. We need to know who our heroes are and to know what we have done and accomplished in this century other than what Olympic athletes Jim Thorpe and Billy Mills have done. -Russell Means

I find it strange the way human nature wants heroes and yet wants to destroy their heroes. It's a kind of mass insecurity people want something to look up to and get a buzz off but, at the same time, want to destroy it because it makes them feel insecure. -Danielle Dax

It shouldn't take an emergency for this Administration to deal with the health care needs of our nation's heroes. Funding the VA and our bringing our troops home safely should never be treated as an afterthought. -John Salazar

Our flag honors those who have fought to protect it, and is a reminder of the sacrifice of our nation's founders and heroes. As the ultimate icon of America's storied history, the Stars and Stripes represents the very best of this nation. -Joe Barton

I think superheroes today are like whistle blowers. -Robert Englund

By that I mean, I think that it is true that politics and political heroes have to satisfy our need to be greater than mortal in some way, and that's led them into creating illusions, sound bites, focus groups that tell you what to do. -Sydney Pollack

If you have a crisis, whether on a ship or wherever, there are heroes who rise above it. -Jerry Bruckheimer

Some of my other heroes around that time were, oddly enough, Frank Sinatra, Nat Cole and people like that – I was always more inclined to listen to ballads. -William Bell

But the West did not last long enough. Its folk myths and heroes became stage properties of Hollywood before the poets had begun to get to work on them. -Christopher Dawson

I think I'm a fan of people who were brave, my aunt, my grandmother, those are my heroes. -George Eads

When we contemplate the heroes of Christianity, and compare our feeble efforts with their astonishing performance and self devotion, we should fall into despair, were there not a few softening features, by which they are brought back to the ranks of humanity. -John Strachan

I also try very hard to create characters – both heroes and villains – with psychological depth. -Jeffery Deaver

These fallen heroes represent the character of a nation who has a long history of patriotism and honor – and a nation who has fought many battles to keep our country free from threats of terror. -Michael N. Castle

Lance Armstrong is the guy that I would put up there as one of my heroes. He's done something that no one else has done and when you put into it what he overcame, it's absolutely unbelievable. -Craig T. Nelson

I don't have any influences, any heroes, it's just me. -GG Allin

For as long as this nation has known war, we have embraced the heroes it has produced. -Jim Walsh

The selfless actions of these heroes have removed them from their families, businesses and homeland to fight, so that others may experience the liberty awaiting our troops upon safe return to America. -Jim Walsh

Being around all the great names of the game at a young age because they were my heroes; the fact this meant so much to Canada. It was just an incredible thing to be a part of. -Marcel Dionne

It's the unusual leading man. Most of the Hollywood leading men are powerful and capable and strong, heroes. He has this vulnerability, he's fragile, he struggles to find a way to live from day to day that we can identify with, that we can understand. -Mark Rydell

Women can't be afraid to look like action heroes. It's not always pretty, but when it's on the screen, it translates well to the audience. -Victoria Pratt

My heroes are people like Picasso and Miro and people who at last really reach something in their old age, which they absolutely couldn't ever have done in their youth. -Robert Wyatt

The key element in tragedy is that heroes and heroines are destroyed by that which appears to be their greatest strength. -Robert Shea

Racial history is therefore natural history and the mysticism of the soul at one and the same time; but the history of the religion of the blood, conversely, is the great world story of the rise and downfall of peoples, their heroes and thinkers, their inventors and artists. -Alfred Rosenberg

I teethed on books of heroes such as Winston Churchill, Abraham Lincoln and King David. -Luke Ford

A zeal for the defence of their country led these heroes to the scene of action, though with a few men to attack a powerful army of experienced warriors. -Daniel Boone

On the one hand, the press, television, and movies make heroes of vandals by calling them whiz kids. -Ken Thompson

Joe Louis was one of my first heroes. -Robert Goulet

What I've learned is that it's okay to take from heroes, such as Debussy, but it has to be filtered through my own personality so that ultimately it's me. -William Kraft

Michael Mann's always been one of my heroes. -Peter Berg

Of course I do not regret the Bond days, I regret that sadly heroes in general are depicted with guns in their hands, and to tell the truth I have always hated guns and what they represent. -Roger Moore

I had both male and female heroes. -Sally Ride

Dean Martin is one of my heroes. -Joe Mantegna

One of the things I really like about Ford's films is how there is always a focus on the way characters live, and not just the male heroes. -Ken Burns

I think there are good men and women in all decades. We've grown cynical. And look at what we do to all our heroes: Churchill, FDR, Kennedy, they all had affairs. But heroic things happen every day. -Kevin Costner

The heroes of Flight 93 won the first battle in the War on Terror, and they should never be forgotten. -Jim Ramstad

And I believe we need heroes, I believe we need certain people who we can measure our own shortcomings by. -Richard Attenborough

Yes, it's a prequel. It tells the story about how the girls were born with superpowers, but they weren't necessarily heroes at the beginning of this movie, so the movie is about the events that happen in their life to make them decide to be heroes. -Craig McCracken

First, how to memorialize the heroes of 9/11; second, something that expresses our resolve. -George Pataki

King Arthur was one of my heroes – I played with a trash can lid for a knightly shield and my uncle's cane for the sword Excalibur. -Lloyd Alexander

But baseball bounced back in the next decade to reclaim its place as the national pastime: new heroes, spirited competition, and booming prosperity gave birth to dreams of expansion, both within the major leagues and around the world. -John Thorn

The heroes of our youth grow old – 'the boys of summer in their ruin', in Dylan Thomas's verse – yet we seem the same. -John Thorn

I thought it was such a unique concept to play parents who happen to be super heroes and have a son who is going through puberty and starting high school. -Kelly Preston

My musical heroes are people like Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie who wrote and sang real songs for real people; for everyone, old, young, and in between. -Tom Chapin

When leaders take back power, when they act as heroes and saviors, they end up exhausted, overwhelmed, and deeply stressed. -Margaret J. Wheatley

I asked him a number of questions and I got some very interesting answers. Ken's heroes, according to Christopher, would be people like John Wayne, of course. -Stacy Keach

I think, with the gay liberation movement has had need for heroes and heroines, and it would be rather nice to have Abraham Lincoln as your poster boy, wouldn't it? -David Herbert Donald

It would be nice to say the rich people, the fancy people, all behaved like bastards and the poor slobs all came through like heroes. But as a matter of fact, sometimes the poor slobs behave like slobs and the great, noble, privileged characters come off very well, indeed. -Walter Lord

I met Jack Bruce, one of my heroes, in a studio while doing some recording. England had just beat Scotland in a big football match and I saw Jack trying to break into this refrigerator in the lounge, drunk out of his brain, and I didn't know what to say. -Andy Partridge

Receiving far less attention are the working class heroes, who go about their solitary work routines with quiet dignity, come home from another grueling day, yet still find time to interact with their children. -Armstrong Williams

You should never meet your heroes. Paul Newman… I was so excited about meeting him, but he turned up in shell suit bottoms, slippers, and a jumper. He was just so worn out and old, he wanted to go home. -Allan Carr

It often seemed like we had become a nation where the only heroes were rock singers and ball players and that there were no large men of probity who could be called upon for the task. -Elliot Richardson

And thus it was that I started to wonder why Robert Burns is so important to us. We have other poets, and other writers, and other heroes, yet we do not afford them the veneration that we afford to Robert Burns. -Len G. Murray

I want to be a hero, a small and good kind of hero, even though I know heroes have very short lives. -Boris Becker

It's silly to say it about a tennis player, but I'm an unbelievable hero in Germany. And Germany needs heroes more than any place. -Boris Becker

I believe that interest in heroes is universal and eternal. -Norman Spinrad

See, heroes never die. John Wayne isn't dead, Elvis isn't dead. Otherwise you don't have a hero. You can't kill a hero. That's why I never let him get older. -Mickey Spillane

In every man the memory of the struggles and the heroes of the past is alive. But these memories are not incompatible with the desire for peace in the future. -Gustav Stresemann

As a boy I used to go to the Chamber of Horrors at the annual fair, to look at the wax figures of Emperors and Kings, of heroes and murderers of the day. The dead now had that same unreality, which shocks without arousing pity. -Ernst Toller

I'm quite influenced in this by one of my heroes, Montaigne, who thought a man's real task was to render as honest an account of himself as he could. -Robert Sheckley

I was never able to write seriously about heroes because I was very aware that I was not one and that in my background there was not this heroic thing. -Robert Sheckley

There's something so accessible about heroes who have faults. -Laura Dern

We like our archetypes and heroes to be what they are at face value. And life doesn't work out like that. -Laura Dern

But there were women in the world, and from them each of our heroes had taken to himself a wife. The good ladies were no strangers to the prowess of their husbands. and, strange as it may seem, they presumed a little upon it. -Augustus Baldwin Longstreet

Steve McQueen was from a time when you didn't know every little dirty thing about our public figures. He and James Dean were very mysterious, archetypal American heroes. -Sheryl Crow

We thank thee for this opportunity to show our love for these heroes who have accomplished such wonders for the beloved United States, which was founded by noble and inspired men. -Lorenzo Snow

Our Nation must provide sufficient access to healthcare, adequate benefits, and the supplemental resources our veterans were promised and so dearly need. We owe our heroes no less. -Dan Lipinski

I pretty much grew up when punk was big in the UK. The Sex Pistols were heroes for me. I used to run around like Johnny Rotten. I had a jacket like his. -Gavin Rossdale

As we continue to fight the War on Terror, it is imperative that we protect America's fallen heroes by ensuring that they are treated with respect, while being laid to rest. -Jon Porter

It was just the thrill of a lifetime. Brando and Hackman were two of my heroes. -Richard Donner

I got my heroes secondhand, from television and movies, to a certain extent. -Brad Bird

Custer had dead heroes. Crazy Horse had only live ones. -Stephen Ambrose

Since I was seventeen I thought I might be a star. I'd think about all my heroes, Charlie Parker, Jimi Hendrix… I had a romantic feeling about how these people became famous. -Jean-Michel Basquiat

For as long as this nation has known war, we have embraced the heroes it has produced. Americans have rightfully noted the honor and nobility of courage under hostile fire and thanked those who perished in their defense. -James T. Walsh

Lynda Carter played Wonder Woman and was one of the first female superheroes. It gives me more of an encouragement that we can be strong and can do whatever a guy can do. -Thuy Trang

Well, there are conjoined twins in real life and we can tell a story about them so long as they're not the brunt of the jokes. In this, they're the heroes of this story; we love these guys. -Bobby Farrelly

We all want heroes and we all want somebody to look up to. -Stacie Orrico

I admire runners older than I – they are now my heroes. I want to be like them as I grow older. -Frank Shorter

No, people back home don't realize why there is this kind of need for heroes in America at the moment. People in Britain don't really understand what's going on here. They don't understand why Camp X-ray exists. -Jon Ronson

I got to work with one of my heroes, Johnny Depp, and to see how he goes about business, which was really inspiring for me at this stage in my career. -Orlando Bloom

I try to give both my heroes and villains an emotional dimensionality which provides the motivation for their actions. -Sidney Sheldon

My heroes are those who risk their lives every day to protect our world and make it a better place – police, firefighters and members of our armed forces. -Sidney Sheldon

But if one could go back in time, I'd love to have been directed by Howard Hawks, who's one of my great heroes. One of the greatest directors there ever was. He directed probably one of the greatest westerns of all time in 'Rio Bravo'. -Stephen Fry

Life is not simple, and people can't be boxed into being either heroes or villains. -Jessica Hagedorn

Last week, the House of Representatives passed a resolution honoring the victims and heroes of September 11th. As we commemorate the anniversary of 9-11, we must also remember that the threat is still very real today. -Michael McCaul

Just by luck, I picked good heroes to worship. -Charles Kuralt

There are no heroes in most of my stories. I look at our society with a critical eye and find nothing extraordinary in the people I see. -Naguib Mahfouz

I know the game wasn't a classic, but the night was about more than that-it was about bringing back the memories and raising money for former heroes who have now fallen on hard times. -David Ginola

Vietnam helped me realize who the true heroes really are in this world. It's not the home-run hitters. -Willie Stargell

You know, heroes are ordinary people that have achieved extraordinary things in life. -Dave Winfield

The poet does not fear death, not because he believes in the fantasy of heroes, but because death constantly visits his thoughts and is thus an image of a serene dialogue. -Salvatore Quasimodo

We remember the heroes who ran into the burning buildings to rescue those trapped inside, and the dauntless passengers on Flight 93 who laid down their lives to save others, including almost certainly those of us in the U.S. Capitol. -Todd Tiahrt

I never had any acting heroes. I never really went to the theatre. -Julie Walters

The heroes of the present will retreat to the imitation they are anyhow. -Charles Olson

Time makes heroes but dissolves celebrities. -Daniel J. Boorstin

It is surmounting difficulties that makes heroes. -Louis Pasteur

When the heroes go off the stage, the clowns come on. -Heinrich Heine

Death, after all, is the common expectation from birth. Neither heroes nor cowards can escape it. -Ellis Peters

If we mean to have heroes, statesmen and philosophers, we should have learned women. -Abigail Adams

These heroes of finance are like beads on a string; when one slips off, all the rest follow. -Henrik Ibsen

We're our own dragons as well as our own heroes, and we have to rescue ourselves from ourselves. -Tom Robbins

Great heroes need great sorrows and burdens, or half their greatness goes unnoticed. -Peter S. Beagle

Poets and heroes are of the same race, the latter do what the former conceive. -Alphonse de Lamartine

Our young people look up to us. Let us not let them down. Our young people need us. Saving them will make heroes of us all. -Gale Sayers

What has made this nation great? Not its heroes but its households. -Sarah Orne Jewett

Athletes as role models and heroes is a hoax, a sick hoax. The men and women who are fighting in Iraq, they are the true heroes. -Gale Sayers

The trouble with super heroes is what to do between phone booths. -Ken Kesey

In every age poets and social reformers have tried to stimulate the people of their own time to a nobler life by enchanting stories of the virtues of the heroes of old. -Alfred Marshall

I don't believe in superheroes but I love Batman movies. There's a part of every person that is entertained by the idealistic, the fantastic. -Aisha Tyler

With any good story, you need the adversary, the heroes and villains. You need a good mixture to make it work. -Phil Keoghan

At the Carter Center we work with victims of oppression, and we give support to human rights heroes. -Jimmy Carter

The world doesn't make any heroes anymore. -Graham Greene

Once the state has been founded, there can no longer be any heroes. They come on the scene only in uncivilized conditions. -Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

I saw some war heroes… John Kerry is not a war hero. He couldn't tie the shoes of some of the people in Coastal Division 11. -John O'Neill

We invoke the sacrifices of our fallen heroes in the abstract, but we seldom take time to thank them individually. -Rahm Emanuel

You know, in my hometown of Hope, Arkansas, the three sacred heroes were Jesus, Elvis, and FDR, not necessarily in that order. -Mike Huckabee

I never appreciated 'positive heroes' in literature. They are almost always cliches, copies of copies, until the model is exhausted. I prefer perplexity, doubt, uncertainty, not just because it provides a more 'productive' literary raw material, but because that is the way we humans really are. -Jose Saramago

I love milk so much! I make a point of drinking a glass of milk every day. So now anyone who did those milk ads with the milk mustaches, they're my heroes. -Natalie Portman

Every character I play has to be the hero of his own story, the way we're all heroes of our own lives. -Jesse Eisenberg

But as I grew up as a child, falling in love with the theater and Shakespeare, my heroes were Sir Laurence Olivier and Sir John Gielgud. -Patrick Stewart

Vulnerability is huge. I love to see that in characters. It's something I feel like a lot of my comedic heroes have always done. -Ed Helms

Superheroes fill a gap in the pop culture psyche, similar to the role of Greek mythology. There isn't really anything else that does the job in modern terms. For me, Batman is the one that can most clearly be taken seriously. -Christopher Nolan

And in a world without heroes, as the movie trailer voice-over guy might say, the slightly awkward can be slightly cool. -Adam Brody

I don't necessarily find superheroes in general, for me, that appealing. I'd much prefer to play, if I was to be cast in a superhero film, I'd prefer to play the villain because there's a reason, there's a motive behind their madness. -Ryan Kwanten

Perfect heroines, like perfect heroes, aren't relatable, and if you can't put yourself in the protagonist's shoes, not only will they not inspire you, but the book will be pretty boring. -Cassandra Clare

I grew up when I was 15 when I had my first opportunity in movies. I watched every great movie for a year and a half, and since then I've asked myself how I can emulate such artistry. That's really my motivation. I want to do something as good as my heroes have done. -Leonardo DiCaprio

I think we all see ourselves as the heroes in our own lives. -Tom Hiddleston

Ancient societies had anthropomorphic gods: a huge pantheon expanding into centuries of dynastic drama; fathers and sons, martyred heroes, star-crossed lovers, the deaths of kings – stories that taught us of the danger of hubris and the primacy of humility. -Tom Hiddleston

It sounds cliched, but superheroes can be lonely, vain, arrogant and proud. Often they overcome these human frailties for the greater good. -Tom Hiddleston

Some of the greatest actors have turned superheroes into a serious business: Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson in 'Batman'; Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart, the first venerable knights of the X-Men, who have now passed the baton to Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy. -Tom Hiddleston

Bullfighters are Seville's heroes. -Paz Vega

But protagonists are protagonists and heroes are heroes. -David Baldacci

I had my footballing heroes such as Bryan Robson and Diego Maradona but my dad was a rugby league star, and he was my real hero. But the relationship with my mum was rocky and we saw things that would affect any youngster. -Ryan Giggs

A.J. Liebling, one of my heroes, used to say that he could write better than anyone who wrote faster, and faster than anyone who could write better. I'm one nine-hundredth as good as Liebling, but that principle may slightly apply. -David Remnick

Our athletes are our heroes. -Cathy Rigby

Alzheimer's caregivers are heroes. -Leeza Gibbons

I am convinced that in the upcoming chapter of the struggle, I can be more useful to the inevitable change that will soon come to Cuba, to Cuba's freedom, as a private citizen dedicated to helping the heroes within Cuba. -Lincoln Diaz-Balart

A lot of people… kind of make heroes that are separate from us, people who are, you know, like… John Wayne and Errol Flynn and, you know, Denzel Washington… people who are different, who are larger than life. -Walter Mosley

You create superheroes to take care of problems that can't really be solved another way. -Robert Rodriguez

When we read stories of heroes, we identify with them. We take the journey with them. We see how the obstacles almost overcome them. We see how they grow as human beings or gain qualities or show great qualities of strength and courage and with them, we grow in some small way. -Sam Raimi

In my generation, history was taught in terms of grand figures, men on whom the destiny of the nation hinged, quintessential heroes. -Barry Unsworth

Nowadays a gold medal is a $1 million contract. Our athletes are our heroes. -Cathy Rigby

There's a long history of anthropomorphic animals in Japanese literature. The so-called 'funny animal scrolls' were the first narratives in Japanese history, and the heroes of many folk tales have animals as their companions. -Stan Sakai

Action films are great, but an action film that has characters that are compelling and a story that people can care about is something even better. We love to see action heroes that are vulnerable, that are sensitive, that are family people, that are accessible. -Steven Seagal

I'm used to comic books being reimagined, different takes on some of our beloved superheroes. -Len Wiseman

The media need superheroes in science just as in every sphere of life, but there is really a continuous range of abilities with no clear dividing line. -Stephen Hawking

Women are the real superheroes because they're not just working. They have a life and everything. -Vanessa Paradis

How fantastic that the American ingenuity of NASA scientists got us to Mars. It makes me proud to be an American. I can't get enough of these images from when the probe touched down. These scientists are American heroes. -Jennifer Granholm

Since those who believe they need a hero/celebrity outnumber the actual heroes/celebrities, people feel safe and comfortably justified in numbers, committing egregious crimes in the name of the greater social ego. Ironically diminishing their own true hero-celebrity nature in the process. -Lauryn Hill

Billy Graham is one of my great lifetime heroes. I think he epitomizes the essence of what a Christian leader should be. I have participated in some of his crusades a couple of times in Atlanta. I've seen the profound impact he's had on me personally, and on other people who were not Christians and accepted Christ as Savior. -Jimmy Carter

Men are self-confident because they grow up identifying with super-heroes. Women have bad self-images because they grow up identifying with Barbie. -Rita Rudner

My heroes were all in the theatre. -Damian Lewis

There aren't as many girl superheroes, but there are cool ones. Banshee, for instance. -Kat Dennings

I've made a career writing about fictitious anti-heroes. To create these worlds, I've spent a lot of time with active members on both sides of the law. And if I had to pick the most interesting of the two, the choice is obvious – we all love the guys in black. -Kurt Sutter

My two great heroes are W. B. Yeats and Federico García Lorca. -Leonard Cohen

The soldiers that didn't come back were the heroes. It's a roll of the dice. If a bullet has your name on it, you're a hero. If you hear a bullet go by, you're a survivor. -Bob Feller

I'm bad at picking heroes. -Margaret Atwood

The truth is, I don't have any problem with journalists – I count some of them as friends – also some of my heroes are journalists, I'm a big fan of Robert Fisk – great people or crazy people who are prepared to stand up for what's right. -Daniel Craig

If you have to put someone on a pedestal, put teachers. They are society's heroes. -Guy Kawasaki

I'm a comedic actor, not to mix words, but it's something I think about. A comedic actor. I like to think that Christopher Guest, Phil Hartman, Peter Sellers and Alec Guinness are comedic actors. And Dan Aykroyd, too. Those are my heroes. -Mike Myers

My problem was that I was blond. There were no heroes with blond hair. Robert Taylor and Henry Fonda, they all had dark hair. The only one I found was Van Johnson, who wasn't too cool. He was a nice, homely American boy. So I created my own image. It worked. -Michael Caine

My heroes don't have anything special. They have something to tell other people but they don't know how, so they talk to themselves. -Haruki Murakami

Male authors always take care to make their heroes at least one inch taller than they are, and considerably more muscular. Just as female authors give their heroines better hair and slimmer thighs. -Lee Child

I think people feel threatened by homosexuality. The problem isn't about gay people, the problem is about the attitude towards gay people. People think that all gays are Hannibal Lecters. But gay people are sons and daughters, politicians and doctors, American heroes and daughters of American heroes. -Hollis Stacy

I've been told by readers that they love how my heroes fall in love fast, first, and with conviction. -Sylvia Day

I remember when you used to have your profession on your passport and I always thought that being a painter was the best one to be, because my heroes were Goya and Francis Bacon. -Damien Hirst

If you don't have heroes in the beginning, you don't grow. -Robert Duvall

My heroes were never scientists. They were Graham Greene and Christopher Isherwood, you know, good writers. -James D. Watson

I always wanted to work with Betty White, because she is one of my heroes of all time, and I just love her. -Cheech Marin

Growing up, my parents were my heroes, in the way they conducted their lives. -Chris Hemsworth

I never thought of London in terms of possible heroes – of course, there are thousands. It's a very talented city. -Doris Lessing

I was a huge Beatles fan. The Stones, Dylan. Later on, I got into Stevie Wonder, and Bill Withers – he's one of my heroes. Al Green, too. -Adam Levine

I can't count how many of my friends are in the cemetery at Normandy, the heroes are still there, the real heroes. -Charles Durning

The comics I read as a kid were much more influenced by TV and movies. Encountering superheroes as an adult without that kind of childhood sentimentality, it just doesn't allow you, or in my case at least, it wouldn't let me take the characters seriously. -Garth Ennis

What people adore about superhero movies is the signal quality of the Christopher Nolan films – their complete lack of irony when it comes to the portrayal of heroism and the need for heroes to confront evil. -John Podhoretz

The liberal feminist movement never imagined that women would take seriously the encouragement to become our own heroes and claim life for ourselves, on our terms, no matter who we are. Pro-choice and pro-life, Christian and not, poor and rich, black, white, gay and straight. It is a dream we all hold dear, and it's called the Tea Party. -Tammy Bruce

Freedom begins with what we teach our children. That is why Jews became a people whose passion is education, whose heroes are teachers and whose citadels are schools. -Jonathan Sacks

The guys I grew up with, my cinematic heroes, have always been men of few words, but of action. Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach. -Adam Baldwin

Tina Fey is one of my heroes. -Aubrey Plaza

There are a lot of people who can be classified as heroes and do great things and inspire me. -J. R. Martinez

I'm very bad at having heroes. I don't rate anyone particularly highly because I'm so snide and competitive and not very nice. -Jenny Eclair

My heroes are just everyday people who work hard, are honest and have integrity. -Jordin Sparks

My heroes are Bill Murray and Dustin Hoffman. Those are the two actors that both do comedies and dramas, seamlessly. Also John C. Reilly and Philip Seymour Hoffman. They're all just great actors, neither comedic nor dramatic. They're just great actors. -Jonah Hill

I grew up in the '80s in L.A., so Ice Cube and Magic Johnson are my heroes. -Jonah Hill

I went to film school so I have a writing and directing background, and I think a lot of the material I'm interested in writing and getting out there is stories about anti-heroes and people you should just not ordinarily root for – trying to figure out a way of appealing to people they wouldn't normally appeal to. -Danny McBride

My heroes are Robert Duvall, Forest Whitaker, Ed Harris, Tommy Lee Jones, Anthony Hopkins and Sean Penn. -Walton Goggins

Somebody asked me earlier if I thought it was really important to tell stories about women's struggles. And I said yes, but at the same time, it's also important to tell stories about women's triumphs, women being slackers, women being criminals, women being heroes. -Diablo Cody

I'm not interested in the heroes or the villains. I'm interested in playing people. -Anson Mount

I look at my father. He is one of my heroes. He is such an incredible, classy man. He was such a great father and such a great husband in so many ways, and we lived through some pretty tough times losing my mom. When I see all that he did, I think, 'Wow, that's a really wonderful man.' -Emmanuelle Chriqui

My dream role is to portray someone like James Baldwin. I've always been a fan of his writing, and I feel like he's one of our unsung heroes. He's been pretty much forgotten, and I think he needs to be recognized. He had to go all the way to Europe to find recognition and acceptance, and I'd just like to bring him to the forefront. -Michael K. Williams

I don't know why I'm drawn to anti-heroes, but I certainly am. -Jason Reitman

Martin Lawrence is one of my comedic heroes, and he's a genius. -Tracy Morgan

Once you realise that heroes die, everything becomes that much more terrifying. -David Benioff

I actually got to write with one of my musical heroes, a guy named Raine Maida from Our Lady Peace. I got to sit down and write some songs with him, and that was pretty heavy. I listened to Our Lady Peace growing up. It got me through the teenage angst. -David Cook

My absolute favorite growing up was 'Super Friends.' The assemblage of so many mighty heroes in one place was, to me, mind-blowing. It was Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, the Flash, Aquaman, and then sometimes Hawkman and some other, lesser heroes. -Michael Ian Black

All interesting heroes have an Achilles' heel. -Jo Nesbo

My heroes are guys like Tom Hanks, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Matt Damon. These are amazing actors with amazing careers that every actor should aspire to. I'm not saying I'm going to get anywhere close. It's not going to be an easy feat. I'm just in awe of their careers. -Dylan O'Brien

Well, I love Bob Dylan, let's make that clear. He's one of my musical heroes. -Tim Heidecker

There are so many heroes just walking around in everyday life. It blows me away. -Charisma Carpenter

If American literature has a few heroes, Miller is one of them. He refused to name names at the McCarthy hearings, and his play 'The Crucible' analysed the hearings in the context of a previous American mass psychosis, the Salem witch trials. -Jane Smiley

When I wrote 'The Pregnant Widow' three or four years ago, I tried to reread my first novel, 'The Rachel Papers,' because their young heroes are the same age. I couldn't finish it. It seemed to me so technically slapdash and weak. -Martin Amis

Shout out to Daryl Hall. He is the best. One of my true musical heroes. He comes from the Philly area so when it comes to true soul, the guy obviously is the expert. -Mayer Hawthorne

'Sex and The City' was made to correct the myth that if you were single at a certain age, you were a leper. Its four characters are heroes to a lot of women; they run around New York, or Gotham – but they have fancy shoes instead of capes. -Michael Patrick King

Athletes tend to have less of a sense of humor than most people. They are heroes to so many. That might be part of it. -Jeff Ross

Comeback records always worry me, especially when they're made by one of my heroes, and I'd heard stories about Gil Scott-Heron recently, about drug arrests and prison terms and other troubles. I wasn't prepared for the ravaged shakiness of his voice on this record or the raw spoken word pieces or the dark electronic backgrounds. -Will Hermes

The difference between 'Watchmen' and a normal comic book is this: With 'Batman's Gotham City,' you are transported to another world where that superhero makes sense; 'Watchmen' comes at it in a different way, it almost superimposes its heroes on your world, which then changes how you view your world through its prism. -Zack Snyder

I understand the rules of Superman – not necessarily better than anyone else – but better than a normal filmmaker would. After doing 'Watchmen' and digging that deep into the why of superheroes, when Superman is presented to you, I felt like I was in a unique position to say 'I get this guy. I know what this is.' -Zack Snyder

He's this amazing ambassador for all superheroes. What we've made as a film not only examines that but is also an amazing adventure story. It's been an honor to work on. As a comic book fan, Superman is like the Rosetta Stone of all superheroes. -Zack Snyder

I think superheroes are heroes with flaws, and in their flaws, there is a sense of humor. -Peter Segal

Both villains and heroes need to have a steadfast belief in themselves. -Jack Gleeson

It's so great in Hollywood now. You have people past 40 sitting and talking about serious stuff, writing and making movies and TV, but there's laser pistols and superheroes and alien monsters involved. It's viable and mainstream. -Nathan Fillion

I enjoyed 'The Avengers.' I couldn't do that kind of movie though. Superheroes aren't my deal. -John Carpenter

One of my heroes is a composer named James Bernard, and oh my God… I can still listen to his music today and be stirred and moved by it. But I think that you fall in love with… Well, again, when you're young, it really is more powerful. Much more terrifying. -John Carpenter

I've gone through various periods with superheroes. They work in the right hands, but they don't work in other hands. It's tricky. But any movie is tricky. It's impossible to say, 'This is what you do in any situation.' -John Carpenter

Smokey Robinson is one of my heroes as a singer and songwriter; a major influence on my own music from the very start. -Daryl Hall

Literature throws us many great heroes. Real life invariably outdoes them. -Wilbur Smith

My dad's one of my biggest heroes. I also think Paul Newman's an inspiration. I know a lot of people say that, but I love that he's a great role model and a humanitarian. I admire people who don't necessarily want to change the world, but try to make it a better environment. -Alex Pettyfer

As you get older, you realise your parents aren't these superheroes. They're actually people. -Rumer Willis

My heroes were always soccer players. -Ronaldinho

I admire the military. I guess in a world of villains and heroes, they're my heroes. Their dedication, their commitment, their discipline, their code of ethics. -John Cena

In short, we need to recover the courage we celebrate in our heroes, and in particular, the courage to tolerate, for the sake of a free society, a level of risk we hardly ever imagined in the past. -Daniel Dennett

Mia Farrow was the person I was really excited about getting to know because Woody Allen is one of my heroes and, just by proxy, I was a huge fan of hers. -Justin Bartha

I like underdogs, I like anti-heroes – people that have a hard time overcoming things in life. -Matthias Schoenaerts

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

On the day my daughter was born, I started writing a book for her. The plan was that, over the course of her life, I'd fill it with advice on how to be a strong woman. But along the way, I got caught up in the stories of Amelia Earhart, Sally Ride, and so many others. So how do you pick the best heroes for your kids? -Brad Meltzer

There are no more heroes in America. Because of the Internet, heroism has become momentary and within seconds someone who we should be thinking about will be replaced in people's minds with news that Beyonce lip-synched at the inauguration. -Tommy Mottola

Rock n' roll is our religion, and we will continue to lose disciples as we go, but we pick up the fallen flag and keep moving forward, bringing forth the good news that our heroes have helped create, their bodies lost, but their spirits and their good work everlasting. -Steven Van Zandt

When I was 8 years old, I made my own encyclopedia of American biography – Johnny Appleseed, Jim Bowie, Davy Crockett, Daniel Boone, Charles Lindbergh, my pantheon of favorite heroes. Then I would write my own things and sew them together and try to make my own book. -Douglas Brinkley

Most superheroes are painted with a specific moral objective that makes them who they are. And that moral objective influences everything they do, so there's an expectation for what you're going to see out of a certain character. -Josh Trank

People who really try to be conscious of what they have done, who take responsibility, to me these kinds of people are heroes. -Park Chan-wook

In Mexico, wrestling is part of the cultural fabric. The guys wear masks and they are real-life superheroes. -Chris Jericho

With 'Invincible', I wanted to create my own version of the Marvel or DC universe, with my own heroes and villains. -Austin Grossman

It is much more fun to write about villains then heroes. The villains are the ones that think out the scheme, and the heroes just kind of come along for the ride. -D. J. MacHale

Societies need heroes. So we travel to places where the revisionists cannot dismantle the great. -David Gemmell

All of our heroes did silly stuff early and got more serious as time went on. Steve Martin, Adam Sandler, Bill Murray. They got older, wiser, and made different choices. -Akiva Schaffer

In my stories, I controlled what happened in a way I couldn't in real life. My characters lived through the horror and degradation of the cruelty of others and they not only survived, they thrived. They gave me hope and laughter, and they kept me going in spite of everything else. They were my heroes. -Sherrilyn Kenyon

We should be writing more great roles for women, period. Another problem is that movies are generally made for 14-year-old boys, and 14-year-old boys want to watch 25-year-old action heroes. -James Mangold

My heroes are, above all, the great 19th-century Americans: Emerson, Whitman, Dickinson and the others. I love the way they think. -Marilynne Robinson

I am so tired of ruggedly handsome heroes. I don't know too many ruggedly handsome people who are necessarily nice people. In fact, the beautiful people have a big handicap because they rely too much on their appearance and don't bother to become interesting. -Barbara Mertz

When we look at history, we see history is made up of the heroes of their times. Yet, somehow we miss this when we put on the lens of the Scriptures. -Erwin McManus

I really began to love to read while in high school, and my favorite authors were my heroes: J.D. Salinger, Kurt Vonnegut. -Louis Sachar

My heroes are the non-commissioned officers. If I had another life that's what I'd be – a regimental sergeant major or a similar rank. That's where the spirit of the armed forces is. -Bob Ainsworth

By the time of the '90s boom, CEOs had become superheroes, accorded celebrity treatment and followed with a kind of slavish scrutiny that Alfred P. Sloan could never have imagined. -James Surowiecki

My heroes and heroines are often unlikely people who are dragged into situations without meaning to become involved, or people with a past that has never quite left them. They are often isolated, introspective people, often confrontational or anarchic in some way, often damaged or secretly unhappy or incomplete. -Joanne Harris

People try to glorify war, particularly those who aren't actually fighting in them. People tend to make heroes of those who are fighting in them. -John Boyne

I like superheroes. I like the drama of it, the stirring, larger-than-life aspect. -Kurt Busiek

American culture is CEO obsessed. We celebrate the hard-charging heroes and mythologize the iconoclastic visionaries. Those people are important. -Marcus Buckingham

What happens to each of my female heroes, certainly, is they find something bigger than themselves that they are honored to serve. It's not giving up your family. -Tamora Pierce

To a degree, the Greek and Roman mythological heroes are just the first superheroes. They appeal to children for much the same reason. These gods and heroes may have powers, but they get angry and they do the wrong thing. They are human too. -Rick Riordan

Adolescents are attracted to tragic heroes. That's why rock stars dress like homeless people. Adolescence is a fall. It's when every child becomes an orphan. -Heather O'Neill

I'm convinced many of America's heroes are public school teachers and administrators. Many of these people do what they do because of their faith. -Adam Hamilton

Jazz music and, more specifically, jazz musicians, are my artistic heroes. I want to be the Thelonious Monk of acting. He had no concern for how well he was received. He played whatever he wanted whenever he wanted. He just wasn't interested in achieving the good opinion of his audience. That's the Holy Grail of acting; of any art form. -Trevor St. John

'30 Rock' is my favorite TV show and Tina Fey is one of my heroes. She was a dream to work with and the whole cast was just absolutely lovely. -Cristin Milioti

Perfect heroes are cool, but no one can really empathize or identify with them. -Masashi Kishimoto

To me, I think it's awesome to meet your heroes and find out who they are and where they came from and what made them choose to communicate in the form that connected with you. -Neil Strauss

As a successful romantic novelist – one of my publishers is Mills & Boon – I create the sort of male heroes that no woman could fail to adore and few real men could hope to emulate. -P. C. Cast

Everyone I'm photographing, I feel like I'm remaking a family, in a way. My brothers and sisters are my heroes. So many of my models resemble them. -Ryan McGinley

Twitter brings you closer. I mean, we see this over and over again from our users. It brings them closer to the action. It brings them closer to their heroes. -Dick Costolo

My first recollection of hearing Wendell Phillips is from my college days, though of course he was always one of my heroes, and I may have heard him before, for we were an anti-slavery family. -George Edward Woodberry

I knew how to read box scores and who the baseball heroes were before I had ever seen or even heard much of a game. -W. P. Kinsella

If you look in real life, it is very hard to describe people as good people, bad people, heroes or villains. People aren't bad people. They all have their justifications. -Lennie James

I studied literature and Italian at Yale. I wrote my thesis about Italo Svevo, one of my heroes. -Nathaniel Rich

I always felt that heroes were essentially dull. Villains were more exotic and could do more interesting things. -Jerry Robinson

I was always a fan of Spider-Man and most superheroes. There aren't a whole lot of little boys out there that aren't. -Chris Zylka

This country-right-or-wrong business is getting a little out-of-date.. History is moving pretty quickly these days and the heroes and villains keep on changing parts. -Ian Fleming

Kids are wandering around the streets today that will become tomorrow's criminals that were yesterday's heroes. -Bernard Marcus

There's a trend toward anti-heroes now, and I think it goes back to guys like Bogart and Cagney. They seemed to have no compassion, and they were always alone. -Jim Brown

I have lots of heroes: anyone and everyone who does whatever they can to leave the natural world better than they found it. -Sylvia Earle

I don't believe in anti-heroes. Duke Wayne played a mean guy but never an anti-hero. -Joel McCrea

I wanted to play football or be a boxer, but my dad didn't want that because of all the impact. But in 1992 I was watching short track, and it was obscure, but they looked like superheroes in their tight outfits, and I thought it was amazing. I wanted to do that. I made the national team at 14. -Apolo Ohno

One of the weapons Marvel used in its climb to comic-book dominance was a willingness to invent new characters at a dizzying speed. There are so many Marvel universes, indeed, that some superheroes do not even exist in one another's worlds, preventing gridlock. -Roger Ebert

Two of my biggest heroes were my father and John Wayne. -Johnny Ramone

I really liked the design of Batman. I liked the concept. There's a lot more you can do with Batman than most other superheroes. -Chip Kidd

I admire many people, but I am not sure that I have any 'heroes.' -Dalia Mogahed

My brother is one of my true heroes. Steady and sober where I am impulsive and emotional. -Mark McKinnon

If one of my heroes comes to me and says, 'Do you want to work on something?' I just say, 'Yes.' I don't ask for details; I don't expect to get paid anything. I just love working with my heroes. -Moby

Sacha Baron Cohen is one of my heroes. -Moby

The more information you have, the more human our heroes become and consequently the less mysterious and godlike. They need to be godlike. -Nick Cave

I truly believe that the great heroes that create the history of architecture are people who take risks and write to tell about it. -Peter Eisenman

In the 21st century, I think the heroes will be the people who will improve the quality of life, fight poverty and introduce more sustainability. -Bertrand Piccard

My heroes were Eddie Van Halen – especially after Van Halen I, II, III, and IV – Randy Rhoads, Ace Frehley and dudes like that. My brother played drums and we jammed in the garage and started writing our own stuff. -Dimebag Darrell

My heroes are guys like Frank Capra and Elia Kazan and Coen brothers and Terry Gilliam, more so than a lot of bass players at this point in my life. So I've always been an old-film nut and have very much enjoyed doing videos over the years. -Les Claypool

I never tire of the heroes that I knew growing up. -Joss Whedon

It's only recently women got to be action heroes on TV. Progress is slow, and often non-existent. There's plenty of cool comics with female characters… But all it takes is one Catwoman to set the cause back a decade. -Joss Whedon

There's always a backlash when you challenge people's convictions and their heroes. -Pink

Too many pupils at schools in the U.K. want to have careers as footballers or TV hosts, or models, because that's what they're constantly exposed to as the heroes of our time. -Sugata Mitra

I think showing heroes as fallible helps us and reminds us that we are ourselves fallible and no man is perfect but we can still achieve great things. -Columbus Short

I'd love to do a film with Michael Fassbender. He's one of my heroes. I think he's absolutely amazing and I would love to do a project with him. -Jack Reynor

I am tired of women playing action heroes like men, because they are not men. But sometimes they are written like men. -Katee Sackhoff

We willingly enter fictional worlds where we cheer our heroes and cry for friends we never had. -Marco Tempest

I love the Victoria's Secret Angels. They're sort of my gorgeous glamour heroes. -Jennifer Love Hewitt

I don't see many people as heroes and, though I love sport, I believe athletes rarely deserve that praise. -Giles Duley

Most of my ukulele heroes were traditional players from Hawaii, like Eddie Kamae and Ohta-san. There may not be uke stars in popular culture, but there are certainly pop stars that play uke – George Harrison, Eddie Vedder, Taylor Swift, Train, and Paul McCartney. -Jake Shimabukuro

Jeff Beck is one of my heroes and has been since I first picked up a guitar. -Kirk Hammett

Heroes aren't supposed to do bad things. That's what villains are for. So either the good supersedes the bad, or the bad makes it impossible to remember the good. We don't like it when such duality exists in one person. We don't want to know our heroes are human. -LZ Granderson

This is the deal: we are happy to single out people as superior just as long as they don't accept the description themselves. We want heroes and idols, but we also want egalitarianism, and that requires proclamations of humility from our gods. -Julian Baggini

Armando Iannucci is one of my heroes. As I was growing up, he was probably the most influential comic voice that I had. -John Oliver

As far as heroes thorough the years, I'd say definitely Alabama and Randy Owen, Conway Twitty was a big influence of mine, George Strait, Lionel Richie. -Luke Bryan

I'm passionate about fantasy movies. I'm passionate about comic book movies. I'm passionate about superheroes. And movies about vengeance. And all of that – the stuff that I grew up reading. -Josh Keaton

I'd love to do live-action superheroes. And you know, I boxed for several years. I have some martial arts experience. -Josh Keaton

Real heroes are all around us and uncelebrated. -Peter Capaldi

I don't have any idols, any heroes, nothing, no. -Rafael Nadal

I like heroes, and would like to be a hero myself. I suppose we all want that. -John Rhys-Davies

In the film world, we can all be heroes. In the real world, where heroism can cost you your life or the life of the ones you love, people aren't so willing to make those sacrifices. When they do, they are set apart from the rest of us. -John Rhys-Davies

I'm proud of the versatility I've had since I was in high school, getting in trouble for all these voices. What happened was that there were so many of these big heroes I played – in 'Dark Void,' 'Assassin's Creed,' 'Shadow Complex,' 'Uncharted,' and 'Prince of Persia' – and they all showed up at about the same time. It got a little ridiculous. -Nolan North

It's interesting – I think superheroes get much more unfair derision. There are so many good superhero books being done. Science fiction is almost more reputable, I guess, at least a step up from poor superheroes. -Brian K. Vaughan

I love other movies that have been made since, but I think more than any comic book movie, 'Superman' just totally seemed to capture superheroes in ways that others have not. -Brian K. Vaughan

I just think a hustler's ambition is that I never stop. I start off hustling and said I'll never stop hustling. An ambitious hustler is the one to hustle the hustlers. When I grew up, my heroes were hustlers. Now I'm their hero. -Young Jeezy

Historically, in my generation, all of my heroes and heroines have had issues and problems. We all do. -Anita Baker

I am very big into superheroes. -Ty Simpkins

Not disown my past or upbringing, but I'd admired American actors, really American movie star – particularly the rebel heroes of the '50s. -Maxwell Caulfield

When young people see movies like 'Gandhi 'or 'JFK,' there is an element of romanticization of these powerful people, and young people often feel a huge distance between their own lives and the lives of these social-change heroes. But the Panthers were flawed-up people from the streets, so it's easier to identify with them. -Mario Van Peebles

They say you don't want to meet your heroes, but those two guys, you do want to meet them, because they do not disappoint. Walken has this amazing sense of humor, and Pacino is like just a sweetheart of a guy. -Bill Burr

The unsung heroes of the civil rights movement were always the wives and the mothers. -Andrew Young

Real heroes are those who face death for a principle – say, to save the lives of others – without any promise of reward. -Alan Dershowitz

Nobody is a villain in their own story. We're all the heroes of our own stories. -George R. R. Martin

I like grey characters; fantasy for too long has been focused on very stereotypical heroes and villains. -George R. R. Martin

I have prayed with the families and wept at the funerals of Hoosiers who did not shrink from 9-11 but grew into heroes whose names will forever be engraved in the heart of a grateful nation. -Mike Pence

I have lived in Kentucky all of my life. I am married to my high school sweetheart, David, a local police captain who has no shame in telling his coworkers that he is the inspiration for all of my heroes. -Molly Harper

I've always had an idealistic streak about storytelling in that I believe we owe more to audiences than repeatedly bludgeoning them over the head while stealing their lunch money. We owe them inspiration. That's why I'm more interested now in creating new heroes than hooking up jumper cables to old ones. -Mark Frost

My grandfather was a really, really tough no-nonsense factory worker who emigrated from Ireland in about 1900 to Bridgeport, Conn. He had a big effect on me. Those guys who took a great leap out into what they knew not were the ones who were the real stars, the real heroes. -Brian Dennehy

My all-time heroes are Thurgood Marshall and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., two men who had to really work to achieve what they did. And I had the privilege of meeting them both. -Monte Irvin

I love Steve Carell and Will Ferrell – they're my heroes. -Daniel Radcliffe

I'm not that interested in female superheroes. -Kathleen Hanna

I think music is one of the hero/sheroes of the African-American existence. -Maya Angelou

I like George Carlin's jokes. I like his humor. He's one of my heroes, and I like what he did with talking about everyday things. -Steven Wright

I think what we're lacking in society, not only in the U.S. but also around the world, is to find heroes once again and to celebrate these kind of people. -Howard Schultz

Cinema is much more than heroes and villains. -Anurag Kashyap

I'm uninterested in superheroes. I am only interested in real stories, real people, real connection. -Jamie Lee Curtis

As a child, these colourful superheroes that could fly, or were horrifying like Ghost Rider and the Hulk, with this tremendous rage or these supernatural powers, provided an escape for me from my mundane existence, from my lack of friends or my inability to communicate well with people. They liberated me. -Nicolas Cage

I don't think that anybody in any war thinks of themselves as a hero. The minute anybody presumes that they are heroes, they get their boots taken away from them and buried in the sand. -Steven Spielberg

Certain characters, mostly heroes, have to be the straight silent type; that is part of the make-up. -Sylvester Stallone

Does the novel have to deepen the psychology of its heroes? Certainly the modern novel does, but the ancient legends did not do the same. Oedipus' psychology was deduced by Aeschylus or Freud, but the character is simply there, fixed in a pure and terribly disquieting state. -Umberto Eco

As far as action is concerned, our films have been coming up with some great sequences. In fact, I think Hollywood is copying Bollywood by getting their heroes to bash up 15 guys at a time. -Vijender Singh

What's great about 'The Avengers' is that it's the next step. It's not just superhero fights super-villain and superhero wins. It's about superheroes that come together and interact. It's a clash of the egos. You could do 'Avengers 1' without a villain, just with all these guys coming together. They could sit down and just have a discussion. -Louis Leterrier

I was only a gun captain on the battleship Alabama for 34 months. People have called me a hero for that, but I'll tell you this – heroes don't come home. Survivors come home. -Bob Feller

I think a lot of times when people play superheroes, they stick with this, 'I am a superhero,' but the truth is that we're all human, and that human quality is really important to bring. -Molly Quinn

I love the ideas of looking back to historical heroes to give us inspiration on how we can be today's heroes to move forward in the future. So guys like… William Bradford and William Wallace, the Bravehearts, the Patriots, the Pilgrims. There are so many of those people throughout history… whose stories have just never been told. -Kirk Cameron

At 3 A.M., I'm still up watching videos of jazz heroes I never saw live. It's so thrilling. And not just the music. The Internet is changing the future of fund-raising. I'm thrilled by the potential. -Bonnie Raitt

Some people are cowards… I think by and large a third of people are villains, a third are cowards, and a third are heroes. Now, a villain and a coward can choose to be a hero, but they've got to make that choice. -Tom Hanks

The designs of the paper euros, introduced in 2002, proclaim a utopian aspiration. Gone are the colorful bills of particular nations, featuring pictures of national heroes of statecraft, culture and the arts, pictures celebrating unique national narratives. With the euro, 16 nations have said goodbye to all that. -George Will

I was sure we would never see the adoption of the Euro. Countries giving up their currencies for a common tender was, it seemed to me, completely out of tune with currency being a carrier of people's cultural identity, celebrating national heroes and events, as it had been for hundreds of years. -John Naisbitt

Simultaneously, my two biggest heroes are Susan Sontag and Morticia Addams from 'The Addams Family.' -Caitlin Moran

My wish is to bring my heroes to the big screen, and many of them have already appeared in my films. -Jackie Chan

We tend to think of heroes only in terms of violent combat, whether it's against enemies or a natural disaster. But human beings also perform radical acts of compassion; we just don't talk about them, or we don't talk about them as much. -Diane Ackerman

I'm saying to be a hero is means you step across the line and are willing to make a sacrifice, so heroes always are making a sacrifice. Heroes always take a risk. Heroes always deviant. Heroes always doing something that most people don't and we want to change – I want to democratise heroism to say any of us can be a hero. -Philip Zimbardo

There's something about the superheroes and the idea behind their relationship with humans, whether it's a metaphor for the better part of ourselves, or the more flawed part of ourselves. So it seems to really be our own pop-culture version of Greek mythology. -Clark Gregg

I would ask: Given the nature of free-market capitalism – where the rule is to rise to the top at all costs – is it possible to have a financial industry hero? And by the way, this is not a pop-culture trend we're talking about. There aren't many financial heroes in literature, theater or cinema. -Martin Scorsese

I think that when you're making your way up in the music industry, you have all these heroes and the reasons why they are your heroes. As soon as you get into the industry, your guidelines change a little bit. For me, my heroes now are great people first and great artists second. -Taylor Swift

Life creates new heroes, and new heroes always find it easiest to beat up on the previous heroes. -Lech Walesa

I grew up with Jilly and Tamsin driving Volvos. But I wasn't one of them… I always felt more comfortable with Cockney and working-class people. My heroes were the Beatles and people like Michael Caine. -Tracey Ullman

I wanted to paint in a folk-artist-y way. My heroes were Van Gogh, Gauguin, Matisse, and Rembrandt. I think Picasso is about as a modern as I got. But I incorporated things that they rejected as well as movements that happened later. -Joni Mitchell

I performed after 9/11 for relief workers down by Ground Zero. There were these men just coming back, and they were voraciously hungry. They were heroes, pulling rubble, and I was a new comic trying to go blue just so I could get some laughs. -Chelsea Peretti

I know that this sounds grand, but I don't try to compete with other people. I like to think there's enough pie for everyone. The kind of people I'm competing with are my heroes – Woody Allen, Billy Wilder – who I know I'm going to fall short of. -Stephen Merchant

My heroes – people like Woody Allen – were stand-up comedians. Therefore, I always felt I should give it a go. -Stephen Merchant

I grew up a child of Watergate. It gave me a good dose of skepticism about authority. One of my favorite movies is 'All the President's Men.' Woodward and Bernstein, those guys were my heroes. I have a degree in journalism. -Chris Carter

I like horror; I like comedy; I like drama; I like action; I like female heroes. -Joss Whedon

The problem for me is that 'Watchmen,' one of the great comics of all time, is a look at superheroes that has gone beyond the concept of or necessity for superheroes. -Joss Whedon

I never tire of the heroes that I knew growing up. The fun is not that much different from doing a television show: You're stuck with a certain set of rules, and then, rather than trying to break them, it's just trying to peel away and see what's underneath them. That to me is really fun. -Joss Whedon

Hollywood wants its heroes to be virtuous, but it defines virtue in a way that excludes any action that is self-interested. If virtue means putting others ahead of self, then it's clear that most people, let alone most capitalists, aren't very virtuous. -Alex Tabarrok

I was sort of on a mission with 'American Splendor.' I wanted to try to prove that comics could do things. I wanted to expand them beyond superheroes and talking animals. And I knew that was going to take a long time. But I just started writing an autobiography about my quotidian life. -Harvey Pekar

Virtually every society that survived did so by socializing its sons to be disposable. Disposable in war; disposable in work. We need warriors and volunteer firefighters, so we label these men heroes. -Warren Farrell

Boxing should focus on pitting champion versus champion – those are the fights that everyone wants to see. The sports also needs to work on developing new heroes and personalities. I'd like to see more vignettes on fighters, focusing on their lives, goals and stories. Boxers need to be larger than life. -Sugar Ray Leonard

I used to go to the comic store all the time. I was into comic cards, which are essentially baseball cards for comic book heroes. They have these cool stats on the back. I had collections of these things. I still have a lot of my collection at home. -Brett Dalton

Not everyone reads comics, although most people know the major superheroes, but the majority of people play video games. -Jim Lee

One of the strengths of the DC Universe has been the strength of the rogues' gallery. Often times they're as famous – if not more infamous – than our heroes. -Jim Lee

Superheroes are modern mythological characters, so you're going to make them look impossible. Even my Krypto The Superdog is the idealisation of the canine form. -Jim Lee

If you look at the great superheroes in any universe, you will always find that they have the very best super villains opposing them. It's because they are foils; they are people that the heroes play off of. -Jim Lee

Back in the '30s, '40s and '50s, you had clear-cut heroes, clear-cut supervillains. Today, you have more of a blend, more of a gray area between the two. You have the rise of the sympathetic villain and the rise of the antihero. -Jim Lee

My heroes always are mostly my parents – my father especially, and my mom, who's passed on already. My dad is a very strong man, and by him being educated, and a principal and school superintendent over 37 years, he plays such a big role in my life. -Dikembe Mutombo

A baseball team is like a band. Because, conceptually, there are no heroes in baseball – there's just the team. -Cass McCombs

Audiences aren't fools – their judgement really is important. And the true heroes of films are the investors. They take the risk, after all. -Stephen Frears

The reason I moved to Nashville was because I was reading biographies of a lot of my country music heroes, and I thought it would be better to actually go where the history was, as opposed to just reading about it. -Lindi Ortega

Surely martyrs, irrespective of the special phase of the divine idea for which they gladly give up their bodies to torture and to death, are the truest heroes of history. -Katharine Lee Bates

I've had heroes in my life – Joe DiMaggio, Babe Ruth. -Tommy Lasorda

Great battles can make great heroes and heroines. -Ezra Taft Benson

I like to tell people that I have the best job in the media. All I do is hang around with heroes. I do that every week for my 'War Stories' documentary series – and when FOX News wants – I go off and cover the young Americans we send to places like Afghanistan or Iraq. -Oliver North

I've probably got lots of heroes. One is a chap called Charles Campbell – he is a wonderful chap. We cooked together in a nightclub in Notting Hill. He told me brilliant stories of food and life and generally put me on the right track. -Fergus Henderson

As far as superhero stories, what's appealing is of course that aspect of wish fulfillment. I mean, you start out reading them as a kid, and a couple things jump out at you – there are heroes out there, and you wish you could run into a phone booth and change your life, or be like Peter Parker and put on a mask and become a hero. -John Ridley

I don't play the role of a villain, really, but I like playing anti-hero kind of roles. I like characters where there's conflict, drama, and more personal investment than just being heroes. -Randeep Hooda

All my big heroes are literary, writers. -Henry Rollins

I am not immune to the lure of a signed record, flier or set list. The fact that your music heroes potentially had, in their own hands, the record you now have in yours is kind of cool. When the musician has departed, it can give the thing a unique power. -Henry Rollins

From Jesse James to Charles Manson, the media, since their inception, have turned criminals into folk heroes. -Marilyn Manson

All of my heroes, like Dali, are people who pioneered various forms of cinema. -Marilyn Manson

I love to see heroes who fuel some kind of moral furnace inside them, who are driven to take on the evils of the world, despite the fact that the evils of the world are more powerful than them. And essentially can never be defeated, but they refuse to bow down. And in order to enjoy that aspect of the hero, you've got to put them through hell. -Neil Cross

We Americans are hard on almost everything. We are hard on our vehicles, our marriages and our heroes. Mostly, however, we are hard on ourselves. -Henry Rollins

Evil is relative – and what I mean by that is that our villains are as complex, as deep and as compelling as any of our heroes. Every antagonist in the DC Universe has a unique darkness, desire and drive. And the reason for being of 'Forever Evil' is to explore that darkness. -Geoff Johns

I think supporting casts in comics are missing. I think a lot of the time in comics, all we have are people in costumes talking to other people in costumes, superheroes talking to superheroes and supervillains, and that's it. -Geoff Johns

You have to always try to think about them like real people first, and not just heroes. They have to be real characters. As people do more and more superhero stuff, the characters are what distinguish it, just like in cop shows. -Greg Berlanti

I was shaped by the heroes in the films I saw, which you always want to emulate and be like. I wanted to be like Alan Ladd, Gary Cooper, Jimmy Stewart. -Robert Osborne

I've always felt, with 'The Iliad,' a real frustration that it's read wrong. That it's turned into this public school poem, which I don't think it is. That glamorising of war, and white-limbed, flowing-haired Greek heroes – it's become a cliched, British empire part of our culture. -Alice Oswald

Anyone can see that, say, superheroes and vampires perform well at the box office. That in turn can trigger competitive bidding situations and soaring fees for people who can bring these properties to the screen. The result can be a dramatic increase in the costs of production. -Anita Elberse

I'm not sure why I'm so drawn to heroes who do bad things and to villains who think they're the good guys, but I do find that moral ambiguity and conflict makes for great characters. -Barry Eisler

I would like to acquire a document autographed by John Witherspoon, who signed the Declaration of Independence and is one of my American heroes. -Gregg Harper

I love 'Enter the Dragon,' and I love Japanese movies. I love Jackie Chan movies; they are my heroes. -Rain

I don't compete with actresses; I only compete with heroes. -Sonam Kapoor

I'm a weird dichotomy of nerd, sports fan, and musical theater, so I'd love to do a superhero musical on Broadway. But all the good superheroes are claimed. -Taran Killam

When someone can, on a worldwide level, make someone laugh, that's power. A lot my heroes – Eddie Murphy, Will Ferrell, the Wayans, Adam Sandler – they get it. And I've always felt that Andy Samberg is the future of comedy. -Terry Crews

I feel like we need to make new superheroes, African-American superheroes, that people would accept. -Terry Crews

I don't think my competition is with the heroes. I don't think I'm competing with anyone. I don't mean to sound Zen, but genuinely, when I stopped competing with anything is when I started enjoying my work, and that brought out the best in me. I'm living in a universe of my own, and I'm enjoying that. I love to appreciate other people's work. -Vidya Balan

I genuinely don't care about the 'number one' tag. That's not my goal. You know, no one does that with heroes, but with actresses it's the same number game. It's not a bloody pageant. Everyone has something unique to offer. -Anushka Sharma

Let's be realistic – 90% of superheroes are male. Personally, I prefer Superman, Batman and Spider-Man to Wonder Woman. Not that I don't like female superheroes, but watching male superheroes gives me a high. -Kajol

While we can never truly repay the debt we owe our heroes, the least we should do for our brave veterans is to ensure that the government takes a proactive approach to delivering the services and benefits they have earned, so they can access the care they need and so richly deserve. -Kirsten Gillibrand

People need heroes, in music and every aspect of life. -Vittorio Grigolo

I didn't know children were expected to have literary heroes, but I certainly had one, and I even identified with him at one time: Doctor Dolittle, whom I now half identify with the Charles Darwin of Beagle days. -Richard Dawkins

Austin is a big music town, so growing up, I had a lot of local heroes. Toni Price I was very, very into; she was one of the first people I tried to emulate. She's a local Austin blues artist. Marsha Paul I was also a very big fan of. -Lauren Worsham

A weak, insecure nation needs sporting heroes, players larger than life on the cricketing field, who can transcend the limitations of their country and team. -Shashi Tharoor

Some scholars attribute the decline in nicknaming to the evolutionary process that turned folk heroes into entrepreneurs. The truth is: George Herman Ruth, the namely-est guy ever, exhausted our supply of hyperbole. -Jane Leavy

Day after day, ordinary people become heroes through extraordinary and selfless actions to help their neighbors. -Sylvia Mathews Burwell

Nostalgia for dead tyrants and the longing for heroes are unhealthy, and they can result in the deification of a Saddam as easily as a Havel or Mandela. -Rory Stewart

September 11th has produced only miniature heroes because our culture has freed itself from many of the old, dangerous, elitist fantasies of heroism… But in so doing, we have not only tamed and diminished heroes. We have risked taming and diminishing ourselves. -Rory Stewart

We players are as normal human beings as anyone else, and we also have the right to live a normal life. I don't understand why people talk so much about the way we dress up, how we walk, what we eat, and every little detail of ours. Players are the real heroes. Sports have both respect and fame, and I am fortunate enough to be a sportsperson. -Sania Mirza

Back in college, I remember shooting stupid videos with my friends. It would be us going around town in capes pretending we were superheroes. -Anders Holm

I think John Coltrane is one of the great American heroes, like Abraham Lincoln and Emily Dickinson. -Simon Van Booy

America's popular heroes have seldom been its great thinkers, and even less its scientists. The success of TV's 'Big Bang Theory,' which seems to give the lie to this claim, is more the exception that proves the rule. -Seth Shostak

That's the great thing about G.I. Joe: it's essentially superheroes, but it's military based – and it's based in reality. -D. J. Cotrona

I get the same feeling walking into the Opry House as I do when I see one of my heroes. -Blake Shelton

I got to watch my heroes meet him and saw how they reacted, whether it was Joe Strummer or Tom Waits. It was peculiar. I'm so stoked to meet Tom Waits, and he's so nervous to meet my dad. It's a head spin. -Jakob Dylan

All these corporations don't want their drivers to ruin their image, so you can't say what you think. You're basically not allowed to have a personality. How can you have any heroes if you don't allow personalities? -Jacques Villeneuve

I've won some awards. 'Time' magazine designated me as one of the environmental heroes of the 20th century. Oh, and I've got some honorary citizenships, like from the Conch Republic of the Florida Keys. But the one thing I am proud of is I didn't get the Chevron environmental award. Never did get that one. -Paul Watson

In a media culture, we not only judge strangers by how they look but by the images of how they look. So we want attractive pictures of our heroes and repulsive images of our enemies. -Virginia Postrel

Cinema isn't just a good medium for translating graphic novels. It's specifically a good medium for superheroes. On a fundamental, emotional level, superheroes, whether in print or on film, serve the same function for their audience as Golden Age movie stars did for theirs: they create glamour. -Virginia Postrel

Sarah Vaughan is one of my greatest heroes. She personifies what an artist is all about, taking risks, daring to go beyond the boundaries of safety and convention. It takes courage to share your vulnerability. -Claron McFadden

There were a lot of R&B groups that were my heroes, but the funny thing about my career and the way it went and where it went, at first I didn't really want to do pop music. I was a little bit more into jazz and R&B. -Frankie Valli

In my district, California 14, we have about 4,000 families who are on food stamps, but some of my colleagues have thousands and thousands more. Yet, they somehow feel like crusaders, like heroes, when they vote to cut food stamps. -Jackie Speier

Would the Protestant Reformation have happened without the printing press? Would the American Revolution have happened without pamphlets? Probably not. But neither printing presses nor pamphlets were the heroes of reform and revolution. -Rebecca MacKinnon

Richard Burton is one of my heroes. -Mark Shand

One of the biggest things that happens to many people when they have kids is that you suddenly realize that you're not going to last forever. You know there is another generation who are the heroes of their own stories, and that is humbling. -Ira Sachs

The 2013 Boston Marathon was, for me, a milestone. A bucket list event that was supposed to be my last marathon until my next big milestone, turning 50. But I couldn't leave marathoning on a memory like that, so I am running this year to honor everyone in the running community and those unsung heroes from April 15, 2013. -Summer Sanders

I had some great role models along the way. My on-field heroes were the great Ernie Banks, Billy Williams, and Willie Mays. I wanted to be like them on the field, and I am so damn proud to join them in the Hall of Fame. -Allan Ray

My off-the-field heroes, the people who gave me the values to live by and who inspired me with their hard work and unselfish dedication to their family, were my mom, Catherine, and my dad, William. -Allan Ray

Presidents seem to fall into two positive categories: they're one of us, or they're heroes. Both McCain and Obama probably see themselves as potential heroes – presidents who will be looked up to, not presidents everyday people will remark are 'just like me.' -Chuck Todd

There are so many stories about boys becoming heroes, learning their powers and becoming incredibly heroic. There have to be those stories for girls, too. -Cassandra Clare

I appreciate both… for me, I think 'Star Wars' is more science fantasy and is based on a lot of great legendary heroes and morality plays and stuff. And 'Star Trek' is just pure fun. Pure science fun. And I've always appreciated both. -Ming-Na Wen

Casting directors tend to be the unsung heroes in this business. -Brent Sexton

For some reason, Superman seems to be held to higher standards on the subject of secret/super identities than other superheroes. No one ever says, 'Peter Parker was a nerdy kid. He can't possibly be Spider-Man, attract a good-looking gal, work in a newspaper, etc.' And no one gets hung up on whether his nerdiness is a disguise. -Gary Frank

When Captain America is in a room full of Marvel superheroes, he is always Top Dog, even though his powers are pretty modest. He could be stood next to Thor, Iron Man, whoever. He is the one that everyone looks up to. To me, that is Superman, too. Even de-powered in the Legion arc, he was still Superman. Still Top Dog. -Gary Frank

I think you have to be crazy not to want to work on the Joker! I can't think of many characters, heroes or villains, that are as malleable as him. He really can be interpreted in so many different ways, and generally, people don't really want to scratch the surface because you can get into some really dark territory real fast. -Lee Bermejo

I do feel like 'The Dark Knight' is a great film, but that Batman in there? He's almost like Robocop to me. He's almost robotic looking; he's got this surgical approach to everything… He's almost not human. That's supposed to be his whole point: he's supposed to be the most human of superheroes. -Lee Bermejo

I really like writing heroes who aren't necessarily 'Hollywood handsome.' Personally, I think men who are self-confident, intelligent, and funny are outrageously attractive – and my heroines tend to think that, too! -Suzanne Brockmann

Few American presidents are held in higher esteem than Thomas Jefferson. Though historians have scrutinized every phase of his long public career and found him wanting in a number of respects, he holds an unshakable place in the pantheon of American heroes. -Robert Dallek

What does it mean to be a superhero? We're all fighting for the better good. But, at the same time, I think what stands out is, as superheroes, you don't give up; you don't surrender. I think that's what makes a superhero. -Ellen Wong

I think what draws people into 'Supernatural' is that when all is said and done, and the ash from the various apocalypses settle, it's about the brothers. Even though there's cool fights in this and cool special effects, and there's superheroes… in the end, it is about family. Two families: the family by blood and family by choice. -Mark Pellegrino

The lack of diversity, specifically in genre films and the superheroes our kids grow up watching and emulating, they can't really identify with. When you see the same thing, over and over again, and it seems not to speak of you and your heritage and your culture, it leaves you out of this world a little bit. -Djimon Hounsou

I could name you a dozen superheroes whose powers I'd like to have. But if I could have any power in the world, it would be the power to read or watch a creative work and absorb the technical skill of the people who made it. Because then I could have even more fun writing. That's my core identity. I'm a writer. I just love telling stories. -Kurt Busiek

Especially in the world of fantasy and superheroes, it's great to have role models that aren't in skimpy little outfits, in impossible poses. That's so important for young women. -Kelley Armstrong

My real heroes have always been sportswriters. -Dan Jenkins

I think people like to see a little larceny in their heroes. -James Garner

I was a big fan of Indiana Jones; then I realized he was kind of a fake hero. The real heroes are the people who work hard and do their stuff right, like firefighters and policemen. -Nathan Gamble

I feel for all the parents whose babies just keep waking up for years. My heart and back go out to you guys! You are my heroes, and I am not fit to walk in your shoes! -Constance Marie

There's always a need for new superheroes. As society changes, the types of superheroes will probably change as well. -Matt Bomer

I think if you look down the road for Twitter, we would like to be a company – a service – that is used by billions of people around the world in every country in the world because we feel that the power of Twitter is that it brings people closer to each other, to their governments, to their heroes, etc. -Dick Costolo

Where you live matters. Whatever you're doing, there's usually only one place where the top people go. You should go there. Don't settle for anywhere else. Meeting my heroes and learning from them gave me a huge advantage. Your heroes are part of your circle, too – follow them. If the real action is happening somewhere else, move. -Drew Houston

I've always hated superheroes. I cannot stand them. I love Norse mythology, but I hate superheroes. They ruined movies, then comics, and now games. -Tim Schafer

Psychopaths are actually, really, really, really rare in our culture, are people who don't… Or in society, in the world. They're people who don't feel guilt. They're people who don't feel fear. I think that most of us feel those things. There's a kind of… They're almost like superheroes. Not to glorify them, but you know what I mean? -Annie Parisse

My heroes, I couldn't imagine them practicing. Like Bob Dylan, you know? Bob Dylan's a very, very good guitar player, but it's like he's trying to hide it. I always loved this attitude. When you're very good… it's like being an athlete – and I always hated sports! -Laurent Brancowitz

Sweet, loveable, and with every click revealing a new surprise, 'Botanicula' creates both a wonderful world where bees and twigs play in the universe and sets up a daring story of a group of unlikely heroes taking on a tree's last hope of survival. -Rob Manuel

For me, personally, I grew up watching American heroes and American movies and TV. -Sean Maguire

I am an actor who turned hero at age 32, after many years of struggle. I wanted to break the stereotype that only good-looking men with a good complexion, height and physique can be heroes, which I have managed to do. -Duniya Vijay

Nobody should come to the movies unless he believes in heroes. -John Wayne

People watch the Olympics because they want to believe in heroes; I know I did. -Mikaela Shiffrin

I would rather portray the hero if it's a really great film. All my favorite fictional film characters are heroes, such as in 'The Last of the Mohicans' and 'Robin Hood.' -Jonathan Jackson

From Clara Barton's tireless work founding the American Red Cross to the first female Medal of Honor winner, Dr. Mary Walker, to our first female combat fighter pilot Lt. Kara Hultgreen, no list of American heroes is complete without the names of some of these extraordinary women. -Brian Kilmeade

As a person navigating the waters of public scrutiny, you are often unable to hold on to personal heroes or villains. Inevitably you will meet your hero, and he may turn out to be less than impressive, while your villain turns out to be the coolest cat you've ever met. -Rob Lowe

My guitar heroes are Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck and people like that – so I've tried to make an album of Robert Johnson covers that, well, while not totally faithful for blues purists, is faithful for people like me that grew up with the '60s and the electric blues-rock versions of Johnson's songs. -Todd Rundgren

I got my first television at Stanford when I was 20, and I used to watch 'The Dick Van Dyke Show'. He played my father on 'Becker,' and he's still one of my heroes. Along with John Cleese, he's my favourite physical comedian. -Ted Danson

We are all the heroes and heroines of our own lives. Our love stories are amazingly romantic; our losses and betrayals and disappointments are gigantic in our own minds. -Maeve Binchy

Our artistic heroes tend to be those self-exercisers, like Picasso, and Nabokov, and Wallace Stevens, who rather defiantly kept playing past dark. -John Updike

We're past the age of heroes and hero kings… Most of our lives are basically mundane and dull, and it's up to the writer to find ways to make them interesting. -John Updike

James Bond is one of those heroes that all guys feel they could actually be like. -Pierce Brosnan

I wouldn't have raced a horse. But you'll then throw back at me that Jesse Owens raced against a horse, and he's one of my heroes, so I'm not going to say it was a silly stunt. I know too much about horses. They're highly unreliable, and they've got brains the size of golf balls. -Sebastian Coe

The greatest heroes of the Normandy battlefield were the unarmed medics, whom snipers often shot at despite their Red Cross armbands. -Antony Beevor

I think heroes are the people that go into houses when they're on fire and save people in hospitals. -Luke Evans

I've really had two heroes in my life. My father and Ronald Reagan. -Ted Cruz

The myth of Good Guys and Bad Guys is one of the most pervasive we own, and morally grey anti-heroes are simply one of modern fiction's attempts to shake off that mythology and replace it with something a bit more honest. -Richard K. Morgan

As we reflect back upon the tragic loss of Challenger and her brave crew of heroes who were aboard that fateful day, I am reminded that they truly represented the best of us, as they climbed aloft on a plume of propellant gasses, reaching for the stars, to inspire us who were Earthbound. -Buzz Aldrin

I play beside one of the unsung heroes in David Vaughan. It's a privilege to play with him: he is breathtaking at times. -Charlie Adam

Everyone likes a bit of variety. I'm sure none of my readers only want to read about anti-heroes or villainous protagonists any more than they only want to read about square-jawed heroes doing the right thing. I just write characters than entertain me and hope they'll be ones that other people want to read about, too. -Mark Lawrence

I really don't have heroes in business; I never looked up at business people. -Mo Ibrahim

We don't have enough young, female antiheroes. We don't accept women as antiheroes the way we do the men. -Natalie Dormer

The people who stood out in the Sandy Hook incident, the heroes, were the normal, ordinary people who went to save those children. -Marcia Gay Harden

Most people aren't these grandstanding heroes. -Martin Freeman

With superheroes and comics and fantasy and sci-fi being absolutely the popular currency in cinema, it's like people have said in endless magazines, it's the revenge of the geeks and all that. There's some truth in that. -Martin Freeman

The Flash could do everything twice as fast. Except you never saw him think twice as fast or speak twice as fast. Could he do math faster than the other superheroes? Could he compute the tip for the bill twice as fast? -Ira Glass

I believe in a world where there are no heroes, and I've read and know humanity a lot. There are moments that I admire in a person courage, intellect, hard work. These are the qualities I admire in an intellectual, in a writer, and there are so many people who have these things. -Orhan Pamuk

I think there's nothing wrong with being fixated on superheroes when you are 7 years old, but I think there's a disease in not growing up. -Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

I came out of high school, where my heroes were, like, Michael Jordan and a lot of local rugby players – and on the movie front, it was Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone. -Joel Edgerton

Girls actually need superheroes much more than boys. -Gloria Steinem

Now that we're poisoned with the culture of superheroes, I think it's important to laugh about it. -Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

I have never met a superhero, but why are we so obsessed with superheroes? -Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

I don't believe there are heroes or saviours in politics. -Alexis Tsipras

We love a tale of heroes and villains and conflicts requiring a neat resolution. -Barry Ritholtz

It is in your DNA to love a good story. You know, neat tales with heroes and villains and conflicts to resolve. A good story pushes our buttons, is exciting and memorable. -Barry Ritholtz

America's addiction to violence is partly evident in the heroes it chooses to glorify. -Henry Giroux

I've always thought that, as a romance writer, I had the best job in the world. I sit around all day making up emotion-drenched, conflict-laden stories that push my heroes and heroines to the edge of sanity. Then I give them a happy ending. -Ruth Glick

My heroes are always ready, willing, and able to execute moves necessary to get themselves out of deep trouble. -Ruth Glick

Back in 1982, when there were still only a manageable number of 'X-Men' titles on the racks (by which I mean just one), Marvel quite reasonably figured the world could stand another team of beleaguered mutant superheroes. And so were born 'The New Mutants,' junior X-Men whose powers had just begun to manifest at the onset of puberty. -Greg van Eekhout

For the finale, I thought the audience deserved to get a close point of view on the monster, and to recognize him the way you recognize the heroes of 'True Detective.' -Nic Pizzolatto

I loved being on stage with heroes of mine, like Gregg Edelman and Jimmy Walton, and the lovely Chita Rivera and Stephanie J. Block. -Will Chase

I just write the characters the way I see them. And maybe that's because I'm surrounded by the most amazing men,from my father to my husband to all of my brothers. They are true heroes! -Gena Showalter

The 'Love Undercover' series features two cops, a street rat, and a construction worker as the lead heroes. -Lori Foster

Even in 2014, when romance heroes are as varied as their genre, somewhere in them you can still always find the alpha male. -Sarah MacLean

No doubt, much of the joy of a great romance is the moment when these stoic heroes crack open and reveal themselves to their heroines – the only women strong enough to match them. -Sarah MacLean

Gone are the days when heroes are emotionally locked away from the world until the end of the book, and thank goodness for that. Modern romance heroes are more complex than ever. -Sarah MacLean

At the heart of every successful romance novel lies the evolution of its characters. Through love, heroes and heroines grow not only into a perfect match, but into stronger, better, more admirable people. -Sarah MacLean

In fiction, as in real life, love might inspire acts that are at best foolish and at worst life-threatening, but in the best romances, love is the final, secret ingredient that turns mere mortals into heroes and heroines. -Sarah MacLean

In books by women and for women, it should come as no surprise that heroines are the heroes of the action, finding themselves, their power and their future through love. -Sarah MacLean

Humor is rare in science fiction… there's so little of it that it automatically reminds you of other heroes with that acerbic humor when you find it. -John Scalzi

The best thing I did was to choose the right heroes. -Warren Buffett

I cannot stand superheroes. I do not understand any of its appeal. It has just bored me to death since I was a little kid. -Roz Chast

Batman and Superman are probably my favorite superheroes – apart from Constantine. -Matt Ryan

Being honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame alongside the names of some of my childhood heroes is slightly surreal and incredibly awesome. -Peter Jackson

Mothers who work full time – they're the real heroes. -Kate Winslet

While campaigning, I got to know many high-school teachers, and let me say that the good ones are the unsung heroes of our society, and the bad ones are the gravediggers. -Gore Vidal

I don't know how prisoners of war are ever heroes unless they escape. -Gore Vidal

In most shows, there's usually a hero or a protagonist, and even if there are multiple heroes or protagonists, most shows try and make it so you really always know who's the good guy and who's the bad guy. -Jill Soloway

I loved Martin Offiah, Andy Farrell and Shaun Edwards in that Wigan team, and they are still heroes today. They were outstanding players and great to watch. -Kevin Whately

I didn't have the sensibilities of your ordinary filmmaker, let alone your ordinary African-American filmmaker. My heroes were John Waters, Pedro Almodovar, and actors that were part of that world. -Lee Daniels

There are many projects I couldn't get off the ground because they didn't have white heroes. It's a problem that everyone who's been working in Hollywood has been facing. -Euzhan Palcy

I don't choose my villains and heroes for political reasons. -Ruth Rendell

I don't really like heroes who always behave heroically. That's not interesting to me. -Philip Kerr

I used to play quite a good lead guitar, R&B style. Clapton and BB King are heroes. -Philip Kerr

When you treat yourself with the kindness and high regard that you would give to one of your spiritual heroes, your body becomes the epicenter of quiet joy rather than a battlefield for the ego. -Debbie Ford

It would be a dream come true to appear on Turner Classic Movies with Robert Osborne, who is one of my heroes. -Dennis Christopher

I'm not the next J. K. Rowling. We've got one already. It's flattering to be compared to her. I like her books and loved the first three particularly, but apart from the fact that they've got young boys as heroes, they're very different. -Michelle Paver

Americans have a profound longing for heroes – now perhaps more than ever. We need our explorers, our sports icons, our Medal of Freedom winners, our Nobel laureates. We need our Greatest Generation warriors, our 'Sully' Sullenbergers, our Neil Armstrongs. On some level, we still subscribe to the myth of the man in the white hat. -Hampton Sides

I've always loved movies and animation. When I was little, I was always pretending to be some alter ego superhero. For years it was Ultraman, ninjas, Spiderman and other cool super heroes. -Ryan Potter

So many heroes are driven by destiny. Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, they were all chosen and born to heroism. Even with Batman, it doesn't feel like Bruce could do anything else. His whole life was leading him to become the Dark Knight. -Andrew Kreisberg

In Kolkata is a temple where the deity worshipped is Amitabh Bachchan. The daily aarti is performed to the chanting of the Amitabh Chaleesa. And people still ask, 'Could our mythological heroes be based on actual people who once lived?' -Ashwin Sanghi

I want a future where my children feel safe and appreciated and proud to be who they are. My heart is one with all the Arab Spring heroes, no matter how small they think their role is. I know they believe, like me, that we are working for a world whereby an Arab can live with the other in a respectful and dignified way. -Tawakkol Karman

I love long sentences. My big heroes of fiction writing are Henry James and Proust – people who recognise that life doesn't consist of declarative statements, but rather modifications, qualifications and feelings. -John Burnside

We do not need to be heroes to save the world; all we need is humility, a critical view of the commercial and political interests of those who would mislead us into wrongdoing, and a sense of wonder. -John Burnside

Obviously, I love superheroes; I love comic book characters, but I… I guess I've had a lifelong affection for comics, and while I love the characters so much, I also love the medium. -Marc Guggenheim

By the time we're adults, our ideas have solidified. So I wanted to write for a younger audience, who would perhaps love heroes from other cultures. -Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

The only places where I have found that simple human dignity, that respect for the other man, and the gracious feel of tolerance and humanity have not been either among the heroes of the class-struggle or the 'thinking men' but among my simple 'backward' people. -Peter Abrahams

My first published novel was 'Mother of Demons,' which is simply 'The High Crusade' standing on its head. Poul Anderson placed his medieval human heroes in a futuristic alien setting; I placed my futuristic human heroes in a bronze age alien setting. -Eric Flint

I first became an Alan Moore fan in Covent Garden on a Saturday afternoon in 1987, when I bought a copy of 'Watchmen,' his graphic novel about ageing superheroes and nuclear apocalypse. -Susanna Clarke

The discovery of heroes is rarely linear or obvious. They usually sneak up on you. -Nina Easton

'George' exploits John Kennedy Jr.'s cult of celebrity at a time when Americans are hungry for icons, not heroes. -Nina Easton

Loser lit antiheroes aren't well intentioned or earnest; they don't care whether you like them or not. They're self-mocking, ironic and inventive; they narrate their downfalls with manic wordplay, rampant metaphors, wisecracks, and escalating flights of spleen-fueled lyricism. -Kate Christensen

Nostalgia is a powerful drug. Under its influence, ordinary songs take on dimensions and powers, like emotional superheroes. -Kate Christensen

Mom and Dad are truly my heroes. And I have to say, so is my little brother Robert. He's 11, and he's just the most amazing boy. He's so much like Dad sometimes, it's a bit scary. -Bindi Irwin

I like the superhero comic books, and I like to see what the actors do creatively with the characters and how they bring these superheroes to life in the movies. -Max Charles

Superheroes are best imagined in comic books. The union between the written word, the image, and then what your imagination has to do to connect those allows for so much. -Ta-Nehisi Coates

The representation of gay characters on screen is important for us all to think about because there are sadly too few representations of gay characters on screen in mainstream cinema. If Marvel starts making movies about gay superheroes, then we'll be in a really great place. We're not at that place. -Graham Moore

I'm always much more interested in flawed heroes than in perfect ones. -Graham Moore

I wanted to write an adventure in the old-fashioned way, something to which I could apply the adjective 'rollicking' and not feel embarrassed. But I've never liked my heroes to be too heroic, so they ended up being a bunch of criminals instead. -Chris Wooding

We relate comics to the main super-heroes, but it's a great medium through which all sorts of stories are told. -Chris Wooding

To me, Green Arrow in the past, what people loved about Oliver Queen pre-New 52 was his relationships with other heroes. Like his friendship with Green Lantern, his animosity with Hawkman, his romance with Black Canary – these are all the things that sort of defined him. -Jeff Lemire

One of my favorite things about the DC Universe, growing up as a reader, was just how big it was and just how many characters and superheroes there were. And how many odd characters there were. -Jeff Lemire

The art of stunt-making is not about falling down; it's about getting the shot. Creating stunts is creating heroes. -Chad Stahelski

I've tried to write from my own understanding of identity in all my comics, whether it's about superheroes or historical conflicts or monkey gods. -Gene Luen Yang

Superheroes were created in America, they're most popular in America, and at their best, they embody American ideals. -Gene Luen Yang

When our ancestors crouched about the camp fire at night, they told each other tales of gods and heroes, monsters and marvels, to hold back the terrors of the night. Such tales comforted and entertained, diverted and educated those who listened, and helped shape their sense of the world and their place in it. -Kate Forsyth

We've seen many heroes from Jamaica, you know, and to be put in that class or to be looked upon on that level is overwhelming. It's pretty big shoes to fill, you know. I'm a size eight, but I'll try my best. -OMI

I've written about superheroes. I've written about talking ferrets and math geniuses being chased by madmen. I've written about spies and demon-hunting soccer moms. I've created an entire world that centers around a paranormal judicial system. -Julie Kenner

When I was growing up, yearning with my pals to be a track star, one of our heroes was Bruce Jenner. He won a gold medal at the 1976 Olympics in the decathlon, and he adorned our Wheaties boxes. We all wanted to be Bruce Jenner. -Nicholas Kristof

I want to keep playing strong female roles. I don't mean superheroes, but women who are really alive. -Bel Powley

I think that Hollywood misconstrues actresses saying, 'Oh I wanna play a strong female character,' like we all want to play, like, superheroes or something. -Bel Powley

My secret heroes were Joe Morello, Ray Charles – who is, in my opinion, the most dominant figure in musical history in the 21st century – and Frank Sinatra. Those are my heroes. And as a writer, when Bob Dylan came along, it was a miracle because he gave us all permission to say anything! -J. D. Souther

I come from a law enforcement family. My grandfather, William J. Comey, was a police officer. Pop Comey is one of my heroes. I have a picture of him on my wall in my office at the FBI, reminding me of the legacy I've inherited and that I must honor. -James Comey

The first comic book I ever bought, I was in third grade. It was 'Avengers,' I think, #240. I grew up in Kansas City. And I walked into a 7-11. I had seen, like, 'The Hulk' TV series. I knew about comic book heroes. I knew about it, but I hadn't actually had a physical comic in my hands until that time. And it was a big deal for me. -David Dastmalchian

I like my heroes to be imperfect; I like them to be striving. I identify with that kind of aspiration to do better. -Kelly Sue DeConnick

Exposure is about, among other things, the ferocity of the press and the way – in an echo of some of Shakespeare's plays – the modern media creates heroes to destroy them. -Mal Peet

Nowhere else is there so large and consistent a body of oral tradition about the national and mythical heroes as amongst the Gaels. -Joseph Jacobs

Most of us who become experimental physicists do so for two reasons; we love the tools of physics because to us they have intrinsic beauty, and we dream of finding new secrets of nature as important and as exciting as those uncovered by our scientific heroes. -Luis Walter Alvarez

Children must be impressed with the fact that the greatest heroes are those who fight to help others, not those who fight for power or glory. They must be made to understand that victory does not prove that the thing fought for is right, nor that defeat proves that a cause is wrong. -Ellen Key

I kind of resent the suggestion that there would be something inherent about superheroes that wouldn't be of interest to women. That makes me nuts. I'm a 5-foot tall woman with a quick temper who always looks like a child, so power fantasies are not strange to me. -Kelly Sue DeConnick

I don't think working in superheroes is slumming it. I'm proud of this form. I like this. There's nothing inherently masculine about power fantasies. There's nothing inherently masculine about superhero comics. There's nothing inherently masculine about mythology. About science fiction. -Kelly Sue DeConnick

Alpha heroes, even uberalpha heroes, still win readers' hearts. I like a masterful hero myself, but I also enjoy the idea that sometimes the heroine can be in charge. -Emma Holly

There are some characters in 'The Names' who are very much heroes and others who can only be called villains. But generally, as we get to know them, we see most of the characters are, or at least become, quite nuanced. -Peter Milligan

Over at Marvel, I have a five-part series coming out very soon. The books or chapters will appear weekly. It's called '5 Ronin' and features some iconic Marvel heroes as you've never seen them. -Peter Milligan

I've never written a character that wasn't burdened by years of pain and trauma. Let's face it: Most comic-book heroes have some serious baggage. Not Green Arrow. He's a healthy guy – imagine that? Carrying your hero around in your head, imagining the world through his eyes, is just a hoot. -Ann Nocenti

I want Green Arrow to have fun. I don't want him to be a tortured hero. I mean, I've written plenty of tortured heroes, like Daredevil. But it's all there in Daredevil's origin as to why he'd be a tortured adult. Green Arrow doesn't have that kind of origin. In fact, he's such a clean slate that he doesn't even have an origin anymore. -Ann Nocenti

The Lone Ranger is going to be one of those iconic characters that never rides off into the sunset. We need heroes like him – an underdog who fights the good fight, doesn't kill, and has some serious mojo when the chips are down. -Mel Odom

I don't have heroes, exactly, but I do have people I hold in high respect. Ronald Reagan, for example, stood for ideals that I value: integrity, patriotism and a fundamental belief in goodness and capabilities of mankind. -Diane Hendricks

I sat down and wrote, 'Are your emotions pure? Are they the stuff of heroes or the alloyed mess of the beaten? How do you stand in relation to the potato?' And it was a lot of fun, and I kept going and woke up at some point in some horror that I had about 142 pages of this. -Padgett Powell

People look at Marvel movies as epic in scope, but if you look back at the comics, you realise that Marvel heroes were often a reaction to the square-jawed DC characters like Superman, who were flawless and beyond reproach. -Jon Favreau

The Boys of Summer were heroes in Brooklyn for a full postwar decade partly because the players could not entertain higher offers. -George Vecsey

Each time a new disaster puts miners in the news, the press tries to make them into heroes, but they don't quite fit the bill. They don't march off to war or rush into burning buildings or rid our streets of crime. -Tawni O'Dell

I asked for a guitar when I was 8 years old for Christmas. I have no idea why. I never had any guitar heroes. I still don't. But there must have been something in me because I've been playing for 30 years. -Jamie Lawson

I've always loved superheroes, and I'm sure every single kid out there is gonna love these superheroes and want to see 'Shark Boy and Lava Girl'… and the fact that it's in 3-D. -Cayden Boyd

Historically, diversity has been a real issue for superhero comics – so we need to do something about it, crafting strong, modern heroes for a modern audience. -Adam Christopher

The appeal of the Golden Age heroes for me is their simplicity, even their naivety – they represent the fundamental building blocks of the whole superhero genre, whether it's a 'super' man able to lift cars, or a vigilante who terrorises criminals at night like Batman. -Adam Christopher

I discovered 'The Shield' back around 2010, when the Archie superheroes were licensed to DC Comics. From there, I went back into the archives and discovered this whole universe of characters, and I was hooked. -Adam Christopher

If you look at the history of our country over the last 100 years, there have been periods where science and research have been celebrated. They were really kind of held up as heroes in society, which encouraged a generation of people to go into these fields. -Mark Zuckerberg

Age doesn't bother me. So many of my heroes were older guys. It's the lack of years left that weighs far heavier on me than the age that I am. -David Bowie

In truth, I've never been a big superhero fan. I don't mind some of the movies, and a couple of the cartoons were alright – that Batman series from the early nineties where Mark Hamill voiced the Joker is sweetness. But largely, I've not really had much time for superheroes. -Ben Peek

I grew up reading '2000 AD' and the occasional Transformers and GI Joe comic, but when I could finance comics myself, I lasted only a little reading superheroes. -Ben Peek

Both villains and heroes are a bit boring, really, unless they're flawed and broken somehow. If they're not flawed and broken, then clearly they need to be broken and made flawed. That's what an author does if he or she has any dignity. -Ben Peek

I've always been fond of Tim Drake/Robin. I suppose it's the YA writer in me. I enjoy the intensity of young, smart heroes. I'd love to write him in either graphic or prose form. -Cynthia Leitich Smith

I think the Greeks were the only people ever to nail character. Their heroes are deeply flawed. -Marlon James

I'm looking at looting photos from space, and there are people putting their lives on the line every day protecting their heritage. I call these people the real culture heroes. -Sarah Parcak

Boxing is a dying sport, really. Years ago, the world heavyweight champion could be said to have reached the highest pinnacle of sport. Even in this country, boxers were heroes. Think of Henry Cooper and Frank Bruno. -Tyson Fury

Although I think of myself as the greatest heavyweight, I do respect the legends of the past for what they did. But they are not my heroes. -Tyson Fury

Superheroes don't often get their powers in one fell swoop. It's like superhero puberty. -G. Willow Wilson

When you write for a comic series, many superheroes have 60 or some years of history that you are coming into. -G. Willow Wilson

I was always looking up to supermodels. They were, like, my superheroes. -Kendall Jenner

I love science fiction, and one of the things I love about it is that it's so very different. You can read stuff that's just fast-paced adventure, and the characters are cardboard, but who cares, because they're heroes, and we love it. And you can read stuff that's really deep character, and everything in between. -Ann Leckie

We seem, as a culture, to start to adhere to these antiheroes and have grown tired of the traditional, straight-up-and-down good guy. -Gabriel Luna

The 'punch' of a truly weird tale is simply some violation or transcending of fixed cosmic law – an imaginative escape from palling reality – hence, phenomena rather than persons are the logical 'heroes.' -H. P. Lovecraft

I respected Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra. Those were my heroes, and they were 10 years older than I was. -Tony Bennett

I think when we were starting out, it was more about imitating our songwriting heroes. We would try to write songs like Neil Finn, or we would try to write songs like Ray Davies, or we would try to write songs like Glenn Tilbrook. -Adam Schlesinger

It is surely no coincidence that Napoleon's two greatest heroes were Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar. In certain respects, he would outdo them both. -Saul David

I definitely have a preference for writing anti-heroes and bad guys, especially when they have motivations that the average 'good' person can understand and get behind. -Cullen Bunn

It's pretty simple, really: I love the X-Men. They were my favorite heroes when I was a kid. My dad and I collected X-Men comics together, and I know it would have made him proud to see me writing 'Uncanny X-Men.' -Cullen Bunn

I wholeheartedly believe that super heroes can play in virtually any storytelling genre. -Cullen Bunn

I'm happy I can sit home in my office and make up stories about superheroes. And I only have to deal with a pretty limited amount of people to get those comics produced. -Jason Aaron

Putting together a list of heroes for 'Original Sin' was a long process, just like figuring out the villains. Along the way, some were taken out, and a few more were added. -Jason Aaron

I'm more comfortable writing traditional protagonists. But 'Steve Jobs' and 'The Social Network' have antiheroes. I like to write antiheroes as if they're making their case to God about why they should be allowed into heaven. I have to find something in that character that is like me and write to that. -Aaron Sorkin

All my heroes wore coats and ties to work. What happened to men wearing hats? Maybe I should bring back hats. -Aaron Sorkin

We're a nation of celebrity and hero worshipers, so much so that we make heroes out of those who aren't, such as John Wayne: a patriotic, red-blooded, two-fisted American who spent the Second World War in the trenches on the movie lots of Hollywood. -Vincent Bugliosi

I loved everything about being ten, eleven, and twelve years old, and seem to make most of my heroines and heroes that age so I can reexperience all those pitfalls and wonderful discoveries. It helps me to figure out my own life when I write from that eleven year old place! -Deborah Wiles

Generally speaking, men are held in great esteem in all parts of the world, so why shouldn't women have their share? Soldiers and war heroes are honored and commemorated, explorers are granted immortal fame, martyrs are revered, but how many people look upon women too as soldiers? -Anne Frank

The greatest heroes are those who do their duty in the daily grind of domestic affairs whilst the world whirls as a maddening dreidel. -Florence Nightingale

Alistair made my goals feel more achievable. I remember him competing for Great Britain when he was 15, and he came back with his GB kit. I thought, 'Wow, I want a part of that.' Sportsmen can seem distant, like superheroes. Seeing my brother achieve that made me think I could, too. -Jonathan Brownlee

To me, doctors and nurses and teachers are heroes, doing often infinitely more difficult work than the more flamboyant kind of a hero. -Pete Hamill

I would love to appear in 'The Defenders.' I don't know – because hopefully she'll maybe be on the bad side. I don't know – I don't know what they'd do with Elektra in 'The Defenders,' but that would be a good dynamic, I think – to be confronted by these four superheroes, and I think it would be interesting – I'd be curious to see what they do. -Elodie Yung

One of the biggest heroes and influences of mine, especially acting and working in comedy, is Steve Coogan. -Tom Ellis

As far as music, Louis Armstrong is one of my heroes. -Jon Batiste

In my opinion, villains are so much more interesting than heroes. So 'Suicide Squad' is just like, wow, so damn awesome. -Harley Quinn Smith

I don't write about love because it makes for easy, passive heroes. I write about how love makes my characters more autonomous, more self-possessed, more opinionated and powerful. I write about characters who pursue relationships that make them the people they want to become. I write about love as a superpower. -Lauren Kate

There is a very diverse range of superheroes, especially with the Firestorm character. In the comics, there is a black Firestorm. But we still don't see that many black superheroes. So what The CW is doing and what DC Comics is doing with this whole universe with diversity is absolutely amazing. -Franz Drameh

I'm a very girlie girl, but I often find the heroes of my books trying to take over the story. In truth, I enjoy writing the male point of view more than any other. -Deborah Raney

Romantic heroes and heroines are a bit different from the sort of people we run into every day. -Leigh Michaels

I gathered as much reading material about Aung San Suu Kyi and about Burma as I could. And I read every article and every book she had written. I also had 200 hours of footage of her to watch. I tried to discover who were her heroes and where he desire and strength to pursue democracy in a non-violent fashion came from. -Michelle Yeoh

I'm my own hero on the sets; why should I work with other heroes? The Khans did not want to work with me when I started. Why should I work with them now? -Kangana Ranaut

The heroes of my childhood were Martin Luther King Jr. and John F. Kennedy… but I was inspired by the ideals of our 40th president and became a Republican. -Mike Pence

I've always seen first responders as unsung heroes and very special people because, when everyone else is running away from danger, they run into it. -Dwayne Johnson

All of the stunt men – these are the unsung heroes. They really are. Nobody is giving them any credibility. They're risking their necks. -Jason Statham

If my father Ninoy Aquino were alive today, he would say that he is not superman or superboy. In effect, heroes are really just ordinary people caught up in extraordinary times and respond properly. -Benigno Aquino III

I passionately believe in heroes, but I think the world has changed its criteria in determining who it describes as a hero. -Richard Attenborough

I'm simply saying that heroes are people whose activities, whose attitudes, and whose judgment you just think, 'Wow. That's good. That's right. That's real.' -Richard Attenborough

I am a method actor, but I'm also a film actor as well as a method actor. Characters that don't have humility, whether they are heroes or villains, are hard to relate to. All characters in every aspect of what we do should have humility. If they don't, then they're a cartoon character. -Vincent D'Onofrio

There are those moments where you realize that your parents or your heroes are human and are fallible. -Simon Helberg

There are so many male antiheroes but not nearly as many female antiheroes.There's a lot of pressure on female characters to be likable. That puts a lot of pressure on women to be likable. -Melissa Rauch

My literary heroes were mostly women writers and thinkers – Joy Williams, Joan Didion, Anne Sexton, June Jordan, Sarah Schulman, Audre Lorde, Cherrie Moraga, Christa Wolf – and much of this writing was political as well as literary. -Alexander Chee

Belushi was one of my very first heroes. At a time when film, television, and music were undergoing tectonic shifts within American culture, he was at the center of it all. At that moment, he had the number one show on television, the number one film at the box office, and the number one record on the charts. -R. J. Cutler

I've always written about heroes and wondered who they are. -T. C. Boyle

We strongly believe that children should not be exposed to smokeless tobacco or see such products being used by their on-field sports heroes. -Jerry Reinsdorf

My sporting heroes were Ken Jones, Stanley Matthews, and Cliff Morgan. -Lynn Davies

If you meet your heroes, you're always going to be disappointed. Frederick Douglass was a great man, but would I want my daughter to marry him? Probably not. That doesn't mean that I don't think he's a great man. -James McBride

I think heroes who are not flawed are not believable. -James McBride

Jay-Z is a hero, Sam Walton is a hero – these are not exactly communitarian champions. These are – in some cases, literally; in others, just figuratively – gangster heroes. That's who is worshipped: people who get away with it. -George Packer

I see our veterans as American heroes, not as cartoon characters. -Blake Farenthold

No military or veteran family should have to choose between paying their bills and being together while one of our nation's heroes is in the hospital. -John Delaney

No veteran or active duty service member should endure a long hospital stay alone. Yet sadly, due to the high cost of travel, all too often our military families are separated while America's heroes receive care. Sometimes families sleep in hospital parking lots, unable to afford long stays in a hotel. -John Delaney

It is simply a moral obligation to make sure our nation's heroes have a home to return to at night. -Gene Green

They're people who had flaws and who had affairs and had sex and had scandals, and very rarely do we look at the totality of our heroes' lives. -Leslie Odom, Jr.

American history is the story of Democratic malefactors and Republican heroes. -Dinesh D'Souza

One of my great heroes, John Berger, he's in his 80s now. One of the reasons that he's remained young and all-around fantastic is his ongoing receptivity to new things. I think that's important. -Geoff Dyer

All the people who fought for freedom were my heroes. I mean, that was the sort of story I liked reading… freedom struggles and so on. -Indira Gandhi

I found out that I am a DC fan. I thought I was a Marvel fan because I didn't know. I found out that all of my favorite heroes and villains are DC characters, and I get to play one. -Casper Crump

While Muslim men describe themselves as insecure in their harems, real or imagined, Westerners describe themselves as self-assured heroes with no fears of women. The tragic dimension so present in Muslim harems – fear of women and male self-doubt – is missing in the Western harem. -Fatema Mernissi

It is said the boundless steppes of Asia gave flight to tales of heroes and heroines because the conditions there are so harsh. -Adrienne Mayor

The general public has been conditioned to think 'comics = superheroes' for as long as caped crusaders have been around – by critics, mass media, and Marvel and DC themselves, who have what you might call a vested interest. -Antony Johnston

Instead of playing heroes and righteous people, I'd rather portray characters with problems of conscience who have to lie, to betray, and then have to cope with that. They feel more true to me. -Vincent Cassel

A villain can be stylish, and his actions don't have to be explained. Heroes are boring in comparison, even anti-heroes, as there's always a justification for their bad actions. -Dhanush

One of the things I think is unique and signature about Blizzard is that whenever they do their games, and with 'Warcraft' in particular, they take the things they love and put a twist on it. They showed that heroes can come from the most unexpected places, and as a player, you can play as a hero, on all sides. -Duncan Jones

Most people feel that they are the heroes of their own lives and that they're good people. So if they're in a crisis, they feel an understandable urge to set out their own version of events. -Louis Theroux

Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen. They're my biggest heroes. I love everything about Leonard Cohen: his lyrics and his voice. He seems like a really clever man, and Bob Dylan does as well. He's just really cool. -Aurora

I've done stuff in the past and followed in the footsteps of my heroes, and each time, it felt a little bit surreal. -T. J. Perkins

So much of what I do has been based off of my heroes and guys I've watched come up. -T. J. Perkins

To get to record and to do things with the legends, and with the people that are your musical heroes, that's the biggest honor as an artist. -Zac Brown

I'm a villain. But hey, villains have fans, too. They might have more fans than the heroes, and I'm OK with that. -Austin Seferian-Jenkins

Ray Santos is one of my personal heroes. I model my life on people like him. -Arturo O'Farrill

I have tremendous respect for teens who navigate the quagmire that is modern religion. If there is any message in my books, I want it to be that it's okay to ask questions, and it's okay to come up with a belief system all your own. Teens who change their worldviews in the face of tremendous social pressure are heroes to me. -Rae Carson

In terms of Ray Liotta, when I was a teenager growing up in Colorado, I didn't have pictures of girls on my wall. I had pictures of Ray Liotta on my wall. Along with Mike Patton, he was one of my heroes. -Derek Cianfrance

My heroes were always Looney Toons, Robin Williams, the Three Stooges. I think everything I do is kinda funny. I think I'm sort of ridiculous. -Ben Foster

You don't just have to see superhero movies. Ultimately, those movies are westerns – superheroes are good guys fighting bad guys in a landscape. In westerns, that divide couldn't be any more clear, but the only superpower you have is that you're a quicker shot than the other guy. -Antoine Fuqua

People always ask me, 'Why so many historical dramas?' Because those are the best roles I get to play, and I get to play heroes in those roles. -David Oyelowo

I do think we need heroes. It gives people hope and an example to follow. -Riley Keough

Growing up where I grew up, we looked to athletes. They were our first heroes. They came from the same places we came from. I mean, you can't watch TV and see someone who is successful that you can really relate to. That person isn't real; he doesn't exist. But athletes traveled the world, had these big houses and gave their families a better life. -Jay-Z

I've found that the people who play villains are the nicest people in the world, and people who play heroes are jerks. It's like people who play villains work out all their problems on screen, and then they're just really wonderful people. -Tim Burton

I think lawyers who engage in pro bono service to protect those who cannot help themselves are truly the heroes and the heroines of the legal profession. -Janet Reno

Children ran up to me shouting, 'Columbo!' At first, it gave me great pleasure, but later, I said to myself that those children should have had their own heroes instead of admiring a cop from Los Angeles. -Peter Falk

One of the pleasing things about science is that we do all climb towards the heavens on the shoulders of our predecessors. Economics, like physics, has its heroes, and the letter 'H' that I used in my mathematical equations was not there to honor Sir William Hamilton, but rather Harold Hotelling. -Paul Samuelson

While most become star struck by A-list actors, you'll only see me in awe of leaders effecting change. Politician and diplomat Madeleine Albright, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. These are my heroes. These are my celebrities. -Meghan Markle

The evil within the fantasy genre tends to be threatening to the heroes within the story, but not to the reader – or not to the viewer, in the case of cinema – and that's why I think it's more palatable and something that is more easily embraced for a lot of people. -Scott Derrickson

Each movie I make has its own heroes, and the two heroes for me in 'Arrival' are Amy Adams and Joe Walker, the editor. We worked very, very hard, and it was, by far, the longest editing process. -Denis Villeneuve

I feel, since 2001, this huge need for Americans to have superheroes on the screen. This idea that a super-being will protect you. That this being can go above the law but, at the end of the day, would be a good force and defeat the evil. This idea that this half-god exists. This need in the subconscious of America to find these gods. -Denis Villeneuve

I was talking recently with a friend of mine who's determined to never meet her heroes, and I have another friend who's been horribly disillusioned a couple of times. But I've had a wonderful ride with meeting people who have been my North Stars, and Bowie's definitely one of them. He feels like my cousin; like the cousin I never had. -Tilda Swinton

A lot of my characters are anti-heroes that became heroes. -Irvine Welsh

One reason why in Hollywood we are so often inventing heroes is that real heroes are vexing. -Edward Zwick

I've come to admire our military kids more than you all will know, because you guys are heroes. And the only way your parents are able to serve is because you guys hold it down, and you do it with maturity beyond your years. -Michelle Obama

The greatest in heroes in life are the anonymous. That's what I believe. Your neighbours are heroes. People who, when you walk down the street, you see them feeding their little baby – these people are heroes because they are living under difficult situations, but they're still trying to save a life. -Benjamin Clementine

I ended up being friends with all my heroes. Lefty Frizzell, George Jones, Johnny Cash – it was incredible. -Kris Kristofferson

I'm not one of these people who want to tear down our heroes and that kind of thing. -Nathaniel Philbrick

The SEALs have a sense of community I've never seen anywhere. Not just the guys but the wives, widows, kids of fallen heroes. -Richard Phillips

As children, we all hold on to the myth of omnipotence. Comics are successful because kids identify with superheroes. They'll read a book or watch a TV programme and say, 'I'm that guy.' And that guy is always the one in control. -Eddie Marsan

I'd always wanted to do a Marvel project, and I'd always imagined getting to play one of the superheroes because it's such a hard thing to get. It's the parts that only go to a few people. The flip side of that is the antagonists are pretty awesome. -Mahershala Ali

For many terrorists, carrying out an attack allowed them to become the heroes of their own story. -Peter Bergen

For many, embracing the ideology of Osama bin Laden or ISIS allowed them to become the heroes of their own story as well as actors in a cosmic crusade. For others, a 'cognitive opening' to militant Islam was often precipitated by a personal disappointment or loss. -Peter Bergen

I come from a very athletic family. But I didn't have the typical Jewish sports heroes. I mean, like lots of Jewish kids I admired Sandy Koufax. But I didn't look up to him as the one person who gave me the desire to push on and succeed. My brothers did that for me. -Bill Goldberg

My heroes in real life are definitely my mom for being true to herself, for having a foot in both worlds, for being so very polite – Canadian and also such a traditional Greek woman. I would sum it up this way: the life lesson she would say is be polite while you're breaking the rules. -Nia Vardalos

I've patterned myself after my musical heroes. -Trisha Yearwood

When I was around 12, my heroes were Cindy Sherman and Bob Dylan and Samuel Westing from the kids' novel 'The Westing Game'. -Tavi Gevinson

People call us heroes, but we are nothing compared to our police force and fire fighters and everybody who protects us and makes sure our freedom is held to the highest standard. -Roman Reigns

'Answer The Call' – we're trying to support the real heroes of our world, the people who protect us and afford us freedom and give us that peace of mind. -Roman Reigns

My mother and father were partisan national heroes: I learned sacrifice and discipline from them and that a private life is not as important as the message you want to leave. -Marina Abramovic

I think there are only two kinds of heroes: the flamboyant ones and the angry-yet-silent types. Every character on TV falls into either category. -Karan Singh Grover

I was raised by two actors in a moment in time – the Seventies – when there was no judgment of characters, no heroes and bad guys. -Laura Dern

It's so great that women are being allowed to be heroes in big things. -Rebecca Hall

Some of my acting heroes have built careers on playing characters who do horrendous things – they're repellent and lovable. They're not likable, but they're lovable. I think Christine is one of those characters. -Rebecca Hall

We can't constantly tell stories of heroes. We have to hear the other stories, too, about people in dire straits who make bad choices. -Rebecca Hall

Growing up, I'd watch 'Rambo' or 'Commando,' and so many action heroes were these huge guys with six-pack abs. It almost became a novelty. -Lucas Till

I grew up among heroes who went down the pit, who played rugby, told stories, sang songs of war. -Richard Burton

My journalistic heroes are all the guys like Peter Arnett of Vietnam, and my style in journalism is you got to stand there, and you got to see it with your own eyes. -Johnny Colt

Not to get too deep, but I think one of the reasons we embrace superheroes and this world is that these are just normal people that have incredible powers that are relatable in some ways – in that we don't have great super powers, but there's strength within us that we can utilize in our lives. Ultimately, they're just normal people with problems. -Alexandra Daddario

They say never meet your heroes. But the addendum to that is 'unless they're Harrison Ford.' -Ryan Gosling

We all must make hatemongers unwelcome in our towns and communities. And we must stand by the heroes in this struggle, the police and county prosecutors who stand up to the extremists. -Max Baucus

Thierry Henry is one of my heroes; he is one of the players I watched when I was younger. When I was 17, I changed position to be a forward, and he, along with the Brazilian Ronaldo, were the two players I tried to mirror my performance on, so I would watch how they scored goals. -Marcus Rashford

I like superheroes who are very human and underdog. That's why I relate to my character in 'A Flying Jatt': because he is a very normal person and very human. He was very unsure about his super powers; he didn't know how to use them. He is scared of heights, speed. Especially he is scared of his mom, but he has to listen to her. -Tiger Shroff

A lot of superheroes today are a little self-righteous, and what's cool about 'Deadpool' is that he seems like a guy that you could meet at the 7-Eleven down the street. -Brianna Hildebrand

I couldn't say no to A. Philip Randolph and no to Martin Luther King, Jr. These two men, I loved them, I admired them, and they were my heroes. -John Lewis

My parents would definitely be my childhood heroes. -J. J. Watt

I am a Bruce Lee fan. I may be my fans' hero, but even heroes have their heroes. And mine is Bruce Lee. -Ram Charan

I've actually met quite a few of my heroes from the past. -Mick Foley

The heroes of 'Narcos' are the Colombian people who fought and decided to do something about the horrible narco-terrorism that took place in their country back in the '80s. -Wagner Moura

Bollywood has always pampered heroes and treated actors as second class citizens. But, of late, it has realised that there has to be space for actors who can connect with people. -Nawazuddin Siddiqui

Only heroes get stereotyped. As they do the same kind of roles again and again. -Nawazuddin Siddiqui

You read in any war stories – World War II, whatever – that there are many, many heroes. There are the main stories you always hear about, but there are all these other little people that did things that were very important that we don't always know about. -Dave Filoni

For too long, history has imposed a binary condition on its black citizens: either nameless or renowned, menial or exceptional, passive recipients of the forces of history or superheroes who acquire mythic status not just because of their deeds but because of their scarcity. -Margot Lee Shetterly

I have many queer friends who I consider to be heroes of mine, and they feel the same way toward me. -Liv Bruce

In the fun house of today's metastisizing sports-entertainment megaplex, when every day brings another story revealing how these 'heroes' we create are fashioned from base clay, a pause might be in order to reflect on athletes who actually embodied the qualities we think we admire in the too-easily deified. -Mark Frost

Fallible characters are more interesting than superheroes in the end. -Damian Lewis

It might look like some incredibly complicated map to get from English period films to American action anti-heroes, but it really is just about not having a plan. -Rupert Friend

Our young people are patriots and heroes whom we can be proud of before the world; that they have a large contingent of such trustworthy young people is a great blessing for the Workers' Party of Korea and a source of pride for Korea, and this assures the great strength of our dignified state and its bright future. -Kim Jong-un

As a culture, working-class white Americans like myself had no heroes. We loved the military but had no George S. Patton figure in the modern army. I doubt my neighbours could even name a high-ranking military officer. -J. D. Vance

I had not grown up on theater – in Hughes, Ark., you went to see a movie on Saturday. So my acting heroes were movie stars. It was a natural thing for me to want to get into the movies. -Michael Beck

There will always be haters. Small heroes can change society every day. It just takes time. -Michael Sam

When I was growing up, there was nobody in my family – not even my mother – who I could look to and be like, 'I know you've never said anything homophobic.' So, you know, you worry about people in the business who you've heard talk that way. Some of my heroes coming up talk recklessly like that. -Frank Ocean

Chris Kyle was a human being, a Texan, Navy SEAL, father, husband, brother, friends to many, and a hero to many; this, at a time when we need all the heroes we can get. I knew him to be a good person, regardless of all the hype floating around in the media. -Brandon Webb

I spent my life playing heroes because I looked like one. -Roger Moore

I think superheroes are about flying. They're not about moping. -Mark Waid

Certainly, your characters – whether they are superheroes are not – should have foibles. They should have problems; they should have things that their powers can't solve. That's what makes them nuanced, interesting characters. They can have intense motivations. They should have intense motivations to do what they do. -Mark Waid

I think there's a moral imperative when you're writing fictional heroes to give characters who somehow give us something to aspire to as opposed to dragging them down to our level. -Mark Waid

I am just tired of writing about heroes that we're dragging down to our level, and I want to write about heroes that we want to be. -Mark Waid

I keep saying my books don't have superheroes. They have ordinary people in extraordinary situations. -Ravi Subramanian

Most of the time I play heroes, guys who don't have an edge. -Joe Penny

I've spent a lot of my career playing heroes, like Jared in 'The Pretender,' but playing part of a dysfunctional family is more interesting. -Michael T. Weiss

I have had unattractive heroes – broken noses, scars, crooked teeth. You want to give them something that is human. My heroines struggle with being too short or fat or old. Some are older than the heroes. You try to cover all spectrums. -Sylvia Day

The damaged wealthy hero is actually a hugely common trope in romance, and alpha heroes are very common in romance. -Sylvia Day

I look forward to doing my part to keep our solemn vow to veterans who have served our country with pride and distinction. They are all heroes in my eyes, and they deserve no less. -Marc Veasey

I met all my heroes on the oldies circuit: Gary U.S. Bonds, Lloyd Price, Little Richard. -Steven Van Zandt

I've always had a reluctance to meet my heroes. -Steven Van Zandt

Those who put their lives on the line overseas are undoubtedly American heroes, but it's time for us to remember that those who serve in civilian life also embody the American spirit and are worthy of our praise as well. -Tammy Duckworth

Mark Rylance is one of my heroes. I saw 'Jerusalem' four or five times, twice in New York, twice in London. -Charlie Cox

Comic book heroes are an important part of our culture, so I think we're actually utilizing comic book heroes in a much more in-depth way than before. They have such potential, and I think we're maximizing the potential. -Mike Colter

Not being white has never prevented me from enjoying Luke Skywalker or Han Solo. These are heroes of mine. -Mike Colter

What I like about my character: Luke Cage is a person first and foremost. We do have other black superheroes, but he's important because he's touchable. Luke has moments when he has to try to forget his pain, but then, unlike the rest of us, he's also able to channel that frustration into fighting bad guys. Real martyrs aren't trying to be martyrs. -Mike Colter

I'm the luckiest guy in the world. I got to direct a movie involving three of my favorite things in the world: space operas, Marvel superheroes and raccoons. -James Gunn

There are more heroes than cops, FBI agents, and lawyers. -Powers Boothe

You have antiheroes in dramas, like Tony Soprano. But it's a little bit harder in comedy. You don't see it quite as much. -Christopher Miller

Hollywood can't stand heroes who aren't sympathetic. -Patty Jenkins

It's not about superheroes. This is the method of universal storytelling that all people have… To me, they're the same as the Greek myths or the Roman myths or religious figures of every religion. These are common characters that we use to express stories about being a better person or what you would do when faced with various things. -Patty Jenkins

I'm making a movie about Wonder Woman, who I love, who to me is one of the great superheroes, so I just treated her like a universal character, and that's what I think is the next step when I think you can do that more and more and when studios have the confidence to do that more and more. -Patty Jenkins

Ultimately, so many things come down to money, but particularly when it comes to superheroes – people really thought that only men loved action movies and only men would go see a superhero movie. -Patty Jenkins

I like Ned Leeds. I love the character so much. He's a very new character in the MCU. I think he's a very fresh take on people in the superhero world. Some superheroes crack under pressure, and Ned Leeds, who is not a superhero, doesn't. -Jacob Batalon

It's hard to connect to these superheroes that are completely out of this world. But Spider-Man is first and foremost Peter Parker, who we can all relate to. -Laura Harrier

It's an interesting thing to play the heroes of our society, like cops and firefighters. They're the basic heroes that, as little boys and little girls, you look up to as the first heroes of your small, specific community. -Omari Hardwick

I met two of my movie heroes. I met Tom Hanks, and I met Steven Spielberg. Oh and Quentin Tarantino. -Tom Holland

I often find that superheroes are the bachelors or the billionaires – and everyone loves them. Peter Parker is basically the complete opposite. I just think that's what a lot of kids feel like as they're growing up. -Tom Holland

Unalloyed heroes and unalloyed villains make me suspicious. -Erik Larson

That's what I love about history – nuance. I don't believe in unalloyed heroes. Everyone's got warts, and everyone's got a surprise side. -Erik Larson

Trump would have been unelectable were it not for the groundwork laid by Bill Clinton and Bill Gates, two liberal heroes. -Naomi Klein

I know people think that a lot of sports stars are a little bit up themselves, but they all have their heroes, too. -Gary Lineker

The machine of awards season is very stressful. But this is the Oscars! It's your peers, your heroes, people you admire, the people who inspired you to get into this work in the first place. It's a pretty overwhelming feeling when you think about it. -Taylor Sheridan

I worked at The Old Globe Theater under the great baton of Craig Noel. One of the great theater heroes that we have. He was so great and so inspirational. I think I did 'Antony and Cleopatra' and 'The Taming of the Shrew'. I lived in Ocean Beach, and my rent was $140 a month. -Jeffrey Tambor

I think most of my heroes are not the traditional types. A guy I was fascinated with was Buster Keaton. I just love what he did. I love that mug. -Jeffrey Tambor

The stories I want to tell are when we're our own heroes and our own enemies, and I don't think that's a rude thing to ask for. I don't think that's something I should apologize for. -Jessica Williams

Inaugural speeches are supposed to be huge and stirring. Presidents haul our heroes onstage, from George Washington to Martin Luther King Jr. George W. Bush brought the Liberty Bell. They use history to make greatness and achievements seem like something you can just take down from the shelf. -John Dickerson

Those five Rogers Cup matches were physically tough, and there were late nights, up until 2 or 3 A.M. – how could I fall to sleep after beating some of my heroes? -Denis Shapovalov

Radio 1 has always championed women; take Annie Nightingale, for example. One of my heroes. -Jameela Jamil

My heroes: Nick Cave, Tom Waits, Nina Simone. -Benjamin Clementine

These superhero movies are starting to give more love to not only black characters but also to more female characters, which is necessary because you have boys and girls of all colors who are looking at these superheroes saying, 'I want to be that. I want to look like that. Show me somebody that I can automatically connect with.' -Aldis Hodge

You know how most kids have posters of sports heroes on their walls? They gave me reams of the old news copy, and I had those taped in my bedroom. And I would practice reading the news. -Delilah

A roast is really an honor. If they picked me to be roasted, I'd be the most flattered I'd be in my life. If I could pick some people to roast, I'd pick my heroes, Don Rickles and Howard Stern. Those are the people I'd like to give some honor to. -Lisa Lampanelli

My parenting heroes are the Obamas! They've been married for so long, and it looks like they're having fun, and their kids are down to earth, well-adjusted, and smart. They seem to have a strong family unit that I would like to emulate in my life. -GloZell

Outside of, as a kid, just wanting to be able to fly and run faster than a speeding locomotive and being able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, we'd like to hope that, when push comes to shove, we can do the right thing. I think as long as there is that hope in our society and in the zeitgeist of superheroes, Superman will be relevant. -Matt Bomer

When I got the script for 'Winter Soldier,' I was so excited to see that my character finally gets to punch somebody! So I took tae kwon do three times a week. I wanted to feel like I could hold my own in a roomful of superheroes. -Cobie Smulders

I've been in 'Avengers' films, but I don't do a lot of the action parts. There are superheroes in the movie! People would much rather see them fight each other! -Cobie Smulders

History contains heroes, but no one is a hero entirely, and no one is a hero for very long. -Alexandra Petri

I was very interested in what happens to the husband when his wife goes missing, and how quickly they can be turned into heroes and villains. -Gillian Flynn

That's always been part of my goal – to show the dark side of women. Men write about bad men all the time, and they're called antiheroes. -Gillian Flynn

A theme that has always interested me is how women express anger, how women express violence. That is very much part of who women are, and it's so unaddressed. A vast amount of literature deals with cycles of violence about men, antiheroes. Women lack that vocabulary. -Gillian Flynn

I think women are very ambidextrous. We don't think twice about reading a book or a movie starring guys. But for guys, it's, like, 'Oh my God, that's a woman thing.' So with my son, I very carefully portion out the female heroes and characters to make sure he's getting an equal amount. -Gillian Flynn

The romantic notion of the clubhouse as a traveling fraternity of working-class heroes – the boys of summer – is perhaps the most potent in all of baseball. -David Grann

Everyone I've worked with – in my eyes – they are mentors and heroes. -Jamie Brewer

I do think that having the villain be a woman is just as feminine, because we're not just saying, 'Women are wonderful and made of marshmallows,' but women can be anything. They can be amazing superheroes, or they can be dastardly villains, and everything in between. -Laura Benanti

One of my heroes growing up was Jackie Robinson. My mom, an ardent baseball fan from whom I got my love of the game, had an old baseball card of his from the 1950s and told us his amazing story of courage in integrating baseball. -Jared Polis

SEALs aren't the only heroes out there. Everyone who puts on a uniform meets that threshold. -William H. McRaven

We are built to love. Have the bravery to open the heart you have contracted from life's disappointments. This is how the heroes roll. -Robin S. Sharma

This beautiful, messy, wonderful and volatile world of ours needs more heroes. -Robin S. Sharma

I don't want to say this in a lame way, but D. Rose is one of my heroes. His whole story and background and what he's done for communities in Chicago is super inspiring. -Chance The Rapper

Aaron Taylor-Johnson and John Cena, in 'The Wall,' are superheroes. They're very grounded, but the amount of training and stuff that soldiers bring to the field, they're like Iron Man. -Doug Liman

I'm really attracted to anti-heroes, and I'm a little bit of a troublemaker myself, and a little bit of a rule-breaker, and I like spies. -Doug Liman

I've always had antiheroes in my film. -Doug Liman

Antiheroes who are sort of honest to themselves are the ones you root for. Like, Barry Seal isn't trying to be anything other than he is. He isn't fooling anybody per se. -Doug Liman

When I was a kid growing up, I liked the sympathetic characters played by Alan Arkin, Jack Lemmon, and James Stewart. They were my heroes. No matter what happened to them, they survived with their dignity intact. -Judge Reinhold

I was huge fan of most of the animated series growing up in the golden era of '90s superhero animation. I didn't care who was producing – it was much more about the specific heroes that I connected with. -Ray Fisher

Growing up, I didn't have many comics, but I grew to love these characters through their film and television universes. I've been geeking out about these superheroes ever since I could tie a towel around my neck like a cape and jump off my grandmother's porch. -Ray Fisher

I think, as long as you tell real stories, I think people will respond to it no matter whether or not it's in the context of super heroes. -Ray Fisher

The world is yearning for more inclusion, because we're not living in 1930 where we've got X amount of superheroes and X amount of representation. -Ray Fisher

When I was growing up, all these superheroes were white. On some level, you put that out of your mind… but as you get older, you realize it's a very one-sided affair. So I'm very glad to see that these movies are becoming more diversified. -Joe Morton

Creatively, most of my influences come from the literary world: Alice Walker, Toni Cade Bambara. Writers are my heroes. -Dee Rees

I think we have a culture that creates heroes and then needs to knock them down, and then you have to see what the third act brings. -Dean Devlin

I always had this fascination with superheroes. Who didn't love Hulk and Spider-Man? -Romeo Santos

My literary heroes all wrote about L.A.: Joseph Wambaugh, Ross Macdonald, and Raymond Chandler were the three writers that made me want to be a writer. -Michael Connelly

I love movies, so getting to be in the conversation and meet some of my heroes has been so fun. It's just the most fun thing ever. -Greta Gerwig

You never see yourself as that interesting. You're like, 'Really? Me? You want a picture with me? I'm boring!' But if I saw somebody like Simon Pegg or Johnny Depp, or one of my heroes, I'd get totally starstruck and want to go ask them for a picture. -Dylan Everett

Black people who want to do comedy go into standup, where our heroes opened a lot of doors. Improv doesn't have a ton of heroes that you can look to. -Jordan Peele

For decades, technology entrepreneurship has been revered, and people like Steve Jobs and Elon Musk were heroes. -Brad Stone

Hubspot's leaders were not heroes but rather a pack of sales and marketing charlatans who spun a good story about magical transformation technology and got rich by selling shares in a company that still has never turned a profit. -Daniel Lyons

Always the notorious red-light district of sports, boxing today is as troubled as it was even in the days when the Mob called the shots. There are too many lawsuits and too few heroes. Absurd mismatches and fraudulent rankings by unaccountable offshore sanctioning bodies have disgusted fans. -Tahl Raz

I'm very wary of fawning too much over heroes. There's an old adage that heroes are best kept at arm's length, and in a few instances in my life, that's been true. -W. Earl Brown

A great JRPG captures that feeling of going on an unusual adventure, of bringing a ragtag group of heroes from famine to fortune or steering cold-hearted villagers away from indifference. -Jason Schreier

We need to address the systemic structural issues within the VA – the misallocation of resources, the interminably long waiting lists, the bureaucratic inefficiencies – to ensure that our American heroes are properly protected the second they return home from war. -Cathy McMorris Rodgers

Put your idol worship on firemen or a schoolteacher or a rescue worker or a first-aid worker or Doctors Without Borders. I love those guys. Those are your heroes. -Jason Jones

I never imagined myself playing a superhero because I don't see myself the way superheroes have been portrayed or shown to me my entire life. -Krysten Ritter

If you win, you're heroes. But if you don't, then you're losers. That might sound harsh, but that's the way it is. -Granit Xhaka

Guys like Alvin Adams, Sweet D Walter Davis, Larry Nance, and Kyle Macy became my basketball heroes. -Peter Billingsley

I don't differentiate a film as off-beat or commercial, because I just don't understand the difference. 'Naanum Rowdy Thaan,' for example, wasn't written for me. It came to me by chance after two or three other heroes turned it down. I agreed to do the role, as I liked the script immensely. -Vijay Sethupathi

I never take credit for my movie's success. I am the face of the movie, but there are numerous unsung heroes behind the scene. From the director, cameraman and editor to the light boy, everyone knows how difficult it is to satisfy the audience. -Vijay Sethupathi

I hope we see more stories where the heroes are real heroes, real people that don't need weapons or super powers to change people's lives. -Diego Luna

I like monsters, and when the monster is a superhero, it's a byproduct. Like Hellboy, the Hulk, Man-Thing, Swamp Thing, Sandman, Constantine, Demon, Dr. Strange, Spectre, Deadman. Those are the superheroes I followed as a kid religiously. -Guillermo del Toro

I am not an actor who enjoys negative comments on other heroes. -Allu Arjun

People of African descent, most of us grew up accepting and loving Spider-Man. I still love Spider-Man. I still love the Incredible Hulk. I still have those characters that were white role models, superheroes, heroes – whatever you want to call it. You basically had no choice but to accept those. -Chadwick Boseman

The world of superheroes is black and white; the world of monsters is not. Sometimes you need evil to fight evil. -Donna Langley

I like characters and stories that challenge the status quo. Lately, I'm really interested in history because I find that in my public school education, I didn't learn about women in history. I want to introduce the world to some great stories and incredible heroes. -Jessica Chastain

CAA has a great history of representing fantastic talent, many of whom are my heroes in film and television. -Ng Chin Han

No matter where people stand on the policies that led to the conflicts, Americans recognize the depth of sacrifice and patriotism of our men and women in uniform. Everyone agrees these heroes deserve every advantage we can give them. -Bobby Kotick

I think police officers are modern day heroes. I think they protect us. -Cuba Gooding, Jr.

In a sense, by closing off the idea that young Muslims, and particularly young Muslim men, can be American heroes, it increases the chance that they'll try to be some other kind of hero. And that, I think, is entirely counterproductive. -Mohsin Hamid

Like all major transitions in human history, the shift from a linear to a circular economy will be a tumultuous one. It will feature heroes and pioneers, naysayers and obstacles, and moments of victory and doubt. If we persevere, however, we will put our economy back on a path of growth and sustainability. -Frans van Houten

Classical heroes are usually much larger than life. They're not quite human beings. They're somehow larger than human scale. -Lloyd Alexander

King Arthur was one of my heroes because he was such a marvelous, heroic, courageous, and magnificent person that I had to admire him even though I knew perfectly well that I could never be in any way like that. -Lloyd Alexander

My heroes were people like Jim Jarmusch. Scorsese was my god. Spike Lee was exciting, doing exactly what we thought we were going to do: personal movies based in, and about, New York. My heroes were all participating in an economic model that was collapsing as I was finishing film school. -Alan Taylor

It's been a twisty-turny path for me. I was studying to be a history professor, and then I left that, went to film school, and tried to be like my heroes, like, Spike Lee and Hal Hartly. -Alan Taylor

Lawmakers imagine they can be political heroes by voting for budgets that slash scientific research by 20 percent, but they inhibit our ability to respond to health crises. -Bill Foster

We owe these heroes a great deal – it is our solemn responsibility to ensure that all veterans receive the care and respect they have earned. -Bill Foster

My heroes are not necessarily people of great ability but ones who did what I think I could not. -Richard Cohen

Basketball games – and seasons – make great narratives; they feature distinct acts, heroes and villains, and guaranteed resolutions. -Anthony Doerr

I love heroes that really go through ordeals, and they come out the other end completely changed. -Taika Waititi

I think our first heroes with whom we discover flaws are our parents. -Taika Waititi

Women are really complex and totally enigmatic. Humans are really complex, but in film, we've only ever seen that with men. We've seen antiheroes time and again with male characters. -Andrea Riseborough

When I was young, I saw some of my heroes doing it on the telly. We're talking about Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers, Arthur Lowe, Ian McKellan, Kenneth Williams. These were all guys telling stories to me. -Rik Mayall

What makes Batman and what makes other superheroes work is the myth that when life is at its lowest, and when you need a hero, a hero swings down and helps you. -Paul Dini

Playing at the Opry, for me, it has such a history. It feels sort of like a coming-out party as a country artist. To know your heroes have played here is kind of crazy. -Aubrie Sellers

There's always been a market for female leads and superheroes. -Monique Ganderton

The superheroes have taken over all the screens in the world. And good luck to them: they're making a lot of money for a lot of people. But the studios are going to become victims of their own success. People are going to get bored with that stuff. -Liam Cunningham

Happily, I had lots of childhood heroes. -Kate DiCamillo

Since we were kids, we grow up believing that astronauts are heroes – that to go up in a rocket is a heroic thing. These guys are bigger than movie stars. To me, it's… all a well-dressed-up lie, basically. There's billions spent on rockets up there, and there's millions starving down here. It don't make sense to me. -Ian Brown

There has to be a place carved out for independents, films where the heroes don't fly around in capes, but there are journeys and struggles we need to learn from and be inspired by. -Byron Allen

I love working with teachers and principals; they are my heroes. They are very dedicated to children, and it's very impactful. -Eva Moskowitz

I was born in Islington and grew up in Islington, so Arsenal was all around me, and supporting them was kind of unavoidable. The first season I started going to watch them was when we did the Double in 1971, so my first heroes were Charlie George, Ray Kennedy, and John Radford. -Mark Strong

I'm not interested in superheroes. What about normal people doing extraordinary things? -Simon Beaufoy

My life will not be defined by a single political campaign. Those will come and go. But what has driven me to run for elected office in the past still drives me today: the knowledge that heroes do walk among us with tremendous strength and power. -Darryl Glenn

We can bring this country together. But we must realize that our heroes in blue are part of the solution and not the problem. -Darryl Glenn

My 'Black Panther' run really wasn't about Black Panther. It was about Ross. It was about exploding myths about black superheroes, black characters, and black people, targeted specifically at a white, male-dominated retailer base. -Christopher Priest

I find that when I watch films where the villain is more complex, I find that it makes the heroes more complex and ultimately, in the story, more interesting. -Joe Russo

In a way, Captain America is the most grounded of the main Marvel superheroes. He is basically just a man, only more so. He doesn't fly across the sky like Iron Man. He isn't from another world like Thor. He doesn't turn into a green monster. -Anthony Russo

That's why people love Spider-Man: he's the most grounded, relatable of superheroes. -Jon Watts

I tend to like writing characters that are not typical heroes. -N. K. Jemisin

I have always included minority characters in my stories, often as heroes. -Stan Lee

Marvel Studios has depicted the Marvel superheroes so beautifully that the whole world loves them. -Stan Lee

I think the world has a place for gay superheroes, certainly. -Stan Lee

Our society constantly promotes role models for masculinity, from superheroes to politicians, where the concept of being a 'man' is based in their ability to be tough, dominant – and even violent when required. -Deeyah Khan

Our media provides a continuing message that for men, heroism is defined through association with control, independence, and the ability to commit violence, from superheroes to crime dramas. -Deeyah Khan

It's important to the world to see superheroes that are spread across our demographic. -Adrian Younge

Just to be part of the history of the Hollywood Bowl – so many people have played there; at least, all of my heroes have. -Coy Bowles

We'd never thought we'd get to travel so extensively, meet our heroes, and collaborate with so many people. -Ted Dwane

The mutants I like – Wolverine. The action heroes I like, they have weapons; they are more visceral. So I filled the comic with characters like that, and we got big results. -Rob Liefeld

I started thinking, 'What if Superman or Batman really existed?' Superman would be doing Nike commercials. The members of Youngblood take the genre of super-heroes and turn it into a business. -Rob Liefeld

I have a problem with the term 'leading man.' It's so limiting; it involves not upsetting anyone. Obviously, we have anti-heroes now, but if we're talking about the two tropes – character actor and leading man – I would so rather be a character actor. That's why I have a career. -Jimmi Simpson

Honestly, I was watching Marvel films and was always crestfallen: Where are the super-Asians? People are looking to be represented by their heroes. -Benedict Wong

Let's bang the gong and chime for more Asian superheroes. The gatekeepers can certainly open the door – there's a wealth of East Asian talent around, and that needs to be tapped into. -Benedict Wong

A lot of action heroes, we're told they are heroic primarily because they commit violence upon the bad guy. It can be cathartic; it can be thrilling. But at some point, I think you want more from your heroes than just the ability and willingness to pummel someone. -Gail Simone

I have worked with a lot of great artists, including some of my heroes like Michael Golden, George Perez, and Jose Garcia Lopez, just to name a couple. I have been spoiled. -Gail Simone

Not exactly sure there can be a final chapter to Thanos, considering what he is and his relationship with Mistress Death. Might just be that as long as there is a Marvel, there will be a Thanos to plague that universe's heroes. -Jim Starlin

I think one of the problems that comics has in dealing with superheroines is that they try to hard to make them superheroes. All they're doing is the same thing that men do. Just the idea that they're no different than men, except in how they look, always seemed a bit off to me. -George Perez

I have lots of heroes and heroines, mostly unsung and including my husband. -Mary Beard

A modern hero is very ambiguous. I went through some very rough times in Czechoslovakia – the occupation by the Germans at the end of the war. We had people going against their tanks with brooms. Are they nuts, or are they heroes? -Milos Forman

Joe Sample was one of my heroes. I met him at the Curacao Jazz festival, and I fanned out like he was the Beatles! -India Arie

I don't usually feel threatened by the militias. Most members are just indulging their fantasies of being warriors without having to sign up for the Army. They want to be heroes and save their neighbors from disaster. -Eileen Pollack

I like the realism of anti-heroes. It's a healthy thing. I think heroes can be very unhealthy at times because it doesn't connect you to reality. -John Hillcoat

With a lot of my comedic heroes, I'm trying to make sure that, wherever they might have gotten off-track a bit, I've learned that lesson. -Keegan-Michael Key

I always revisit duality because I think it's a conflict we all have. I think we all leave our house and go to work, and we put on the cape and become superheroes. That's what we do. It's how we move through life and handle negativity: you do everything you can to stay away from it. -Big K.R.I.T.

You all must realize that Mandela was not the only man who suffered. There were many others – hundreds who languished in prison and died. Many unsung and unknown heroes of the struggle. -Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

I was always fascinated by the Torah, the Bible, in terms of story telling: heroes and villains, morality and flaws. There's no better epic. Also, being part Latin and Jewish means I have a sense of the theatrical. There were always a lot of people in my house. My home was always filled with a lot of storytellers. -Nina Tassler

Veterans Day is a time to reflect and renew our commitment to ensure our military heroes have the tools to reintegrate successfully back to civilian life. -Bobby Kotick

Ossie Davis is one of my heroes for civil rights and things like that. -Joe R. Lansdale

As a consumer, I love superheroes. -Mary H.K. Choi

I love reluctant heroes, all of that. -Francis Lawrence

I think a lot of superheroes seem to have the same value system; they just have a different costume. They're all doing exactly the same thing. -Brian Azzarello

I didn't really like superheroes. I liked monsters and war comics. -Brian Azzarello

Superheroes are the best of us. Never mind all those powers or the crazy costumes. The heart of a superhero is meant to inspire. -Marjorie Liu

Male heroes are entitled to particular privileges, and why not the women as well? -Marjorie Liu

I think we are drawn to anti-heroes because that is what most of us are most of the time and it is good to see that we are heroic. -Mark Kurlansky

One of the things that happens to you if you write about restaurants – one of the reasons restaurant critics are the real heroes – is that whenever anyone has a grievance about any aspect of the business, they tell you about it. -John Lanchester

At DonorsChoose.org, we believe that teachers are unsung heroes. -Charles Best

Teachers are heroes. -Charles Best

Marciano was an idol in a simpler era, when professional athletes were heroes and sportswriters were complicit in building legends rather than exposing them. To the public, all that really mattered was that Rocky had 49 wins in 49 fights and retired in 1956 as the undefeated heavyweight champion of the world. -Thomas Hauser

Marvel heroes, at their core, are people who are damaged, are people that are trying to figure out who they are in life. And that doesn't matter whether or not they're X-Men characters or they're Matt Murdock or they're Tony Stark or they're Peter Parker… That's where it starts. -Jeph Loeb

My favorite comics show the real-life struggles of heroes as well as the fantastical. -Kate Leth

One of the things I stress to those I meet, especially young people, is that we are the heroes of our own lives, and we can be the masters of our own stories. -Kameron Hurley

Heroes in real life don't wear masks and capes. Sometimes they don't stand out at all. But real heroes can save a life – or many lives – just by answering the call in their heart. -Victoria Arlen

As human beings, we suffer from an innate tendency to jump to conclusions, to judge people too quickly, and to pronounce them failures or heroes without due consideration. -Prince Charles

Dad would always play Ray Charles in the car on the way to swimming, then we'd sing musicals. Now my heroes are Janis Joplin and Bonnie Raitt and Max Richter. -Jessie Buckley

My journalistic heroes are Peter Jennings and Ted Koppel and Tim Russert and Edward R. Murrow, among others, because they were tough. -Jake Tapper

When I was a teenager, I felt my life was constrained by rules, school, my parents. I wanted to feel like I was empowered and different; that's why superheroes, comics, manga, and video games filled my needs. When I got older, I realized power is not free; it comes with responsibility. -Jenova Chen

Green Day were heroes of mine growing up. -Tom Kitt

In addition to advocating for smart policies that best serve our heroes, it is also my role as a Member of Congress to advocate for our veterans when working with federal agencies. -Elise Stefanik

I'll look at superheroes and comics and stuff and wonder, 'Why wouldn't you dress like that if you could?' With fashion, I look at it as a way to express that. I don't really pull any punches on it; otherwise, you get caught up in this nexus of dressing like everyone else. -Thundercat

When I was a kid, my heroes were not baseball players nor movie stars. My knights in shining armor were film critics. -Rod Lurie

Classically, throughout all of our history, the movies in times of crisis have turned to military figures as heroes, because they are the guardians of our nation. -Rod Lurie

You may never need them, but if you do, they'll be there. It's that bedrock promise of protection that makes our public safety officials the unsung heroes that they are. -Ajit Pai

Black Lightning, Jefferson Pierce, Thunder, and Lightning deserve their own show because they are not 'the other.' They are legitimate superheroes in their own right, and so they deserve the full breadth of exploration. That's what makes them worthy, and that's why they deserve it. They are not 'the other.' They are 'the the.' -Salim Akil

We don't have a lot of black superheroes. -Salim Akil

I was always a huge WWF wrestling fan, and Hulk Hogan was one of my biggest heroes. -Tito Ortiz

I would want people to be their own superheroes, save their own days, know that nobody else is gonna do it for you. You have to pick yourself up out of your dark moment; you gotta be your own source of light, just like I was for me. -Kyle

I consider myself a Jewish writer, like all my heroes: Tom Stoppard, David Mamet, Philip Roth, Arthur Miller, Woody Allen. -Patrick Marber

I actually run a nonprofit that's all about giving people opportunities to be their own heroes and do their own work. -Angelica Ross

Loner heroes do appeal to that part of yourself that feels as though your genius hasn't been recognised. -Shaun Evans

Real heroes don't wear capes. Real superheroes wear uniforms and badges and stethoscopes! Real superheroes are members of our military, law enforcement, and first responders. Pretend superheroes wear capes! -Dean Cain

The cool thing about superheroes is that they all have these very human roots, and that brings them all together and makes them all the same, in a way. -Juliana Harkavy

My father's political heroes were Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman. -Bret Stephens

I have a problem with superheroes in general because, politically, superheroes are cops. Superheroes work with the government to uphold the law. And who do the laws work for? -Boots Riley

I have a lot of photos of my grandparents – they're my heroes, even though they've passed away. They were always happy, positive, loving to everyone they met, and a huge inspiration to me and the reason I do what I do. -Colleen Ballinger

It may be that a majority of superheroes are white males. But that's because they used to all be white males, except for Wonder Woman and Black Canary and maybe one or two others. Now there are Spanish, Puerto Rican comic book superheroes, black superheroes, and women superheroes. -Neal Adams

Times have changed. And as the audience changes, so do the superheroes. -Neal Adams

As it turned out, if you look at the history, everything in superhero comic books pretty much lies between Superman and Batman: Superman being the greatest superhero there is, and Batman being the one of the few superheroes who has no superpowers and is, in fact, not a superhero. -Neal Adams

It's hard to not act like a fan when you're in these scenes with your heroes, but you can't do that because you respect everybody so much. -Sam Richardson

'Women's' war has its own colors, its own smells, its own lighting, and its own range of feelings. There are no heroes and incredible feats; there are simply people who are busy doing inhumanly human things. -Svetlana Alexievich

There is this tradition, stretching back to Tacitus and Plutarch, that history belongs to the heroes, the emperors. But I grew up among simple people, and their stories just shattered me. It was painful that no one but me was listening to them. -Svetlana Alexievich

We, people of socialism, are not like others. We have our peculiar ideas about heroes and martyrs. -Svetlana Alexievich

As far as someone who I would like to work with – this is super out of the box, and I have put this on my Twitter – Pam Grier. I love her. I just love her fierceness, and she's kind of, for me, one of the first black superheroes. I would love to have a chance to work with her. -Candice Patton

It's so important for young girls of color – young girls of any color – to see diverse women as the heroes of their own story. -Candice Patton

I grew up with Batman and Superman but definitely in a cartoon and a movie kind of way. I was familiar with DC superheroes. I didn't know much about The Flash or anything about Iris West! -Candice Patton

I'm really influenced by '90s hip hop. A Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul were my heroes growing up. -Mat Kearney

Being the first female Doctor and showing children that their heroes in shows don't always look the same is a huge honour for me. -Jodie Whittaker

There's only one thing people love more than their heroes, and that's stomping them into the ground. -CM Punk

I grew up a wrestling fan, so to be doing what my 'heroes' were doing when I was a kid, it's fun. I have fun out there. -CM Punk

When you grow up looking at Superman, Batman, and all those superheroes, you take it for granted that is what superheroes are supposed to be. So then, when I see art books at the library, and I'm seeing Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo and Rembrandt, I think that's what artists look like. -Kerry James Marshall

My heroes would never let me down; they never have. I've never been disappointed by any of them. -Chrissie Hynde

When a kid smiles because you take an extra 30 seconds, minute, minute and a half to go over and ask them what their name is, give them the shirt you just wore to the ring, you just see them light up. We've all been kids before; we've all had our heroes, been fans of somebody and needed that autograph. -Randy Orton

When you're growing up, you have your heroes, and you hear about people going off to other countries to play football, but when you're so young, you're not thinking about that. You just play. No referee, no rules. -Nwankwo Kanu

Most superheroes are young or in their 20s, and as you can see with Black Lightning, he's in his mid-40s and he has a family, so that affects you a bit differently as opposed to being a young, single superhero. -Nafessa Williams

I believe what makes Black Lightning different from other superhero shows and other superheroes is that he's really, really family-oriented. You get to see his entire family as well as his daughters being superheroes and diving into that universe. -Nafessa Williams

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