Saturday, August 11, 2012

Mark Twain on Heroes

“Unconsciously we all have a standard by which we measure other men, and if we examine closely we find that this standard is a very simple one, and is this: we admire them, we envy them, for great qualities we ourselves lack. Hero worship consists in just that. Our heroes are men who do things which we recognize, with regret, and sometimes with a secret shame, that we cannot do. We find not much in ourselves to admire, we are always privately wanting to be like somebody else. If everybody was satisfied with himself, there would be no heroes.” 


  1. Wow, James. Thanks for sharing that.

    I'd never seen it, and if you don't care, I'm going to repost it on my blog with a hat tip to you.

  2. No problem. Glad you like it, but it was Twain, not me.