C.Reeve,…”Hero Just For One Day”


A hero is someone who, in spite of weakness, doubt or not always knowing the answers, goes ahead and overcomes anyway. Christopher Reeve

Don’t give up. Don’t lose hope. Don’t sell out.  Christopher Reeve

Christopher D’Olier Reeve (September 25, 1952 – October 10, 2004) was an American actor, film director, producer, screenwriter, author and activist. He achieved stardom for his acting achievements, in particular his motion-picture portrayal of the DC comic book superhero, Superman.

On May 27, 1995, Reeve became a quadriplegic after being thrown from a horse during an equestrian competition in Culpeper, VA. He required a wheelchair and breathing apparatus for the rest of his life. He lobbied on behalf of people with spinal-cord injuries and for human embryonic stem cell research, founding the Christopher Reeve Foundation and co-founding the Reeve-Irvine Research Center

Some people are walking around with full use of their bodies and they’re more paralyzed than I am. Christopher Reeve

The grandest of heroic deeds are those which are performed within four walls and in domestic privacy.  Jean Paul, p. 313

Andrea: Unhappy is the land that breeds no hero.
Galileo: No, Andrea: Unhappy is the land that needs a hero. – Bertolt Brecht, Life of Galileo (1938), Scene 12, p. 115

Maybe a real hero’s the last one to hear about it. Wylie Burp, An American Tail: Fievel Goes West

Hero-worship exists, has existed, and will forever exist, universally among Mankind. – Thomas Carlyle, Sartor Resartus, Organic Filaments

Each man is a hero and an oracle to somebody, and to that person whatever he says has an enhanced value. Ralph Waldo Emerson, Letters and Social Aims (1876), Quotation and Originality

Though nothing, nothing will keep us together
We can beat them, forever and ever
Oh, we can be heroes just for one day
. – David Bowie and Brian Eno, “Heroes”, on “Heroes” (1977)

Don’t aim at any impossible heroisms. Strive rather to be quiet in your own sphere. Don’t live in the cloudland of some transcendental heaven; do your best to bring the glory of a real heaven down, and ray it out upon your fellows in this work-day world. Seek to make trade bright with a spotless integrity, and business lustrous with the beauty of holiness. – William Morley Punshon, p. 313

You play the hand you’re dealt. I think the game’s worthwhile. Christopher Reeve

Never accept ultimatums, conventional wisdom, or absolutes.Christopher Reeve


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