Mark Twain on why we worship 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.” — Mark Twain

(Hat tip: James D. Best)

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

P.S. I really appreciate everyone’s support of my books. Sold Out, the Marine Sniper/CIA thriller about Nick Woods, has gone as high as No. 46 in its genre. And Little Man, and the Dixon County War, a Western thriller that moves super fast, has gone as high as No. 34 in its genre.

4 thoughts on “Mark Twain on why we worship heroes

  1. Agreed, Mike. That quote motivated me, for sure.

    BTW, you think any more about creating a blog? I think besides honoring your friends, it would be a great place for you to weigh in on some things. And I know I’d sure like to hear your opinion on a multitude of issues.

    So, what I’m getting to is that if you launch one, I’ll be your first follower. : )

    Semper Fi.


    1. Yes, I have given it some thought. Trying to put things in place, I had gotten a WordPress account a while back, just have to take the time to put it all together. Like my youngest grand-daughter likes to say, “Pa-P old!” And by the way, put a big dent in “Little Man and the Dixon County War” this week end. Wow! What a ride. You’ve got to get busy and crank out some more stuff, you’ve got me hooked! Semper Fi.


      1. That’s great news that you’ve got the account and are giving it some thought.

        And that makes my day that you’re loving “Little Man.” Some of my readers like that one better than “Sold Out.”

        And don’t worry, I’m working on a follow up to “Little Man and the Dixon County War” as we speak!


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