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A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is brave five minutes longer.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.
I am an ordinary man who worked hard to develop the talent I was given. I believed in myself, and I believe in the goodness of others.
Genius... is the capacity to see ten things where the ordinary man sees one.
The ordinary man is involved in action, the hero acts. An immense difference.
The ordinary man looking at a mountain is like an illiterate person confronted with a Greek manuscript.
The ordinary man with extraordinary power is the chief danger for mankind - not the fiend or the sadist.
It is true that going out on to the street implies the risk of accidents happening, as they would to any ordinary man or woman. But if the church stays wrapped up in itself, it will age. And if I had to choose between a wounded church that goes out on to the streets and a sick, withdrawn church, I would definitely choose the first one.
A murderer is regarded by the conventional world as something almost monstrous, but a murderer to himself is only an ordinary man. It is only if the murderer is a good man that he can be regarded as monstrous.
I was not a messiah, but an ordinary man who had become a leader because of extraordinary circumstances.
The intellectual is different from the ordinary man, but only in certain sections of his personality, and even then not all the time.
The worst misfortune that can happen to an ordinary man is to have an extraordinary father.
An ordinary man can surround himself with two thousand books and thenceforward have at least one place in the world in which it is possible to be happy.
Given Pounds and five years, and an ordinary man can in the ordinary course, without any undue haste or putting any pressure upon his taste, surround himself with books, all in his own language, and thence forward have at least one place in the world.
I think, increasingly, despite what we are being told is an ever more open world of communication, there is a terrible alienation in the ordinary man between what he is being told and what he secretly believes.
John le Carre
It is frequently the tragedy of the great artist, as it is of the great scientist, that he frightens the ordinary man.
A biopic would have required hiring an actor, and I always wanted to just let Bobby be Bobby. My thought was it would make it a more universal story to focus on ordinary people rather than this extraordinary man.
The ordinary man casts a shadow in a way we do not quite understand. The man of genius casts light.
I idolize Gene Hackman. He is not a natural star, not an incandescent personality like Jack Nicholson, but he makes luminous the problems of being an ordinary man in an extraordinary situation.
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