– Joseph Campbell [See Source Note for important context]
Quote Number: 578
Source: Campbell, Joseph; Bill Moyers. The Power of Myth. Anchor: New York. 1991.
Source Notes: The context of this quote makes it clear that Campbell is talking about fictional heroes, but I think that the quote is relevant to real life heroes, they give of themselves for some larger purpose.
“Even in popular novels, the main character is a hero or heroine who has found or done something beyond the normal range of achievement and experience. A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.”