Christopher Reeve? Apocryphal?
Quote Investigator: In 1998 Christopher Reeve published the autobiography “Still Me”, and he described the definition of a hero that he gave to interviewers during the publicity campaign for the “Superman” movie in 1978. Boldface added to excerpts by QI: 1998 Copyright, Still Me by Christopher Reeve, Chapter 11, Quote Page 273, Random House, New York. (Verified with scans)
The most frequently asked question was: “What is a hero?” I remember how easily I’d talk about it, the glib response I repeated so many times. My answer was that a hero is someone who commits a courageous action without considering the consequences.
Reeve’s notion of a hero was transformed as he gained greater insights to life:
Now my definition is completely different. I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.
Below is one additional citation and a conclusion.
Reeve’s remark has appeared in some books of inspirational quotations. For example, the 2004 collection “Words That Shine Like Stars” edited by Douglas Pagels included the following: 2004, Words That Shine Like Stars, Edited by Douglas Pagels, Quote Page 32, Blue Mountain Press, Boulder, Colorado. (Verified with scans)
I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.
— Christopher Reeve
In conclusion, Christopher Reeve deserves credit for the statements he wrote about being a hero in the 1998 autobiography “Still Me”.
Image Notes: Illustration of a dynamically moving superhero-type figure from alan9187 at Pixabay.
(Great thanks to the anonymous person whose inquiries about several quotations attributed Christopher Reeve led QI to formulate this question and perform this exploration.)