We all have heroes and that is important, you need someone to look up to. But Heroes are human beings like anyone else and sometimes they say or do things that are not so heroic.
Following are some examples where some heroes said something very un-heroic.Some of these will really surprise you.
John Lennon, on his son
“I’m not going to lie to Julian. Ninety percent of the people on this planet, especially in the West, were born out of a bottle of whiskey on a Saturday night, and there was no intent to have children. So 90 percent of us — that includes everybody — were accidents…Julian is in the majority, along with me and everybody else. Sean is a planned child, and therein lies the difference.” — Lennon, describing the difference between his first son, Julian, and his second son, Sean
Abraham Lincoln, on racial equality
“I will say then that I am not, nor ever have been in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races.”
Roald Dahl, on Jewish people
Martin Luther King Jr., on domestic abuse
“I would suggest that you analyze the whole situation and see if there is anything within your personality that arouses this tyrannical response from your husband.” — King’s advice for a woman who asked him for help because her husband was abusive to her and their kids
Mahatma Gandhi, on black Africans
“Kaffirs are as a rule uncivilised—the convicts even more so. They are troublesome, very dirty and live almost like animals.”