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“Heroes don’t die in American movies.”
“They do in Chinese movies.”
“I know, but not in American movies.”
“Then they aren’t heroes.”
“Why do you say that?”
Little Tiger paused to think.  “I don’t know.  They’re just not.”
Feeling like I was on to something important, I pressed.  “But why do you think that?”
Dequing, [one of the author’s instructors] who had been following the exchange, said, “Because it doesn’t take much courage to fight when you still believe you can win. What takes real courage is to keep fighting when all hope is gone.”
  —  Matthew Polly
From his book:  “American Shaolin
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