"Certainly that was my conviction… [I was] a secret hero. If the stakes were high enough - if the evil were evil enough, if the good were good enough - I would simply tap a secret resevoir of courage that had been accumulating inside me over the years. Courage, I seemed to think, comes to us in finite quantities, like an inheritance, and by being frugal and stashing it away… we steadily increase our moral capital in preparation for that day when the account must be drawn down. It was a comforting theory."
-Tim O’Brien, On The Rainy River
Sure, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones said pretty much the same thing in the mid-90s with Knock on Wood. But Tim uses bigger words.