Quotations The Best Quotes About Greatness  

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You will become as small as your controlling desire; as great as your dominant aspiration. James Allen

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Greatness is a spiritual condition. Matthew Arnold

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Great men are true men, the men in whom nature has succeeded. They are not extraordinary -- they are in the true order. It is the other species of men who are not what they ought to be. Henri-Frédéric Amiel

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Greatness be nothing unless it be lasting. Napoleon Bonaparte

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Great people are meteors designed to burn so that the earth may be lighted. Napoleon Bonaparte

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We shall never resolve the enigma of the relation between the negative foundations of greatness and that greatness itself. Jean Baudrillard

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Great men are the guideposts and landmarks in the state. Edmund Burke

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False greatness is unsociable and remote: conscious of its own frailty, it hides, or at least averts its face, and reveals itself only enough to create an illusion and not be recognized as the meanness that it really is. True greatness is free, kind, familiar and popular; it lets itself be touched and handled, it loses nothing by being seen at close quarters; the better one knows it, the more one admires it. Jean de La Bruyère

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There is a great man who makes every man feel small. But the real great man is the man who makes every man feel great. G. K. Chesterton

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Sighing that Nature formed but one such man, and broke the die. George Gordon Noel Byron, 6th Baron Byron

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The dullard's envy of brilliant men is always assuaged by the suspicion that they will come to a bad end. Max Beerbohm

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Man is only truly great when he acts from his passions. Benjamin Disraeli

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Do not despise the bottom rungs in the ascent to greatness. Publilius Syrus

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All your youth you want to have your greatness taken for granted; when you find it taken for granted, you are unnerved. Elizabeth Bowen

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Great men are not always wise.

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The great must submit to the dominion of prudence and of virtue, or none will long submit to the dominion of the great. Edmund Burke

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The herd seek out the great, not for their sake but for their influence; and the great welcome them out of vanity or need. Napoleon Bonaparte

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No great thing is created suddenly. Epictetus

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It is a melancholy truth that even great men have their poor relations. Charles Dickens

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A great person is one who affects the mind of their generation. Benjamin Disraeli

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The difference between Socrates and Jesus? The great conscious and the immeasurably great unconscious. Thomas Carlyle

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No great man lives in vain. The history of the world is but the biography of great men. Thomas Carlyle

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The price of greatness is responsibility. Winston Churchill

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Great merit, or great failings, will make you respected or despised; but trifles, little attentions, mere nothings, either done or neglected, will make you either liked or disliked in the general run of the world.

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The essence of greatness is the perception that virtue is enough. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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No one who has come to true greatness has not felt in some degree that his life belongs to the people, and what God has given them he gives it for mankind. Phillips Brooks

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Great and good are seldom the same man. Thomas Fuller

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No great man ever complains of want of opportunity. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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All great deeds and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning. Albert Camus

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Greatness and goodness are not means, but ends. Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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He's the greatest man who ever came out of Plymouth, Vermont. -- On Calvin Coolidge Clarence Darrow

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Some have greatness thrust upon them, but not lately. Frank Dane

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Great people are they who see that spiritual is stronger than any material force, that thoughts rule the world. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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He is not great who is not greatly good. William Shakespeare

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It is true greatness to have in one the frailty of a man and the security of a god. Seneca the Younger

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No man is truly great who is great only in his lifetime. The test of greatness is the page of history. William Hazlitt

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Great men never make bad use of their superiority. They see it and feel it and are not less modest. The more they have, the more they know their own deficiencies. Jean-Jacques Rousseau

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Whatever you are, be a good one. Abraham Lincoln

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There never was a truly great man that was not at the same time truly virtuous. Benjamin Franklin

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Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them William Shakespeare

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Th abuse of greatness is when it disjoins remorse from power. William Shakespeare

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Be not afraid of greatness; some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them. William Shakespeare

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At most, the greatest persons are but great wens, and excrescences; men of wit and delightful conversation, but as morals for ornament, except they be so incorporated into the body of the world that they contribute something to the sustentation of the whole. John Donne

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Not he is great who can alter matter, but he who can alter my state of mind. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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After a fellow gets famous it does not take long for someone to bob up that used to sit next to him in school. Kin Hubbard

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The search after the great men is the dream of youth, and the most serious occupation of manhood. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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The measure of a master is his success in bringing all men around to his opinion twenty years later. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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A great man's greatest good luck is to die at the right time. Eric Hoffer

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To have a great man for a friend seems pleasant to those who have never tried it; those who have, fear it. Horace

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A good man, is a good man, whether in this church, or out of it. Brigham Young