Greatness consists in trying to be great. There is no other way.
The test of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there
He that can heroically endure adversity will bear prosperity with equal greatness of soul; for the mind that cannot be dejected by the former is not likely to be transported with the later
Anything may be betrayed, anyone may be forgiven, but not those who lack the courage of their own greatness.
Poverty is a veil that obscures the face of greatness. An appeal is a mask covering the face of tribulation.
Be free all worthy spirits, and stretch yourselves, for greatness and for height.
It is criminal to steal a purse, daring to steal a fortune, a mark of greatness to steal a crown. The blame diminishes as the guilt increases.
Guilt, though it may attain temporal splendor, can never confer real happiness; the evil consequences of our crimes long survive their commission, and, like the ghosts of the murdered, forever haunt the steps of the malefactor; while the paths of virtue, though seldom those of worldly greatness, are always those of pleasantness and peace.
There is no greatness where there is not simplicity.
A man's greatness can be measured by his enemies.
The smaller we come to feel ourselves compared to the mountain, the nearer we come too participating in its greatness. I do not know why this is so.
Men who fear the strenuous life believe in that cloistered life which saps the hardy virtues in a nation as it saps them in the individual, or else they are wedded to the base spirit of gain and greed which recognize in commercialism the be-all and end-all of national life, instead of realizing that, though an indispensable element, it is, after all, but one of many elements that go to make up true national greatness
A human action becomes genuinely important when it springs from the soil of a clear-sighted awareness of the temporality and the ephemerally of everything human. It is only this awareness that can breathe any greatness into an action.
There is no greatness without a passion to be great, whether it's the aspiration of an athlete or an artist, a scientist, a parent, or a businessperson.
Greatness is more than potential. It is the execution of that potential. Beyond the raw talent. You need the appropriate training. You need the discipline. You need the inspiration. You need the drive.
The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.
It is the sign of a great mind to dislike greatness, and to prefer things in measure to things in excess.
All greatness of character is dependent on individuality. The man who has no other existence than that which he partakes in common with all around him, will never have any other than an existence of mediocrity.
The difference between greatness and mediocrity is often how an individual views a mistake.
If any man seeks for greatness, let him forget greatness and ask for truth, and he will find both.
Is there not some chosen curse, some hidden thunder in the stores of heaven, red with uncommon wrath, to blast the man who owes his greatness to his country's ruin!
The tourist who moves about to see and hear and open himself to all the influences of the places which condense centuries of human greatness is only a man in search of excellence.
Idleness, women, disorder, a foolish partiality for one's own native place, discontent and timidity are six obstructions to greatness.
It is the sign of a great mind to dislike greatness, and prefer things in measure to things in excess.
Man's unhappiness, as I construe, comes of his greatness; it is because there is an Infinite in him, which with all his cunning he cannot quite bury under the Finite.