Greatness Quotes

Greatness, generally speaking, is an unusual quantity of a usual quality grafted upon a common man.

William Allen White

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

Francis Bacon, Sr.

Men achieve a certain greatness unawares, when working to another aim.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Greatness be nothing unless it be lasting.

Napoleon Bonaparte

The greatness of art is not to find what is common but what is unique

Isaac Bashevis Singer

Man's greatness lies in his power of thought.

Blaise Pascal

Pathetic attitudes are not in keeping with greatness

Friedrich Nietzsche

Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation.

Robert F. Kennedy

A man's dreams are an index to his greatness.

Zadok Rabinwitz

Responsibility is the price of greatness.

Winston Churchill

Whoever renders service to many puts himself in line for greatness--great wealth, great return, great satisfaction, great reputation, and great joy.

Jim Rohn

Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events ... it is from numberless acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped.

Robert F Kennedy 1925

Goodness does not consist in greatness, but greatness in goodness.

Athenaeus

It is yet a higher speech of his than the other, It is true greatness to have in one the frailty of a man and the security of a god.

Francis Bacon

Now the activity of the practical virtues is exhibited in political or military affairs, but the actions concerned with these seem to be unleisurely. Warlike actions are completely so (for no one chooses to be at war, or provokes war, for the sake of being at war; any one would seem absolutely murderous if he were to make enemies of his friends in order to bring about battle and slaughter); but the action of the statesman is also unleisurely, and-apart from the political action itself-aims at despotic power and honours, or at all events happiness, for him and his fellow citizens-a happiness different from political action, and evidently sought as being different. So if among virtuous actions political and military actions are distinguished by nobility and greatness, and these are unleisurely and aim at an end and are not desirable for their own sake, but the activity of reason, which is contemplative, seems both to be superior in serious worth and to aim at no end beyond itself, and to have its pleasure proper to itself (and this augments the activity), and the self-sufficiency, leisureliness, unweariedness (so far as this is possible for man), and all the other attributes ascribed to the supremely happy man are evidently those connected with this activity, it follows that this will be the complete happiness of man, if it be allowed a complete term of life.

Aristotle

It is important, therefore, to hold fast to this: that poetry is at bottom a criticism of life; that the greatness of a poet lies in his powerful and beautiful application of ideas to life to the question: How to live.

Matthew Arnold

Greatness is a spiritual condition worthy to excite love, interest, and admiration; and the outward proof of possessing greatness is that we excite love, interest, and admiration.

Matthew Arnold

I look for a particular kind of sentence, perhaps more often the awkward than the beautiful. A broke-back sentence is interesting. Any sentence that begins with the phrase, It is not clear that... is clearly clumsy but preparing itself for greatness of a kind. A way of backing into a storyof getting past the readers hardwon armor.

Donald Barthelme

To be truly alive is to be transformed from within, open to the energy of God's love. In accepting the power of the Holy Spirit you can also transform your families, communities and nations. Set free the gifts! Let wisdom, courage, awe and reverence be the marks of greatness!

Pope Benedict XVI

I saw you then not only as the symbol of your people and its greatness, but as the voice of the invincible and uncompromising conscience of the human race at a time of danger to the dignity of man, created in the image of God. It was not only the liberties and the honor of your own people that you saved.

David Ben Gurion

Our language is the product of extraordinary thought and philosophical greatness. There is a lifetime and more of study here, which would turn our impoverishing certitudes into humanizing doubts.

Allan David Bloom

It was Africa distilled up through six thousand feet like the strong and refined essence of a continent... The views were immensely wide everything that you saw made for greatness and freedom, and unequalled nobility.

Karen von Blixen-Finecke

Greatness is nothing unless it be lasting.

Napoleon Bonaparte

Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some hire public relations officers.

Daniel J. Boorstin
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