Greatness be nothing unless it be lasting.
The greatest man in history was the poorest
Men achieve a certain greatness unawares, when working to another aim.
It is true greatness to have in one the frailty of a man and the security of a god.
He is greatest whose strength carries up the most hearts by the attraction of his own.
The greatest man is he who forms the taste of a nation; the next greatest is he who corrupts it
Greatness, generally speaking, is an unusual quantity of a usual quality grafted upon a common man.
He who comes up to his own idea of greatness must always have had a very low standard of it in mind
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.
To be great is to be misunderstood.
There is no such thing as a little country. The greatness of a people is no more determined by their numbers than the greatness of a man is by his height.
It is a mistake to imagine that potentially great men are rare. It is the conditions that permit the promise of greatness to be fulfilled that are rare. What is so difficult to achieve is the cultural background that permits potential greatness to be converted into actual greatness.
The character of greatness must be measured in two ways, else the measurement is flawed. First, and by far most popular of all, is by one's ability to succeed in times of trial where others may fail. But of no less importance, and perhaps foundational to any form of greatness, is one's willingness to start over in spite of failure, when success seems farthest away.
In America, they want you to accomplish these great feats, to pull off these David Copperfield-type stunts. You want me to be great, but you don't ever want me to say I'm great?
If there is no passion in your life, then have you really lived? Find your passion, whatever it may be. Become it, and let it become you and you will find great things happen FOR you, TO you and BECAUSE of you.
Whoever renders service to many puts himself in line for greatness--great wealth, great return, great satisfaction, great reputation, and great joy.
Goodness does not consist in greatness, but greatness in goodness.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some hire public relations officers.
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