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Greatness Quotes

"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 Frederic Amiel


"Creativity means believing you have greatness." Dr. Wayne Dyer

"There are no great men, only great challenges that ordinary men are forced by circumstances to meet." William F. Halsey

"I shall not remain insignificant, I shall work in the world for mankind....I don't want to have lived in vain like most people. I want to be useful or bring enjoyment to all people, even those I've never met. I want to go on living, even after my death!" Anne Frank

"Greatness does not approach him who is forever looking down." Hitopadesa

A man, as a general rule, owes very little to what he is born with a man is what he makes himself." Alexander Graham Bell

"Time and money spent in helping men do more for themselves is far better than mere giving."
Henry Ford

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

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

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

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

"Great men are like eagles, and build their nest on some lofty solitude." Arthur Schopenhauer

"The price of greatness is responsibility." Winston Churchill

"I can't believe that God put us on this earth to be ordinary." Lou Holtz

"The ultimate is not to win, but to reach within the depths of your capabilities and to compete against yourself." Billy Mills

"It is the privilege of posterity to set matters right between those antagonists who, by their rivalry for greatness, divided a whole age." Joseph Addison

"Greatness after all, in spite of its name, appears to be not so much a certain size as a certain quality in human lives. It may be present in lives whose range is very small." Phillips Brooks

"Every great man is unique." Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Is it so bad, then, to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood."Ralph Waldo Emerson

"To be great is to be misunderstood." Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Let us consider the nature of true greatness in men. The people who can catch hold of men's minds and feelings and inspire them to do things bigger than themselves are the people who are remembered in history. . . . those who stir feelings and imagination and make men struggle toward perfection." Henry Eyring

"Do not confuse notoriety and fame with greatness. . . . For you see, greatness is a measure of one's spirit, not a result of one's rank in human affairs." Sherman Finesilver

"A great man will not trample upon a worm, nor sneak to an emperor." Thomas Fuller

"Recipe for greatness - To bear up under loss, to fight the bitterness of defeat and the weakness of grief, to be victor over anger, to smile when tears are close, to resist evil men and base instincts, to hate hate and to love love, to go on when it would seem good to die, to seek ever after the glory and the dream, to look up with unquenchable faith in something evermore about to be, that is what any man can do, and so be great." Zane Grey

" . . . I want it said of me by those who knew me best, that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow." Abraham Lincoln

"If any man seeks for greatness, let him forget greatness and ask for truth, and he will find both." Horace Mann

"The great man is he who does not lose his child's heart. " Mencius

"I'd rather be a great bad poet than a good bad poet." Ogden Nash

"Every great man is always being helped by everybody, for his gift is to get good out of all things and all persons." John Ruskin

"A desire for bigness has hurt many folks. Putting oneself in the limelight at the expense of others is a wrong idea of greatness. The secret of greatness rather than bigness is to acclimate oneself to one's place of service and be true to one's own convictions. A life of this kind of service will forever remain the measure of one's true greatness." Richard W. Shelly, Jr.

"Some things have not changed since the dawn of history, and bid fair to last out time itself. One of these things is the capacity for greatness in man-his capacity for being often the master of the event -and sometimes even more-the changer of the course of history itself. This capacity for greatness is a very precious gift, and we are under a danger in our day of stifling it." Dr. William Clyde de Vane

"You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand." Woodrow Wilson

"Excellence is not a destination; it is a continuous journey that never ends." Brian Tracy

"You can do anything you wish to do, have anything you wish to have, be anything you wish to be." Robert Collier

"Since most of us spend our lives doing ordinary tasks, the most important thing is to carry them out extraordinarily well." Henry David Thoreau

"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give." Winston Churchill

"What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us." Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people." Hyman Rickover

"Before you can inspire with emotion, you must be swamped with it yourself. Before you can move their tears, your own must flow. To convince them, you must yourself believe." Winston Churchill

"Great crises produce great men and great deeds of courage." John F. Kennedy

"He should sweep streets so well that all the host of heaven and earth will pause to say, 'Here lives a great street-sweeper who did his job well'" Martin Luther King Jr.

"He who reigns within himself and rules his passions, desires, and fears is more than a king." John Milton


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