Greatness Quotes

greatness-quotesIt is a great mistake to think of being great without goodness; and I pronounce it as certain that there was never yet a truly great man that was not as the same time truly virtuous.  -Benjamin Franklin

Difficulty is a nurse of greatness–a harsh nurse, who rocks her foster children roughly, but rocks them in strength and athletic proportion. The mind, grappling with great aims and wrestling with mighty impediments, grows by a certain necessity to the stature of greatness. -Bryant

Not a day passes over the earth but men and women of no note do great deeds, speak great words, and suffer noble sorrows. Of these obscure heroes, philosophers, and martyrs the greater part will never be known till that hour when many that were great shall be small, and the small great. -Charles Reade

A great man may be the personification and type of the epoch for which God destines him, but he is never its creator. -D’Aubigne

Great men suffer hours of depression through introspection and self-doubt.  That is why they are great.  That is why you will find modesty and humility the characteristics of such men.  -Bruce Barton

Those things which we call extraordinary, remarkable, or unusual may make history, but they do not make real life. After all, to do well those things which God ordained to be the common lot of all mankind, is the truest greatness. To be a successful father or a successful mother is greater than to be a successful general or a successful statesman. -Howard W. Hunter

No man has come to true greatness who has not felt in some degree that his life belongs to his race, and that what God gives him he gives him for mankind. -Phillips Brooks

A great mind may change its objects, but it cannot relinquish them; it must have something to pursue; variety is its relaxation, and amusement its repose. -Colton

Every individual has a place to fill in the world, and is important in some respect, whether he chooses to be so or not.  -Nathaniel Hawthorne

Do little things now; so shall big things come to thee by and by asking to be done.  -Persian Proverb

Greatness is not found in possessions, power, position, or prestige. It is discovered in goodness, humility, service and character. -William A. Ward

Do not despise the bottom rungs in the ascent to greatness. -Publilius Syrus (85-43BC)

There are no great men, only great challenges that ordinary men are forced by circumstances to meet. -William F. Halsey (1882-1959)

There never was a truly great man that was not at the same time truly virtuous. -Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

Bigness comes from doing many small things well. Individually, they are not very dramatic transactions. Together, though, they add up. -Edward S. Finkelstein

The measure of a master is his success in bringing all men around to his opinion twenty years later. -Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

They’re only truly great who are truly good. -George Chapman (1557-1634)

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. -Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

All great men are gifted with intuition. They know without reasoning or analysis, what they need to know. -Dr. Alexis Carrel (1873-1944)

Great people are meteors designed to burn so that the earth may be lighted. -Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821)

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