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No man is truly great who is great only in his lifetime. The test of greatness is the page of history.
The greatness of a man's power is the measure of his surrender.
The truest greatness lies in being kind, the truest wisdom in a happy mind.
Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Integrity is the first step to true greatness. Men love to praise, but are slow to practice it. To maintain it in high places costs self-denial; in all places it is liable to opposition, but its end is glorious, and the universe will yet do it homage.
If we cannot see the possibility of greatness, how can we dream it?
Greatness, generally speaking, is an unusual quantity of a usual quality grafted upon a common man.
William Allen White
Great men are rare, poets are rarer, but the great man who is a poet, transfiguring his greatness, is the rarest of all events.
Just as the British subject loves England despite her faults, so we must insist that all Germans who were part of the old Germany and helped shape her, recognize the greatness and worthiness of present-day Germany.
Teachers today are breaking down obstacles, finding innovative ways to instill old lessons, proving that greatness can be found in everyday places.
Let's drink to the spirit of gallantry and courage that made a strange Heaven out of unbelievable Hell, and let's drink to the hope that one day this country of ours, which we love so much, will find dignity and greatness and peace again.
The greatness of a man is measured by the way he treats the little man. Compassion for the weak is a sign of greatness.
It is true greatness to have in one the frailty of a man and the security of a god.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Illusions of grandeur are not the same as visions of greatness.
Edwin Louis Cole
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.
Greatness and goodness are not means, but ends.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Biographies are no longer written to explain or explore the greatness of the great. They redress balances, explore secret weaknesses, demolish legends.
A. S. Byatt
Jesus Christ belonged to the true race of prophets. He saw with open eye the mystery of the soul. Drawn by its severe harmony, ravished with its beauty, he lived in it and had his being there. Alone in all history, he estimated the greatness of man.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
I believe greatness is an evolutionary process that changes and evolves era to era.
I want greatness.
We have, I fear, confused power with greatness.
No university in the world has ever risen to greatness without a correspondingly great library... When this is no longer true, then will our civilization have come to an end.
Lawrence Clark Powell
I always knew I was destined for greatness.
Goodness makes greatness truly valuable, and greatness make goodness much more serviceable.
Of all vices, drinking is the most incompatible with greatness.
Hitler was so modern, in that he was obsessed with being famous. He was caught up with this rush to be have achieved greatness before turning 30.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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