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GREATNESS
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We observe with confidence that the truly strong mind, view it as intellect or morality, or under any other aspect, is nowise the mind acquainted with its strength; that here the sign of health is unconsciousness.
      - Thomas Carlyle

We have not the love of greatness, but the love of the love of greatness.
      - Thomas Carlyle, Essays--Characteristics
         (vol. III)

Man's Unhappiness, as I construe, comes of his Greatness; it is because there is an Infinite in him, which with all his cunning he cannot quite bury under the Finite.
      - Thomas Carlyle,
        Sartor Resartus--The Everlasting Yea
         (bk. II, ch. IX)

The greatest man is he who chooses the Right with invincible resolution, who resists the sorest temptations from within and without, who bears the heaviest burdens cheerfully, who is calmest in storms and most fearless under menace and frowns, whose reliance on truth, on virtue, on God, is most unfaltering; and is this a greatness which is apt to make a show, or which is most likely to abound in conspicuous station? . . . I believe this greatness to be most common among the multitude, whose names are never heard.
      - William Ellery Channing

They're only truly great who are truly good.
      - George Chapman

Until you're ready to look foolish, you'll never have the possibility of being great.
      - Cher

All great men are partially inspired.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

This is the part of a great man, after he has maturely weighed all circumstances, to punish the guilty, to spare the many, and in every state of fortune not to depart from an upright, virtuous conduct.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

No man was ever great without divine inspiration.
  [Lat., Nemo vir magnus aliquo afflatu divino unquam fuit.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        De Natura Deorum (II, 66)

When greatness descends from its lofty pedestal, it assumes human dimensions.
      - Louise Colet (nee Revoil)

In life, we shall find many men that are great, and some men that are good, but very few men that are both great and good.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Some men who know that they are great are so very haughty withal and insufferable that their acquaintance discover their greatness only by the tax of humility which they are obliged to pay as the price of their friendship.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Speaking generally, no man appears great to his contemporaries, for the same reason that no man is great to his servants--both know too much of him.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Subtract from a great man all that be owes to opportunity and all that he owes to chance, all that he has gained by the wisdom of his friends and by the folly of his enemies, and our Brobdignag will often become a Liliputian.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

The region why great men meet with so little pity or attachment in adversity would seem to be this: the friends of a great man were made by his fortunes, his enemies by himself; and revenge is a much more punctual paymaster than gratitude.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

It is, alas! the poor prerogative of greatness, to be wretched and unpitied.
      - William Congreve

Everything great is not always good, but all good things, are great.
      - Demosthenes

A great man is one who affects the mind of his generation.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

The age does not believe in great men, because it does not possess any.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

The great man who thinks greatly of himself, is not diminishing that greatness in heaping fuel on his fire.
      - Isaac D'Israeli,
        Literary Character of Men of Genius
         (ch. XV)

So let his name through Europe ring!
  A man of mean estate,
    Who dies as firm as Sparta's king,
      Because his soul was great.
      - Sir Francis Hastings Charles Doyle, 2nd Baronet Doyle,
        The Private of the Buffs

No great deed is done
  By falterers who ask for certainty.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross),
        The Spanish Gypsy
         (bk. I, 56th line from end)

A man in pursuit of greatness feels no little wants.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

All great men come out of the middle classes.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every great man is a unique. The Scipionism of Scipio is precisely that part he could not borrow.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson


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