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GREATNESS
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[ Also see Dignity Distinction Excellence Fame Glory Honor Littleness Mediocrity Nobility Power Reputation Size Sublimity Success Talent ]

Great men are more distinguished by range and extent than by originality.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Great men are sincere.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Great men do not content us. It is their solitude, not their force, that makes them conspicuous.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Great men, great nations, have not been boasters and buffoons, but perceivers of the terror of life, and have manned themselves to face it.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Greatness appeals to the future.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Not he is great who can alter matter, but he who can alter my state of mind.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Not in his goals but in his transitions is man great.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nothing is beneath you if it is in the direction of your life; nothing is great or desirable if it is off from that.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nothing is great but the inexhaustible wealth of nature.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

People with great gifts are easy to find, but symmetrical and balanced ones never.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

The great make its feel, first of all, the indifference of circumstances. They call into activity the higher perceptions, and subdue the low habits of comfort and luxury; but the higher perceptions find their objects everywhere; only the low habits need palaces and banquets.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

What your heart thinks great is great. The soul's emphasis is always right.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

He is great who is what he is from Nature, and who never reminds us of others.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson,
        Essays--Second Series--Uses of Great Men

Nature never sends a great man into the planet, without confiding the secret to another soul.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Uses of Great Men

The bigger they are, the further they have to fall.
      - Robert Prometheus Fitzsimmons

There was never yet a truly great man that was not at the same time truly virtuous.
      - Benjamin Franklin

Great is advertisement! 'tis almost fate;
  But, little mushroom-men, of puff-ball fame.
    Ah, do you dream to be mistaken great
      And to be really great are just the same?
      - Richard Le Gallienne, Alfred Tennyson

Great names stand not alone for great deeds; they stand also far great virtues, and, doing them worship, we elevate ourselves.
      - Henry Giles

For a man to achieve all that is demanded of him, he must regard himself as greater than he is.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The world cannot do without great men, but great men are very troublesome to the world.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The greatest men have not always the best heads; many indiscretions may be pardoned to a brilliant and ardent imagination. The prudence and discretion of a cold heart are not worth half so much as the follies of an ardent mind.
      - Baron Friedrich von Grimm, Friedrich Melchior

Greatness is so often a courteous synonym for great success.
      - Philip Guedalla

Earthly greatness is a nice thing, and requires so much chariness in the managing, as the contentment of it cannot requite.
      - Joseph Hall

Great men are not the mere products of the times in which they live, the epitome of their age, the creations of those formative currents of thought that are traversing the masses. Great men are the gifts of kind heaven to our poor world; instruments by which the Highest One works out His designs; light-radiators to give guidance and blessing to the travellers of time. Though far above us, they are felt to be our brothers; and their elevation shows us what vast possibilities are wrapped up in our common humanity. They beckon us up the gleaming heights to whose summits they have climbed. Their deeds are the woof of this world's history.
      - Moses Harvey


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