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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 ]

A solemn and religious regard to spiritual and eternal things is an indispensable element of all true greatness.
      - Daniel Webster

There is something on earth greater than arbitrary power. The thunder, the lightning, and the earthquake are terrific, but the judgment of the people is more.
      - Daniel Webster

O, happy they that never saw the court,
  Nor ever knew great men but by report!
      - John Webster,
        The White Devil; or, Vittoria Corombona
         (act V, sc. VI)

The greatness of action includes immoral as well as moral greatness--Cortes and Napoleon, as well as Luther and Washington.
      - Edwin Percy Whipple

Great is Youth--equally great is Old Age--great are Day and Night.
  Great is Wealth--great is Poverty--great is Expression-great is Silence.
      - Walt Whitman

Anyone can make history. Only a great man can write it.
      - Oscar Wilde (Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde)

Few footprints of the great remain in the sand before the ever-flowing tide. Long ago it washed out Homer's. Curiosity follows him in vain; Greece and Asia perplex us with a rival Stratford-upon-Avon. The rank of Aristophanes is only conjectured from his gift to two poor players in Athens. The age made no sign when Shakespeare, its noblest son, passed away.
      - Robert Aris Willmott

A great man is made so for others.
      - Thomas Wilson (2)

Greatness, in any period and under any circumstances, has always been rare. It is of elemental birth, and is independent alike of its time and its circumstances.
      - William Winter

There is a better thing than the great man who is always speaking, and that is the great man who only speaks when he has a great word to say.
      - William Winter

That man lives greatly, whatever his fate or fame, who greatly dies.
      - Edward Young

High stations, tumult, but not bliss, create;
  None think the great unhappy, but the great.
      - Edward Young, Love of Fame
         (satire I, l. 237)

Great let me call him, for he conquered me.
      - Edward Young, The Revenge (act I, sc. 1)


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