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Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great. Mark Twain, author


The greatest use of a life is to spend it on something that will outlast it. William James, philosopher


The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. Steve Jobs, businessman


Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk. Dalai Lama, leader


A great man shows his greatness by the way he treats little men. Thomas Carlyle, philosopher


I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more luck I have. Thomas Jefferson, president


The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions. Leonardo da Vinci, artist


You can’t be great if you don’t feel great. Make exceptional health your priority. Robin Sharma, author


Prayer is more than meditation. In meditation, the source of strength is one's self. When one prays, he goes to a source of strength greater than his own. Madame de Stael, writer


Nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think. Benjamin Disraeli, statesman


You only get one life. You might as well spend it working on something great. Paul Graham, scientist


Great achievers are driven, not so much by the pursuit of success, but by the fear of failure. Larry Ellison, businessman


Great minds have purposes, little minds have wishes. Washington Irving, writer


Small opportunities are often the beginnings of great enterprises. Demosthenes, statesman


You must expect great things of yourself before you can do them. Michael Jordan, athlete


After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. Nelson Mandela, statesman


All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking. Friedrich Nietzsche, philosopher


Great vision without great people is irrelevant. Jim Collins,


Mastery is great,but even that is not enough. You have to be able to change course without a bead of sweat, or remorse. Tom Peters, businessman


Great things are not something accidental, but must certainly be willed. Vincent Van Gogh, painter


Great leaders encourage and enable others to become great. Susan McCann, singer


To walk around with an ego is a bad thing. To have confidence in yourself is a great thing. Fred Durst, musician


A great leader's courage to fulfill his vision comes from passion, not position. John Maxwell, speaker


If your leadership is ample, you will be a great example. Daniel Evans, politician


Whatever you are, be a good one. Abraham Lincoln, president


The first step toward greatness is to be honest. Proverbs,


No great thing is created suddenly. Epictetus, philosopher


Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet


You don't have to be great to get started, but you do have to get started to be great. Lee J. Colan, author


I never wanted to be famous. I only wanted to be great. Ray Charles, musician


The price of greatness is responsibility. Sir Winston Churchill, politician


There is no greatness where simplicity, goodness and truth are absent. Leo Tolstoy, novelist


Nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without passion. G. W. F. Hegel,


All great deeds and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning. Albert Camus, philosopher


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


A great person is one who affects the mind of their generation. Benjamin Disraeli, statesman


Great people are they who see that spiritual is stronger than any material force, that thoughts rule the world. Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet


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


Great men are like eagles, and build their nest on some lofty solitude. Arthur Schopenhauer, philosopher


Do not despise the bottom rungs in the ascent to greatness. Publilius Syrus, writer


The essence of greatness is the perception that virtue is enough. Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet


To achieve greatness one should live as if they will never die. Francois de la Rochefoucauld, writer


A great man stands on God. A small man on a great man. Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet


Great deeds are usually wrought at great risks. Herodotus, historian


Greatness is a spiritual condition. Matthew Arnold, poet


I never knew a man come to greatness or eminence who lay abed late in the morning. Jonathan Swift, writer


Difficulty, my brethren, is the nurse of greatness William Cullen Bryant,


Man is only truly great when he acts from his passions. Benjamin Disraeli, statesman


Great people are meteors designed to burn so that the earth may be lighted. Napoleon Bonaparte, leader


All great men are gifted with intuition. They know without reasoning or analysis, what they need to know. Alexis Carrel, scientist


Prayer is more than meditation. In meditation the source of strength is one's self. When one prays he goes to a source of strength greater than his own. Chiang Kai-shek, soldier


No great man ever complains of want of opportunity. Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet


No one ever became great by imitation. Samuel Johnson, author


Well, I wouldn't say that I was in the great class, but I had a great time while I was trying to be great. Harry S Truman,


The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be. Socrates, philosopher


Great men are not always wise. Bible,


The measure of a master is his success in bringing all men around to his opinion twenty years later. Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet


No man is truly great who is great only in his lifetime. The test of greatness is the page of history. William Hazlitt, critic


He was dull in a new way, and that made many think him great. Samuel Johnson, author


The superiority of some men is merely local. They are great because their associates are little. Samuel Johnson, author


It is always the adventurers who do great things, not the sovereigns of great empires. Charles Montesquieu,


To endure is greater than to dare; to tire out hostile fortune; to be daunted by no difficulty; to keep heart when all have lost it -- who can say this is not greatness? William Makepeace Thackeray, novelist


If you would attain greatness, think no little thoughts. Source Unknown,


The greatness of a man's power is the measure of his surrender. William Booth, leader


The difference between Socrates and Jesus? The great conscious and the immeasurably great unconscious. Thomas Carlyle, philosopher


Great and good are seldom the same man. Thomas Fuller, clergyman


To have a great man for a friend seems pleasant to those who have never tried it; those who have, fear it. Horace, poet


Neither wealth or greatness render us happy. Jean De La Fontaine, poet


There are no great things, only small things with great love. Happy are those. Mother Theresa, saint


Let us never forget that the greatest man is never more than an animal disguised as a god. Francis Picabia, artist


Great men are the guideposts and landmarks in the state. Edmund Burke, statesman


Nature's great masterpiece, an elephant;the only harmless great thing. John Donne, poet


He is great who is what he is from nature, and who never reminds us of others. Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet


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


Greatness does not approach him who is forever looking down. Hitopadesa,


There are people who possess not so much genius as a certain talent for perceiving the desires of the century, or even of the decade, before it has done so itself. G. C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg, scientist


Great men hallow a whole people, and lift up all who live in their time. Sydney Smith, clergyman


There is no greater harm than that of time wasted. Michelangelo, sculptor


Greatness be nothing unless it be lasting. Napoleon Bonaparte, leader


Sighing that Nature formed but one such man, and broke the die. Lord (George Gordon) Byron, poet


It is a melancholy truth that even great men have their poor relations. Charles Dickens, novelist


The qualities of a great man are vision, integrity, courage, understanding, the power of articulation, and profundity of character. Dwight David Ike Eisenhower, president


The essence of greatness is neglect of the self. James A. Froude, historian


There are no great men, only great challenges that ordinary men are forced by circumstances to meet. William F. Halsey,


There would be no great men if there were no little ones. George Herbert, poet


A great man's greatest good luck is to die at the right time. Eric Hoffer, writer


After a fellow gets famous it does not take long for someone to bob up that used to sit next to him in school. Kin Hubbard, cartoonist


Great woman belong to history and to self sacrifice. Leigh Hunt, poet


A position of eminence makes a great person greater and a small person less. Jean De La Bruyere, philosopher


Great men always pay deference to greater. Walter Savage Landor, poet


Selflessness = Greatness Ogunlela Olu,


The greatest men of a nation are those it puts to death. Ernest Renan, philosopher


A great thing can only be done by a great person; and they do it without effort. John Ruskin, writer


It is true greatness to have in one the frailty of a man and the security of a god. Marcus Annaeus Seneca Seneca The Elder, rhetorician


Th abuse of greatness is when it disjoins remorse from power. William Shakespeare, dramatist


Being too good is apt to be uninteresting. Harry S Truman,


There is nothing as special as watching greatness. Sean Astin, actor


I do myself a greater injury in lying than I do him of whom I tell a lie. Michel de Montaigne, philosopher


Inaction is perhaps the greatest mistake of all. Charles Schumer, politician


Great ideas often receive violent opposition from mediocre minds. Albert Einstein, physicist


The dullard's envy of brilliant men is always assuaged by the suspicion that they will come to a bad end. Max Beerbohm, actor


The herd seek out the great, not for their sake but for their influence; and the great welcome them out of vanity or need. Napoleon Bonaparte, leader


No one who has come to true greatness has not felt in some degree that his life belongs to the people, and what God has given them he gives it for mankind. Phillips Brooks, clergyman


The great must submit to the dominion of prudence and of virtue, or none will long submit to the dominion of the great. Edmund Burke, statesman


What millions died that Caesar might be great? Joseph Campell,


Greatness and goodness are not means, but ends. Samuel Taylor Coleridge, poet


Great men are rarely isolated mountain-peaks; they are the summits of ranges. Thomas Wentworth Higginson,


In our society those who are in reality superior in intelligence can be accepted by their fellows only if they pretend they are not. Marya Mannes, journalist


The greatest thing a man can do in this world is to make the most possible out of the stuff that has been given him. This is success, and there is no other. Orison Swett Marden, writer


You know, sometimes, when they say you're ahead of your time, it's just a polite way of saying you have a real bad sense of timing. George McGovern, politician


Greatness, in order to gain recognition, must all too often consent to ape greatness. Jean Rostand, scientist


He is not great who is not greatly good. William Shakespeare, dramatist


In my stars I am above thee; but be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them. William Shakespeare, dramatist


In my opinion, most of the great men of the past were only there for the beer --the wealth, prestige and grandeur that went with the power. A. J. P. Taylor, historian


It is necessary to be slightly under employed if you are to do something significant. James Watson,


Some great people are leaders and others are more lucky, in the right place at the right time. I'd put myself in the latter category. Steve Wozniak, businessman


Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little. Edmund Burke, statesman


It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do little - do what you can. Sydney Smith, clergyman


There is a melancholy that stems from greatness. Nicolas Chamfort, writer


The greatest homage we can pay to truth, is to use it. James Russell Lowell, poet


A man's worth is no greater than his ambitions. Marcus Aurelius, emperor


Is it so bad, then, to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood. Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet


We need to make a greater investment in human intelligence. Bob Graham, politician


John Wayne was one of the greatest ambassadors for the United States that ever lived. Maureen O'Hara, actress


Great leaders create more leaders, not followers. Roy Bennett, politician


Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don't really matter. Francis Chan,


Great men are true men, the men in whom nature has succeeded. They are not extraordinary -- they are in the true order. It is the other species of men who are not what they ought to be. Henri Frederic Amiel, philosopher


We shall never resolve the enigma of the relation between the negative foundations of greatness and that greatness itself. Jean Baudrillard, sociologist


Because you are a great lord, you believe yourself to be a great genius. You took the trouble to be born, but no more. Pierre De Beaumarchais,


All your youth you want to have your greatness taken for granted; when you find it taken for granted, you are unnerved. Elizabeth Bowen, novelist


No great man lives in vain. The history of the world is but the biography of great men. Thomas Carlyle, philosopher


Great merit, or great failings, will make you respected or despised; but trifles, little attentions, mere nothings, either done or neglected, will make you either liked or disliked in the general run of the world. Lord Chesterfield, statesman


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. G. K. Chesterton, writer


Twice in my lifetime the long arm of destiny has reached across the oceans and involved the entire life and manhood of the United States in a deadly struggle.There was no use in saying We don't want it; we won Sir Winston Churchill, politician


Some have greatness thrust upon them, but not lately. Frank Dane,


He's the greatest man who ever came out of Plymouth, Vermont. On Calvin Coolidge Clarence Darrow, lawyer


At most, the greatest persons are but great wens, and excrescences; men of wit and delightful conversation, but as morals for ornament, except they be so incorporated into the body of the world that they contribute something to the sustentation of the whole. John Donne, poet


I can write good songs. I can sing 'em, and I mean it, I mean it deeply, and I pour everything into that. Other than that, I suck. Adam Duritz, musician


Despite everybody who has been born and has died, the world has just gone on. I mean, look at Napoleon --but we went right on. Look at Harpo Marx --the world went around, it didn't stop for a second. It's sad but true. John Kennedy, right? Bob Dylan, musician


The search after the great men is the dream of youth, and the most serious occupation of manhood. Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet


I distrust Great Men. They produce a desert of uniformity around them and often a pool of blood too, and I always feel a little man's pleasure when they come a cropper. E. M. Forster, novelist


It's not what you take but what you leave behind that defines greatness. Edward Gardner,


The lights of stars that were extinguished ages ago still reaches us. So it is with great men who died centuries ago, but still reach us with the radiations of their personalities. Kahlil Gibran, artist


There is a sacred horror about everything grand. It is easy to admire mediocrity and hills; but whatever is too lofty, a genius as well as a mountain, an assembly as well as a masterpiece, seen too near, is appalling. Victor Hugo, author


Everybody can be great... because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love. Martin Luther King, Jr., leader


I want to be great, something special. Sugar Ray Leonard, athlete


Traditionally the great men of our country have sprung from poor environments; that being so, it would appear we have long suffered from a severe lack of poverty. Gerald F. Lieberman, writer


Don't dwell on reality; it will only keep you from greatness. Rev. Randall R. McBride, Jr.,


The world isn't kept running because it's a paying proposition. (God doesn't make a cent on the deal.) The world goes on because a few men in every generation believe in it utterly, accept it unquestioningly; they underwrite it with their lives. Henry Miller, author


Those who intend on becoming great should love neither themselves or their own things, but only what is just, whether it happens to be done by themselves or others. Plato, philosopher



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