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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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