Greatness Quotes

Most popular greatness quotes

Great men can't be ruled.
Great souls endure in silence.


Few great men could pass personnel.
To be great is to be misunderstood.


Failure is the true test of greatness.


The price of greatness is responsibility.


No great scoundrel is ever uninteresting.
A great man is always willing to be little.
The greater the man, the greater the crime.
Great causes and little men go ill together.
Nothing grows well in the shade of a big tree.
What millions died that Caesar might be great!
We have, I fear, confused power with greatness.


The truth is, a great mind must be androgynous.

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Failure is another stepping-stone to greatness.


One does not become great by claiming greatness.
— African proverb

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All rising to great place is by a winding stair.
It is the nature of all greatness not to be exact.
No great man ever complains of want of opportunity.


The first test of a truly great man is his humility.
It's hard to be humble, when you're as great as I am.


The superior man is distressed by his want of ability.


The great man is he who does not lose his child-heart.


Greatness is a zigzag streak of lightning in the brain.
Greatness is a road that leads toward something unknown.
Greatness has nothing to do with goodness—or very little.


A truly great man never puts away the simplicity of a child.
Detestation of the high is the involuntary homage of the low.
We can do not great things; only small things with great love.


A great man shows his greatness by the way he treats little men.
None are fit judges of greatness but those who are capable of it.
The superior man is distressed by the limitations of his ability.


The essence of greatness is the perception that virtue is enough.


A certain excessiveness seems a necessary element in all greatness.
A superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.
Great men are meteors designed to burn so that earth may be lighted.
Great spirits have always encountered opposition from mediocre minds.


It is the gods ' custom to bring low all things of surpassing greatness.
Great men hallow a whole people, and lift up all who live in their time.
An article of the democratic faith is that greatness lies in each person.


To achieve great things we must live as though we were never going to die.


Greatness is to take the common things of life, and walk truly among them.
There is only one road to true human greatness: the road through suffering.


The nobler a man, the harder it is for him to suspect inferiority in others.
To do great things is difficult; but to command great things is more difficult.
Depend upon it, of all vices, drinking is the most incompatible with greatness.

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Small minds are concerned with the extraordinary, great minds with the ordinary.
Here in Texas maybe we've got into the habit of confusing bigness with greatness.
It is not the strength, but the duration, of great sentiments that makes great men.
Since we cannot attain to greatness, let us revenge ourselves by railing against it.
Satisfaction may be the goal of the average person, but it is the enemy of greatness.


The way to grow grand
is not: to demand
In life's every field
you are what you yield.
Greatness is always envied—it is only mediocrity that can boast of a host of friends.


It is the privilege of greatness to confer intense happiness with insignificant gifts.
No great man lives in vain.  The history of the world is but the biography of great men.
It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not deserve them.


To be a great champion you must believe you are the best. If you're not, pretend you are.
The glory of great men should always be measured by the means they have used to acquire it.


We are both great men, but I have succeeded better in keeping it a profound secret than he has.
Trust men, and they will be true to you; treat them greatly, and they will show themselves great.


No man is truly great who is great only in his lifetime. The test of greatness is the page of history.
A great man is a torch in the darkness, a beacon in superstition's night, an inspiration and a prophecy.
Fortunately there is excess in greatness: it can lose more than mediocrity possesses, and still be great.


Greatness is always built on this foundation: the ability to appear, speak and act, as the most common man.


If my resolution to be a great man was half so strong as it is to despise the shame of being a little one...
Meeting Franklin Roosevelt was like opening your first bottle of champagne; knowing him was like drinking it.
Men of genius do not excel in any profession because they labour in it, but they labour in it because they excel.
Be not afraid of greatness.  Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon 'em.
The nobler sort of man emphasizes the good qualities in others, and does not accentuate the bad. The inferior does.
The task of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there.


If a man has any greatness in him, it comes to light, not in one flamboyant hour, but in the ledger of his daily work.
All your youth, you want to have your greatness taken for granted; when you find it taken for granted, you are unnerved.
Men in great places are thrice servants: servants of the sovereign or state, servants of fame, and servants of business.
All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honour, duty, mercy, hope.
Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time.
He is truly great that is great in charity. He is truly great that is little in himself, and maketh no account of any height of honor.


Mountains appear more lofty the nearer they are approached; but great men, to retain their altitude, must only be viewed from a distance.
Great men, great nations have not been boasters and buffoons, but perceivers of the terror of life, and have manned themselves to face it.
Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children.

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Some are destroyed by defeat, and some made small and mean by victory.  Greatness lives in one who triumphs equally over defeat and victory.

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But if to be great means to do great things in the teeth of great obstacles, then none can refuse him a place in the temple of the Immortals.


Is it not true that the ability to apologize is one of the elements of true greatness?  It is the small-souled man who will not stoop to apologize.


There is no such thing as a little country. The greatness of a people is no more determined by their numbers than the greatness of a man is by his height.
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.
Greatness is a spiritual condition worthy to excite love, interest, and admiration; and the outward proof of possessing greatness is that we excite love, interest and admiration.
It is not in the still calm of life, or the repose of a pacific nation, that great characters are formed.  The habits of a vigorous mind are formed in contending with difficulties.

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I'm the most recognized and loved man that ever lived because  there weren't no satellites when Jesus and Moses were around, so people far away in the villages didn't know about them.


True greatness is free, kind, familiar and popular; it lets itself be touched and handled, it loses nothing by being seen at close quarters; the better one knows it, the more one admires it.
There are big men, men of intellect, intellectual men, men of talent and men of action; but the great man is difficult to find, and it needs—apart from discernment—a certain greatness to find him.
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.


Greatness lies not in being strong, but in the right using of strength; and strength is not used rightly when it serves only to carry a man above his fellows for his own solitary glory.  He is greatest whose strength carries up the most hearts by the attraction of his own.
Greatness lies, not in being strong, but in the right using of strength; and strength is not used rightly when it serves only to carry a man above his fellows for his own solitary glory. He is the greatest whose strength carries up the most hearts by the attraction of his own.

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