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48 Greatness Quotes

No great deed is done By falterers who ask for certainty.

George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross) Quotes , Source: The Spanish Gypsy (bk. I, 56th line from end)

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Nature never sends a great man into the planet, without confiding the secret to another soul.

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes , Source: Uses of Great Men

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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 Quotes , Source: Alfred Tennyson

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No really great man ever thought himself so. - William Hazlitt,

William Hazlitt Quotes , Source: Table Talk--Whether Genius is Conscious of its own Power

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Great deeds are usually wrought at great risks.

William Hazlitt Quotes , Source: Table Talk--Whether Genius is Conscious of its own Power

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Ajax the great . . . Himself a host.

Homer ("Smyrns of Chios") Quotes , Source: The Iliad (bk. III, l. 293), (Pope's translation)

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That man scorches with his brightness, who overpowers inferior capacities, yet he shall be revered when dead. [Lat., Urit enim fulgore suo qui praegravat artes Intra se positas; extinctus amabitur idem.]

Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus) Quotes , Source: Epistles (II, 1, 13)

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For he that once is good, is ever great.

Ben Jonson Quotes , Source: The Forest--To Lady Aubigny

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Greatnesse on goodnesse loves to slide, not stand, And leaves, for fortune's ice, vertue's firme land.

Richard Knolles Quotes , Source: Turkish History (l. 13), under a portrait of Mustapha I

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The great man is the man who can get himself made and who will get himself made out of anything he finds at hand.

Gerald Stanley Lee Quotes , Source: Crowds (bk. II, ch. XV)

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Great men stand like solitary towers in the city of God.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Quotes , Source: Kavanagh (ch. I)

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A great man is made up of qualities that meet or make great occasions.

James Russell Lowell Quotes , Source: My Study Windows--Garfield

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That man is great, and he alone, Who serves a greatness not his own, For neither praise nor pelf: Content to know and be unknown: Whole in himself.

Lord Lytton (Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton) ("Owen Meredith") Quotes , Source: A Great Man

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Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some hire public relations officers.

Daniel J. Boorstin Quotes

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No sadder proof can be given by a man of his own littleness than disbelief in great men.

Thomas Carlyle Quotes

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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 Quotes

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The price of greatness is responsibility.

Sir Winston Churchill Quotes

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Great men are rarely isolated mountain- peaks; they are the summits of ranges.

Thomas W. Higginson Quotes

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No one was ever great without some portion of divine inspiration.

Marcus Tullius Cicero Quotes

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Some people have greatness thrust upon them. Very few have excellence thrust upon them.

John W. Gardner Quotes

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Greatness consists in trying to be great. There is no other way.

Truman Capote Quotes

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Man is only truly great when he acts from the passions.

Benjamin Disraeli Quotes

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Great and good are seldom the same man.

Thomas Fuller, M. D. Quotes

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