Quotations on Greatness

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No student ever attains very eminent success by simply doing what is required of him: it is the amount and excellence of what is over and above the required, that determines the greatness of ultimate distinction.
- Charles Kendall Adams
(Keywords: Success, Greatness, Excellence)

We are running ourselves into a damaged earth. But I am optimistic. I believe that we can change; we must change. As a human race, we are very young and quite primitive. The sooner we learn the greatness of humanity the better off we will all be.
- John Astin
(Keywords: Change, Greatness, Earth, Humanity, Race, Running, Will)

There is greatness in the fear of God, contentment in faith of God, and honour in humility.
- Abu Bakr
(Keywords: Faith, God, Fear, Greatness, Contentment, Humility)

Human relations are built on feeling, not on reason or knowledge. And feeling is not an exact science; like all spiritual qualities, it has the vagueness of greatness about it.
- Amelia E. Barr
(Keywords: Science, Knowledge, Greatness, Feeling, Reason, Spiritual)

Every day, people settle for less than they deserve. They are only partially living or at best living a partial life. Every human being has the potential for greatness.
- Bo Bennett
(Keywords: Life, People, Greatness, Being, Day, Living, Potential)

The greatness of a man's power is the measure of his surrender.
- William Booth
(Keywords: Power, Greatness, Man, Measure, Surrender)

The difference between greatness and mediocrity is often how an individual views a mistake.
- Nelson Boswell
(Keywords: Mistake, Greatness, Difference, Mediocrity)

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
(Keywords: Life, God, People, Greatness, Mankind)

No man has come to true greatness who has not felt that his life belongs to his race, and that which God gives to him, He gives him for mankind.
- Phillips Brooks
(Keywords: Life, God, Greatness, Man, Mankind, Race)

The true way to be humble is not to stoop until you are smaller than yourself, but to stand at your real height against some higher nature that will show you what the real smallness of your greatness is.
- Phillips Brooks
(Keywords: Nature, Greatness, Will)

The task of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there.
- John Buchan
(Keywords: Leadership, Greatness, Humanity)

The test of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there.
- James Buchanan
(Keywords: Leadership, Greatness, Humanity)

When I have had such men before my camera my whole soul has endeavored to do its duty towards them in recording faithfully the greatness of the inner as well as the features of the outer man. The photograph thus taken has been almost the embodiment of a prayer.
- Julia Margaret Cameron
(Keywords: Men, Soul, Greatness, Duty, Man, Prayer)

There is no calamity which a great nation can invite which equals that which follows a supine submission to wrong and injustice and the consequent loss of national self-respect and honor, beneath which are shielded and defended a people's safety and greatness.
- Eldridge Cleaver
(Keywords: People, Greatness, Calamity, Honor, Injustice, Loss, Nation, Safety, Self, Wrong)

Some great men owe most of their greatness to the ability of detecting in those they destine for their tools the exact quality of strength that matters for their work.
- Joseph Conrad
(Keywords: Men, Work, Quality, Greatness, Strength, Ability, Tools)

The aim of literary ambition is to demonstrate one's greatness of soul.
- Mason Cooley
(Keywords: Soul, Greatness, Ambition, Literary)

All greatness of character is dependent on individuality. The man who has no other existence than that which he partakes in common with all around him, will never have any other than an existence of mediocrity.
- James F. Cooper
(Keywords: Character, Greatness, Existence, Individuality, Man, Mediocrity, Will)

Let's drink to the spirit of gallantry and courage that made a strange Heaven out of unbelievable Hell, and let's drink to the hope that one day this country of ours, which we love so much, will find dignity and greatness and peace again.
- Noel Coward
(Keywords: Love, Peace, Courage, Greatness, Hope, Country, Day, Dignity, Gallantry, Heaven, Hell, Spirit, Will)

Great men are rare, poets are rarer, but the great man who is a poet, transfiguring his greatness, is the rarest of all events.
- John Drinkwater
(Keywords: Men, Greatness, Events, Man, Poets)

Mediocrity in politics is not to be despised. Greatness is not needed.
- Hans Magnus Enzensberger
(Keywords: Politics, Greatness, Mediocrity)

He that can heroically endure adversity will bear prosperity with equal greatness of soul; for the mind that cannot be dejected by the former is not likely to be transported with the later.
- Henry Fielding
(Keywords: Soul, Greatness, Adversity, Mind, Prosperity, Will)

In my own sphere I did everything that could possibly be expected of a man who believes in the greatness of his people and who is filled with fanaticism for the greatness of his country, in order to bring about the victory of Adolf Hitler and the National Socialist movement.
- Hans Frank
(Keywords: People, Greatness, Victory, Country, Fanaticism, Man, Order)

If you only believe that you're an artist when you have a big advance in your pocket and a single coming out, I would say that's quite soulless. You have to have a sense of your own greatness and your own ability from a very deep place inside you. I am the one with the litmus test in my hands of what people need to hear next.
- Lady Gaga
(Keywords: People, Greatness, Ability, Artist, Deep, Sense)

President Reagan is now at rest. We mourn his passing, but we are grateful for the gifts he gave us: a safer world, strong economic base, and a renewed belief in America's greatness.
- Elton Gallegly
(Keywords: Belief, Greatness, America, Gifts, Now, President, Rest, World)

There is something mean in human nature that prefers to think evil, that gives a willing ear and a ready welcome to calumny, a sort of jealousy of goodness and greatness and things of good report.
- Richard Le Gallienne
(Keywords: Nature, Greatness, Calumny, Evil, Goodness, Human nature, Jealousy)

As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world - that is the myth of the atomic age - as in being able to remake ourselves.
- Mohandas Gandhi
(Keywords: Age, Greatness, Being, Lies, Myth, World)

America's greatness has been the greatness of a free people who shared certain moral commitments. Freedom without moral commitment is aimless and promptly self-destructive.
- John W. Gardner
(Keywords: People, Greatness, America, Commitment, Freedom, Self)

Some people have greatness thrust upon them. Very few have excellence thrust upon them.
- John W. Gardner
(Keywords: People, Greatness, Excellence)

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.
- Khalil Gibran
(Keywords: Wisdom, Greatness, Children, Philosophy)

No man is truly great who is great only in his lifetime. The test of greatness is the page of history.
- William Hazlitt
(Keywords: History, Greatness, Man)

Greatness is not measured by what a man or woman accomplishes, but by the opposition he or she has overcome to reach his goals.
- Dorothy Height
(Keywords: Goals, Greatness, Man, Opposition, Woman)

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.
- Victor Hugo
(Keywords: People, Greatness, Country, Man, Numbers)

Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total; of all those acts will be written the history of this generation.
- Robert Kennedy
(Keywords: Change, History, Work, Greatness, Events, Will)

By constant self-discipline and self-control you can develop greatness of character.
- Grenville Kleiser
(Keywords: Character, Greatness, Self)

Therefore let men withdraw themselves from errors; and laying aside corrupt superstitions, let them acknowledge their Father and Lord, whose excellence cannot be estimated, nor His greatness perceived, nor His beginning comprehended.
- Lactantius
(Keywords: Men, Father, Greatness, Beginning, Errors, Excellence)

Great men lose somewhat of their greatness by being near us; ordinary men gain much.
- Walter Savage Landor
(Keywords: Men, Greatness, Being, Gain)

Yes, you who called us godless, we found our faith in Adolf Hitler, and through him found God once again. That is the greatness of our day, that is our good fortune!
- Robert Ley
(Keywords: Faith, God, Greatness, Day)

Our nation was created in ways that allow human potential to prosper, and it created the greatest nation for people in the history of humanity. Now Obama is dismantling it, because he has no appreciation for our greatness. In fact, he resents it. He blames this country for whatever evils he sees around the world.
- Rush Limbaugh
(Keywords: History, People, Greatness, Appreciation, Country, Fact, Humanity, Nation, Now, Potential, World)

That's part of American greatness, is discrimination. Yes, sir. Inequality, I think, breeds freedom and gives a man opportunity.
- Lester Maddox
(Keywords: Opportunity, Greatness, American, Discrimination, Freedom, Inequality, Man)

Now, we occupy a lowly position, both in space and rank in comparison with the heavenly sphere, and the Almighty is Most High not in space, but with respect to absolute existence, greatness and power.
- Maimonides
(Keywords: Power, Greatness, Existence, Now, Rank, Respect, Space)

If any man seeks for greatness, let him forget greatness and ask for truth, and he will find both.
- Horace Mann
(Keywords: Truth, Greatness, Forget, Man, Will)

Seek not greatness, but seek truth and you will find both.
- Horace Mann
(Keywords: Truth, Greatness, Will)

Other famous men, those of much talk and few deeds, soon evaporate. Action is the dignity of greatness.
- Jose Marti
(Keywords: Men, Action, Greatness, Deeds, Dignity, Famous, Talk)

Big dreams create the magic that stir men's souls to greatness.
- Bill McCartney
(Keywords: Dreams, Men, Greatness, Magic)

Tonight, we gather to affirm the greatness of our nation - not because of the height of our skyscrapers, or the power of our military, or the size of our economy. Our pride is based on a very simple premise, summed up in a declaration made over two hundred years ago.
- Barack Obama
(Keywords: Power, Greatness, Economy, Military, Nation, Pride, Years)

I believe that history has shape, order, and meaning; that exceptional men, as much as economic forces, produce change; and that passe abstractions like beauty, nobility, and greatness have a shifting but continuing validity.
- Camille Paglia
(Keywords: History, Beauty, Men, Change, Greatness, Meaning, Nobility, Order, Validity)

Man's greatness lies in his power of thought.
- Blaise Pascal
(Keywords: Power, Thought, Greatness, Lies, Man)

People do not always understand the motives of sublime conduct, and when they are astonished they are very apt to think they ought to be alarmed. The truth is none are fit judges of greatness but those who are capable of it.
- Jane Porter
(Keywords: Truth, People, Greatness, Judges, Motives)

No university in the world has ever risen to greatness without a correspondingly great library... When this is no longer true, then will our civilization have come to an end.
- Lawrence Clark Powell
(Keywords: Civilization, Greatness, End, University, Will, World)

I want our leaders to lead our country to greatness, but President Obama and his misguided policies and ideology have really fundamentally changed our country in the wrong way, more so than any president in our history.
- Ben Quayle
(Keywords: History, Greatness, Country, Ideology, Leaders, President, Want, Wrong)



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