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A contemplation of God's works, a generous concern for the good of mankind, and the unfeigned exercise of humility only, denominate men great and glorious.
      - Joseph Addison

A solid and substantial greatness of soul looks down with neglect on the censures and applauses of the multitude.
      - Joseph Addison

Persons in great stations have seldom their true character drawn till several years after their death. Their personal friendships and enmities must cease, and the parties they were engaged in be at an end, before their faults or their virtues can have justice done them. When writers have the least opportunities of knowing the truth, they are in the best disposition to tell it.
      - Joseph Addison

You may share the labors of the great, but you may not share the spoil.
      - Aesop

I've often said, the only thing standing between me and greatness is me.
      - Woody Allen

Burn to be great,
  Pay not thy praise to lofty things alone.
    The plains are everlasting as the hills,
      The bard cannot have two pursuits; aught else
        Comes on the mind with the like shock as though
          Two worlds had gone to war, and met in air.
      - Philip James Bailey, Festus (sc. Home)

It is, in a great measure, by raising up and endowing great minds that God secures the advance of human affairs, and the accomplishment of His own plans on earth.
      - Albert Barnes

Nothing can cover his high fame but Heaven;
  No pyramids set off his memories,
    But the eternal substance of his greatness,--
      To which I leave him.
      - Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher,
        The False One (act II, sc. 1, l. 169)

Greatness lies, not in being strong, but in the right using of strength.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

It is not in the nature of true greatness to be exclusive and arrogant.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

The great men of earth are the shadow men, who, having lived and died, now live again and forever through their undying thoughts. Thus living, though their footfalls are heard no more, their voices are louder than the thunder, and unceasing as the flow of tides or air.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

A really great man is known by three signs,--generosity in the design, humanity in the execution, and moderation in success.
      - Karl Otto von Schonhausen Bismarck

Great things are done when men and mountains meet.
      - William Blake

Mountains appear more lofty the nearer they are approached, but great men resemble them not in this particular.
      - Lady Marguerite Blessington, Countess of Blessington

The great would not think themselves demigods if the little did not worship them.
      - Pierre Claude Boiste

Great warriors, like great earthquakes, are principally remembered for the mischief they have done.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

The really great people are the ones who know how to make the little people feel great.
      - Ashleigh Brilliant

No man has come to true greatness who has not felt in some degree that his life belongs to his race, and that what God gives him, He gives him for mankind.
      - Phillips Brooks

Be substantially great in thyself, and more than thou appearest unto others; and let the world be deceived in thee, as they are in the lights of heaven.
      - Sir Thomas Browne

There is no man so great as not to have some littleness more predominant than all his greatness. Our virtues are the dupes, and often only the plaything of our follies.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

Great men are never sufficiently shown but in struggles.
      - Edmund Burke

I do not hesitate to say that the road to eminence and power, from an obscure condition, ought not to be made too easy, nor a thing too much of course. If rare merit be the rarest of all things, it ought to pass through some sort of probation. The temple of honor ought to be seated on an eminence. If it be open through virtue, let it be remembered, too, that virtue is never tried but by some difficulty and some struggle.
      - Edmund Burke

He who ascends to mountain-tops shall find
  Their loftiest peaks most wrapt in clouds of snow;
    He who surpasses or subdues mankind,
      Must look down on the hate of those below.
        Tho' high above the sun of glory glow,
          And far beneath the earth and ocean spread,
            Round him are icy rocks, and loudly blow
              Contending tempests on his naked head.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

Great souls are always loyally submissive, reverent to what is over them: only small mean souls are otherwise.
      - Thomas Carlyle

The difference between Socrates and Jesus Christ? The great Conscious; the immeasurably great Unconscious.
      - Thomas Carlyle

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