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A great man stands on God. A small man stands on a great man.
The heights by men reached and kept Were not attained by sudden flight, But they, while their companions slept, Were toiling upward in the night.
A white wall is the fool's paper.
Calmness is always Godlike.
Every generation revolts against its fathers and makes friends with its grandfathers.
He (Winston Churchill) mobilized the English language and sent it into battle to steady his fellow countrymen. . . .
We are all worms, but I do believe that I am a glow-worm.
To do great things is difficult, but to command great things is more difficult.
Greatness is a zigzag streak of lightning in the brain.
If you want to know your true opinion of someone, watch the effect produced in you by the first sight of a letter from him.
Few great men could pass Personnel.
Clever men are impressed in their differences from their fellows. Wise men are conscious of their resemblance to them.
His eminence was due to the flatness of the surrounding landscape.
One can build the Empire State Building, discipline the Prussian army, make a state hierarchy mightier than God, yet fail to overcome the unaccountable superiority of certain human biengs.
Each honest calling, each walk of life, has its own elite, its own aristocracy based on excellence of performance.
Only great men may have great faults.
The world knows nothing of its greatest men.
Every age needs men who will redeem the time by living with a vision of things that are to be.
Not a day passes over the earth, but men and women of no note do great deeds, speak great words and suffer noble sorrows.
Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some hire public relations officers.
Do continue to believe that with your feeling and your work you are taking part in the greatest; the more strongly you cultivate in yourself this belief, the more will reality and the world go forth from it.
It is not the strength, but the duration, of great sentiments that makes great men.
Greatness is a road leading towards the unknown.
A great ship asks deep water.
Great men too often have greater faults than little men can find room for.
The highest and most lofty trees have the most reason to dread the thunder.
Great and good are seldom the same man.
Born of the sun they travelled a short while towards the sun And left the vivid air signed with their honour.
If I am a great man, then a good many of the great men of history are frauds.
You cannot fly like an eagle with the wings of a wren.
Great men hallow a whole people, and lift up all who live in their time.
The greatest truths are the simplest, and so are the greatest men.
The dullard's envy of brilliant men is always assuaged by the suspicion that they will come to a bad end.
The perfection preached in the Gospels never yet built up an Empire. Every man of action has a strong dose of optimism, pride, hardness and cunning. But all these things will be forgiven him, indeed they will be regarded as high qualities, if he can make of them the means to achieve great ends.
The banalities of a great man pass for wit.
When you're as great as I am, it's hard to be humble.
No sadder proof can be given by a man of his own littleness, than disbelief in great men.
A tomb now suffices him for whom the whole world was not sufficient.
If my theory of relativity is proven successful, Germany will claim me as a German, and France will declare that I am a citizen of the world. Should my theory prove untrue, France will say that I am a German, and Germany will declare that I am a Jew.
Most of the trouble in the world is caused by people wanting to be important.
What makes a nation great is not primarily its great men, but the stature of its innumerable mediocre ones.
The mind reaches great heights only by spurts.
The biggest dog has been a pup.
There's a pinch of the madman in every great man.
It is unavoidable that if we learn more about a great man's life, we shall also hear of occasions on which he has done no better than we, and has in fact come nearer to us as a human being.
None think the great unhappy, but the great.
All great men come out of the middle classes.
No man ever yet became great by imitation.
It is the prerogative of great men only to have great defects.
The nearer we come to great men the more clearly we see that they are only men. They rarely seem great to their valets.
Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon 'em.
The great are great only because we are on our knees. Let us rise!


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