You will become as small as your controlling desire; as great as your dominant aspiration.
Author: James Allen (1864-1912)
Profession: British-born American Essayist, Author of ''As a Man Thinketh''
Great men are true men, the men in whom nature has succeeded. They are not extraordinary -- they are in the true order. It is the other species of men who are not what they ought to be.
Author: Henri Frederic Amiel (1821-1881)
Profession: Swiss Philosopher, Poet, Critic
Greatness is a spiritual condition.
Author: Matthew Arnold (1822-1888)
Profession: British Poet, Critic
The first element of greatness is fundamental humbleness (this should not be confused with servility); the second is freedom from self; the third is intrepid courage, which, taken in its widest interpretation, generally goes with truth; and the fourth --the power to love --although I have put it last, is the rarest.
Author: Margot Asquith (1864-1945)
Profession: British Socialite
We shall never resolve the enigma of the relation between the negative foundations of greatness and that greatness itself.
Author: Jean Baudrillard
Profession: French Postmodern Philosopher, Writer
Because you are a great lord, you believe yourself to be a great genius. You took the trouble to be born, but no more.
Author: Pierre De Beaumarchais (1732-1799)
Profession: French Dramatist
The dullard's envy of brilliant men is always assuaged by the suspicion that they will come to a bad end.
Author: Sir Max Beerbohm (1872-1956)
Profession: British Actor
Great men are not always wise.
Profession: Sacred Scriptures of Christian
The herd seek out the great, not for their sake but for their influence; and the great welcome them out of vanity or need.
Greatness be nothing unless it be lasting.
Great people are meteors designed to burn so that the earth may be lighted.
The greatness of a man's power is the measure of his surrender.
Author: William Booth (1829-1912)
Profession: British Religious Leader, Salvation Army Founder
All your youth you want to have your greatness taken for granted; when you find it taken for granted, you are unnerved.
Author: Elizabeth Bowen (1899-1973)
Profession: Anglo-Irish Novelist
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.
Author: Phillips Brooks (1835-1893)
Profession: American Minister, Poet
False greatness is unsociable and remote: conscious of its own frailty, it hides, or at least averts its face, and reveals itself only enough to create an illusion and not be recognized as the meanness that it really is. 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.
Author: Jean De La Bruyere (1645-1696)
Profession: French Classical Writer