Not he is great who can alter matter, but he who can alter my state of mind.
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
Profession: American Poet, Essayist
No great thing is created suddenly.
Author: Epictetus (50-120)
Profession: Stoic Philosopher
I distrust Great Men. They produce a desert of uniformity around them and often a pool of blood too, and I always feel a little man's pleasure when they come a cropper.
Author: Edward M. Forster (1879-1970)
Profession: British Novelist, Essayist
There never was a truly great man that was not at the same time truly virtuous.
Author: Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)
Profession: American Scientist, Publisher, Diplomat
The essence of greatness is neglect of the self.
Author: James A. Froude (1818-1894)
Profession: British Historian
It's not what you take but what you leave behind that defines greatness.
Author: Edward Gardner
Profession: American Businessman, Founder of Soft Sheen Products
The lights of stars that were extinguished ages ago still reaches us. So it is with great men who died centuries ago, but still reach us with the radiations of their personalities.
Author: Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931)
Profession: Lebanese Poet, Novelist
There are no great men, only great challenges that ordinary men are forced by circumstances to meet.
Author: William F. Halsey
Profession: American Admiral
No man is truly great who is great only in his lifetime. The test of greatness is the page of history.
Author: William Hazlitt (1778-1830)
Profession: British Essayist
There would be no great men if there were no little ones.
Author: George Herbert (1593-1632)
Profession: British Metaphysical Poet
Great men are rarely isolated mountain-peaks; they are the summits of ranges.
Author: Thomas Wentworth Higginson (1823-1911)
Profession: American Clergyman, Writer
Greatness does not approach him who is forever looking down.
Profession: Sanskrit Fable From Panchatantra
A great man's greatest good luck is to die at the right time.
Author: Eric Hoffer (1902-1983)
Profession: American Author, Philosopher
To have a great man for a friend seems pleasant to those who have never tried it; those who have, fear it.
Profession: Italian Poet
After a fellow gets famous it does not take long for someone to bob up that used to sit next to him in school.
Author: Kin Hubbard (1868-1930)
Profession: American Humorist, Journalist