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Jonathan Edwards
Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.
topics: greatness  
Billy Graham
True greatness is not measured by the headlines a person commands or the wealth he or she accumulates. The inner character of a person—the undergirding moral and spiritual values and commitments—is the true measure of lasting greatness.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Not everybody can be famous but everybody can be great, because greatness is determined by service.
topics: fame , greatness  
Fyodor Dostoevsky
In my opinion, if, as the result of certain combinations, 's or 's discoveries could become known to people in no other way than by sacrificing the lives of one, or ten, or a hundred or more people who were hindering the discovery, or standing as an obstacle in its path, then Newton would have the right, and it would even be his duty... to those ten or a hundred people, in order to make his discoveries known to mankind. It by no means follows from this, incidentally, that should have the right to kill anyone he pleases, whomever happens along, or to steal from the market every day. Further, I recall developing in my article the idea that all... well, let's say, the lawgivers and founders of mankind, starting from the most ancient and going on to the , the , the Muhammads, the , and so forth, that all of them to a man were criminals, from the fact alone that in giving a new law, they thereby violated the old one, held sacred by society and passed down from their fathers, and they certainly did not stop at shedding blood either, if it happened that blood (sometimes quite innocent and shed valiantly for the ancient law) could help them.
Thomas Merton
Our Christian destiny is, in fact, a great one: but we cannot achieve greatness unless we lose all interest in being great. For our own idea of greatness is illusory, and if we pay too much attention to it we will be lured out of the peace and stability of the being God gave us, and seek to live in a myth we have created for ourselves. And when we are truly ourselves we lose most of the futile self-consciousness that keeps us constantly comparing ourselves with others in order to see how big we are.
Martin Luther
A prudent man will always try to follow in the footsteps of great men and imitate those who have been truly outstanding, so that, if he is not quite as skillful as they, at least some of their ability may rub off on him.
Soren Kierkegaard
He who loved himself became great in himself, and he who loved others became great through his devotion, but he who loved God became greater than all.
topics: god , greatness , love  
G.K. Chesterton
A man must love a thing very much if he practices it without any hope of fame or money, but even practice it without any hope of doing it well. Such a man must love the toils of the work more than any other man can love the rewards of it.
Fyodor Dostoevsky
Eh, brother, but nature has to be corrected and guided, otherwise we'd all drown in prejudices. Without that there wouldn't be even a single great man.
G.K. Chesterton
Sir Leicester is generally in a complacent state, and rarely bored. When he has nothing else to do, he can always contemplate his own greatness. It is a considerable advantage to a man to have so inexhaustible a subject.
Frederick Buechner
God in his unending greatness and glory and man in his unending littleness, prepared for the worst but rarely for the best, prepared for the possible but rarely for the impossible.
William Temple
Little things are little things; but faithfulness in little things is a very great thing.
G.K. Chesterton
He was simply and staunchly true to his duty alike in the large case and in the small. So all true souls ever are. So every true soul ever was, ever is, and ever will be. There is nothing little to the really great in spirit.
G.K. Chesterton
All men are ordinary men; the extraordinary men are those who know it.
Harriet Beecher Stowe
They seemed to think that the greatness of their masters was transferable to themselves. It was considered as being bad enough to be a slave; but to be a poor man's slave was deemed a disgrace indeed!
George H. Morrison
The greatest thing in all the world is loving. The second greatest in all the world is learning.
William Cowper
For few are the children who turn out to be equals of their fathers, and the greater number are worse; few are better than their father is.
Soren Kierkegaard
The great can never do harm when grasped in their greatness.
topics: greatness , harm  

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