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Great and good are seldom the same man.

Great is he who enjoys his earthenware as if it were plate, and not less great is the man to whom all his plate is no more than earthenware.

Great men are the commissioned guides of mankind, who rule their fellows because they are wiser.

Great men hallow a whole people, and lift up all who live in their time.

Great men lose somewhat of their greatness by being near us; ordinary men gain much.

Great men never make bad use of their superiority. They see it and feel it and are not less modest. The more they have, the more they know their own deficiencies.

Great men often obtain their ends by means beyond the grasp of vulgar intellect, and even by methods diametrically opposite to those which the multitude would pursue. But, to effect this, be­speaks as profound a knowledge of mind as that philosopher evinced of matter, who first produced ice by the agency of heat.

Great men too often have greater faults than little men can find room for.

Great men undertake great things because they are great; fools, because they think them easy.

Great minds must be ready not only to take opportunities, but to make them.

Great minds, like heaven, are pleased in doing good, though the ungrateful subjects of their favors are barren in return.

Great souls are not those which have less passion and more virtue than common souls, but only those which have greater designs.

Greatness is a road leading towards the unknown.

Greatness is a zigzag streak of lightning in the brain.

Greatness lies, not in being strong, but in the right using of strength; and strength is not used rightly when it serves only to carry a man above his fellows for his own solitary glory. He is the greatest whose strength carries up the most hearts by the attraction of his own.

He (Winston Churchill) mobilized the English language and sent it into battle to steady his fellow countrymen. . . .

He is great enough that is his own master.

He is not great who is not greatly good.

He only is great who has the habits of greatness; who, after performing what none in ten thousand could accomplish, passes on like Samson, and "tells neither father nor mother of it."

He who comes up to his own idea of greatness, must always have had a very low standard of it in his mind.

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