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He who is great when he fails is great in his prostration, and is no more an object of contempt than when men tread on the ruins of sacred buildings, which lien of piety venerate no less than if they stood.

High stations tumult, not bliss create. - None think the great unhappy, but the great.

His eminence was due to the flatness of the surrounding landscape.

However brilliant an action may be, it ought not to pass for great when it is not the result of a great design.

If any man seeks for greatness, let him forget greatness and ask for truth, and he will find both.

If I am a great man, then a good many of the great men of history are frauds.

If I am asked who is the greatest man? I answer the best; and if I am required to say who is the best? I reply he that has deserved most of his fellow creatures.

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.

If the title of great man ought to be reserved for him who cannot be charged with an indiscretion or a vice; who spent his life in establishing the independence, the glory, and durable prosperity of his country; who succeeded in all that he undertook, and whose successes were never won at the expense of honor, justice, integrity, or by the sacrifice of a single principle - this title will not be denied to Washington.

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.

In estimating the greatness of great men, the inverted law of the physical stands for the intellectual and spiritual nature - the former is lessened by distance, the latter increased.

In life we shall find many men that are great, and some that are good, but very few men that are both great and good.

In the truly great, virtue governs with a scepter of knowledge and wisdom.

It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion. It is easy in solitude to live after our own. But the great man is he who, in the midst of the crowd, keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.

It is not the strength, but the duration, of great sentiments that makes great men.

It is the prerogative of great men only to have great defects.

It is to be lamented that great characters are seldom without a blot.

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.

Men in great place are thrice servants; servants of the sovereign or state, servants of fame, and servants of business; so that they have no freedom, neither in their persons, in their actions, nor in their times.-It is a strange desire to seek power over others, and to lose power over a man's self.

Most of the trouble in the world is caused by people wanting to be important.


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