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Mountains never shake hands. Their roots may touch; they may keep together some way up; but at length they part company, and rise into individual, insulated peaks. So is it with great men.

No man ever yet became great by imitation.

No man has come to true greatness who has not felt in some degree that his life belongs to his race, and that what God gives him he gives him for mankind.

No sadder proof can be given by a man of his own littleness than disbelief in great men.

None think the great unhappy but the great. See quote detail

Not a day passes over the earth but men and women of no note do great deeds, speak great words, and suffer noble sorrows. Of these obscure heroes, philosophers, and martyrs the greater part will never be known till that hour when many that were great shall be small, and the small great.

Not a day passes over the earth, but men and women of no note do great deeds, speak great words and suffer noble sorrows.

Nothing can be truly great which is not right.

Nothing can make a man truly great but being truly good and partaking of God's holiness.

One can build the Empire State Building, discipline the Prussian army, make a state hierarchy mightier than God, yet fail to overcome the unaccountable superiority of certain human biengs.

Only great men may have great faults.

Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.

Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some hire public relations officers.

Speaking generally, no man appears great to his contemporaries, for the same reason that no man is great to his servants - both know too much of him.

Subtract from the great man all that he owes to opportunity, all that he owes to chance, and all that he has gained by the wisdom of his friends and the folly of his enemies, and the giant will often be seen to be a pigmy.

The banalities of a great man pass for wit.

The biggest dog has been a pup.

The difference between one man and another is by no means so great as the superstitious crowd supposes. - But the same feelings which in ancient Rome produced the apotheosis of a popular emperor, and in modern times the canonization of a devout prelate, lead men to cherish an illusion which furnishes them with something to adore.

The dullard's envy of brilliant men is always assuaged by the suspicion that they will come to a bad end.

The gifts of Nature and accomplishments of art are valuable but as they are exerted in the interests of virtue or governed by the rules of honor.


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