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The great are great only because we are on our knees. Let us rise!

The great men of the earth are but marking stones on the road of humanity; they are the priests of its religion.

The greatest man is he who chooses the right with invincible resolution; who resists the sorest temptations from within and without; who bears the heaviest burdens cheerfully; who is calmest in storms, and most fearless under menace and frowns; and whose reliance on truth, on virtue, and on God, is most unfaltering.

The greatest truths are the simplest, and so are the greatest men. See quote detail

The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight, but they while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night.

The man who does his work, any work, conscientiously, must always be in one sense a great man.

The mind reaches great heights only by spurts.

The most substantial glory of a country is in its virtuous great men. - Its prosperity will depend on its docility to learn from their example.

The nearer we come to great men the more clearly we see that they are only men. They rarely seem great to their valets.

The perfection preached in the Gospels never yet built up an Empire. Every man of action has a strong dose of optimism, pride, hardness and cunning. But all these things will be forgiven him, indeed they will be regarded as high qualities, if he can make of them the means to achieve great ends.

The reason why great men meet with so little pity or attachment in adversity, would seem to be this: the friends of a great man were made by his fortune, his enemies by himself, and revenge is a much more punctual paymaster than gratitude.

The study of God's word, for the purpose of discovering God's will, is the secret discipline which has formed the greatest characters.

The superiority of some men is merely local. - They are great because their associates are little.

The theory that a great man is merely the product of his age, is rejected by the common sense and common observation of mankind. - The power that guides large masses of men, and shapes the channels in which the energies of a great people flow, is something more than a mere aggregate of derivative forces. It is a compound product, in which the genius of the man is one element, and the sphere opened to him by the character of his age and the institutions of his country, is another.

The true test of a great man - that, at least, which must secure his place among the highest order of great men - is, his having been in advance of his age.

The truly great consider first, how they may gain the approbation of God; and secondly, that of their own conscience; having done this, they would then willingly conciliate the good opinion of their fellowmen.

The world cannot do without great men, but great men are very troublesome to the world.

The world knows nothing of its greatest men.

There is but one method, and that is hard labor; and a man who will not pay that price for greatness had better at once dedicate himself to the pursuit of the fox, or to talk of bullocks, and glory in the goad.

There never was a great institution or a great man, that did not, sooner or later, receive the reverence of mankind.


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