greatness Quotes

66 of the best book quotes about greatness
“All things great are wound up with all things little.”
There is no greatness where there is not simplicity, goodness, and truth.
“To achieve greatness, though, that requires artistry. That requires imagination and thoughtfulness, and it is those qualities that the best warriors share, even if, on the surface, they appear completely different.”
“Greatness lies not in being strong, but in the right using of strength.”
“Great heroes need great sorrows and burdens, or half their greatness goes unnoticed. It is all part of the fairy tale.”
Great men are not born great, they grow great.
“Researchers have settled on what they believe is the magic number for true expertise: ten thousand hours.”
“Amy made me believe I was exceptional, that I was up to her level of play. That was both our making and undoing. Because I couldn’t handle the demands of greatness. I began craving ease and average-ness, and I hated myself for it, and ultimately, I realized, I punished her for it. I turned her into the brittle, prickly thing she became.”
“I got a great ride...The greatest ride I ever got from the greatest horse that ever lived.”
“It seems that in order to inscribe themselves upon the heart of humanity with everlasting claims, all great things have first to wander about the earth as enormous and awe-inspiring caricatures.”
“Greatness inspires envy, envy engenders spite, spite spawns lies.”
“Dogs are great. Bad dogs, if you can really call them that, are perhaps the greatest of them all.”
“I am what I am! That’s a great thing to be! If I say so myself, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!”
“And I wish I could do All these great things for you!”
″‘You know all that stuff we’ve always said about you? I whispered, ‘What a total pain you are? Don’t believe it. Don’t believe it for a minute, Marley.’ He needed to know that and something more, too. There was something I had never told him, that no one ever had. I wanted him to hear it before he went. ‘Marley,’ I said. ‘You are a great dog.‘”
“It is impossible to live at the brink of your greatness if you do not take time to discover it.”
“You give a lot of great advice about what to do. Do you have any advice of what not to do?”
“I’m so great even I get tongue-tied talking to myself.”
“ Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon ‘em.”
“Thus our tender minds, fettered by the prejudices and habits of a just servitude, are unable to expand themselves, or to attain that well-proportioned greatness which we admire in the ancients.”
“We ought not to be weary of doing little things for the love of God, who regards not the greatness of the work, but the love with which it is performed.”
“And yet what precisely is this ‘greatness’? Just where, or in what, does it lie? . . . I would say that it is the very lack of obvious drama or spectacle that sets the beauty of our land apart.”
“It is about the greatness of God, not the significance of man. God made man small and the universe big to say something about himself.”
“Greatness is not the absence of humility; it is the absence of apathy.”
“Passion is the fuel of greatness, and love is the fuel of passion. When we love someone or something, we give them all of us. This is the elegant interconnection between servanthood and greatness. It is love that drives us to serve and love that drives us to greatness. This is why the two cannot be mutually exclusive. In the end, the one who serves is the one who is great, as they are the one who loves most profoundly.”
“You may not need to be great, but the world needs your greatness.”
“For too long we have allowed apathy to masquerade itself as humility. There is nothing humble about living apathetic lives. In the same way, we cannot live lives of passion without unlocking our greatness.”
“Whatever God has placed within you that could ever be described as great was never meant for you, anyway. It’s a stewardship that has been given to you. Greatness never belongs to the one who carries it; it belongs to the world that needs it.”
“Wanting to live, but accepting death to save others: that was courage. That was to be Gansey’s greatness.”
“Then my uncle became a great man, and myself the nephew of a great man, which is at least something.”
“Core values are essential for enduring greatness, but it doesn’t seem to matter what those core values are.”
“We found that for leaders to make something great, their ambition has to be for the greatness of the work and the company, rather than for themselves.”
“A culture of discipline is not a principle of business, it is a principle of greatness.”
“Good is the enemy of great. Greatness is not a function of circumstance. Greatness, it turns out, is largely a matter of conscious choice and discipline.”
“Greatness makes you a legend; being the best makes you an icon. If you want to be great, deliver the unexpected.”
″ If you and I want to do great stuff, we can’t let ourselves work small.”
“The price of greatness is responsibility.”
“Great crises produce great men, and great deeds of courage,”
“Everything you’ll ever need to know is within you; the secrets of the universe are imprinted on the cells of your body.”
“God is preparing you for greater things. He’s going to take you further than you thought possible, so don’t e surprised when He asks you to think better of yourself and act accordingly.”
“Of what is great one must either be silent or speak with greatness. With greatness--that means cynically and with innocence.”
“When we accept small wonders, we qualify ourselves to imagine great wonders.”
″‘You don’t understand. I’m going to be great. I have more potential than you have!’ ‘Potential,’ I said, ‘doesn’t mean a thing. You’ve got to do it. Almost every baby in a crib has more potential than I have.‘”
“A burning brand shows the way, and each day your flame grows brighter. There is none like you, Matthias. You have the sign of greatness upon you. One day Redwall and all the land will be indebted to you. Matthias, you are a true Warrior.”
“Is it so bad, then, to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood.”
“Have you never dreamed of someone coming to you and telling you that you were no mortal child, but one made of magic? Have you never dreamed about being taken from your pathetic little life to one of vast greatness?”
“You can’t achieve greatness by walking a straight line.”
“Respect to those who do achieve greatness, and respect to those who are chasing that elusive feeling.”
“If you really want to be great at something, you have to truly care about it. If you want to be great in a particular area, you have to obsess over it.”
“When [what you are deeply passionate about, what you can be best in the world at and what drives your economic engine] come together, not only does your work move toward greatness, but so does your life.”
“Greatness is not a function of circumstance. Greatness, it turns out, is largely a matter of conscious choice, and discipline.”
“Greatness is not a function of circumstance. Greatness, it turns out, is largely a matter of conscious choice.”
“Good is the enemy of great. And that is one of the key reasons why we have so little that becomes great. We don’t have great schools, principally because we have good schools. We don’t have great government, principally because we have good government. Few people attain great lives, in large part because it is just so easy to settle for a good life.”
“Indeed, the real question is not, “Why greatness?” but “What work makes you feel compelled to try to create greatness?” If you have to ask the question, “Why should we try to make it great? Isn’t success enough?” then you’re probably engaged in the wrong line of work.”
“What if the only thing standing in the way of your greatness was that you just had to go after everything obsessively, persistently, and as though your life depended on it?”
“Let each of you discover where your chance for greatness lies. Seize that chance and let no power on earth deter you.”
“They were great men, with huge flaws, and you know what—those flaws almost made them greater.”
“His greatness, like all true greatness, was not rooted in aggression or ego or his appetites or a vast fortune, but in simplicity and restraint- in how he commanded himself, which in turn made him worthy of commanding others.”
“Truly great people in history never wanted to be great for themselves. All they wanted was the chance to do good for others and be close to God.”
“the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.”
“What I must do, is all that concerns me, not what the people think. This rule, equally arduous in actual and in intellectual life, may serve for the whole distinction between greatness and meanness. It is the harder, because you will always find those who think they know what is your duty better than you know it. 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.”
“Freedom requires discipline. Discipline gives us freedom. Freedom and greatness. Your destiny is there. Will you grab the reins?”
“People have long memories for such deeds in a great person.”
“My dear, you are a great person yourself, in any case, and you do not need to lord it over others, in order to prove your greatness.”
“This is what I want. This is what I’ve always wanted. To be somewhere that stops at nothing. To be surrounded by the pace and rhythm of greatness.”
“A poet, a weaver of dreams, a man who makes glory from nothing and dazzles you with its making. And my job now is to tell this day’s tale in such a way that men will never forget our great deeds.”

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