Quotations About
greatness

Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.

As reported in The Huffington Post, July 27 2012.
Posted in: Wilma Rudolph

No man is truly great who is great only in his lifetime. The test of greatness is the page of history.

Table Talk: Essays On Men And Manners (1821-1822)
Posted in: William Hazlitt

Every man is said to have his peculiar ambition. Whether it be true or not, I can say, for one, that I have no other so great as that of being truly esteemed of my fellow-men, by rendering myself worthy of their esteem.

Address Delivered in Candidacy for the State Legislature. (9 March 1832)
Posted in: Abraham Lincoln

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 Ladder of St. Augustine (1858)

To be great is to be misunderstood.

Letter to James McNeill Whistler (23 February 1885).
Posted in: Oscar Wilde

Study after study shows that the very best designers produce structures that are faster, smaller, simpler, clearer, and produced with less effort. The differences between the great and the average approach an order of magnitude.

No Silver Bullet (1986)
Posted in: Fred Brooks

A prudent man should always follow in the path trodden by great men and imitate those who are most excellent.

The Prince (1513)