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The price of greatness is responsibility.

Everybody can be great... because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. you only need a heart full of grace. a soul generated by love.
Be not afraid of greatness; some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.
There is no greatness where there is not simplicity, goodness and truth.
Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them. [Twelfth Night]
Whatever you are, be a good one.
There is a great man who makes every man feel small. But the real great man is the man who makes every man feel great.
To achieve greatness one should live as if they will never die.
There never was a truly great man that was not at the same time truly virtuous.
Great people are they who see that spiritual is stronger than any material force, that thoughts rule the world.
The first step toward greatness is to be honest.
All great deeds and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning.
You will become as small as your controlling desire; as great as your dominant aspiration.
The abuse of greatness is when it disjoins remorse from power.
He is great who is what he is from nature, and who never reminds us of others.
A great person is one who affects the mind of their generation.
I never wanted to be famous. I only wanted to be great.
Great men are like eagles, and build their nest on some lofty solitude.
The greatness of a man's power is the measure of his surrender.
The first element of greatness is fundamental humbleness (this should not be confused with servility); the second is freedom from self; the third is intrepid courage, which, taken in its widest interpretation, generally goes with truth; and the fourth --the power to love --although I have put it last, is the rarest.
In my stars I am above thee, but be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness ;thrust upon em.
He is not great who is not greatly good.
The world isn't kept running because it's a paying proposition. (God doesn't make a cent on the deal.) The world goes on because a few men in every generation believe in it utterly, accept it unquestioningly; they underwrite it with their lives.
The lights of stars that were extinguished ages ago still reaches us. So it is with great men who died centuries ago, but still reach us with the radiations of their personalities.
No great thing is created suddenly.
A great man stands on God. A small man on a great man.
The essence of greatness is the perception that virtue is enough.
Greatness be nothing unless it be lasting.
Great people are meteors designed to burn so that the earth may be lighted.
Greatness is a spiritual condition.
No one ever became great by imitation.
To be great is to be misunderstood.
Despite everybody who has been born and has died, the world has just gone on. I mean, look at Napoleon --but we went right on. Look at Harpo Marx --the world went around, it didn't stop for a second. It's sad but true. John Kennedy, right?
Man is only truly great when he acts from his passions.
It is necessary to be slightly under employed if you are to do something significant.
It is not difficult to get away into retirement; and there live upon your own convictions; nor is it difficult to mix with men and follow their convictions; but to enter into the world; and there live firmly and fearlessly according to your own conscience; that is Christian greatness.
Being too good is apt to be uninteresting.
A great thing can only be done by a great person; and they do it without effort.
Those who intend on becoming great should love neither themselves or their own things, but only what is just, whether it happens to be done by themselves or others.
I want to be great, something special.
After a fellow gets famous it does not take long for someone to bob up that used to sit next to him in school.
Greatness does not approach him who is forever looking down.
No man is truly great who is great only in his lifetime. The test of greatness is the page of history.
The search after the great men is the dream of youth, and the most serious occupation of manhood.
The measure of a master is his success in bringing all men around to his opinion twenty years later.
I can write good songs. I can sing 'em, and I mean it, I mean it deeply, and I pour everything into that. Other than that, I suck.
It is a melancholy truth that even great men have their poor relations.
All great men are gifted with intuition. They know without reasoning or analysis, what they need to know.
No great man lives in vain. The history of the world is but the biography of great men.
Sighing that Nature formed but one such man, and broke the die.
The great must submit to the dominion of prudence and of virtue, or none will long submit to the dominion of the great.
The herd seek out the great, not for their sake but for their influence; and the great welcome them out of vanity or need.
Great men are true men, the men in whom nature has succeeded. They are not extraordinary -- they are in the true order. It is the other species of men who are not what they ought to be.
None think the great unhappy, but the great.
A good man, is a good man, whether in this church, or out of it.
All my life I have always known I was born to greatness.
If you would attain greatness, think no little thoughts.
Well, I wouldn't say that I was in the great class, but I had a great time while I was trying to be great.
In historic events, the so-called great men are labels giving names to events, and like labels they have but the smallest connection with the event itself. Every act of theirs, which appears to them an act of their own will, is in an historical sense involuntary and is related to the whole course of history and predestined from eternity.
In my opinion, most of the great men of the past were only there for the beer --the wealth, prestige and grandeur that went with the power.
Do not despise the bottom rungs in the ascent to greatness.
I never knew a man come to greatness or eminence who lay abed late in the morning.
Great men hallow a whole people, and lift up all who live in their time.
It is true greatness to have in one the frailty of a man and the security of a god.
Great men never make bad use of their superiority. They see it and feel it and are not less modest. The more they have, the more they know their own deficiencies.
Greatness, in order to gain recognition, must all too often consent to ape greatness.
The greatest men of a nation are those it puts to death.
Nobody's ever the greatest anything.
Let us never forget that the greatest man is never more than an animal disguised as a god.
It is always the adventurers who do great things, not the sovereigns of great empires.
You know, sometimes, when they say you're ahead of your time, it's just a polite way of saying you have a real bad sense of timing.
In our society those who are in reality superior in intelligence can be accepted by their fellows only if they pretend they are not.
Traditionally the great men of our country have sprung from poor environments; that being so, it would appear we have long suffered from a severe lack of poverty.
There are people who possess not so much genius as a certain talent for perceiving the desires of the century, or even of the decade, before it has done so itself.
Great men always pay deference to greater.
Neither wealth or greatness render us happy.
A position of eminence makes a great person greater and a small person less.
The superiority of some men is merely local. They are great because their associates are little.
He was dull in a new way, and that made many think him great.
Great woman belong to history and to self sacrifice.
There is a sacred horror about everything grand. It is easy to admire mediocrity and hills; but whatever is too lofty, a genius as well as a mountain, an assembly as well as a masterpiece, seen too near, is appalling.
To have a great man for a friend seems pleasant to those who have never tried it; those who have, fear it.
A great man's greatest good luck is to die at the right time.
Great men are rarely isolated mountain-peaks; they are the summits of ranges.
There would be no great men if there were no little ones.
There are no great men, only great challenges that ordinary men are forced by circumstances to meet.
It's not what you take but what you leave behind that defines greatness.
The essence of greatness is neglect of the self.
I distrust Great Men. They produce a desert of uniformity around them and often a pool of blood too, and I always feel a little man's pleasure when they come a cropper.
Not he is great who can alter matter, but he who can alter my state of mind.
No great man ever complains of want of opportunity.
At most, the greatest persons are but great wens, and excrescences; men of wit and delightful conversation, but as morals for ornament, except they be so incorporated into the body of the world that they contribute something to the sustentation of the whole.
He's the greatest man who ever came out of Plymouth, Vermont. [On Calvin Coolidge]
Some have greatness thrust upon them, but not lately.
Greatness and goodness are not means, but ends.
Great and good are seldom the same man.
Great merit, or great failings, will make you respected or despised; but trifles, little attentions, mere nothings, either done or neglected, will make you either liked or disliked in the general run of the world.
The difference between Socrates and Jesus? The great conscious and the immeasurably great unconscious.
What millions died that Caesar might be great?
Great men are the guideposts and landmarks in the state.
False greatness is unsociable and remote: conscious of its own frailty, it hides, or at least averts its face, and reveals itself only enough to create an illusion and not be recognized as the meanness that it really is. True greatness is free, kind, familiar and popular; it lets itself be touched and handled, it loses nothing by being seen at close quarters; the better one knows it, the more one admires it.
No one who has come to true greatness has not felt in some degree that his life belongs to the people, and what God has given them he gives it for mankind.
All your youth you want to have your greatness taken for granted; when you find it taken for granted, you are unnerved.
Great men are not always wise.
The dullard's envy of brilliant men is always assuaged by the suspicion that they will come to a bad end.
We shall never resolve the enigma of the relation between the negative foundations of greatness and that greatness itself.
Because you are a great lord, you believe yourself to be a great genius. You took the trouble to be born, but no more.
Selflessness = Greatness
Greatness is measured by how much you do for others, not how much you can get others to do for you!
Every great dream begin with a DREAMER....
Don't look for greatness and glory, let them speak about you.
Do not despise the bottom rings in your ascent to greatness.