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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.

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