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He's the greatest man who ever came out of Plymouth, Vermont. [On Calvin Coolidge]
~ Clarence Darrow

 

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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.
~ Adam Duritz

 

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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.
~ Edward M. Forster

 

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I never knew a man come to greatness or eminence who lay abed late in the morning.
~ Jonathan Swift

 

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I never wanted to be famous. I only wanted to be great.
~ Ray Charles

 

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I want to be great, something special.
~ Sugar Ray Leonard

 

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If you would attain greatness, think no little thoughts.
~ Anonymous

 

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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.
~ Count Leo Tolstoy

 

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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.
~ A. J. P. Taylor

 

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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.
~ William Shakespeare

 

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In our society those who are in reality superior in intelligence can be accepted by their fellows only if they pretend they are not.
~ Marya Mannes

 

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It is a melancholy truth that even great men have their poor relations.
~ Charles Dickens

 

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It is always the adventurers who do great things, not the sovereigns of great empires.
~ Charles De Montesquieu

 

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It is necessary to be slightly under employed if you are to do something significant.
~ James Watson

 

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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.
~ Anonymous

 

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It is true greatness to have in one the frailty of a man and the security of a god.
~ Seneca

 

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It's not what you take but what you leave behind that defines greatness.
~ Edward Gardner

 

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Let us never forget that the greatest man is never more than an animal disguised as a god.
~ Francis Picabia

 

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Man is only truly great when he acts from his passions.
~ Benjamin Disraeli

 

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Neither wealth or greatness render us happy.
~ Jean De La Fontaine

 

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