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  • Real greatness has nothing to do with a man’s sphere. It does not lie in the magnitude of his outward agency, in the extent of the effects which he produces. The greatest men may do comparatively little.

    Real   Lying   Greatness  
    William Ellery CHANNING (1839). “Self-Culture. An address introductory to the Franklin lectures, delivered at Boston. 1838”, p.4
  • They whose minds are least sensitive to calamity, and whose hands are most quick to meet it, are the greatest men and the greatest communities.

    Men   Hands   Community  
    Thucydides, Victor Davis Hanson, Robert B. Strassler (2008). “The Landmark Thucydides”, p.127, Simon and Schuster
  • The more abstractly correct and hence powerful this idea will be, the more impossible remains its complete fulfillment as long as it continues to depend on human beings... If this were not so, the founders of religion could not be counted among the greatest men of this earth... In its workings, even the religion of love is only the weak reflection of the will of its exalted founder; its significance, however, lies in the direction which it attempted to give to a universal human development of culture, ethics, and morality.

    "Mein Kampf". Book by Adolf Hitler, Volume I, Chapter 8 - The Beginning of My Political Activities, 1925.
  • Let us never forget that the greatest man is never more than an animal disguised as a god.

    God   Animal   Greatness  
  • Lenin, the greatest man of action in our century and at the same time the most selfless.

    Time   Men   Selfless  
  • The great city is that which has the greatest man or woman: if it be a few ragged huts, it is still the greatest city in the whole world.

    Walt Whitman (2016). “Poems by Walt Whitman”, p.74, Read Books Ltd
  • Party loyalty lowers the greatest men to the petty level of the masses.

    Loyalty   Party   Men  
  • Although he reputedly hated the label of 'guru', Peter Drucker was, by any standards, the greatest management guru the world has yet seen. In 1996, the McKinsey Quarterly journal described him as the 'the one guru to whom other gurus kowtow' and Robert Heller described him as 'the greatest man in the history of management', praise indeed for a man who described himself as 'just an old journalist'.

    Men   Labels   World  
  • The landlord of colonial days may not have been the greatest man in town, but he was certainly the best-known, often the most popular, and ever the most picturesque and cheerful figure.

    Men   Cheerful   May  
    Alice Morse Earle (2016). “Stage-coach and Tavern Days”, p.46, Library of Alexandria
  • Why then should words challenge Eternity, When greatest men, and greatest actions die? Use may revive the obsoletest words, And banish those that now are most in vogue; Use is the judge, the law, and rule of speech.

    Men   Law   Judging  
    Horace (1717). “The Odes & Satyrs of Horace, that Have Been Done Into English by the Most Eminent Hands...: With His Art of Poetry...To this Ed. is Added Several Odes Never Before Published”, p.189
  • And I loved Frank Lloyd Wright. I think he was the greatest man I have ever met in my life.

    Men   Thinking   Mets  
  • The greatest man is he who chooses right with the most invincible resolution; who resists to sorest temptation from within and without; who bears the heaviest burdens cheerfully; who is calmest in storms, and most fearless under menaces and frowns; whose reliance on truth, on virtue, and on God is most unfaltering.

  • The President hears a hundred voices telling him that he is the greatest man in the world. He must listen carefully indeed to hear the one voice that tells him his is not.

    1964 InThisWeek, 5 Apr.
  • The greatest man in history was the poorest.

    Ralph Waldo Emerson (2013). “Delphi Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson (Illustrated)”, p.2442, Delphi Classics
  • Rocks whereon greatest men have oftest wreck'd.

    Men   Rocks   Wrecks  
    John Milton, Henry John Todd (1852). “The Poetical Works of John Milton: With Notes of Various Authors; and with Some Account of the Life and Writings of Milton, Derived Principally from Original Documents in Her Majesty's State-paper Office”, p.71
  • In this country kings or dukes don't amount to nothing. The greatest man around then was Franklin D. Roosevelt, and he was the President; so I started calling Lester the President. It got shortened to Pres.

    Country   Kings   Men  
  • He who does the most good is the greatest man. Power, authority, dignity, honors, wealth and station--these are so far valuable as they put it into the hands of men to be more exemplary and more useful than they could be in an obscure and private life. But then these are means conducting to an end, and that end is goodness.

    Mean   Men   Greatness  
  • It is India that gave us the ingenious method of expressing all numbers by means of ten symbols, each symbol receiving a value of position as well as an absolute value; a profound and important idea which appears so simple to us now that we ignore its true merit. But its very simplicity and the great ease which it has lent to computations put our arithmetic in the first rank of useful inventions; and we shall appreciate the grandeur of the achievement the more when we remember that it escaped the genius of Archimedes and Apollonius, two of the greatest men produced by antiquity.

    "Return to Mathematical Circles". Book by Howard Eves, 1988.
  • Homosexuality is assuredly no advantage, but it is nothing to be ashamed of, no vice, no degradation; it cannot be classified as an illness; we consider it to be a variation of the sexual function, produced by a certain arrest of sexual development. Many highly respectable individuals of ancient and modern times have been homosexuals, several of the greatest men among them (Plato, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, etc.). It is a great injustice to persecute homosexuality as a crime--and a cruelty, too. If you do not believe me, read the books of Havelock Ellis.

    Plato   Believe   Book  
  • Times of calamity and distress have always been producers of the greatest men. The hardest steel is produced from the hottest fire; the brightest star shreds the darkest night.

    Andy Andrews (2002). “The Traveler's Gift: Seven Decisions that Determine Personal Success”, Thomas Nelson Incorporated
  • Writing is all a lottery -- I have been a loser by the works of the greatest men of the age.

    Writing   Men   Age  
    Tobias Smollett, Sir Walter Scott (1835). “Select works of Tobias Smollett ...: With a memoir of the life and writings of the author”, p.312
  • Many of the greatest men that ever lived have written biography.Boswell was one ofthesmallest menthat ever lived and he has beaten them all.

  • You will be favourable to Burr, and so must fail because the American reader cannot bear a surprise. He knows that this is the greatest country on earth, Washington the greatest man that ever lived, Burr the wickedest, and evidence to the contrary is not admissible. That means no inconvenient facts, no new information. If you really want the reader's attention, you must flatter him. Make his prejudices your own. Tell him things he already knows. He will love your soundness.

    Country   Love You   Mean  
  • Are not our greatest men as good as lost? The men that walk daily among us, warming us, feeding us, walk shrouded in darkness, mere mythic men.

    Men   Darkness   He Man  
    Thomas Carlyle (2014). “The Selected Works of Thomas Carlyle”, p.75,
  • John Paul II was one of the greatest men of the last century. Perhaps the greatest.

  • The greatest truths are the simplest, and so are the greatest men.

  • The ambition of the greatest men of our generation has been to wipe every tear from every eye. That may be beyond us, but so long as there are tears and suffering, so long our work will not be over.

    Eye   Ambition   Men  
    Jawaharlal Nehru (1967). “Sept. 1964-May 1949”
  • All the greatest men are maniacs. They are possessed by a mania which drives them forward towards thier goal. The great scientists, the philosophers, the religious leaders - all maniacs. What else but a blind singlenee of purpose could have given focus to thier genius, would have kept them in the groove of purpose. Mania... is as priceless as genius.

    Religious   Men   Goal  
    "Dr. No". Book by Ian Fleming, ch. 15: Pandora's Box, 1958.
  • They have their belief, these poor Tibet people, that Providence sends down always an Incarnation of Himself into every generation. At bottom some belief in a kind of Pope! At bottom still better, a belief that there is a Greatest Man; that he is discoverable; that, once discovered, we ought to treat him with an obedience which knows no bounds. This is the truth of Grand Lamaism; the "discoverability" is the only error here.

    Buddhism   Men   Errors  
    "The Hero as Divinity. Odin. Paganism: Scandinavian Mythology". "On Heroes" by Thomas Carlyle, Chapter 1, 1840.
  • The world knows nothing of its greatest men.

    Men   World   Knows  
    Sir Henry Taylor (1834). “Philip Van Artvelde: A Dramatic Romance. In Two Parts”, p.41
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