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James Wood, comp.  Dictionary of Quotations.  1899.
Gottlob!  to  Greatness
  Gottlob! wir haben das Original—God be praised, we have still the original.    Lessing.  7250
  Gott macht gesund, und der Doktor kriegt das Geld—God cures us, and the doctor gets the fee.    German Proverb.  7251
  Gott mit uns—God with us.    German.  7252
  Gott müsst ihr im Herzen suchen und finden—Ye must seek and find God in the heart.    Jean Paul.  7253
  Gott schuf ja aus Erden den Ritter und Knecht. / Ein hoher Sinn adelt auch niedres Geschlecht—God created out of the clay the knight and his squire. A higher sense ennobles even a humble race.    Bürger.  7254
  Gott-trunkener Mensch—A god-intoxicated man.    Novalis, of Spinoza.  7255
  Gott verlässt den Mutigen nimmer—God never forsakes the stout of heart.    Körner.  7256
  Göttern kann man nicht vergelten; / Schön ist’s, ihnen gleich zu sein—We cannot recompense the gods; beautiful it is to be like them.    Schiller.  7257
  Gottes Freund, der Pfaffen Feind—God’s friend, priest’s foe.    German Proverb.  7258
  Gottes ist der Orient, Gottes ist der Occident, / Nord- und Sudliches Gelände / Ruht im Friede seiner Hände—God’s is the east, God’s is the west; north region and south rests in the peace of his hands.    Goethe.  7259
  Gottes Mühle geht langsam, aber sie mahlt fein—God’s mill goes slow, but it grinds fine.    German Proverb.  7260
  Göttliche Apathie und thierische Indifferenz werden nur zu oft verwechselt—Divine indifference and brutish indifference are too often confounded.    Feuchtersleben.  7261
  Goutte à goutte—Drop by drop.    French.  7262
  Govern the lips as they were palace-doors, the king within; / Tranquil and fair and courteous be all words which from that presence win.    Sir Edwin Arnold.  7263
  Government and co-operation are in all things the laws of life; anarchy and competition, the laws of death.    Ruskin.  7264
  Government arrogates to itself that it alone forms men…. Everybody knows that Government never began anything. It is the whole world that thinks and governs.    Wendell Phillips.  7265
  Government began in tyranny and force, in the feudalism of the soldier and the bigotry of the priest; and the ideas of justice and humanity have been fighting their way like a thunderstorm against the organised selfishness of human nature.    Wendell Phillips.  7266
  Government has been a fossil; it should be a plant.    Emerson.  7267
  Government is a contrivance of human wisdom to provide for human wants.    Burke.  7268
  Government is a necessary evil, like other go-carts and crutches. Our need of it shows exactly how far we are still children. All governing over much kills the self-help and energy of the governed.    Wendell Phillips.  7269
  Government is a trust, and the officers of the government are trustees; and both the trust and the trustees are created for the benefit of the people.    H. Clay.  7270
  Government is the greatest combination of forces known to human society. It can command more men and raise more money than any and all other agencies combined.    D. D. Field.  7271
  Government must always be a step ahead of the popular movement (Bewegung).    Count Arnim.  7272
  Government of the people, by the people and for the people, shall not perish from the earth.    Abraham Lincoln.  7273
  Government of the will is better than increase of knowledge.    Proverb.  7274
  Government should direct poor men what to do.    Emerson.  7275
  Governments exist only for the good of the people.    Macaulay.  7276
  Governments exist to protect the rights of minorities.    Wendell Phillips.  7277
  Governments have their origin in the moral identity of men.    Emerson.  7278
  Gowd (gold) gets in at ilka (every) gate except heaven.    Scotch Proverb.  7279
  Gowd is gude only in the hand o’ virtue.    Scotch Proverb.  7280
  Goza tû de tu poco, mientras busca mas el loco—Enjoy your little while the fool is in search of more.    Spanish Proverb.  7281
  Grace abused brings forth the foulest deeds, / As richest soil the most luxuriant weeds.    Cowper.  7282
  Grace has been defined the outward expression of the inward harmony of the soul.    Hazlitt.  7283
  Grace in women has more effect than beauty.    Hazlitt.  7284
  Grace is a light superior to Nature, which should direct and preside over it.    Thomas à Kempis.  7285
  Grace is a plant, where’er it grows! / Of pure and heavenly root; / But fairest in the youngest shows, / And yields the sweetest fruit.    Cowper.  7286
  Grace is in garments, in movements, and manners; beauty in the nude and in forms.    Joubert.  7287
  Grace is more beautiful than beauty.    Emerson.  7288
  Grace is the beauty of form under the influence of freedom.    Schiller.  7289
  Grace is the proper relation of the acting person to the action.    Winckelmann.  7290
  Grace is to the body what good sense is to the mind.    La Rochefoucauld.  7291
  Grace pays its respects to true intrinsic worth, not to the mere signs and trappings of it, which often only show where it ought to be, not where it really is.    Thomas à Kempis.  7292
  Grace was in all her steps, heav’n in her eye, / In every gesture dignity and love.    Milton.  7293
  Gracefulness cannot subsist without ease.    Rousseau.  7294
  Gradatim—Step by step; by degrees.  7295
  Gradu diverso, via una—By different steps but the same way.  7296
  Gradus ad Parnassum—A help to the composition of classic poetry.  7297
  Græcia capta ferum victorem cepit, et artes / Intulit agresti Latio—Greece, conquered herself, in turn conquered her uncivilised conqueror, and imported her arts into rusticated Latium.    Horace.  7298
  Gram. loquitur; Dia. vera docet; Rhe. verba colorat; Mu. canit; Ar. numerat; Geo. ponderat; As. docet astra—Grammar speaks; dialectics teaches us truth; rhetoric gives colouring to our speech; music sings; arithmetic reckons; geometry measures; astronomy teaches us the stars.  7299
  Grammar knows how to lord it over kings, and with high hand make them obey.    Molière.  7300
  Grammaticus Rhetor Geometres Pictor Aliptes / Augur Schœnobates Medicus Magus—omnia novit—Grammarian, rhetorician, geometrician, painter, anointer, augur, tight-rope dancer, physician, magician—he knows everything.    Juvenal.  7301
  Grain of glory mixt with humbleness / Cures both a fever and lethargicness.    Herbert.  7302
  Grand besoin a de fol qui de soi-même le fait—He has great need of a fool who makes himself one.    French Proverb.  7303
  Grand bien ne vient pas en peu d’heures—Great wealth is not gotten in a few hours.    French.  7304
  Grande parure—Full dress.    French.  7305
  Grandescunt aucta labore—They grow with increase of toil.    Motto.  7306
  Grandeur and beauty are so very opposite, that you often diminish the one as you increase the other.    Shenstone.  7307
  Grandeur has a heavy tax to pay.    Alexander Smith.  7308
  Grand parleur, grand menteur—Great talker, great liar.    French Proverb.  7309
  Grand venteur, petit faiseur—Great boaster, little doer.    French Proverb.  7310
  Grant but memory to us, and we can lose nothing by death.    Whittier.  7311
  Granted the ship comes into harbour with shrouds and tackle damaged; the pilot is blameworthy; he has not been all-wise and all-powerful; but to know how blameworthy, tell us first whether his voyage has been round the globe or only to Ramsgate and the Isle of Dogs.    Carlyle.  7312
  Gran victoria es la que sin sangre se alcanza—Great is the victory that is gained without bloodshed.    Spanish Proverb.  7313
  Grasp all, lose all.    Proverb.  7314
  Grass grows not on the highway.    Proverb.  7315
  Grata naturam vincit—Grace overcomes Nature.  7316
  Grata superveniet quæ non sperabitur hora—The hour of happiness will come the more welcome when it is not expected.    Horace.  7317
  Gratiæ expectativæ—Expected benefits.  7318
  Gratia gratiam parit—Kindness produces kindness.    Proverb.  7319
  Gratia, Musa, tibi. Nam tu solatia præbes; / Tu curæ requies, tu medicina mali—Thanks to thee, my Muse. For thou dost afford me comfort; thou art a rest from my cares, a cure for my woes.    Ovid.  7320
  Gratia placendi—The satisfaction of pleasing.  7321
  Gratia pro rebus merito debetur inemtis—Thanks are justly due for things we have not to pay for.    Ovid.  7322
  Gratior et pulchro veniens in corpore virtus—Even virtue appears more lovely when enshrined in a beautiful form.    Virgil.  7323
  Gratis—For nothing.  7324
  Gratis anhelans, multa agendo nihil agens—Out of breath for nothing, making much ado about nothing.    Phædrus.  7325
  Gratis asseritur—It is asserted but not proved.  7326
  Gratitude is a duty which ought to be paid, but which none have a right to expect.    Rousseau.  7327
  Gratitude is a keen sense of favours to come.    Talleyrand.  7328
  Gratitude is a species of justice.    Johnson.  7329
  Gratitude is memory of the heart. (?)  7330
  Gratitude is never conferred but where there have been previous endeavours to excite it; we consider it as a debt, and our spirits wear a load till we have discharged the obligation.    Goldsmith.  7331
  Gratitude is one of the rarest of virtues.    Theodore Parker.  7332
  Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul; and the heart of man knoweth none more fragrant.    H. Ballou.  7333
  Gratitude is the least of virtues, ingratitude the worst of vices.    Proverb.  7334
  Gratitude is with most people only a strong desire for greater benefits to come.    La Rochefoucauld.  7335
  Gratitude once refused can never after be recovered.    Goldsmith.  7336
  Gratitude which consists in good wishes may be said to be dead, as faith without good works is dead.    Cervantes.  7337
  Gratis dictum—Said to no purpose; irrelevant to the question at issue.  7338
  Gratum hominem semper beneficium delectat; ingratum semel—A kindness is always delightful to a grateful man; to an ungrateful, only at the time of its receipt.    Seneca.  7339
  Grau’ Haare sind Kirchhofsblumen—Gray hairs are churchyard flowers.    German Proverb.  7340
  Grau, teurer Freund, ist alle Theorie, / Und grün des Lebens goldner Baum—Gray, dear friend, is all theory, and green life’s golden tree.    Goethe.  7341
  Grave nihil est homini quod fert necessitas—No burden is really heavy to a man which necessity lays on him.  7342
  Grave paupertas malum est, et intolerabile, quæ magnum domat populum—The poverty which oppresses a great people is a grievous and intolerable evil.  7343
  Grave pondus illum magna nobilitas premit—His exalted rank weighs heavy on him as a grievous burden.    Seneca.  7344
  Grave senectus est hominibus pondus—Old age is a heavy burden to man.  7345
  Graves, the dashes in the punctuation of our lives.    S. W. Duffield.  7346
  Grave virus / Munditiæ pepulere—More elegant manners expelled this offensive style.    Horace.  7347
  Graviora quædam sunt remedia periculis—Some remedies are worse than the disease.    Publius Syrus.  7348
  Gravis ira regum semper—The anger of kings is always heavy.    Seneca.  7349
  Gravissimum est imperium consuetudinis—The empire of custom is most mighty.    Publius Syrus.  7350
  Gravity is a mysterious carriage of the body, invented to cover the defects of the mind.    La Rochefoucauld.  7351
  Gravity is a taught trick to gain credit of the world for more sense and knowledge than a man is worth.    Sterne.  7352
  Gravity is only the bark of wisdom, but it preserves it.    Confucius.  7353
  Gravity is the ballast of the soul, which keeps the mind steady.    Fuller.  7354
  Gravity is the best cloak for sin in all countries.    Fielding.  7355
  Gravity is the inseparable companion of pride.    Goldsmith.  7356
  Gravity is twin brother to stupidity.    Bovee.  7357
  Gravity, with all its pretensions, was no better, but often worse, than what a French wit had long ago defined it, viz., a mysterious carriage of the body to cover the defects of the mind.    Sterne.  7358
  Gray hairs seem to my fancy like the light of a soft moon, silvering over the evening of life.    Jean Paul.  7359
  Gray is all theory, and green the while is the golden tree of life.    Goethe.  7360
  Gratiano speaks an infinite deal of nothing…. His reasons are as two grains of wheat hid in two bushels of chaff; you will seek all day ere you find them; and when you have them, they are not worth the search.    Mer. of Ven., i. 1.  7361
  Great actions crown themselves with lasting bays; / Who well deserves needs not another’s praise.    Heath.  7362
  Great acts grow out of great occasions, and great occasions spring from great principles, working changes in society and tearing it up by the roots.    Hazlitt.  7363
  Great ambition is the passion of a great character. He who is endowed with it may perform very good or very bad actions; all depends upon the principles which direct him.    Napoleon.  7364
  Great art dwells in all that is beautiful; but false art omits or changes all that is ugly. Great art accepts Nature as she is, but directs the eyes and thoughts to what is most perfect in her; false art saves itself the trouble of direction by removing or altering whatever is objectionable.    Ruskin.  7365
  Great attention to what is said and sweetness of speech, a great degree of kindness and the appearance of awe, are always tokens of a man’s attachment.    Hitopadesa.  7366
  Great barkers are nae biters.    Scotch Proverb.  7367
  Great boast, small roast.    Proverb.  7368
  Great books are written for Christianity much oftener than great deeds are done for it.    H. Mann.  7369
  Great causes are never tried on their merits; but the cause is reduced to particulars to suit the size of the partisans, and the contention is ever hottest on minor matters.    Emerson.  7370
  Great countries are those that produce great men.    Disraeli.  7371
  Great cowardice is hidden by a bluster of daring.    Lucan.  7372
  Great cry but little wool, as the devil said when he shear’d his hogs.    Proverb.  7373
  Great deeds cannot die; / They with the sun and moon renew their light, / For ever blessing those that look on them.    Tennyson.  7374
  Great deeds immortal are—they cannot die, / Unscathed by envious blight or withering frost, / They live, and bud, and bloom; and men partake / Still of their freshness, and are strong thereby.    Aytoun.  7375
  Great dejection often follows great enthusiasm.    Joseph Roux.  7376
  Great edifices, like great mountains, are the work of ages.    Victor Hugo.  7377
  Great endowments often announce themselves in youth in the form of singularity and awkwardness.    Goethe.  7378
  Great, ever fruitful; profitable for reproof, for encouragement, for building up in manful purposes and works, are the words of those that in their day were men.    Carlyle.  7379
  Great evils one triumphs over bravely, but the little eat away one’s heart.    Mrs. Carlyle.  7380
  Great fleas have little fleas / Upon their backs to bite ’em; / And little fleas have lesser fleas, / And so ad infinitum.    Lowell.  7381
  Great folks have five hundred friends because they have no occasion for them.    Goldsmith.  7382
  Great fools have great bells.    Dutch Proverb.  7383
  Great genial power consists in being altogether receptive.    Emerson.  7384
  Great geniuses have always the shortest biographies.    Emerson.  7385
  Great gifts are for great men.    Proverb.  7386
  Great God, I had rather be / A Pagan suckled in some creed outworn; / So might I, standing on this pleasant lea, / Have glimpses that would make me less forlorn.    Wordsworth.  7387
  Great grief makes those sacred upon whom its hand is laid. Joy may elevate, ambition glorify, but sorrow alone can consecrate.    H. Greeley.  7388
  Great griefs medicine the less.    Cymbeline, iv. 2.  7389
  Great haste makes great waste.    Ben. Franklin.  7390
  Great honours are great burdens; but on whom / They’re cast with envy, he doth bear two loads.    Ben Jonson.  7391
  Great joy is only earned by great exertion.    Goethe.  7392
  Great is he who enjoys his earthenware as if it were plate, and not less great the man to whom all his plate is no more than earthenware.    Seneca.  7393
  Great is not great to the greater.    Sir P. Sidney.  7394
  Great is self-denial! Life goes all to ravels and tatters where that enters not.    Carlyle.  7395
  Great is song used to great ends.    Tennyson.  7396
  Great is the soul, and plain. It is no flatterer, it is no follower; it never appeals from itself.    Emerson.  7397
  Great is the strength of an individual soul true to its high trust; mighty is it, even to the redemption of a world.    Mrs. Child.  7398
  Great is truth, and mighty above all things.    Apocrypha.  7399
  Great is wisdom; infinite is the value of wisdom. It cannot be exaggerated; it is the highest achievement of man.    Carlyle.  7400
  Great joy, especially after a sudden change and revolution of circumstances, is apt to be silent, and dwells rather in the heart than on the tongue.    Fielding.  7401
  Great knowledge, if it be without vanity, is the most severe bridle of the tongue.    Jeremy Taylor.  7402
  Great lies are as great as great truths, and prevail constantly and day after day.    Thackeray.  7403
  Great lords have great hands, but they do not reach to heaven.    Danish Proverb.  7404
  Great Mammon!—greatest god below the sky.    Spenser.  7405
  Great men are always of a nature originally melancholy.    Aristotle.  7406
  Great men are among the best gifts which God bestows upon a people.    G. S. Hillard.  7407
  Great men are like eagles, and build their nest on some lofty solitude.    Schopenhauer.  7408
  Great men are more distinguished by range and extent than by originality.    Emerson.  7409
  Great men are never sufficiently known but in struggles.    Burke.  7410
  Great men are not always wise.    Bible.  7411
  Great men are rarely isolated mountain-peaks; they are the summits of ranges.    T. W. Higginson.  7412
  Great men are sincere.    Emerson.  7413
  Great men are the fire-pillars in this dark pilgrimage of mankind; they stand as heavenly signs, ever-living witnesses of what has been, prophetic tokens of what may still be, the revealed, embodied possibilities of human nature.    Carlyle.  7414
  Great Men are the inspired (speaking and acting) Texts of that Divine Book of Revelations, whereof a Chapter is completed from epoch to epoch, and by some named History.    Carlyle.  7415
  Great men are the modellers, patterns, and in a wide sense creators, of whatsoever the general mass of men contrived to do and attain.    Carlyle.  7416
  Great men are the true men, the men in whom Nature has succeeded.    Amiel.  7417
  Great men are they who see that spiritual is stronger than any material force, that thoughts rule the world.    Emerson.  7418
  Great men do not content us. It is their solitude, not their force, that makes them conspicuous.    Emerson.  7419
  Great men do not play stage tricks with the doctrines of life and death; only little men do that.    Ruskin.  7420
  Great men essay enterprises because they think them great, and fools because they think them easy.    Vauvenargues.  7421
  Great men get more by obliging inferiors than by disdaining them.    South.  7422
  Great men, great nations have ever been perceivers of the terror of life, and have manned themselves to face it.    Emerson.  7423
  Great men have their parasites.    Sydney Smith.  7424
  Great men lose somewhat of their greatness by being near us; ordinary men gain much.    Landor.  7425
  Great men may jest with saints; ’tis wit in them, / But in the less, foul profanation.    Meas. for Meas., ii. 2.  7426
  Great men need to be lifted upon the shoulders of the whole world, in order to conceive their great ideas or perform their great deeds; that is, there must be an atmosphere of greatness round about them. A hero cannot be a hero unless in a heroic world.    Hawthorne.  7427
  Great men not only know their business, but they usually know that they know it, and are not only right in their main opinions, but they usually know that they are right in them.    Ruskin.  7428
  Great men oft die by vile Bezonians.    2 Henry IV., iv. 1.  7429
  Great men often rejoice at crosses of fortune, just as brave soldiers do at wars.    Seneca.  7430
  Great men or men of great gifts you will easily find, but symmetrical men never.    Emerson.  7431
  Great men, said Themistocles, are like the oaks, under the branches of which men are happy in finding a refuge in the time of storm and rain; but when they have to pass a sunny day under them, they take pleasure in cutting the bark and breaking the branches.    Goethe.  7432
  Great men should drink with harness on their throats.    Timon of Athens, i. 2.  7433
  Great men should think of opportunity, and not of time. Time is the excuse of feeble and puzzled spirits.    Disraeli.  7434
  Great men stand like solitary towers in the city of God, and secret passages running deep beneath external Nature give their thoughts intercourse with higher intelligences, which strengthens and consoles them, and of which the labourers on the surface do not even dream.    Longfellow.  7435
  Great men, though far above us, are felt to be our brothers; and their elevation shows us what vast possibilities are wrapped up in our common humanity. They beckon us up the gleaming heights to whose summits they have climbed. Their deeds are the woof of this world’s history.    Moses Harvey.  7436
  Great men too often have greater faults than little men can find room for.    Landor.  7437
  Great men will always pay deference to greater.    Landor.  7438
  Great minds erect their never-failing trophies on the firm base of mercy.    Massinger.  7439
  Great minds had rather deserve contemporaneous applause without obtaining it, than obtain without deserving it.    Colton.  7440
  Great minds, like Heaven, are pleased in doing good, / Though the ungrateful subjects of their favours / Are barren in return.    Rowe.  7441
  Great minds seek to labour for eternity. All other men are captivated by immediate advantages; great minds are excited by the prospect of distant good.    Schiller.  7442
  Great names stand not alone for great deeds; they stand also for great virtues, and, doing them worship, we elevate ourselves.    H. Giles.  7443
  Great part of human suffering has its root in the nature of man, and not in that of his institutions.    Lowell.  7444
  Great passions are incurable diseases; the very remedies make them worse.    Goethe.  7445
  Great patriots must be men of great excellence; this alone can secure to them lasting admiration.    H. Giles.  7446
  Great people and champions are special gifts of God, whom He gives and preserves; they do their work and achieve great actions, not with vain imaginations or cold and sleepy cogitations, but by motion of God.    Luther.  7447
  Great pleasures are much less frequent than great pains.    Hume.  7448
  Great poets are no sudden prodigies, but slow results.    Lowell.  7449
  Great poets try to describe what all men see and to express what all men feel; if they cannot describe it, they let it alone.    Ruskin.  7450
  Great profits, great risks.    Chinese Proverb.  7451
  Great results cannot be achieved at once; and we must be satisfied to advance in life as we walk, step by step.    S. Smiles.  7452
  Great revolutions, whatever may be their causes, are not lightly commenced, and are not concluded with precipitation.    Disraeli.  7453
  Great souls are always royally submissive, reverent to what is over them; only small, mean souls are otherwise.    Carlyle.  7454
  Great souls are not cast down by adversity.    Proverb.  7455
  Great souls are not those which have less passion and more virtue than common souls, but only those which have greater designs.    La Rochefoucauld.  7456
  Great souls attract sorrows as mountains do storms. But the thunder-clouds break upon them, and they thus form a shelter for the plains around.    Jean Paul.  7457
  Great souls care only for what is great.    Amiel.  7458
  Great souls endure in silence.    Schiller.  7459
  Great souls forgive not injuries till time has put their enemies within their power, that they may show forgiveness is their own.    Dryden.  7460
  Great spirits and great business do keep out this weak passion (love).    Bacon.  7461
  Great talents are rare, and they rarely recognise themselves.    Goethe.  7462
  Great talents have some admirers, but few friends.    Niebuhr.  7463
  Great talkers are like leaky pitchers, everything runs out of them.    Proverb.  7464
  Great talkers are little doers.    Proverb.  7465
  Great thieves hang little ones.    German.  7466
  Great things are done when men and mountains meet; / These are not done by jostling in the street.    William Blake.  7467
  Great things through greatest hazards are achiev’d, / And then they shine.    Beaumont.  7468
  Great thoughts and a pure heart are the things we should beg for ourselves from God.    Goethe.  7469
  Great thoughts come from the heart.    Vauvenargues.  7470
  Great thoughts, great feelings come to them, / Like instincts, unawares.    M. Milnes.  7471
  Great thoughts reduced to practice become great acts.    Hazlitt.  7472
  Great towns are but a large sort of prison to the soul, like cages to birds or pounds to beasts.    Charron.  7473
  Great warmth at first is the certain ruin of every great achievement. Doth not water, although ever so cool, moisten the earth?    Hitopadesa.  7474
  Great warriors, like great earthquakes, are principally remembered for the mischief they have done.    Bovee.  7475
  Great wealth, great care.    Dutch Proverb.  7476
  Great wits are sure to madness near allied, / And thin partitions do their bounds divide.    Dryden.  7477
  Great wits to madness nearly are allied; / Both serve to make our poverty our pride.    Emerson.  7478
  Great women belong to history and to self-sacrifice.    Leigh Hunt.  7479
  Great works are performed, not by strength, but by perseverance.    Johnson.  7480
  Great writers and orators are commonly economists in the use of words.    Whipple.  7481
  Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.    Jesus.  7482
  Greater than man, less than woman.    Essex, of Queen Elizabeth.  7483
  Greatest scandal waits on greatest state.    Shakespeare.  7484
  Greatly to find quarrel in a straw, / When honour’s at the stake.    Hamlet, iv. 4.  7485
  Greatness and goodness are not means, but ends.    Coleridge.  7486
  Greatness appeals to the future.    Emerson.  7487
  Greatness, as we daily see it, is unsociable.    Landor.  7488
  Greatness can only be rightly estimated when minuteness is justly reverenced. Greatness is the aggregation of minuteness; nor can its sublimity be felt truthfully by any mind unaccustomed to the affectionate watching of what is least.    Ruskin.  7489
  Greatness doth not approach him who is for ever looking down.    Hitopadesa.  7490
  Greatness envy not; for thou mak’st thereby / Thyself the worse, and so the distance greater.    Herbert.  7491
  Greatness, in any period and under any circumstances, has always been rare. It is of elemental birth, and is independent alike of its time and its circumstances.    W. Winter.  7492
  Greatness is a spiritual condition worthy to excite love, interest, and admiration; and the outward proof of greatness is that we excite love, interest, and admiration.    Matthew Arnold.  7493
  Greatness is its own torment.    Theodore Parker.  7494
  Greatness is like a laced coat from Monmouth Street, which fortune lends us for a day to wear, to-morrow puts it on another’s back.    Fielding.  7495
  Greatness is not a teachable nor gainable thing, but the expression of the mind of a God-made man: teach, or preach, or labour as you will, everlasting difference is set between one man’s capacity and another’s; and this God-given supremacy is the priceless thing, always just as rare in the world at one time as another…. And nearly the best thing that men can generally do is to set themselves, not to the attainment, but the discovery of this: learning to know gold, when we see it, from iron-glance, and diamond from flint-sand, being for most of us a more profitable employment than trying to make diamonds of our own charcoal.    Ruskin.  7496
  Greatness is nothing unless it be lasting.    Napoleon.  7497
  Greatness lies not in being strong, but in the right using of strength. He is greatest whose strength carries up the most hearts by the attraction of his own.    Ward Beecher.  7498
  Greatness may be present in lives whose range is very small.    Phillips Brooks.  7499
  Greatness of mind is not shown by admitting small things, but by making small things great under its influence. He who can take no interest in what is small will take false interest in what is great.    Ruskin.  7500
  Greatness, once and for ever, has done with opinion.    Emerson.  7501
  Greatness, once fallen out with fortune, / Must fall out with men too; what the declined is, / He shall as soon read in the eyes of others / As feel in his own fall.    Troil. and Cress., iii. 3.  7502
  Greatness stands upon a precipice; and if prosperity carry a man never so little beyond his poise, it overbears and dashes him to pieces.    Colton.  7503
  Greatness, thou gaudy torment of our souls, / The wise man’s fetter and the rage of fools.    Otway.  7504
  Greatness, with private men / Esteem’d a blessing, is to me a curse; / And we, whom from our high births they conclude / The only free men, are the only slaves: / Happy the golden mean.    Massinger.  7505


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