| Burn to be great,|
Pay not thy praise to lofty things alone.
The plains are everlasting as the hills,
The bard cannot have two pursuits; aught else
Comes on the mind with the like shock as though
Two worlds had gone to war, and met in air.
BaileyFestus. Sc. Home.
|Nothing can cover his high fame but heaven;|
No pyramids set off his memories,
But the eternal substance of his greatness,
To which I leave him.
Beaumont and FletcherThe False One. Act II. Sc. 1.
| Mans Unhappiness, as I construe, comes of his Greatness; it is because there is an Infinite in him, which with all his cunning he cannot quite bury under the Finite.|
CarlyleSartor Resartus. The Everlasting Yea. Bk. II. Ch. IX.
| We have not the love of greatness, but the love of the love of greatness.|
CarlyleEssays. Characteristics. Vol. III.
| Nemo vir magnus aliquo afflatu divino unquam fuit.|
No man was ever great without divine inspiration.
CiceroDe Natura Deorum. II. 66.
| The great man who thinks greatly of himself, is not diminishing that greatness in heaping fuel on his fire.|
Isaac DIsraeliLiterary Character of Men of Genius. Ch. XV.
|So let his name through Europe ring!|
A man of mean estate,
Who died as firm as Spartas king,
Because his soul was great.
Sir Francis Hastings DoyleThe Private of the Buffs.
| No great deed is done|
By falterers who ask for certainty.
George EliotThe Spanish Gypsy. Bk. I. 56th line from end.
| He is great who is what he is from Nature, and who never reminds us of others.|
EmersonEssays. Second Series. Uses of Great Men.
| Nature never sends a great man into the planet, without confiding the secret to another soul.|
EmersonUses of Great Men.
| He who comes up to his own idea of greatness, must always have had a very low standard of it in his mind.|
HazlittTable Talk. Whether Genius is Conscious of its own Power.
|No really great man ever thought himself so.|
HazlittTable Talk. Whether Genius is Conscious of its own Power.
|Ajax the great * * *|
Himself a host.
HomerIliad. Bk. III. L. 293. Popes trans.
|For he that once is good, is ever great.|
Ben JonsonThe Forest. To Lady Aubigny.
|Urit enim fulgore suo qui prægravat artes|
Intra se positas; extinctus amabitur idem.
That man scorches with his brightness, who overpowers inferior capacities, yet he shall be revered when dead.
HoraceEpistles. II. 1. 13.
|Greatnesse on goodnesse loves to slide, not stand,|
And leaves, for fortunes ice, vertues firme land.
Richard KnollesTurkish History. Under a portrait of Mustapha I. L. 13.
|Great is advertisement! tis almost fate;|
But, little mushroom-men, of puff-ball fame.
Ah, do you dream to be mistaken great
And to be really great are just the same?
Richard Le GallienneAlfred Tennyson.
|Il nappartient quaux grands hommes davoir de grands défauts.|
It is the prerogative of great men only to have great defects.
| The great man is the man who can get himself made and who will get himself made out of anything he finds at hand.|
Gerald Stanley LeeCrowds. Bk. II. Ch. XV.
| Great men stand like solitary towers in the city of God.|
LongfellowKavanagh. Ch. I.
| A great man is made up of qualities that meet or make great occasions.|
LowellMy Study Windows. Garfield.
| The great man is he who does not lose his childs heart.|
MenciusWorks. Bk. IV. Pt. II. Ch. XII.
|That man is great, and he alone,|
Who serves a greatness not his own,
For neither praise nor pelf:
Content to know and be unknown:
Whole in himself.
Owen Meredith (Lord Lytton)A Great Man.
| Are not great|
Men the models of nations?
Owen Meredith (Lord Lytton)Lucile. Pt. II. Canto VI. St. 29.
| Les grands ne sont grands que parceque nous, les portons sur nos épaules; nous navons qu à les secouer pour en joncher la terre.|
The great are only great because we carry them on our shoulders; when we throw them off they sprawl on the ground.
MontandréPoint de lOvale.
|Lives obscurely great.|
Henry J. NewboldtMinora Sidera.
|Les grands ne sont grands que parceque nous sommes à genoux: relevons nous.|
The great are only great because we are on our knees. Let us rise up.
PrudhommeRévolutions de Paris. Motto.
|As if Misfortune made the throne her seat,|
And none could be unhappy but the great.
Nicholas RoweFair Penitent. Prolog.
|Es ist der Fluch der Hohen, dass die Niedern|
Sich ihres offnen Ohrs bemächtigen.
The curse of greatness:
Ears ever open to the babblers tale.
SchillerDie Braut von Messina. I.
| Si vir es, suspice, etiam si decidunt, magna conantes.|
If thou art a man, admire those who attempt great things, even though they fail.
SenecaDe Brevitate. XX.
|Greatness knows itself.|
Henry IV. Pt. I. Act IV. Sc. 3. L. 74.
|I have touched the highest point of all my greatness:|
And, from that full meridian of my glory,
I haste now to my setting.
Henry VIII. Act III. Sc. 2. L. 223.
|Farewell! a long farewell, to all my greatness!|
This is the state of man: to-day he puts forth
The tender leaves of hope; to-morrow blossoms,
And bears his blushing honours thick upon him:
The third day comes a frost, a killing frost,
And, when he thinks, good easy man, full surely
His greatness is a-ripening, nips his root,
And then he falls, as I do.
Henry VIII. Act III. Sc. 2. L. 351.
|Why, man, he doth bestride the narrow world|
Like a Colossus, and we petty men
Walk under his huge legs and peep about
To find ourselves dishonorable graves.
Julius Cæsar. Act I. Sc. 2. L. 135.
|Are yet two Romans living such as these?|
The last of all the Romans, fare thee well!
Julius Cæsar. Act V. Sc. 3. L. 98.
|But thou art fair, and at thy birth, dear boy,|
Nature and Fortune joind to make thee great.
King John. Act III. Sc. 1. L. 51.
| Your name is great|
In mouths of wisest censure.
Othello. Act II. Sc. 3. L. 192.
|They that stand high have many blasts to shake them;|
And if they fall, they dash themselves to pieces.
Richard III. Act I. Sc. 3. L. 259.
| Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon em.|
Twelfth Night. Act II. Sc. 5. L. 157.
|Not that the heavens the little can make great,|
But many a man has lived an age too late.
R. H. StoddardTo Edmund Clarence Stedman.
| Censure is the tax a man pays to the public for being eminent.|
SwiftThoughts on Various Subjects.
|The world knows nothing of its greatest men.|
Henry TaylorPhilip Van Artevelde. Act I. Sc. 5.
|He fought a thousand glorious wars,|
And more than half the world was his,
And somewhere, now, in yonder stars,
Can tell, mayhap, what greatness is.
ThackerayThe Chronicle of the Drum. Last verse.
|O, happy they that never saw the court,|
Nor ever knew great men but by report!
John WebsterThe White Devil; or, Vittoria Corombona. Act V. Sc. VI.
|Great let me call him, for he conquered me.|
YoungThe Revenge. Act I. Sc. 1.
|High stations, tumult, but not bliss, create;|
None think the great unhappy, but the great.
YoungLove of Fame. Satire I. L. 237.