Greatness Quotes

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William Shakespeare
“Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.”
William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night

Mark Twain
“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”
Mark Twain

Albert Einstein
“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.”
Albert Einstein

Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Is it so bad, then, to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self Reliance

Judy Garland
“Always be a first rate version of yourself and not a second rate version of someone else.”
Judy Garland

J.K. Rowling
“Harry - you're a great wizard, you know."
"I'm not as good as you," said Harry, very embarrassed, as she let go of him.
"Me!" said Hermione. "Books! And cleverness! There are more important things - friendship and bravery and - oh Harry - be careful!”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Edgar Allan Poe
“Men have called me mad; but the question is not yet settled, whether madness is or is not the loftiest intelligence– whether much that is glorious– whether all that is profound– does not spring from disease of thought– from moods of mind exalted at the expense of the general intellect.”
Edgar Allan Poe, Complete Tales and Poems

Coco Chanel
“Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.”
Coco Chanel

Ralph Waldo Emerson
“A great man is always willing to be little.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Dorothy L. Sayers
“Wherever you find a great man, you will find a great mother or a great wife standing behind him -- or so they used to say. It would be interesting to know how many great women have had great fathers and husbands behind them.”
Dorothy L. Sayers, Gaudy Night

Mario Puzo
“Great men are not born great, they grow great . . .”
Mario Puzo, The Godfather

Rumi
“You were born with potential.
You were born with goodness and trust. You were born with ideals and dreams. You were born with greatness.
You were born with wings.
You are not meant for crawling, so don't.
You have wings.
Learn to use them and fly.”
Rumi

Ralph Waldo Emerson
“A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall. Speak what you think now in hard words, and to-morrow speak what to-morrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said to-day. — 'Ah, so you shall be sure to be misunderstood.' — Is it so bad, then, to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance

Ralph Waldo Emerson
“To be great is to be misunderstood.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance and Other Essays

Lady Gaga
“I used to walk down the street like I was a fucking star... I want people to walk around delusional about how great they can be - and then to fight so hard for it every day that the lie becomes the truth.”
Lady Gaga

Steve Maraboli
“You were put on this earth to achieve your greatest self, to live out your purpose, and to do it courageously.”
Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

C. JoyBell C.
“Be careful not to mistake insecurity and inadequacy for humility! Humility has nothing to do with the insecure and inadequate! Just like arrogance has nothing to do with greatness!”
C. JoyBell C.

“Great leaders can see the greatness in others when they can’t see it themselves and lead them to their highest potential they don’t even know.”
Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

Dolly Parton
“Its hard to be a diamond in a rhinestone world.”
Dolly Parton

Mary Wollstonecraft
“[I]f we revert to history, we shall find that the women who have distinguished themselves have neither been the most beautiful nor the most gentle of their sex.”
Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

Calvin Coolidge
“It takes a great man to be a good listener.”
Calvin Coolidge

Orson Scott Card
“There are times when the world is rearranging itself, and at times like that, the right words can change the world.”
Orson Scott Card, Ender's Game

Robert Hughes
“The greater the artist, the greater the doubt. Perfect confidence is granted to the less talented as a consolation prize."

[Modernism's Patriarch (Time Magazine, June 10, 1996)]”
Robert Hughes

Jaachynma N.E. Agu
“Don't blow off another's candle for it won't make yours shine brighter.”
Jaachynma N.E. Agu, The Prince and the Pauper

“No one has ever achieved greatness without dreams.”
Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

Brandon Sanderson
“The mark of a great man is one who knows when to set aside the important things in order to accomplish the vital ones.”
Brandon Sanderson, The Alloy of Law

Steve Maraboli
“Today is a new day. Don't let your history interfere with your destiny! Let today be the day you stop being a victim of your circumstances and start taking action towards the life you want. You have the power and the time to shape your life. Break free from the poisonous victim mentality and embrace the truth of your greatness. You were not meant for a mundane or mediocre life!”
Steve Maraboli

John Keats
“I was never afraid of failure; for I would sooner fail than not be among the greatest.”
John Keats

John Ruskin
“I believe that the first test of a great man is his humility. I don't mean by humility, doubt of his power. But really great men have a curious feeling that the greatness is not of them, but through them. And they see something divine in every other man and are endlessly, foolishly, incredibly merciful.”
John Ruskin

George Bernard Shaw
“Doing what needs to be done may not make you happy, but it will make you great.”
George Bernard Shaw

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