Great men are not always wise: neither do the aged understand judgment.Bible (Old Testament): Job 32:9.
It is of the L mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. Theyare new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.Bible (Old Testament): ORD'SLamentations 3:22-3.
Even so thetongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!Bible (NewTestament): James 3:5.
There isa great manwhomakes every manfeelsmall.But the real great man is the man who makes every man feel great.1906 Charles Dickens, ch.1.
He prayeth well, who loveth well Both man and bird and beast. He prayeth best, who loveth best All things both great and small.Samuel Taylor Coleridge: 1798 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner', pt.7.
It is a melancholy truth that even great men have their poor relations.charles dickens: 1852-3 Bleak House, ch.28.
Man is only truly great when he acts from the passions.Disraeli, Benjamin, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield: 1844 Coningsby, bk.4, ch.13.
Shakespearewas the man who of all modern, and perhaps ancient poets, had the largest and most comprehensive soul. All images of Nature were still present to him, and he drew them, not laboriously, but luckily; when he describes anything, you more than see it, you feel it too. Those who accuse him to have wanted learning, give him the greater commendation: he was naturally learned; he needed not the spectacles of books to read Nature; he looked inwards, and found her there He is many times flat, insipid; his comic wit degenerating into clenches, his serious swelling into bombast. But he is always great.john dryden: 1668 An Essay of Dramatic Poesy,'Shakespeare and Ben Jonson Compared'.
Here lies, bowl'd out by Death's unerring ball, A cricketer renowned, by name John Small; But though his name was small, yet great was his fame, For nobly did he play the'noble game'. His life was like his inningslong and good; Full ninety summers had Death withstood, At length the ninetieth winter camewhen (Fate Not leaving him one solitary mate) This last of Hambledonians, old John Small, Gave up his bat and ballhis leather, wax and all.1832 Epitaph on cricketer John Small. Pierce Egan's Book of Sports.
When I meet a historian who cannot think that there have been great men, great men moreover in politics, I feel myself in the presence of a bad historian; and there are times when I incline to judge all historians by their opinion of Winston Churchillwhether they can see that, no matter how much better the details, often damaging, of man and career become known, he still remains, quite simply, a great man.1970 Political History, ch.2.
Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.RalphWaldo Emerson: 1841Essays: First Series,'Circles'.
It was not the matter of the work, but the mind that went into, that countedand the manwho was not content to do small things well would leave great things undone.Ellen Anderson Gholson Glasgow: 1900 The Voice of the People, bk.2, ch.4.
How low, how little are the proud, How indigent the great!thomas gray: 1748 Ode on the Spring, l.19-20.
Beyond the limits of a vulgar fate, Beneath the good how farbut far above the great.thomas gray: 1757 The Progress of Poesy, l.122-3.
Little minds are interested in the extraordinary; great minds in the commonplace.Elbert Green Hubbard: 1911Thousand and One Epigrams.
Is there anyone among the great men who has not imitated? Nothing is made with nothing.Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres: 1821 Quoted in Henri Delaborde Ingres, sa vie, ses travaux, sa doctrine (1870).
I have become increasingly convinced that great men have strong elements of comicality in them.2001Churchill.
Minds that are great and free, Should not on fortune pause, 'Tis crown enough to virtue still, her own applause.Ben Jonson: The Underwood,'An Ode to Himself' (published1640).
Vere magnus est, qui magnam habet caritatem. He is truly great who has great charity.StThomas a' Kempis: c.1413 De Imitatione Christi, bk.1, ch.4, section 6.
Know then thyself, presume not God to scan; The proper study of mankind is man. Placed on this isthmus of a middle state, A being darkly wise, and rudely great: With too much knowledge for the sceptic side, With too much weakness for the stoic's pride, He hangs between; in doubt to act or rest, In doubt to deem himself a god, or beast; In doubt his mind or body to prefer, Born but to die, and reas'ning but to err; Alike in ignorance, his reason such, Whether he thinks too little, or too much.Alexander Pope: 1733 An Essay on Man, epistle 2, l.1-12.
The great and almost onlycomfort about being a woman is that one can always pretend to be more stupid than one is and no one is surprised.Dame Freya Madeleine Stark: 1934 TheValley of theAssassins.
Pray God our greatness may not fail Through craven fears of being great.Tennyson: 1882 'Hands All Round',1.31-2.
Half close your eyelids, loosen your hair, And dream about the great and their pride; They have spoken against you everywhere, But weigh this song with the great and their pride; I made it out of a mouthful of air, Their children's children shall say they have lied.W(illiam) B(utler) Yeats: 1898 'HeThinks ofThose who have Spoken Evil of His Beloved', complete poem. Collected in TheWind Among the Reeds (1899).