There is sometimes a greater judgement shewn in deviating from the
rules of art, than in adhering to them; andthere ismore
beauty inthe works of a great genius who is ignorant of
all the rules of art, than in the works of a little genius,
who not only knows but scrupulously observes them. Joseph Addison In The Spectator, no.592,10 Sep.
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
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.
What millions diedthat Caesar might be great! Thomas Campbell The Pleasures of Hope, pt.2, l.174.
There isa great manwhomakes every manfeelsmall.But the real great man
is the man who makes every man feel great. G(ilbert) K(eith) Chesterton 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 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner', pt.7.
Nothing great will ever be achieved without great menand men only
become great if they are determined to be so.
Charles de Gaulle Le Fil de l'e p e e.
It is a melancholy truth that even great men have their poor relations. CharlesJohn Huffam Dickens ^3 Bleak House, ch.28.
Man is only truly great when he acts from the passions. Benjamin, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield Disraeli 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 An Essay of Dramatic Poesy,'Shakespeare and Ben
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. Pierce Egan 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. Sir Geoffrey Rudolph Elton Political History, ch.2.
To be great is to be misunderstood. RalphWaldo Emerson Essays: First Series,'Self-Reliance'.
Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. RalphWaldo Emerson Essays: 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 The Voice of the People, bk.2, ch.4.
How low, how little are the proud, How indigent the
great! Thomas Gray 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 The Progress of Poesy, l.122^3.
For every good art critic there may be ten great
artists. Clement Greenberg In the NewYork Times, 3 Oct.
The world's great men have not commonly been great scholars, nor its
great scholarsgreat men. Oliver Wendell Holmes ^8 The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table, ch.6.
People moved in hushed and anxious hours while his life lingered on. It was
thus I learned that some great man was at the helm of
our country. Herbert Clark Hoover On President Garfield's assassination, 2 Jul1881.
The Memoirs of Herbert
Canada only needs to be known in order to be great. J Castell Hopkins The Story of the Dominion, preface.
Little minds are interested in the extraordinary; great minds in the
commonplace. Elbert Green Hubbard Thousand and One Epigrams.
Is there anyone among the great men who has not imitated? Nothing
is made with nothing. Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres Quoted in Henri Delaborde Ingres, sa vie, ses
travaux, sa doctrine (1870).
have become increasingly convinced that great men have strong
elements of comicality in them. Roy HarrisJenkins, Baron Jenkins (of Hillhead) Churchill.
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.
Porque todo es irreal en este cuento. Nada sucedio como se indica. Hechos y
sitios se deformaron por el empen o de tocar la verdad
mediante una ficcio n, una mentira. Todo irreal, nada
sucedio como aqu | se refiere. Pero fue un pobre intento de
contribuir a que el gran crimen nunca se repita. For everything in
this story is unreal. Nothing happened the way it was
suggested. Facts and places were distorted by that
persistent desire to touch the truth by means of fiction, a
lie. All of it is unreal; nothing happened the way it
istold here.It was a poorattempt to help ensure that
the great crime is never repeated. Jose Emilio Pacheco Morira s lejos (translated asYouWill Die in a Distant Land, 1991).
It is now apparent that this great, this powerful, this formidablekingdomisconsidered
onlyas a province of a despicable
electorate. William, 1st Earl of Chatham known as the Elder Pitt Speech to the House of Commons,10 Dec.
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 An Essay on Man, epistle 2, l.1^12.
But still the great have kindness in reserve, He helped to bury
whom he helped to starve. Alexander Pope Of a patron.'An Epistle to DrArbuthnot', l.247^8.
We live in the great indoors: the vacuum cleaner
grazes over the carpet,
lowing, its udder a swollen
wobble. SeeAusten 43:88. Craig Anthony Raine 'An Inquiry intoTwo Inches of Ivory'.
mere copier of nature never produces anything great. SirJoshua Reynolds Discourses on Art, no.3,14 Dec.
For when the One Great Scorer comes To write against
your name, He marksnot that
you won or lost But how you played
the game. Grantland Rice Only the Brave,'Alumnus Football'.
Not least among the qualities ina great King is a
capacity to permit his
Ministers to serve him. Cardinal Richelieu Testament Politique.
They who would be great in our little government seem as ridiculous to me
as schoolboys whoclimb a crab- tree, venturing
their necks for fruit which solid pigs would disdain if
they were not starving. JohnWilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester c.1676 Letter to Henry Savile. InTheLetters ofJohnWilmot,
Earl of Rochester, edited
Idiots are always in favour of inequality of income (their only chance of
eminence), and the really great in favour of equality. George Bernard Shaw The IntelligentWoman's Guide to Socialism and
think continually of those who were truly great. Sir Stephen Harold Spender 'I Think Continually ofThose'.
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 TheValley of theAssassins.
Pray God our greatness may not fail Through craven
fears of being great. Tennyson '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 'HeThinks ofThose who have Spoken Evil of His
Beloved', complete poem. Collected
in TheWind Among the Reeds (1899).