The rendering of useful service is the common duty of mankind, and?only in the purifying fire of sacrifice is the dross of selfishness consumed and the greatness of the human soul set free.Credo engraved in Rockefeller Center Plaza, NewYork.
The greatness of our God lies in the fact that He is both tough minded and tenderhearted.Martin Luther King Jr.
Libertarians believe the answer to America's political problems is the same commitment to freedom that earned America its greatness: a free-market economy and the abundance and prosperity it brings; a dedication to civil liberties and personal freedom that marks this country above all others; and a foreign policy of non-intervention, peace, and free trade as prescribed by America's founders.The Libertarian Party: A Short History (2000) by Libertarian Party
Goodness does not consist in greatness, but greatness in goodness.athenaeus
To endure is greater than to dare; to tire out hostile fortune ; to be daunted by no difficulty ; to keep heart when all have lost it; to go through intrigue spotless; to forego even ambition when the end is gained - who can say this is not greatness?William Makepeace Thackeray, in Nancy Williams Conquer the Fear of Death, Epitome Books, 01 January 2009, p.58
If any man seeks for greatness, let him forget greatness and ask for truth, and he will find both.horace mann
The greatness of the human being consists in this: that it is capable of the universe.thomas aquinas
The genius of a composer is found in the notes of his music ; but analyzing the notes will not reveal his genius. The poet 's greatness is contained in his words ; yet the study of his words will not disclose his inspiration . God reveals himself in creation; but scrutinize creation as minutely as you wish, you will not find God, any more than you will find the soul through careful examination of your body .anthony de mello
Suffering becomes beautiful when anyone bears great calamities with cheerfulness, not through insensibility but through greatness of mind.A New Translation of the Nicomachean Ethics of Aristotle (1835), 3rd. ed., Oxford: J. Vincent. p. 30
The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members ... a heart of grace and a soul generated by love.coretta scott king
The man who has given himself to his country loves it better; the man who has fought for his friend honors him more; the man who has labored for his community values more highly the interests he has sought to conserve; the man who has wrought and planned and endured for the accomplishment of God's plan in the world sees the greatness of it, the divinity and glory of it, and is himself more perfectly assimilated to it.richard salter storrs
It is my considered opinion that in the fullness of time history will record the greatness of Michael Collins and it will be recorded at my expense.Éamon de valera
Spinoza , for example, thought that insight into the essence of reality, into the harmonious structure of the eternal universe, necessarily awakens love for this universe. For him, ethical conduct is entirely determined by such insight into nature, just as our devotion to a person may be determined by insight into his greatness or genius. Fears and petty passions, alien to the great love of the universe, which is logos itself, will vanish, according to Spinoza, once our understanding of reality is deep enough.max horkheimer
Sometimes I can tell the greatness of my mission with God by the resistance I am met with by the Devil.steve maraboli
Education has a tremendous power on man. Can't we see to which astonishing disciple the people of Sparte have submitted ("s'est plié", Fr.) for centuries, and this with a view to very petty purposes: purely outer greatness, the military predominace of Sparte. This example proves that man can everything on themselves when they want it ("peuvent tout sur eux-mêmes quand ils le veulent", Fr.); therefore it would only be a question of making them will the good.african spir
The true greatness of nations is in those qualities which constitute the greatness of the individual.Charles Sumner—Oration on the True Grandeur of Nations.
In dress, habits, manners, provincialism, routine and narrowness, he acquired that charming insolence, that irritating completeness, that sophisticated crassness, that overbalanced poise that makes the Manhattan gentleman so delightfully small in his greatness.O. Henry, Defeat of the City. In The Voice of the City.
What is this crime I am planning, O Krishna? Murder most hateful, Murder of brothers! Am I indeed So greedy for greatness?Arjuna; Chapter 1, verse 45; Swami Prabhavananda and Christopher Isherwood translation
So it is the human condition that to wish for the greatness of one's fatherland is to wish evil to one's neighbours. The citizen of the universe would the man who wishes his country never to be either greater or smaller, richer or poorer.Voltaire, ["Fatherland" in "Miracles and Idolatry" (Selections from the Dictionnaire Philosophique (1764),(pg. 56), Penguin Books, 2005.]
I have seen the moment of my greatness flicker, And I have seen the eternal Footman hold my coat, and snicker...T. S. Eliot, "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" (1917)
I regard Mohammed as a great man, who solved a political problem of appalling difficulty, the construction of a state and an empire out of the Arab tribes. I have endeavored, in recounting the mode in which he accomplished this, to do justice to his intellectual ability and to observe towards him the respectful attitude which his greatness deserves.D. S. Margoliouth, Mohammed and the Rise of Islam (1905), Preface
Strength, the American way, is not manifested by threats of criminal prosecution or police state methods.Leadership is not manifested by coercion, even against the resented. greatness is not manifested by unlimited pragmatism, which places such a high premium on the end justifying any means and any methods.Margaret Chase Smith
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