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Friedrich NietzscheThe Greeks are interesting and extremely important because they reared such a vast number of great individuals. How was this possible? This question is one which ought to be studied.

—  Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844-1900, German philosopher

George Bernard ShawGreatness is one of the sensations of littleness.

—  George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950, Irish writer, Nobel 1925

Zig ZiglarYou don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.

—  Zig Ziglar, 1926-2012, American self-help writer

H.L. MenckenIt is impossible to imagine Goethe or Beethoven being good at billiards or golf.

—  H.L. Mencken, 1880-1956, American columnist & cultural critic

H.L. MenckenIf the average man is made in God's image, then such a man as Beethoven or Aristotle is plainly superior to God.

—  H.L. Mencken, 1880-1956, American columnist & cultural critic

Benjamin DisraeliLife is too short to be little. Man is never so manly as when he feels deeply, acts boldly, and expresses himself with frankness and with fervor.

—  Benjamin Disraeli, 1804-1881, British Prime Minister

William ShakespeareBe not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon ’em.

—  William Shakespeare, 1564-1616, English poet & playwright ‐ Twelfth Night

NapoleonGreatness is nothing unless it be lasting.

—  Napoleon, 1769-1821, French Emperor

Otto von BismarckA really great man is known by three signs: generosity in the design, humanity in the execution, moderation in success.

—  Otto von Bismarck, 1815-1898, German chancellor

Karl MarxPrometheus is the most eminent saint and martyr in the philosophical calendar.

—  Karl Marx, 1818-1883, German philosopher

Albert EinsteinTaken on the whole, I would believe that Gandhi's views were the most enlightened of all the political men in our time.

—  Albert Einstein, 1879-1955, German-Jewish physicist

Arthur SchopenhauerGreat men are like eagles, and build their nest on some lofty solitude.

—  Arthur Schopenhauer, 1788-1860, German philosopher

Friedrich NietzscheWe cannot help but see Socrates as the turning-point, the vortex of world history.

—  Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844-1900, German philosopher

ConfuciusThe Superior Man is aware of righteousness, the inferior man is aware of advantage.

—  Confucius, 551-479 BC, Chinese teacher & philosopher

ConfuciusThe superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.

—  Confucius, 551-479 BC, Chinese teacher & philosopher

Winston ChurchillGood and great are seldom in the same man.

—  Winston Churchill, 1874-1965, British Prime Minister, Nobel 1953

Ambrose BierceIf you would be accounted great by your contemporaries, be not too much greater than they.

—  Ambrose Bierce, 1842–1914, American writer

Oscar WildeEvery great man nowadays has his disciples, and it is always Judas who writes the biography.

—  Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900, Irish writer

TalleyrandLove of glory can only create a great hero; contempt of glory creates a great man.

—  Talleyrand, 1754-1838, French statesman & diplomat

Ayn RandWhat is greatness? I will answer: it is the capacity to live by the three fundamental values of John Galt: reason, purpose, self-esteem.

—  Ayn Rand, 1905-1982, American writer & philosopher

Ayn RandAristotle may be regarded as the cultural barometer of Western history. Whenever his influence dominated the scene, it paved the way for one of history's brilliant eras; whenever it fell, so did mankind.

—  Ayn Rand, 1905-1982, American writer & philosopher

Benjamin DisraeliNurture your minds with great thoughts. To believe in the heroic makes heroes.

—  Benjamin Disraeli, 1804-1881, British Prime Minister

Charles de GaulleNothing great is done without great men, and they are great because they wanted it.

—  Charles de Gaulle, 1890-1970, French President

Charles de GaulleFrance cannot be France without greatness.

La France ne peut être la France sans la grandeur.

—  Charles de Gaulle, 1890-1970, French President

Charles de GaulleGreatness is a road leading towards the unknown.

—  Charles de Gaulle, 1890-1970, French President

Stanislaw Jerzy LecDo not trust people. They are capable of greatness.

—  Stanislaw Jerzy Lec, 1906-1966, Polish author of maxims

VauvenarguesIn order to achieve great things, we must live as though we were never going to die.

—  Vauvenargues, 1715-1747, French author of maxims

Paul ValeryA great man is one who leaves others at a loss after he is gone.

—  Paul Valery, 1871-1945, French poet

Adolf HitlerThere is a better chance of seeing a camel pass through the eye of a needle than of seeing a really great man 'discovered' through an election.

—  Adolf Hitler, 1889-1945, German dictator

Harry TrumanThe President hears a hundred voices telling him that he is the greatest man in the world. He must listen carefully indeed to hear the one voice that tells him his is not.

—  Harry Truman, 1884-1972, American President [1945-1953]

John WoodenThe main ingredient of stardom is the rest of the team.

—  John Wooden, 1910-2010, American basketball coach

NapoleonIf I had succeeded, I would have been the greatest man known to history.

—  Napoleon, 1769-1821, French Emperor


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