quotes tagged with 'greatness'
Author: Shakespeare, Source: Twelfth Night
Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.
Author: Howard W. Hunter, Source: "What Is True Greatness?" Ensign, Sept. 1987, 70
"Because we are being constantly exposed to the world's definition of greatness, it is understandable that we might make comparisons between what we are and what others are—or seem to be—and also between what we have and what others have. Although it is true that making comparisons can be beneficial and may motivate us to accomplish much good and to improve our lives, we often allow unfair and improper comparisons to destroy our happiness when they cause us to feel unfulfilled or inadequate or unsuccessful. Sometimes, because of these feelings, we are led into error and dwell on our failures while ignoring aspects of our lives that may contain elements of true greatness. "In 1905, President Joseph F. Smith made this most profound statement about true greatness: " 'Those things which we call extraordinary, remarkable, or unusual may make history, but they do not make real life. " 'After all, to do well those things which God ordained to be the common lot of all mankind, is the truest greatness. To be a successful father or a successful mother is greater than to be a successful general or a successful statesman.' (Juvenile Instructor, 15 Dec. 1905, p. 752.)"
Author: Howard W. Hunter, Source: BYU Devotional, "What Is True Greatness?", February 10, 1987
"Each of us desires to achieve a measure of greatness in this life. And why shouldn't we? As someone once noted, there is within each of us a giant struggling with celestial homesickness."
"Giving consistent effort in the little things in day-to-day life leads to true greatness."
(Hebrews 11:13-16; D&C 45:11-14; 2Cor 4:17-18)
Author: Joseph F. Smith, Source: 1905, Unknown
"Those things which we call extraordinary, remarkable, or unusual may make history, but they do not make real life. After all, to do well those things which God ordained to be the common lot of all mankind, is the truest greatness. To be a successful father or a successful mother is greater than to be a successful statesman."
Author: Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, Source: Unkown
Great works are performed, not by strength but by perserverance.
The fishing is best where the fewest go, and the collective insecurity of the world makes it easy for people to hit home runs while everyone else is aiming for base hits. There is just less competition for bigger goals.Author: Tim Ferriss, Source: The Four Hour Work Week, p. 51
Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. The mediocre mind is incapable of understanding the man who refuses to bow blindly to conventional prejudices and chooses instead to express his opinions courageously and honestly.Author: Albert Einstein, Source: Letter to Morris Raphael Cohen, professor emeritus of philosophy at the College of the City of New York, defending the appointment of Bertrand Russell to a teaching position (March 19, 1940).
The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight, but they while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night.Author: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Source: THE COMPLETE POETICAL WORKS OF HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW. The Ladder of Saint Augustine.
Do you wish to be great? Then begin by being. Do you desire to construct a vast and lofty fabric? Think first about the foundation of humility. The higher your structure is to be, the deeper must be its foundation.Author: Saint Augustine, Source: Unknown
Greatness is best measured by how well an individual responds to the happenings in life that appear to be totally unfair, unreasonable, and undeserved.Author: Marvin J. Ashton, Source: Ensign, November 1984, page 22