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Greatness is a spiritual condition. ...
by Matthew Arnold

Greatness is a spiritual condition.
- Matthew Arnold

To have the sense of creative activity is the great
happiness and the great proof of being alive.
- Matthew Arnold

It is so small a thing to have enjoyed the sun,
to have lived light in the spring, to have loved,
to have thought, to have done.
- Matthew Arnold

And we forget because we must and not because we will.
- Matthew Arnold

 

Nature, with equal mind, Sees all her sons at play,
Sees man control the wind, The wind sweep man away.
- Matthew Arnold

Culture is properly described as the love of perfection;
it is a study of perfection.
- Matthew Arnold

Poetry is simply the most beautiful,
impressive,
and widely effective mode of saying things.
- Matthew Arnold

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Sad Patience, too near neighbour to despair.
- Matthew Arnold

Culture is to know the best that has been said and thought in the world.
- Matthew Arnold

Conduct is three-fourths of our life and its largest concern.
- Matthew Arnold

Truth sits upon the lips of dying men.
- Matthew Arnold

The pursuit of perfection, then, is the pursuit of sweetness and light.
- Matthew Arnold

Still bent to make some port he knows not where,
still standing for some false impossible shore.
- Matthew Arnold

Our society distributes itself into Barbarians,
Philistines and Populace; and America is just ourselves
with the Barbarians quite left out,
and the Populace nearly.
- Matthew Arnold

The true meaning of religion is thus,
not simply morality, but morality touched by emotion.
- Matthew Arnold

Bald as the bare mountain tops are bald,
with a baldness full of grandeur.
- Matthew Arnold

Use your gifts faithfully, and they shall be enlarged;
practice what you know,
and you shall attain to higher knowledge.
- Matthew Arnold

The freethinking of one age is the common sense of the next.
- Matthew Arnold

Because thou must not dream, thou need not despair.
- Matthew Arnold

It is almost impossible to exaggerate the proneness
of the human mind to take miracles as evidence,
and to seek for miracles as evidence.
- Matthew Arnold

Waiting for the spark from heaven to fall.
- Matthew Arnold

For the creation of a masterwork of literature two powers must concur,
the power of the man and the power of the moment,
and the man is not enough without the moment.
- Matthew Arnold

France, famed in all great arts, in none supreme.
- Matthew Arnold

Home of lost causes, and forsaken beliefs,
and unpopular names, and impossible loyalties!
- Matthew Arnold

Journalism is literature in a hurry.
- Matthew Arnold

Spare me the whispering, crowded room,
the friends who come and gape and go,
the ceremonious air of gloom - all, which makes death a hideous show.
- Matthew Arnold

Resolve to be thyself: and know that he who finds himself,
loses his misery.
- Matthew Arnold

Poetry; a criticism of life under the conditions fixed
for such a criticism by the laws of poetic truth and poetic beauty.
- Matthew Arnold

Not a having and a resting, but a growing and becoming,
is the character of perfection as culture conceives it.
- Matthew Arnold

The need of expansion is as genuine an instinct in
man as the need in a plant for the light,
or the need in man himself for going upright.
The love of liberty is simply the instinct in man for expansion.
- Matthew Arnold

The price of greatness is responsibility.
- Winston Churchill

Greatness is not in where we stand,
but in what direction we are moving.
We must sail sometimes with the wind
and sometimes against it -
but sail we must,
and not drift, nor lie at anchor.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

It's the little things you do
that can make a big difference.
What are you attempting to accomplish?
What little thing can you do today
that will make you more effective?
You are probably only one step away from greatness.
- Bob Proctor

As human beings, our greatness lies
not so much in being able to remake the world -
as in being able to remake ourselves.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Do not trust people.
They are capable of greatness.
- Stanislaw Lem

Man's greatness lies in his power of thought.
- Blaise Pascal

We have, I fear, confused power with greatness.
- Stewart Udall

Other famous men, those of much talk and few deeds,
soon evaporate.
Action is the dignity of greatness.
- Jose Marti

Just as a child respects his father even when he perceives
his weaknesses and faults,
so a German will not despise the old Germany which
was once a symbol of greatness to him.
- Gustav Stresemann

I want to deploy the leadership to meet the challenges
that face us and to restore America's greatness.
- Paul Tsongas

In all our quest of greatness, like wanton boys,
whose pastime is their care, we follow after bubbles,
blown in the air.
- John Webster

Greatness, in order to gain recognition,
must all too often consent to ape greatness.
- Jean Rostand

No university in the world has ever risen to greatness
without a correspondingly great library...
When this is no longer true, then will our civilization have come to an end.
- Lawrence Clark Powell

The greatness of a man's power is the measure of his surrender.
- William Booth

It is the nature of all greatness not to be exact.
- Edmund Burke

I believe in the greatness of our people.
- Chen Shui-bian

We must not measure greatness from the mansion down,
but from the manger up.
- Jesse Jackson

Of all vices, drinking is the most incompatible with greatness.
- Walter Scott

The United States is a big country but unfortunately
it seems it has the brain of a little bird not befitting
the greatness of the country.
- Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

There's a greatness in this country many of the kids today don't know.
- Jack Scalia

Man's greatness consists in his ability to do and the
proper application of his powers to things needed to be done.
- Frederick Douglass

The greatness of America lies not in being more enlightened than any other nation,
but rather in her ability to repair her faults.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

Human relations are built on feeling,
not on reason or knowledge.
And feeling is not an exact science;
like all spiritual qualities,
it has the vagueness of greatness about it.
- Amelia E. Barr

It is not the greatness of a man's means that makes him independent,
so much as the smallness of his wants.
- William Cobbett

Every person seems to acknowledge his greatness.
He blends together the profound politician with the scholar.
- William Pierce

There is greatness in the fear of God,
contentment in faith of God, and honour in humility.
- Abu Bakr

I want things to be the best they can be.
I want greatness.
- Demi Moore

I always knew I was destined for greatness.
- Oprah Winfrey

It is true greatness to have in one the frailty of
a man and the security of a god.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Governor, why wouldn't anyone want to say the Pledge of Allegiance,
unless they detested their own country or were ignorant of its greatness?
- Sean Hannity

Rome has grown since its humble beginnings that it
is now overwhelmed by its own greatness.
- Titus Livius

I believe Georgia should aspire to nothing less than greatness.
And I believe greatness is within our grasp.
- Sonny Perdue

Words alone cannot fully convey the realities of the
soul or the greatness of the human spirit.
- William Shirley

Greatness and goodness are not means,
but ends.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

It is criminal to steal a purse, daring to steal a fortune,
a mark of greatness to steal a crown.
The blame diminishes as the guilt increases.
- Friedrich Schiller

If you look up the definition of greatness in the dictionary,
it will say Michael Jordan.
- Elgin Baylor

Greatness, generally speaking, is an unusual quantity
of a usual quality grafted upon a common man.
- William Allen White

You must remain focused on your journey to greatness.
- Les Brown

Worldly pleasures, such as flow from greatness,
riches, honours, and sensual gratifications,
are infinitely worse than none.
- David Brainerd

Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great,
some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.
- William Shakespeare

Think like a queen.
A queen is not afraid to fail.
Failure is another steppingstone to greatness.
- Oprah Winfrey


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