Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.
Just do what must be done. This may not be happiness, but it is greatness.
Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.
If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.
Is it so bad, then, to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood.
No great man lives in vain. The history of the world is but the biography of great men.
The starting point of all achievement is desire.
No great man ever complains of want of opportunity.
We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
Nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without passion.
For great things do not done just happen by impulse but are a succession of small things linked together.
Take those chances and you can achieve greatness, whereas if you go conservative, you'll never know. I truly believe what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. Even if you fail, learning and moving on is sometimes the best thing.
Show me a man who cannot bother to do little things and I'll show you a man who cannot be trusted to do big things.
The great man is he who does not lose his child's heart.
Great crises produce great men, and great deeds of courage.
Great men are not born great, they grow great . . .
He should sweep streets so well that all the host of heaven and earth will pause to say, 'Here lives a great street-sweeper who did his job well'
To achieve great things we must live as though we were never going to die.
The greater the loyalty of a group toward the group, the greater is the motivation among the members to achieve the goals of the group, and the greater the probability that the group will achieve its goals.
Happiness is not so much in having as sharing. We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
The ultimate is not to win, but to reach within the depths of your capabilities and to compete against yourself.
Since most of us spend our lives doing ordinary tasks, the most important thing is to carry them out extraordinarily well.
Always be a first-rate version of yourself.
You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.
I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered at the White House - with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.
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