Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.
Those who intend on becoming great should love neither themselves or their own things, but only what is just, whether it happens to be done by themselves or others.
Focus on increasing service. Becoming great where you are. Pile in the wood. The heat will follow.
I think we all need to be looking to the better angels of our own selves. We don't need to be looking for great people so much as becoming great people.
You have to fall in love with the process of becoming great.
Unless you're willing to look a little foolish, forget the possibility of becoming great.
I got my first job when I moved to Los Angeles. I worked at a coffee shop for five years and it was one of the best experiences I ever had. It was a bunch of actors covering shifts for each other and becoming great friends.
Earnestness is the best gift of mental power, and deficiency of heart is the cause of many men never becoming great.