Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon ’em.
— Shakespeare

Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation.
— Robert F. Kennedy

We may affirm absolutely that nothing great in this world has been accomplished without passion.
— Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

Great acts are made up of small deeds.
— Lao Tzu

Great causes and little men go ill together.
— Jawaharlal Nehru

Greatness is the dream of youth realized in old age.
— Alfred Victor comte de Vigny

I can do small things in a great way.
— James Freeman Clarke

I never wanted to be famous; I only wanted to be great.
— Ray Charles

I wouldn’t say that I’m the greatest guitarist ever. I’d say probably that I’m the greatest guitarist sitting in this chair.
— Jimi Hendrix

Let it never be forgotten that glamour is not greatness; applause is not fame; prominence is not eminence. The person of the hour is not apt to be the person of the ages. It is what the unimportant do that really counts and determines the course of history. The world would soon die but for the fidelity, loyalty and consecration of those whose names are unhonored and unsung.
— John R. Sizoo

All great achievements require time.
— Maya Angelou

Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some hire public relations officers.
— Daniel J. Boorstin

Strong convictions precede great actions.
— James Freeman Clarke

The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short;
but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.
— Michelangelo

The price of greatness is responsibility.
— Sir Winston Churchill

The three signs of great men are generosity in the design,
humanity in the execution, moderation in success.
— Otto von Bismarck

To achieve great things, two things are needed: a plan,
and not quite enough time.
— Leonard Bernstein

And what he greatly thought, he nobly dar’d.
— Alexander Pope

Great men are they who see that spiritual is stronger
than any material force; that thoughts rule the world.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

When you’re as great as I am, it’s hard to be humble.
— Muhammad Ali

I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to
accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble.
—Helen Keller

Everything great and intelligent is in the minority.
—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe