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Sam Ervin, fully Samuel James "Sam" Ervin, Jr.

Religious faith is not a storm cellar to which men and women can flee for refuge from the storms of life. It is, instead, an inner spiritual strength which enables them to face those storms with hope and serenity. Religious faith has the miraculous power to lift ordinary human beings to greatness in seasons of stress.

Faith | Greatness | Hope | Life | Life | Men | Power | Serenity | Strength | Wisdom |

Sigmund Freud, born Sigismund Schlomo Freud

It has always seemed to me that ruthlessness and arrogant self-confidence constitute the indispensable condition for what, when it succeeds, strike us as greatness. And I also believe that one ought to differentiate between greatness of achievement and greatest of personality.

Achievement | Confidence | Greatness | Indispensable | Personality | Ruthlessness | Self | Self-confidence | Wisdom |

Henry Giles

The true greatness and the true happiness of a country consist in wisdom; in that enlarged an comprehensive wisdom which includes education, knowledge, religion, virtue, freedom, with every influence which advances and every institution which supports them.

Education | Freedom | Greatness | Influence | Knowledge | Religion | Virtue | Virtue | Wisdom | Happiness |

Sigmund Freud, born Sigismund Schlomo Freud

To be sure, if it is the purpose of educators to stifle the child’s power of independent thought as early as possible, in order to produce that ‘good behavior’ which is so highly prized, they cannot do better than deceive children in sexual matters and intimidate them by religious means. The stronger characters will, it is true, withstand these influences; they will become rebels against the authority of their parents and later against every other form of authority. When children do not receive the explanations for which they turn to their elders, they go on tormenting themselves in secret with the problem, and produce attempts at solution in which the truth they have guessed is mixed up in the most extraordinary way with grotesque inventions; or else they whisper confidences to each other which, because of the sense of guilt in the youthful inquirers, stamp everything sexual as horrible and disgusting.

Authority | Behavior | Better | Children | Good | Guilt | Means | Order | Parents | Power | Purpose | Purpose | Receive | Sense | Thought | Truth | Will | Wisdom | Thought |

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The mere observing of a thing is no use whatsoever. Observing turns into beholding, beholding to thinking, thinking into establishing connections, so that one may say that every attentive glance we cast on the world is an act of theorizing. However, this ought to be done consciously, with self-criticism, with freedom, and, to use a daring word, with irony.

Criticism | Daring | Freedom | Irony | Self | Thinking | Wisdom | World |

John Alexander Hammerton, fully Sir John Alexander Hammerton

One of the most melancholy things in the world is the enormous power for evil of the dead over things living. There is hardly a great painter or writer, or a man who had achieved greatness in any direction, whose name has not been used to repress rising genius.

Evil | Genius | Greatness | Man | Melancholy | Power | Wisdom | World |

Horace, full name Quintus Horatius Flaccus NULL

Nothing is too high for the daring of mortals: we storm heaven itself in our folly.

Daring | Folly | Heaven | Nothing | Wisdom |

Abraham Joshua Heschel

We teach children how to measure, how to weigh. We fail to teach them how to revere, how to sense wonder and awe. The sense of the sublime, the sign of the inward greatness of the human soul and something which is potentially given to all men, is now a rare gift.

Awe | Children | Greatness | Men | Sense | Soul | Teach | Wisdom | Wonder |

Hitopadesa or The Hitopadesa or Hitopadesha NULL

We teach children how to measure, how to weigh. We fail to teach them how to revere, how to sense wonder and awe. The sense of the sublime, the sign of the inward greatness of the human soul and something which is potentially given to all men, is now a rare gift.

Awe | Children | Greatness | Men | Sense | Soul | Teach | Wisdom | Wonder |

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Many of the ugly pages of American history have been obscured and forgotten... America owes a debt of justice which it has only begun to pay. If it loses the will to finish or slackens in its determination, history will recall its crimes and the country that would be great will lack the most indispensable element of greatness - justice.

Debt | Determination | Greatness | History | Indispensable | Justice | Ugly | Will | Wisdom |

Charles Kingsley

That is not faith, to see God only in what is strange and rare; but this is faith, to see God in what is most common and simple, to know God's greatness not so much from disorder as from order, not so much from those strange sights in which God seems (but only seems) to break His laws, as from those common ones in which He fulfills His laws.

Faith | God | Greatness | Order | Wisdom | God |

Niccolò Machiavelli, formally Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli

Men nearly always follow the tracks made by others and proceed in their affairs by imitation, even though they cannot entirely keep to the tracks of others or emulate the prowess of their models. So a prudent man should always follow in the footsteps of great men and imitate those who have been outstanding. If his own prowess fails to compare with theirs, at least it has an air of greatness about it.

Greatness | Man | Men | Prowess | Reality | Wisdom |

Jane Porter

People do not always understand the motives of sublime conduct, and when they are astonished they are very apt to think they ought to be alarmed. The truth is none are fit judges of greatness but those who are capable of it.

Conduct | Greatness | Motives | People | Truth | Wisdom | Think | Understand |

Friedrich Schiller, fully Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

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.

Blame | Daring | Fortune | Greatness | Guilt | Wisdom |