Great Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old great quotes, great sayings, and great proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

A great work demands a great sacrifice, and who is not capable of a great sacrifice is not capable of a great work.     

Muriel Strode

Great things start from small beginnings.     

Marcus Tulius Cicero

Behind every great man is a woman rolling her eyes.     

Jim Carrey

To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan, and not quite enough time.     

Leonard Bernstein

Great things are done when men and mountains meet.     

William Blake

A great obstacle to happiness is to anticipate too great a happiness.     


Every great achievement is the victory of a flaming heart.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The small truth has words that are clear; the great truth has great silence.     

Rabindranath Tagore

None think the great unhappy, but the great.     

Edward Young

Where the willingness is great, the difficulties cannot be great.     

Niccolo Machiavelli

Lives of great men all remind us, we can make our lives sublime, and, departing, leave behind us, footprints on the sands of time.     

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.     

Vincent Van Gogh

Nature's great masterpiece, an elephant; the only harmless great thing.     

John Donne

No great mind has ever existed without a touch of madness.     


All great soul-winners have been men of much and mighty prayer, and all great revivals have been preceded and carried out by persevering, prevailing knee-work in the closet.     

Samuel Logan Brengle

Great souls by instinct to each other turn, demand alliance, and in friendship burn.     

Joseph Addison

There are two great days in a person's life - the day we are born and the day we discover why.     

William Barclay

Great men are rarely isolated mountain-peaks; they are the summits of ranges.     

Thomas Wentworth Higginson

There may be a great fire in our soul, yet no one ever comes to warm himself at it, and the passers-by see only a wisp of smoke.     

Vincent Van Gogh

I find the great thing in this world is, not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.     

Albert Einstein

Half a truth is often a great lie.     

Benjamin Franklin

A great soul will be strong to live as well as think.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

A great soul serves everyone all the time. A great soul never dies. It brings us together again and again.     

Maya Angelou

Great truths are portions of the soul of man; Great souls are portions of eternity.     

James Russell Lowell

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.     

Harriet Tubman

Rarely do great beauty and great virtue dwell together.     

Francesco Petrarca

For a great willpower, no road has length!     

Mehmet Murat ildan

Great people are meteors designed to burn so that the earth may be lighted.     

Napoleon Bonaparte

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.     

Mark Twain

Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.     

William Shakespeare

Great thoughts speak only to the thoughtful mind, but great actions speak to all mankind.     

Theodore Roosevelt

We can do no great things, only small things with great love.     

Mother Teresa

Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice, and is never the result of selfishness.     

Napoleon Hill

There never was a great soul that did not have some divine inspiration.     

Marcus Tullius Cicero