greatness

A Quote by Aristotle on cheerfulness, greatness, mind, and suffering

Suffering becomes beautiful when anyone bears great calamities with cheerfulness, not through insensibility but through greatness of mind.

Aristotle (384 - 322 BC)

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A Quote by Ambrose Gwinett Bierce on editors and greatness

SYCOPHANT, n. One who approaches Greatness on his belly so that he may not be commanded to turn and be kicked. He is sometimes an editor.

Ambrose Bierce (1842 - 1914)

Source: The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce

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A Quote by Alvin R. Dyer on appreciation, atoms, deception, discovery, earth, facts, god, greatness, knowledge, life, philosophy, power, science, scientists, spirit, spirituality, truth, understanding, universe, and youth

The real scientist will realize that TRUTH has many avenues of approach to its many phases, and that spiritual truths are to be sought after even more determinedly than others which have to do with this life and earth only. It must be recognized when they do this that spiritual truths are not found on the drawing board or in test tubes. The pursuit of such prescribes that the things of man are understood by the spirit and perceptions of man while the things of God are made known by the revelations of God. Man in and of himself cannot find them out. Yet they are obtained by search-the search for truth, yes, spiritual truth. The youth in particular must not be deceived by the elementary discoveries that have been made by science in many fields. Rockets, missiles and their great potentiality are amazing to us all, but very minute when compared to the majesty of the universe. The real scientist would probably be the first to acknowledge the minor things that have been done thus far as a result of the discovery of atomic and hydrogen power. The fact that they have been able to draw on materials and sources of things already there is perhaps the best evidence of the greatness of God and the virtual nothingness of man thus far exhibited in his pursuits of knowledge. When we attempt to develop a true philosophy of life, one of the first things to do is to gain a full appreciation and understanding of God.

Alvin R. Dyer (1903 - 1977)

Source: at BYU, April 7, 1964

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A Quote by Charles Alexis Henri Clérel de Tocqueville on america, church, genius, good, greatness, power, secrets, understanding, and world

I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her commodious harbors and her ample rivers, and it was not there. In the fertile fields and boundless prairies, and it was not there. In her rich mines and her vast world commerce, and it was not there. Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits, aflame with righteousness, did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because she is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.

Alexis de Tocqueville (1805 - 1859)

Source: Tocqueville in Democracy in America, 1835

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A Quote by Albert Camus on greatness and trying

Greatness consists in trying to be great. There is no other way.

Albert Camus (1913 - 1960)

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A Quote by 'Abd al-Kader on acceptance, children, conformity, greatness, health, illusions, losing, patience, possessions, purity, reality, security, soul, present, and understanding

And if you are patient - certainly that (huwa) is better (khayr) for those who are capable of being patient. (Koran 16:126) Commentary: In this verse, Allah consoles his patient servants in their trials by announcing that He Himself is the substitute and the replacement of that which they have lost and which was pleasing to their natural dispositions. In effect, being patient consists in constraining the soul to accept that which is repugnant to it. The soul experiences an aversion for everything which is not in accord with its predisposition in the present instant, even if it knows that it will be beneficial for it later on. . . . Allah has thus announced to those who patiently bear the loss of that which pleases them - health, riches, greatness, security, possessions and children - that "He" [for this is the proper sense of the pronoun huwa rendered above as "that" in conformity with the way the verse is usually understood] is better (khayr) for them than that which they have lost; for they know that "He" [who is the Name of the supreme absolutely unconditioned Essence] is their inseparable reality and their necessary refuge, and that the pleasing things that they have lost were pure illusions. . . . He who has found Allah has lost nothing, and he who has lost Allah has found nothing.

'Abd al-Kader (1807 - 1883)

Source: The Spiritual Writings of 'Abd al-Kader, 1995, Kitab al-Mawaqif, 220, pp. 45-47

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