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Pleasure of Hating from William Hazlitt

Popularity is neither fame nor greatness.

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No act terminating in itself constitutes greatness.

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A really great man has always an idea of something greater than himself.

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Greatness sympathises with greatness, and littleness shrinks into itself.

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A King (as such) is not a great man. He has great power, but it is not his own.

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A great chessplayer is not a great man, for he leaves the world as he found it.

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No man is truly great, who is great only in his life-time. The test of greatness is the page of history.

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To display the greatest powers, unless they are applied to great purposes, makes nothing for the character of greatness.

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Greatness is great power, producing great effects. It is not enough that a man has great power in himself, he must shew it to all the world in a way that cannot be hid or gainsaid.

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