To endure is greater than to dare; to tire out hostile fortune; to be daunted by no difficulty; to keep heart when all have lost it; to go through intrigue spotless; and to forgo even ambition when the end is gained – who can say this is not greatness?
Somewhere in the world there is defeat for everyone. Some are destroyed by defeat, and some made small and mean by victory. Greatness lives in one who triumphs equally over defeat and victory.
Now I see the secret of the making of the best persons, It is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth.
It is the privilege of greatness to confer intense happiness with insignificant gifts.[Es ist das Vorrecht der Grösse, mit geringen Gaben hoch zu beglücken.]
It is the mark of a great man that he puts to flight all ordinary calculations.[Le propre d’un grand homme est de dérouter les calculs ordinaires.]