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G.K. Chesterton on Great Men

from  “The Essential Chesterton: An Anthology on the Thought of G.K. Chesterton”

“There is a great man who makes every man feel small. But the real great man is the man who makes every man feel great.”

from Charles Dickens

“The great man tries to be ordinary, and becomes extraordinary in the process. But the small man tries to be mysterious, and becomes lucid in an awful sense—for we can all see through him.”

from The Uses of Diversity

“To very great minds the things on which men agree are so immeasurably more important than the things on which they differ, that the latter, for all practical purposes, disappear. They have too much in them of an ancient laughter even to endure to discuss the difference between the hats of two men who were both born of a woman, or between the subtly varied cultures of two men who have both to die. The first-rate great man is equal with other men, like Shakespeare. The second-rate great man is on his knees to other men, like Whitman. The third-rate great man is superior to other men, like Whistler.”

from Heretics

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