To be great

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To be great to be intimate or familiar (with him).
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Quotations

  • Oscar Wilde
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    “No great artist ever sees things as they really are, if he did he would cease to be an artist.”
  • Walt Whitman
    Walt%20Whitman
    “To have great poets, there must be great audiences too.”
  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
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    “The fame of great men ought to be judged always by the means they used to acquire it.”
  • Pierre De Beaumarchais
    Pierre De Beaumarchais
    “Because you are a great lord, you believe yourself to be a great genius. You took the trouble to be born, but no more.”
  • Ray Charles
    Ray Charles
    “I never wanted to be famous. I only wanted to be great.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “To be great is to be misunderstood.”

Usage

In literature:

No human being could be altogether what she supposes you to be, yet your kindness must have been very great.
"Charlotte Bronte and Her Circle" by Clement K. Shorter
But the great resource of all is to be found among the later antiquaries and historians.
"A New System; or, an Analysis of Antient Mythology. Volume I." by Jacob Bryant
The great point appears to me to be that the relief should be bestowed on the right persons.
"Diary of the Besieged Resident in Paris" by Henry Labouchère
I have great faith in the benefits to be derived from the growth of clover.
"Talks on Manures" by Joseph Harris
His voice in council was esteemed to be very great.
"Can You Forgive Her?" by Anthony Trollope
A wedding over which he presides is sure to be a great success.
"Lights and Shadows of New York Life" by James D. McCabe
Sure, I niver do be having time to be seeing diamonds on the great big waves.
"The White Christmas and other Merry Christmas Plays" by Walter Ben Hare
Friday night; I shall put myself out of my way in order to be very civil to such a great personage.
"The Letters of Queen Victoria, Volume 1 (of 3), 1837-1843)" by Queen Victoria
Of course the kind of happiness to be found even in secondary success depends on the great aim of any life.
"Girls and Women" by Harriet E. Paine (AKA E. Chester}
They wrong man greatly who say he is to be seduced by ease.
"Sartor Resartus, and On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and the Heroic in History" by Thomas Carlyle
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In poetry:

I do not want you to wait,
For few before they die
Have got so far as begin to be great,
The lesson is so high.
"Willie's Question" by George MacDonald
Whose beheste she constant kepte
And whollye was enclynde
To be free to get great prayse
And win eche worthye mynde.
"The Faire Amarillis" by Edward Dyer
They are too near to be great,
But our children shall understand
When and how our fate
Was changed, and by whose hand.
"The Verdicts [Jutland]" by Rudyard Kipling
We will bring a crown of gold
Bending humbly every knee,
Now thy great white doll to hold —
Oh, so happy would we be!
"A Lover's Quarrel Among the Fairies" by William Butler Yeats
Seeing her face, it seems not far
To Troy's heroic field of war,
To Troy and all great things that are,
She being young.
"She Being Young" by John Charles McNeill
All that’s good, and great, and true,
All that is and is to be,
Be it old or be it new,
Comes, O Father, comes from Thee.
"All That's Good, and Great, and True" by Godfrey Thring

In news:

If you're lucky enough to have a boss that lets you telecommute, or even luckier to not have a boss at all, working from home is a great way to be more efficient and save a little cash.
She is very playful, appears to be great with kids and just loves activity.
Authors from across the country and with special emphasis on Kentucky writers is this Saturday and will prove to be a great idea to find holiday gift ideas for that person that has everything already.
"When you're not on the cover of the magazines anymore, then you realize that the work has to be great," she said in a recent interview.
That's got to be great for the rivalry.
To me, he does everything a comedian does to be a great comedian.
Serta has a great reputation for bringing style and comfort to the home and we're thrilled to be partnering with them to bring Bell'O's No Too...
Many great new elements tend to be downplayed due to poor execution in other areas.
She is going to be greatly missed by her husband, family and friends.
It's a great cause that will benefit Art In Motion and it is sure to be a great time.
Larry Nelson thinks it was a great idea for the PGA of America to pick someone older to be Ryder Cup captain .
ORLANDO, Fla.—Larry Nelson thinks it was a great idea for the PGA of America to pick someone older to be Ryder Cup captain .
It's great to be able to keep our friends and family in the loop with what's going on in our lives.
The answer to this question is not intended to be health advice, but findings on the great charcoal debate.
To be a great leader, you need to know what you're great at.
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In science:

A great body of literature has been and continues to be generated.
About negative refraction and left handed materials
In this way, the number of parameters to be estimated (for which the Pearson’s chi–square method may be used) is typically greatly reduced, however on the cost of a specification error.
Applying Free Random Variables to Random Matrix Analysis of Financial Data. Part I: A Gaussian Case
It would be great to have a polynomial upper bound but then geometry must help due to Matouˇsek and Szab´o’s abstract cubes. 4-polytopes.
The Random Edge Simplex Algorithm on Dual Cyclic 4-Polytopes
This figure contains a great deal of information to be discussed in detail.
Glass transition and random packing in the hard sphere system
In our approach, the primitive elements are much more complex; however this allows all the algorithms to be greatly simplified.
A canonical form for some piecewise defined functions
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