A TRULY GREAT MAN

I believe the first test of a truly great man is humility.  I do not mean, by humility, doubt of his own power, or hesitation in speaking his opinions; but a right understanding of the relation between what he can do and say and the rest of the world’s sayings and doings.  All the great men not only know their business, but usually know that they know it, and are not only right in their main opinions, but usually know that they are right in them; only, they do not think so much of themselves on that account.  John Ruskin, MODERN PAINTERS

Reference:  THE ETERNAL VISION-THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION OF SPIRITUAL QUOTATIONS compiled by William Sykes 2003

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