„It is the nature of man to rise to greatness if greatness is expected of him.“

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„The Great Man here too, as always, is a Force of Nature. Whatsoever is truly great in him springs up from the inarticulate deeps.“

—  Thomas Carlyle Scottish philosopher, satirical writer, essayist, historian and teacher 1795 - 1881
1840s, Heroes and Hero-Worship (1840), The Hero as Poet

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„Engineering is the art of directing the great sources of power in nature for the use and convenience of man.“

—  Thomas Tredgold engineer 1788 - 1829
Thomas Tredgold (1828), used in the Royal Charter of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) published in: The Times, London, article CS102127326, 30 June 1828.

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„Before Man made us citizens, great Nature made us men.“

—  James Russell Lowell American poet, critic, editor, and diplomat 1819 - 1891
"On the Capture of Certain Fugitive Slaves Near Washington" (1845)

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„The barbarian is egotistic enough to suppose that an Infinite Being is constantly doing something, or failing to do something, on his account. But as man rises in the scale of civilization, as he becomes really great, he comes to the conclusion that nothing in Nature happens on his account—that he is hardly great enough to disturb the motions of the planets.“

—  Robert G. Ingersoll Union United States Army officer 1833 - 1899
Rome, or Reason? A Reply to Cardinal Manning. Part I. The North American Review (1888), Context: As a rule, an individual is egotistic in the proportion that he lacks intelligence. The same is true of nations and races. The barbarian is egotistic enough to suppose that an Infinite Being is constantly doing something, or failing to do something, on his account. But as man rises in the scale of civilization, as he becomes really great, he comes to the conclusion that nothing in Nature happens on his account—that he is hardly great enough to disturb the motions of the planets.

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„Contrary to the vulgar illusion, it is thanks to the metal, and by virtue of it, that the pilot rediscovers nature. As I have already said, the machine does not isolate man from the great problems of nature but plunges him more deeply into them.“

—  Antoine de Saint-Exupéry French writer and aviator 1900 - 1944
Terre des Hommes (1939), Context: !-- There was a time when a flyer sat at the centre of a complicated works. Flight set us factory problems. The indicators that oscillated on the instrument panel warned us of a thousand dangers. But in the machine of today we forget that motors are whirring: the motor, finally, has come to fulfil its function, which is to whirr as a heart beats—and we give no thought to the beating of our heart. Thus, --> Precisely because it is perfect the machine dissembles its own existence instead of forcing itself upon our notice. And thus, also, the realities of nature resume their pride of place. It is not with metal that the pilot is in contact. Contrary to the vulgar illusion, it is thanks to the metal, and by virtue of it, that the pilot rediscovers nature. As I have already said, the machine does not isolate man from the great problems of nature but plunges him more deeply into them. Numerous, nevertheless, are the moralists who have attacked the machine as the source of all the ills we bear, who, creating a fictitious dichotomy, have denounced the mechanical civilization as the enemy of the spiritual civilization. If what they think were really so, then indeed we should have to despair of man, for it would be futile to struggle against this new advancing chaos. The machine is certainly as irresistible in its advance as those virgin forests that encroach upon equatorial domains. Ch III : The Tool

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„It is easy to replace man, and it will take no great time, where Nature has lapsed, to replace Nature.“

—  Alice Meynell English publisher, editor, writer, poet, activist 1847 - 1922
"The Colour of Life" in The Colour of Life and Other Essays on Things Seen and Heard (London: John Lane, 1896), p. 4.

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„Toleration in religion was one of the great rights of man, and a man ought never to be deprived of what was his natural right.“

—  Charles James Fox British Whig statesman 1749 - 1806
1790s, Speech in the House of Commons (19 April 1791), quoted in J. Wright (ed.), The Speeches of the Rt. Hon. C. J. Fox in the House of Commons. Volume IV (1815), p. 192.

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Edmund Burke photo

„It is the nature of all greatness not to be exact.“

—  Edmund Burke Anglo-Irish statesman 1729 - 1797
First Speech on the Conciliation with America (1774)

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„This great maxim of Philosophy he had gathered by the teaching of nature alone: That man was created to work, not to speculate, or feel, or dream.“

—  Thomas Carlyle Scottish philosopher, satirical writer, essayist, historian and teacher 1795 - 1881
1880s, Reminiscences (1881), referring to his father, James Carlyle. Sometimes quoted as "Man was created to work, not to speculate, or feel, or dream; Every idle moment is treason". The second of those two clauses in fact comes from Thomas Arnold The Christian Life (1841), Lecture VI.

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„Greatness by nature includes a power, but not a will to power.“

—  Martin Buber German Jewish Existentialist philosopher and theologian 1878 - 1965
Between Man and Man (1965), p. 150

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„Great men have the nature of a child. They are always a child before Him; so they are free from pride. All their strength is of God and not their own. It belongs to Him and comes from Him.“

—  Ramakrishna Indian mystic and religious preacher 1836 - 1886
Context: If you feel proud, let it be in the thought that you are the servant of God, the son of God. Great men have the nature of a child. They are always a child before Him; so they are free from pride. All their strength is of God and not their own. It belongs to Him and comes from Him. p. 124

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„Great men are always of a nature originally melancholy.“

—  Aristotle Classical Greek philosopher, student of Plato and founder of Western philosophy -384 - -321 a.C.

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