Quote by Leo Tolstoy
There is no greatness where there is no simplicity, goodness and truth.
This quote suggests that true greatness is impossible without simplicity, goodness, and truth. It implies that greatness is not merely measured by accomplishment or status, but by the fundamental values and qualities one embodies. By emphasizing simplicity, the quote suggests that greatness does not require complexity or complications. Goodness speaks to the moral and ethical aspects of greatness, while truth underscores the importance of honesty and authenticity. Essentially, this quote conveys that genuine greatness is attainable only when one adheres to the principles of simplicity, goodness, and truth.
But the truth is that there is no more conscious inconsistency between the humility of a Christian and the rapacity of a Christian than there is between the humility of a lover and the rapacity of a lover. The truth is that there are no things for which men will make such herculean efforts as the things of which they know they are unworthy. There never was a man in love who did not declare that, if he strained every nerve to breaking, he was going to have his desire. And there never was a man in love who did not declare also that he ought not to have it.
My importance to the world is relatively small. On the other hand, my importance to myself is tremendous. I am all I have to work with, to play with, to suffer and to enjoy. It is not the eyes of others that I am wary of, but of my own. I do not intend to let myself down more than I can possibly help, and I find that the fewer illusions I have about myself or the world around me, the better company I am for myself.