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[An editorial on "Greatness" in the Daily British Whig, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, March 5, 1924]

Human qualities alone do not make greatness, in its true sense. The possession of real greatness comes from qualities of the divine which show forth in the demeanor of man. Greatness that is genuine is characterized by simplicity. He who is truly great does not put himself forward. Perfect poise, which manifests itself in speech and in action, is an outstanding mark of greatness. The world spontaneously volunteers admiration for the one who can remain unmoved by the storms of strife and passion which sway other men about him. Candor and straightforward speaking are found in those who are really great. They have nothing to conceal; they have no need to deceive. What they say comes from their hearts, and may be depended upon. The great man is tolerant of the opinions of others; he is charitable toward their failings; he is genuinely sympathetic in their sorrow; he rejoices in their successses. Such are some of the qualities of greatness, which are deeper and of more worth than many of the material symbols for which men are often more inclined to work. ... Real greatness consists in showing forth the image and likeness of God. An understanding of that which constitutes true greatness would help to establish justice and peace the world over.

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