Our Own Ideal

Greatness is not haphazard. It does not come about fortuitously. It is the combination and exercise of true qualities, set to a lofty purpose. It is evident not so much in outstanding ability as in character. Without breadth of vision, without strength of purpose, there is no greatness. Brilliance and resourcefulness do not produce it. To be righteous but not self-righteous, resolute but not defiant, tolerant but not lax, generous but not profligate— this is evidence of greatness.

Men fail in greatness because they fail to perceive that for which they are destined and divinely equipped. They do not comprehend that greatness—spiritual greatness—and that alone, is the measure of man.

Know Thyself and Love Thy Brother
May 20, 1944

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