Like an ant carrying a morsel of bread to his dwelling place, greatness is often dragged by persons who seem too small.
— T.D. Jakes
Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people.
— Hugh Cameron
God does not always choose great people to accomplish what He wishes, but He chooses a person who is wholly yielded to Him.
— Henrietta C. Mears
The people we admire are ordinary people that have been able to accomplish some extraordinary things. The things that make them extraordinary are things that we all possess.
— Rolf Benirschke
God is looking not for great people but for people who will dare to prove the greatness of their God.
— L.B. Cowman
Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.
— Henry Ford
Little bitty things make the big difference.
— Dan Reeves
In great affairs men show themselves as they wish to be seen; in small things they show themselves as they are.
— Nicholas Chamfort
We cannot do great deeds unless we are willing to do the small things that make up the sum of greatness.
— Theodore Roosevelt
I have never been especially impressed by the heroics of people convinced that they are about to change the world. I am more awed by those who struggle to make one small difference after another.
— Ellen Goodman
Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit.
— Napoleon Hill
The longest voyages make the richest returns.
— Matthew Henry
That which we persist in doing becomes easier for us to do. Not that the nature of the thing has changed, but our power to do has increased.
— Heber Grant
Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance.
— Samuel Johnson
There are but two roads that lead to an important goal and to the doing of great things: strength and perseverance. Strength is the lot of but a few privileged men; but austere perseverance, harsh and continuous, may be employed by the smallest of us and rarely fails of its purpose, for its silent power grows irresistibly greater with time.
— Johann von Goethe
It doesn’t take great men to do things, but it is doing things that makes men great.
— Arnold Glasgow
Never fail to do something because you don’t feel like it. Sometimes you just have to do it now, and you’ll feel like it later.
— Marie Freeman
It’s the action, not the fruit of the action, that’s important. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there’ll be any fruit. But that doesn’t mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.
— Mahatma Gandhi
It’s easier to act your way into new ways of feeling than to feel yourself into new ways of acting.
— Susan Glaser
Motivation doesn’t really exist outside of action. Motivation is movement. By taking action, by setting out along the path, we start the process, we create our own motivation.
— Anthony Grant and Jane Greene
I long to accomplish a great and noble task; but it is my chief duty and job to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble. The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the tiny pushes of each honest worker.
— Helen Keller
You must be willing to do the things that are not fun.
— Pat Summitt
The point is not to do remarkable things, but to do ordinary things with the conviction of their immense importance.
— Teihard de Chardin
Do not despise the bottom rungs in the ascent to greatness.
— Publilius Syrus
A little neglect may breed great mischief. For want of a nail, the shoe was lost; for want of a shoe, the horse was lost; for want of a horse, the battle was lost; for want of the battle, the war was lost.
— Benjamin Franklin
Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.
Courage is fear holding on a minute longer.
— General George Patton
God grant me the courage not to give up what I think is right, even though I think it is hopeless.
— Admiral Chester Nimitz
A great deal of talent is lost to the world for the want of a little courage.
— Sydney Smith
Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are stiffened.
— Billy Graham
A great man is always willing to be little.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
Humility is wisdom’s prerequisite.
— Bobby Bowden
Humility leads to strength and not to weakness. It is the highest form of self-respect to admit mistakes and to make amends for them.
— John McCloy
A great man shows his greatness by the way he treats little men.
— Thomas Carlyle
When someone asked Saint Francis of Assisi why and how he could accomplish so much, he replied: “The Lord looked down from heaven upon the earth and said, ‘Where can I find the weakest, the littlest, the poorest man on the face of the earth?’ Then He saw me and said, ‘I will work through him. He won’t be proud of it. He’ll see that I am only using him because of his littleness and insignificance.’”
— C. Reuben Anderson