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Grocott & Ward, comps.  Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed.  189-?.
 
Greatness
 
Nay, then, farewell!
I have touch’d the highest point of all my greatness;
And from that full meridian of my glory,
I haste now to my setting. I shall fall
Like a bright exhalation in the evening,
And no man see me more.
        Shakespeare.—King Henry VIII., Act III. Scene 2. (Wolsey on his Fall.)
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’Tis, alas, the poor prerogative
Of greatness to be wretched, and unpitied—
        Congreve.—The Mourning Bride, Act I. Scene 1.
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In my stars I am above thee; but be not afraid of greatness; some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.
        Shakespeare.—Twelfth Night, Act II. Scene 5. (Malvolio reading a letter.)
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