thought for the day.

May 5, 2011

The first test of a truly great man is his humility... I do not mean, by humility, doubt of his own power... (but really) great men have a curious feeling that greatness is not in them, but through them... And they see something divine in every other man... and are endlessly, foolishly, incredibly merciful.
-John Ruskin

I feel like my dad has essentially said this same thing to me dozens of times, more or less in the same way as Mr. Ruskin.
And it really, really makes a lot of sense, and I'm noticing this really, really means a lot more to me the older I get.


L!$@ said...

That is seriously awesome!! I love it :D

Lily said...

Very wise words. A person's level of humility, when their on the brink of power, really does make their character clear.

Brittany said...

Uh, amazing. I'm realizing that lately too. I'm pretty ordinary, but I've been given a lot of incredible opportunities and been put in the best of circumstances. And it isn't coincidental.

Catherine Anne said...

Thank you for sharing. This is an amazing quote, something I need to work on. I know without a doubt that God works through us to accomplish great things and it can sometimes be hard to recognize that in ourselves and others.

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