Fame or greatness?

January 25, 2008 | 2 comments


“Not everyone can be famous but everyone can be great…”

~ Martin Luther King


I like this quote because it gives needed perspective to the ambitious personality.

We don’t need to be famous to live a rich successful life if our goal is to be a better person.

We don’t need to be seen and recognized by others to be satisfied that we’re doing a good job, if that is what we’re doing.

We don’t need our name printed in the headlines to verify our worth and value if we measure worth spiritually.

We don’t need to be remembered for assurance that our efforts bore fruit, if our efforts were unselfishly motivated.


Because we are who we are, and what we do is what matters most, not what others think or we think they ought to think.

Our greatness is not a function of fame, but of the love and truth we live and express.

One can have fame without greatness. But one who has achieved true greatness can easily live without fame.



2 thoughts on “Fame or greatness?”

  1. I thought I wanted to be famous and rich, but it left me feeling empty and poor.
    I thought I wanted to be great but it left me feeling unappreciated, but when you explain the true meaning of each of these, I realized I have them all. I just had to be reminded that God is pleased with me, and I am satisfied and blessed serving him/her. Thank You.

  2. As I was reading your blog today I recalled Jesus’ words, which might fit in with the overall picture here: “How can you believe, which receive honor one of another, and seek not the honor that cometh from God only!” (John 5:44).

    The honor that comes from God only is satisfying, I think.

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