William Shakespeare quote about greatness from Twelfth Night - Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.
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Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.
 William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night (1623). copy citation

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Author William Shakespeare
Source Twelfth Night
Topic greatness
Date 1623
Language English
Reference Twelfth Night, or What You Will, Act II, Scene 5
Note Written between 1601 and 1602 Malvolio line
Weblink http://www.gutenberg.org/cache/epub/1526/pg1526-images.html

Meaning and analysis

Kwize Master Maria wrote a letter to Malvolio, Olivia's steward, to make fun of him by having him believe that Olivia loves him. Thus, the alleged Olivia tells him in this letter that he must not be afraid of their different social status, because if some were born in greatness, others reach greatness through their efforts and others, finally, experience greatness because of opportune circumstances.
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