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

Context

“M, O, A, I;—This simulation is not as the former:—and yet, to crush this a little, it would bow to me, for every one of these letters are in my name. Soft; here follows prose.— 'If this fall into thy hand, revolve. 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. Thy fates open their hands; let thy blood and spirit embrace them. And, to inure thyself to what thou art like to be, cast thy humble slough and appear fresh. Be opposite with a kinsman, surly with servants: let thy tongue tang arguments of state; put thyself into the trick of singularity: She thus advises thee that sighs for thee.” source

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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