* * The poetry of Ruth T. Whittlesey * *

A Great Man

It's not the big thoughts that come into a life;

It's not the grand deeds that men do;

It's not the big words that we speak, now and then,

That makes the big man through and through.

It's the unworthy thought that you leave far behind;

It's the selfish thing you did not do;

It's the unkind word that you never said,

That makes a great man of you.

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