In my opinion, most of the great men of the past were only there for the beer - the wealth, prestige and grandeur that went with the power. A. J. P. Taylor
Nothing great will ever be achieved without great men, and men are great only if they are determined to be so. Charles de Gaulle
The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight, but they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The silent killer of all great men and women of achievement - particularly men, I don't know why, maybe it's the testosterone - I think it's narcissism. Even more than hubris. And for women, too. Narcissism is the killer. James Woods
The megalomaniac differs from the narcissist by the fact that he wishes to be powerful rather than charming, and seeks to be feared rather than loved. To this type belong many lunatics and most of the great men of history. Bertrand Russell