A great man is one sentence

I find this extremely inspiring. From the book Drive, pp. 154-155, Daniel Pink wrote:

In 1962, Clare Boothe Luce, one of the first women to serve in the U.S. Congress, offered some advice to President John F. Kennedy. ‘A great man,’ she told him, ‘is one sentence.’ Abraham Lincoln’s sentence was: ‘He preserved the union and freed the slaves.’ Franklin Roosevelt’s was: ‘He lifted us out of a great depression and helped us win a world war.’ Luce feared that Kennedy’s attention was so splintered among different priorities that his sentence risked becoming a muddled paragraph. …

I tried searching for other one sentence:

  • Qin Shi Huang aka the First Emperor “He united China”.
  • Emperor Taizong of Tang “He is considered as the epitome of what an emperor should be and started China’s greatest period in history”.
  • Kangxi was the great consolidator of the Qing Dynasty.
  • Gandhi remains India’s patriarch and credited with shaping India’s political identity as a tolerant, secular democracy.
  • Laozi. Nothing in the world is as soft and yielding as water, yet when it attacks what’s strong and firm, nothing can hold up against it.”
  • Kung Tze. ( popularly known as Confucius in the West) Everything in moderation, including moderation.
  • Socrates. His most important contribution to Western thought is his dialectic method of inquiry.

I really like the concept and idea of one sentence. It’s the starting point of finding our will to meaning. (Click here for the related post).

I am still searching for my one sentence. Have you found yours my friends?

One thought on “A great man is one sentence”

  1. Haha! I’ve found mine. It’s quite easy to figure, you just need to work backwards and think about your tombstone. What kind of legacy you want to leave? 🙂

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