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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

AUTHOR: William Frederick Halsey, Jr. (1882–1959)
QUOTATION: There aren’t any great men. There are just great challenges that ordinary men like you and me are forced by circumstances to meet.
ATTRIBUTION: Attributed to Admiral WILLIAM F. HALSEY. Unverified. Though these words have not been found as spoken by Halsey, they were said by James Cagney, portraying Halsey, in the United Artists film version of Halsey’s life, The Gallant Hours (dialogue continuity, p. 38), © 1960 Cagney-Montgomery Productions, Inc.
SUBJECTS: Greatness