I have been reading quite a bit lately on major thinkers in the 19th and 20th centuries. Soren Kierkegaard has stood out in my reading, and this is a quote I thought worth sharing. This is an exposition from his writing Fear and Trembling where he speaks of the respect he has for Abraham.
No, not one shall be forgotten who was great in the world. But each was great in his own way, and each in proportion to the greatness of that which he loved. For he who loved himself became great by himself, and he who loved other men became great by his selfless devotion, but he who loved God became greater than all. Everyone shall be remembered, but each became great in proportion to his expectation. One became great by expecting the possible, another by expecting the eternal, but he who expected the impossible became greater than all.