What is grand?

Famous quotes containing the word grand:

    No grand idea was ever born in a conference, but a lot of foolish ideas have died there.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896–1940)

    Unpretending mediocrity is good, and genius is glorious; but a weak flavor of genius in an essentially common person is detestable. It spoils the grand neutrality of a commonplace character, as the rinsings of an unwashed wine-glass spoil a draught of fair water.
    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (1809–1894)

    What is grand is necessarily obscure to weak men. That which can be made explicit to the idiot is not worth my care.
    William Blake (1757–1827)