Please explain the meaning of the phrase, "don't confuse historical significance with greatness," presented in "Master Harold"... and the Boys.
This line is said by Hally as he and Sam are discussing social reformers. Sam is reading from a textbook about Napoleon as a social reformer. After the two discuss Napoleon, Hally agrees that Napoleon certainly has historical significance but a man of greatness should be, according to Hally, "Someone who has benefited all mankind." A clearer example of this for you would be Hitler. He certainly had historical significance, yet, according to Hally's definition of greatness, he would certainly not be considered a great man!
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