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a dwarf standing on the shoulders of giants

A person whose insights, discoveries, or knowledge in general is not due to ingenuity on his or her own part, but rather due to the discoveries or previous work of great minds that have come before. Though this is indeed an exciting discovery toward curing cancer, I am but a dwarf standing on the shoulders of giants.
See also: giant, of, on, shoulder, standing

stand on the shoulders of giants

To make discoveries, insights, or progress due to the discoveries or previous work of great minds that have come before. Though this is indeed an exciting discovery toward curing cancer, we have stood on the shoulders of giants to reach this point today.
See also: giant, of, on, shoulder, stand

gentle giant

Someone who is very large and strong but has a quiet and gentle nature. At first, I was afraid of the big, burly man covered in tattoos, but when I saw him rescue that kitten from the tree, I realized he was just a gentle giant.
See also: gentle, giant

one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind

A phrase typically said in reference to a breakthrough or advancement of some kind. Astronaut Neil Armstrong famously said the phrase in 1969 when he became the first person to set foot on the moon. I think the self-driving car will be one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind. When we find a cure for this illness, it will be one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.
See also: giant, leap, mankind, one, small, step

sleeping giant

a great power that is still and waiting. The huge country to the south is a sleeping giant, waiting for its chance to become sufficiently industrialized to have real prosperity. The U.S. was a sleeping giant at the outbreak of both world wars.
See also: giant, sleep

a gentle giant

a man who is very tall and strong, but has a very quiet, gentle character that does not match his appearance As placid and amiable as he was tall, he became known as the gentle giant of the squad.
See also: gentle, giant

mental giant

n. a genius. I’m no mental giant, but I do know trouble when I see it.
See also: giant, mental
References in classic literature ?
The vessel glided between the headlands of the port, and the giant resumed his march.
Talus, the brazen giant, on his never-ceasing sentinel's march, happened to be approaching that part of the coast; and they saw him, by the glimmering of the moonbeams on his polished surface, while he was yet a great way off.
The road led him up a mountain, and when he had reached the highest point of it, there sat a powerful giant looking peacefully about him.
The giant slept the eternal sleep, in the sepulcher which God had built about him to his measure.
What could have so suddenly transformed his matter-of-fact ascent of the giant bole to the swift and wary action of his detour among the branches?
Once get a giant shaky on his legs, and the public care no more about him than they do for a dead cabbage stalk.
Only the little boy did not run, for his eyes were so full of tears that he did not see the Giant coming.
The Giant roared so terribly that for a time they were afraid he had broken loose; but he hadn't.
A prowling lion roared close at hand; but the giant black was unafraid.
Let them relax their watchfulness but for an instant, he knew that his cunning mind and giant muscles would find a way to escape--escape and revenge.
and ran, weak and reeling drunkenly, along the broad trail made by the giant creature and its prey.
With long sweeps of his giant muscles Tarzan sent the little craft speeding toward the beach.
Towards the Knight, so weak that he could scarcely hold his sword, this Giant came stalking.
asked Ozma, regarding the giant with wondering eyes.
The Assassins chase Pinocchio, catch him, and hang him to the branch of a giant oak tree