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Character cannot be developed in ease
and quiet.  Only through experiences
of trial and suffering can the soul be
strengthened, vision cleared,
ambition inspired and success achieved.


Helen Keller

   

My grandfather once told me that there are two kinds of people:  those who do the work and those who take the credit.  He told me to try to be in the first group; there was less competition there.

Indira Gandhi

      
It is not in the still calm of life, or in the the repose of a pacific station, that great characters are formed. . . . The habits of a vigorous mind are formed in contending with difficulties.  All history will convince you of this, and that wisdom and penetration are the fruit of experience, not the lessons of retirement and leisure.  Great necessities call out great virtues.

Abigail Adams
  

Character is an essential tendency. It can be covered up, it can be messed with, it can be screwed around with, but it canít be ultimately changed. Itís the structure of our bones, the blood that runs through our veins.

Sam Shepard

   

In the stormy current of life characters are weights or floats which at one time make us glide along the bottom, and at another maintain us on the surface.

Hippolyte Taine

  

Be such a person, and live such a life, that if every person were such as you,
and every life a life like yours, this earth would be God's Paradise.

Phillips Brooks

   

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Every thought which enters the mind, every word we utter, every deed we perform,
makes its impression upon the inmost fiber of our being and the result of these impressions
is our character.  The study of books, of music, or of the fine arts is not essential to a lofty
character.  It rests with the worker whether a rude piece of marble shall be squared into
a horse-block or carved into an Apollo, a Psyche, or a Venus di Milo.  It is yours, if you
choose, to develop a spiritual form more beautiful than any of these,
instinct with immortal life, refulgent with all the glory of character.

Orison Swett Marden

   

Face your deficiencies and acknowledge them; but do not let
them master you.  Let them teach you patience, sweetness,
insight.  When we do the best we can, we never know what
miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another.

Helen Keller

  

Before enlightenment, chop wood, carry water.
After enlightenment, chop wood, carry water.

unattributed

  

The best index to people's character is
(a) how they treat people
who can't do them any good, and
(b) how they treat people who can't fight back.

Abigail Van Buren

  

First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.

Epictetus

   

Honesty is the cornerstone of character.

Malcolm Forbes

  
Keep your thoughts right, for as you think, so you are.
Therefore, think only those things that will make
the world better, and you unashamed.

Henry H. Buckley
  

Be more concerned with your character than your reputation,
because your character is what you really are,
while your reputation is merely what others think you are.

John Wooden

  

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Four things that we must learn to do
If we would make our record true:
To think without confusion clearly;
To love our fellow people sincerely;
To act from honest motives purely;
To trust in God and Heaven securely.

Henry van Dyke

character - character 2 - character 4

The structure of human betterment cannot be built upon foundations
of materialism or business, but upon the bedrock
of individual character in free men and women.

Herbert C. Hoover

  
   

Let everyone sweep in front of his or her door and the whole world will be clean.

Mother Teresa

   
However many holy words you read, however many you speak,
what good will they do if you do not act upon them?

The Dhammapada
  

No longer talk at all about the kind of person
a good person ought to be, but be such.


Marcus Aurelius

  

Live so that when your children think of fairness,
caring, and integrity, they think of you.

H. Jackson Browne, Jr.

  
  

Character may be manifested in the great
moments, but it is made in the small ones.

Phillips Brooks

   

Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries.

James Michener

   

There is nothing more personal than your values.  What you will
and won't do to get ahead, the lines you will and won't cross to win,
whom you will and won't step on for personal gain, are at the very
core of your code of honor.  And your code of honor determines
your character.  And your character is who you are.
Behind closed doors.  When nobody is watching.

Patti LaBelle

   

  

Character isn't inherited.  One builds it daily by the way one thinks and acts,
thought by thought, action by action.  If one lets fear or hate or anger
take possession of the mind, they become self-forged chains.

Helen Gahagan Douglas

  

If everyone were clothed with integrity, if every heart were
just, frank, and kindly, the other virtues would be
well-nigh useless, since their chief purpose is to make us
bear with patience the injustice of our fellows.


Moliere

  
   
Our fathers gave us many laws, which they had learned from their fathers.  These laws were good.  They told us to treat all people as they treated us; that we should never be the first to break a bargain; that it was a disgrace to tell a lie; that we should speak only the truth; that it was a shame for one man to take from another his wife, or his property without paying for it.  We were taught to believe that the Great Spirit sees and hears everything, and that he never forgets; that hereafter he will give every person a spirit-home according to his desserts:  if we have been good people, we will have a good home; if we have been bad people, we will have a bad home.  This I believe, and all my people believe the same. . . .

Chief Joseph
Nez Perce
  

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character - character 2 - character 4

The longer you live the more you realize that forgiveness,
consideration, and kindness are three of the great secrets of life.

Anonymous
  

People seem not to see that their opinion of the world
is also a confession of character.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Worship," The Conduct of Life

   



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