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If you make friends with people
who are without character, your
own character will tarnish as well.

Anon

    

The severest test of character is not so much the ability to keep a secret as it is, when the secret is finally out, to refrain from disclosing that you knew it all along.

Sydney J. Harris

      

Material possessions will rust away, wear away, or depreciate, but your inner resources--character--must never depreciate.  In seeking success you must also seek fulfillment.  Ask yourself not only what you want to be, but who you want to be.

Elizabeth Dole
(see immediately below)

  

Whether on the floor of Congress or in the boardrooms of corporate America or in the corridors of a big city hospital, there is no body of professional expertise and no anthology of case studies which can supplant the force of character which provides both a sense of direction and a means of fulfillment.  It asks, not what you want to be, but who you want to be.

Elizabeth Hanford Dole

   

One exemplary act may affect one life, or even millions of lives.  All those who set standards for themselves, who strengthen the bonds of community, who do their work creditably and accept individual responsibility, are building the common future.

John W. Gardner

  

The poor Mullah Nasreddin was reduced to living on a diet
of chickpeas and bread, while his neighbor dined on
fancy delicacies provided by the King himself.

One day his neighbor said to Nasreddin:  "If you were truly wise
you would learn to flatter the King and obey his every whim
like I do.  Then you would not have to live on chickpeas
and bread."  Nasreddin answered, "And if you would learn
to live on chickpeas and bread like I do, then you would
not have to flatter the King and obey his every whim."

Traditional Sufi Story

  

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What is the true test of character unless it be its progressive development
in the bustle and turmoil, in the action and reaction of daily life.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

   

It is better to suffer wrong than to do it,
and happier to be sometimes cheated than not to trust.

Samuel Johnson

  
We say we want a renewal of character in our day but we don't really know what we ask for.  To have a renewal of character is to have a renewal of a creedal order that constrains, limits, binds, obligates and compels.  This price is too high for us to pay.  We want character but without conviction; we want strong morality but without the emotional burden of guilt or shame; we want virtue but without particular moral justifications that invariably offend; we want good without having to name evil; we want decency without the authority to insist upon it; we want moral community without any limitations to personal freedom.  In short, we want what we cannot possibly have on the terms that we want it.

James Davison Hunter
   
Your character is your destiny.  Building character is a task for the brave
and dedicated.  There are no shortcuts when it comes to building character.
If you wish to cure minimalism in your own life, to develop a complete
commitment to excellence and an absolute rejection of mediocrity, the
question you need to start asking yourself is, "What is the most I can do?"

Matthew Kelly 
   

Every one of us has in him or her a continent of undiscovered character. 
Blessed are they who act the Columbus to their own souls.

unattributed

   
People of character will make themselves worthy of any position they are given.

Mohandas Gandhi
   

To be wealthy, a rich nature is the first requisite and money but the second.
To be of a quick and healthy blood, to share in all honorable curiosities,
to be rich in admiration and free from envy, to rejoice greatly in the good
of others, to love with such generosity of heart that your love is still
a dear possession in absence or unkindness—these are the gifts of fortune
which money cannot buy, and without which money can buy nothing.

Robert Louis Stevenson

    

If seeds in the black
earth can turn into such
beautiful roses,
what might not the hearts
of humans become
in their long journey
toward the stars?

G.K. Chesterton

    
   

Character is the product of daily, hourly actions, words
and thoughts:  daily forgiveness, unselfishness, kindnesses,
sympathies, charities, sacrifices for the good of others,
struggles against temptation, submissiveness under trial.
It is these, like the blinding colors in a picture, or the
blending notes of music, which constitute the person.

John MacDuff

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The three hardest tasks in the world are neither physical feats nor
intellectual achievements, but moral acts:  to return love for hate, to
include the excluded, and to say, "I was wrong."

Sydney J. Harris

    

Everyone journeys through character as well as through time.
The person one becomes depends on the person one has been.

Dick Francis

    

   
You can tell more about people by what they say about others
than you can by what others say about them.

Leo Aikman
    

You can easily judge the character of people
by how they treat those who can do nothing for them.

James D. Miles

    

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Characters live to be noticed.  People with character notice how they live.

Nancy Moser
   

Another flaw in the human character is that everybody wants to build
and nobody wants to do maintenance.

Kurt Vonnegut

    

Excellence is never an accident.

Jerold Panas

   
    
When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost,
something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost.

German saying
  

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson

   
   

Parents can only give good advice or put children on the right paths, but
the final forming of a person's character lies in his or her own hands.

Anne Frank

   

Prayer is the only real action in the full sense of the word, because prayer
is the only thing that changes one's character.  A change in character, or a
change in soul, is a real change. When that kind of change takes place, you
become a different person and, therefore, for the rest of your life you act
in a different way from the way in which you have previously acted, and in
which you would have continued to act had you not prayed.  In other words,
you become a different person.  The amount of difference may be only very
slight for each time that you pray:  nevertheless it is there, for you cannot
pray without making yourself different in some degree.

Emmet Fox

   

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As you pursue your grand dreams, never forget the person you really
want to be.  More vital than success at work or in personal pursuits is
the character that you will develop in the process.  On a very deep level
you will seek to be the kind of person that enjoys wholesome self-respect.

Robert Schuller
  

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet.  Only through
experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision
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Helen Keller

  



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Character is like a tree and reputation its shadow.  The shadow
is what we think it is and the tree is the real thing.

Abraham Lincoln
  

It's been fascinating over the last few years, watching the high
and mighty in business and politics fall precipitously--not because
their plans didn't work, but because their character flaws undercut
those plans.  Whether the microphone caught them making racist
comments or their greed overcame their common sense, who they
were as people made all the difference--more than their résumés,
their degrees, or even their past successes.  If you fail at the art
of being human and staying human, you recklessly court disaster.

Marianne Williamson
The Age of Miracles

  

I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain
what I consider the most enviable of all titles,
the character of an honest man.

George Washington

  

  

  

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