Character quotes that will challenge your mind and inspire you to improve your life.
"One's best success comes after their greatest disappointments." ? Henry Ward Beecher
"Repetition does not transform a lie into a truth." -- Franklin D. Roosevelt
If standard of living is your major objective, quality of life almost never
improves, but if quality of life is your number one objective, your standard
of living almost always improves.
"Always do right - this will gratify some and astonish the rest." Mark Twain
"Your reputation is in the hands of others. That's what a reputation is. You can't control that. The only thing you can control is your character."Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
"Nothing great has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe something inside them was superior to circumstances." --Bruce Barton
"Of all the properties which belong to honorable men, not one is so highly prized as that of character." Henry Clay
"Circumstances do not make a man, they reveal him." Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
"Die when I may, I want it said by those who knew me best that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow." Abraham Lincoln
"Judge of your natural character by what you do in your dreams." Ralph Waldo Emerson
"There is nothing in which people more betray their character than in what they laugh at." Goethe
"It's really a wonder that I haven't dropped all my ideals, because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart." Anne Frank
"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
"Who you are speaks so loudly I can't hear what you're saying." Ralph Waldo Emerson
"That which does not kill me, makes me stronger." A SEAL Team saying, by Frederick Nietzsche.
When a company or an individual compromises one time, whether it's on price or
principle, the next compromise is right around the corner .
"Kindness in words creates confidence
Kindness in thinking creates profoundness
Kindness in giving creates love." Lao-Tzu
If people like you they'll listen to you, but if they trust you they'll do business with you.
"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle." Plato
"Do right. Do your best. Treat others as you want to be treated." Lou Holtz
"A man never stands as tall as when he kneels to help a child."The Knights of Pythagoras
"If you stand straight, do not fear a crooked shadow." Chinese Proverb
"Glass, china, and reputation are easily cracked and never well mended."Old Folk Saying
"Where there is no shame, there is no honor." African Proverb
"Men of genius are admired, men of wealth are envied, men of power are feared; but only men of character are trusted."Alfred Adler
What you do off the job is determining factor In how far you will go on the job.
"It is not only fine feathers that make fine birds."Aesop
"If we can implant in our people the Christian virtues which we sum up in the word character, and, at the same time, give them a knowledge of the line which should be drawn between voluntary action and governmental compulsion in a democracy, and of what can be accomplished within the stern laws of economics, we will enable them to retain their freedom, and at the same time, make them worthy to be free."Winthrop Williams Aldrich
"Don't accept that others know you better than yourself. ?Work joyfully and peacefully, knowing that right thoughts and right efforts will?inevitably bring about right results."James Allen
"Whether you be man or woman you will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality?of the mind next to honor."James Allen
"The moment a question comes to your mind, see yourself mentally taking hold of it and disposing of it. In that moment is your choice made. Thus you learn to take the path to the right. Thus you learn to become the decider and not the vacillator. Thus you build character."H. Van Anderson
"The moment a question comes to your mind, see yourself mentally taking hold of it and disposing of it. In that moment is your choice made. Thus you learn to take the path to the right. Thus you learn to become the decider and not the vacillator. Thus you build character." H. Van Anderson
"A person shows what he is by what he does with what he has."Anonymous
Keep your thinking right And your business will be right.
"At a distance from home a man is judged by what he means." Anonymous
"Character is a diamond that scratches every other stone."Anonymous
"Character is a victory, not a gift."Anonymous
"Character, like a kettle, once mended, always requires repairs."Anonymous
"I am building a character that shall never know completion.
May I, as the days come and go, ever draw nearer to God through service to His children."Anonymous
"I watched them tearing a building down
A gang of men in a busy town.
With a Ho-Heave-Ho, a lusty yell
They swung a beam?and a side wall fell.
I asked the foreman, "Are these men skilled
And the men you'd hire if you had to build?"
"For the most part," he said, "No indeed.
Just common labor is all I need.
"I can easily wreck in a day or two
What builders have taken a year to do.
And I thought to myself, as I went away,
Which of these roles have I tried to play?
Am I a builder, who works with care,
Measuring life by the rule and square?
Ability can take you the top, but it takes character to keep you there.
Am I shaping my deeds to a well made plan?
Patiently doing the things I can?
Or, am I a wrecker, who walks the town
Content with the labor of tearing down?" Anonymous
"Reputation is the shell a man discards when he leaves life for immortality. His character he takes with him."Anonymous
"Reputation is what the world thinks a man is; character is what he really is."Anonymous
"Though a man without money is poor, a man with nothing but money is still poorer. Worldly gifts cannot bear up the spirits from fainting and sinking when trials and troubles come, any more than headache can be cured by a golden crown or toothache by a chain of pearls."Anonymous
"When I do right, no one remembers. When I do wrong, no one ever forgets."Anonymous
"When small men begin to cast long shadows, it is a sure sign that the sun is setting."Anonymous
"You can tell what a man is by what he does when he hasn?t anything to do."Anonymous
"You can't measure the heart of a champion."Anonymous
The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to his or her
commitment to excellence, regardless of his or chosen field of endeavor.
"You don?t have to tell how you live each day,
You don?t have to say if you work or you play,
Attired, true barometer serves in the place,
However you life, it will show in your face.
The false, the deceit that you bear in your heart
Will not stay inside where it first got a start;
For sinew and blood are a thin veil of lace?
What you wear in your heart, you wear in your face.
If your life is unselfish, if for others you live,
For not what you get, but how much you can give;
If you live close to God in his infinite grace?
You don?t have to tell it, it shows in your face."
"If you are not leaning, no one will let you down."Dr. Robert Anthony
"Such as are thy habitual thoughts, such also will be the character of thy soul?for the soul is dyed by the thoughts. Dye it then, with a continuous series of such thoughts as these?that where a man can live, there if he will, he can also live well."Marcus Antonius
"Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving them."Aristotle
"To enjoy the things we ought and to hate the things we ought has the greatest bearing on excellence of character."Aristotle
"Good habits are not made on birthdays, nor Christian character at the new year. The workshop of character is everyday life. The uneventful and commonplace hour is where the battle is lost or won."Maltbie Davenport Babcock,
"A character standard is far more important than even a gold standard. The success of all economic systems is still dependent upon both righteous leaders and righteous people. In the last analysis, our national future depends upon our national character that is, whether it is spiritually or materially minded."Roger Ward Babson
"Character builds slowly, but it can be torn down with incredible swiftness."Faith Baldwin
"As diamond cuts diamond, and one hone smoothes a second, all the parts of intellect are whetstones to each other; and genius, which is but the result of their mutual sharpening, is character, too."H. W. Bartol
"No man can tell whether he is rich or poor by turning to his ledger. It is the heart that makes a man rich. He is rich according to what he is, not according to what he has."Henry Ward Beecher
"Thought creates character."Annie Bessant
"Character may be manifested in the great moments, but it is made in the small ones.
" Phillips Brooks
"Christianity knows no truth which is not the child of love and the parent of duty.
"Sad is the day for any man when he becomes absolutely satisfied with the life he is
living, the thoughts that he is thinking and the deeds that he is doing; when there ceases
to be forever beating at the doors of his soul a desire to do something larger which he
seeks and knows he was meant and intended to do." Phillips Brooks
"Some day, in years to come, you will be wrestling with the great temptation, or
trembling under the great sorrow of your life. But the real struggle is here, now, in
these quiet weeks. Now it is being decided whether, in the day of your supreme sorrow or
temptation, you shall miserably fail or gloriously conquer. Character cannot be made
except by a steady, long-continued process." Phillips Brooks
You build a successful carreer, regardless of your field of endeavor, by the
dozens of little things you do on and off the job.
"Even as water carves monuments of stone, so do our thoughts shape our character
. Hugh B. Brown
"Our character is what we do when we think no one is looking."Jackson Browne
"It is an old saying, and one of fearful and fathomless import, that we are forming
characters for eternity. Form- ing characters? Whose? Our own or others? Both?and in
that momentous act lies the peril and responsibility of our existence."Elihu Burritt
"A man?s got to know his limitations."Harry Callahan
"All honor?s wounds are self-inflicted."Andrew Carnegie
"The higher up you go, the more gentle you have to reach down to help other people?
succeed." Rick Castro
"After I'm dead I'd rather have people ask why I have no monument than why I have one.
" Cato the Elder
"Every human being is intended to have a character of his own; to be what no other is,
and to do what no other can do."William Ellery Channing
"Every human being is intended to have a character of his own; to be what no other is, and to do what no other can do."Edward Hubbel Chapin
"Be your character what it will, it will be known; and nobody will take it upon your
word." Philip Dormer Shanhope, Lord Chesterfield
"He adorned whatever subject he either spoke or wrote upon, by the most splendid
eloquence."Philip Dormer Shanhope, Lord Cheserfield
When you exercise your freedom to express yourself at the lowest level, you
ultimately condemn yourself to live at that level.
"The nation looked upon him as a deserter, and he shrunk into insignificancy and an
earldom." Philip Dormer Shanhope, Lord Chesterfield
"The real long term objective of the Welfare Plan is the fulfilling of character in
the members of the Church, givers and receivers, rescuing all that is finest down deep inside
of them, and bringing to flower and fruitage the latent richness of the Spirit, which, after
all, is the mission and purpose and reason for being of this Church. J. Reuben Clark Jr.
"A nation's character is the sum of its splendid deeds; they constitute one common
patrimony, the nation's inheritance. They awe foreign powers, they arouse and animate our
own people." Henry Clay
"Of all the properties which belong to honorable men, not one is so highly prized
as that of character."Henry Clary
"Our own heart, and not other men's?opinions, forms our true honor."Samuel Taylor
"There are two types of people ? those who come into a room and say, 'Well, here I am!'
and those who come in and say, 'Ah, there you are."Frederick L. Collins
Be absolutely clear about who you are and what you stand for.Refuse to compromise.
"It is true that we shall not be able to reach perfection, but in our struggle
toward it we shall strengthen our characters and give stability to our ideas, so that,
whilst ever advancing calmly in the same direction, we shall b e rendered capable of applying
the faculties with which we have been gifted to the best possible account."Confucius
"We do not need more national development, we need more spiritual development.
We do not need more intellectual power, we need more spiritual power. We do not need more
knowledge, we need more character. We do not need more law, we need more religion. We do
not need more of the things that are seen, we need more of the things that are unseen."
John Calvin Coolidge
"Responsibility is the thing people dread most of all. Yet it is the one thing
in the world that develops us, gives us man hood or womanhood fibre."Dr. Frank Crane
"The good man is the man who, no matter how morally unworthy he has been,
is moving to become better."John Dewey
"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 Douglas
"To the pure geometer the radius of curvature is an incidental characteristic ?
like the grin of the Cheshire cat. To the physicist it is an indispensable characteristic. It would be going too far to say that to the physicist the cat is merely incidental to the grin. Physics is concerned with interrelatedness such as the interrelatedness of cats and grins. In this case the "cat without a grin" and the "grin without a cat" are equally set aside as purely mathematical phantasies." Sir Arthur Anthony Eddington
"The surest way to know our gold, is to look upon it and examine it in God's
furnace, where he tries it that we may see what it is. If we have a mind to know whether
a building stands strong or not, we must look upon it when the wind blows. If we would
know whether a staff be strong, or a rotten, broken reed, we must observe it when it is
leaned on and weight is borne upon it. If we would weigh ourselves justly we must weigh
ourselves in God's scales that he makes use of to weigh us."Jonathan Edwards
"Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character."Albert Einstein
With integrity you have nothing to fear, since you have nothing to hide.With integrity you will
do the right thing,so you will have no guilt.With fear and guilt removed you are free to be
and do your best.
'Character, says Novalis, in one of his questionable aphorisms--character is destiny?.George Elliot
"Each man takes care that his neighbor shall not cheat him. But a day comes when he begins to care that he does not cheat his neighbor. Then?all goes well ? he has changed his market-cart into a chariot of the sun."Ralph Waldo Emerson
"If you would not be known to do anything, never do it."Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you."Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Self-trust is the essence of heroism."Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Those who listened to Lord Chatham felt that there was something finer in the man, than anything which he said."Ralph Waldo Emerson
"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." Ralph Waldo Emerson
"What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say."Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Who you are is speaking so loudly that I can't hear what you're saying."Ralph Waldo Emerson
"No gilded dome swells from the lowly roof to catch the morning or evening beam; but the love and gratitude of united America settle upon it in one eternal sunshine. From beneath that humble roof went forth the intrepid and unselfish warrior, the magistrate who knew no glory but his country's good; to that he returned, happiest when his work was done. There he lived in noble simplicity, there he died in glory and peace. While it stands, the latest generations of the grateful children of America will make this pilgrimage to it as to a shrine; and when it shall fall, if fall it must, the memory and the name of Washington shall shed an eternal glory on the spot."Edward Everett
"Life is a series of experiences, each one of which makes us bigger, even though sometimes it is hard to realize this. For the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and griefs which we endure help us in our marching onward."Henry Ford
"He that has done you a kindness will be more ready to do you another, than he whom you yourself have obliged."Benjamin Franklin
"Character is not made in a crisis it is only exhibited."Robert Freeman
"Essential characteristics of a gentleman: The will to put himself in the place of others; the horror of forcing others into positions from which he would himself recoil; the power to do what seems to him to be right, without considering what others may say or think."John Galsworthy
"A "No" uttered from deepest conviction is better and greater than a ?Yes? merely uttered to please, or what is worse, to avoid trouble."Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
Integrity is the foundation upon which all other values are built.
"One man cannot do right in one department of life whilst he is occupied in doing wrong in any other department. Life is one indivisible whole."Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
"Faced with crisis, the man of character falls?back on himself. He imposes his own stamp?of action, takes responsibility for it, makes it?his own."General Charles DeGaulle
"Success is always temporary. When all is said and done, the only thing you'll have left is your character."Vince Gill
"We are where we are, as we are, because of what we are."Earle J. Glade
"Character develops itself in the stream of life."Johann Wolfgang von Goethe "Genius develops in quiet places,
Character out in the full current of human life. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
"He who is plenteously provided for from within needs but little from without." Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
"Men show their character in nothing more clearly than by what they think laughable."Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
"Talent develops in tranquillity, character in the full current of human life." Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Confidence on the outside begins by living with integrity on the inside.
"Talent is nurtured in solitude; character is formed in the stormy billows of the world." Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
"We are shaped and fashioned by what we love."Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
"We have all been inoculated with Christianity, and are never likely to take it seriously now! You put some of the virus of some dreadful illness into a man's arm, and there is a little itchiness, some scratchiness, a slight discomfort?disagreeable, no doubt, but not the fever of the real disease, the turning and the tossing, and the ebbing strength. And we have all been inoculated with Christianity, more or less. We are on Christ's side, we wish him well, we hope that He will win, and we are even prepared to do something for Him, provided, of course, that He is reasonable, and does not make too much of an upset among our cozy comforts and our customary ways. But there is not the passion of zeal, and the burning enthusiasm, and the eagerness of self-sacrifice, of the real faith that changes character and wins the world."A.J. Gossip
"A reputation once broken may possibly be repaired, but the world will always keep their eyes on the spot where the crack was."Joseph Hall
"A good character is, in all cases, the fruit of personal exertion. It is not inherited from parents; it is not created by external advantages; it is no necessary appendage of birth, wealth, talents, or station; but it is the result of one's own endeavors?the fruit and reward of good principles manifested in a course of virtuous and honorable action."J. Hawes
"A good name is seldom regained. When character is gone, all is gone, and one of the richest jewels of life is lost forever."J. Hawes
"There are men whom a happy disposition, a strong desire of glory and esteem, inspire with the same love for justice and virtue which men in general have for riches and honors....But the number of these men is so small that I only mention them in honor of humanity."Helvetius
"To keep your character intact you cannot stoop to filthy acts. It makes it easier to stoop the next time."Katherine Hepburn
"A man?s character is his fate.Heraclitus
"Character is destiny.Heraclitus
When I discipline myself to eat properly, live morally, exercise regularly, grow mentally
and spiritually, and not put any drugs or alcohol in my body, I have given myself the freedom
to be at my best, perform at my best, and reap all the rewards that go along with it.
"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters, compared to what lies within us."Oliver Wendell Holmes
"The true test of character is not how much we know how to do, but how we behave when we don't know what to do."Jon Holt
"What people say behind your back is your standing in the community."Ed Howe
"Character is the result of two things: mental attitude and the way we spend our time." Elbert Green Hubbard
"The proper time to influence the character of a child is about a hundred years before he is born."Dean Inge
"The proper time to influence the character of a child is about a hundred years before he is born."Washington Irvine
"One man with courage makes a majority.Andrew Jackson
"What is character but the determination of incident? What is incident but the illustration of character?"Henry James Jr.
Truthfulness is the main element of character.
"In matters of style swim with the current; In matters of principle, stand like a rock." Thomas Jefferson
"Of the various executive abilities, no one excited more anxious concern than that of placing the interests of our fellow-citizens in the hands of honest men, with understanding sufficient for their stations. No duty is at the same time more difficult to fulfil. The knowledge of character possessed by a single individual is of necessity limited. To seek out the best through the whole Union, we must resort to the information which from the best of men, acting disinterestedly and with the purest motives, is sometimes incorrect."Thomas Jefferson
"A good name, like good will, is got by many actions and lost by one.Lord Jeffrey
"Every man has three characters: That which he exhibits, that which he has, and that which he thinks he has."Alphonse Karr
"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 Adams Keller
"Courage is doing without witnesses that which we would be capable of doing before everyone."Fran?ois, Duc de La Rochefoucauld
"Weakness of character is the only defect which cannot be amended." Fran?ois, Duc de La Rochefoucauld
"The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good." Ann Landers
"Action, looks, words, steps, form the alphabet by which you may spell character. Johann Kaspar Lavater
When we do more than we are paid to do, eventually we will be paid more for what we do.
"I am prejudiced in favor of him who, without impudence, can ask boldly. He has faith in humanity, and faith in himself. Noone who is not accustomed to giving grandly can ask nobly and with boldness."Johann Kaspar Lavater
"What you see and hear depends a great deal on where you are standing; it also depends on what sort of person you are.C.S. Lewis
"Character is like a tree and reputation its shadow. The shadow is what we think it is; the tree is the real thing."Abraham Lincoln
"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man?s character, give him power."Abraham Lincoln
"Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out."Art Linkletter
"Every man must some time or other be trusted to himself."John Locke
"The discipline of desire is the background of character."John Locke
"The measure of a man's real character is what he would do if he knew he would never be found out."Thomas Babington, Lord Macaulay
"A man without character is like a ship without a rudder.Karl G. Maeser
"New York is one of the capitals of the world and Los Angeles is a constellation of plastic, San Francisco is a lady, Boston has become Urban Renewal, Philadelphia and Baltimore and Washington wink like dull diamonds in the smog of Eastern Megalopolis, and New Orleans is unremarkable past the French Quarter. Detroit is a one-trade town, Pittsburgh has lost its golden triangle, St. Louis has become the golden arch of the corporation, and nights in Kansas City close early. The oil depletion allowance makes Houston and Dallas naught but checkerboards for this sort of game. But Chicago is a great American city. Perhaps it is the last of the great American cities."Norman Mailer
" . . . success is a combination of many things, but a good character is the foundation of the kind of success that will bring you real happiness. Choose your friends wisely?they will make or break you."Marriott Hotels
"Tolerance is another word for indifference."William Somerset Maugham
"If you create an act, you create a habit.
If you create a habit, you create a character.
What comes out of your mouth is determined by what goes into your mind.
If you create a character, you create a destiny."Andr? Maurois
"A big man is one who makes us feel bigger when we are with him."John C. Maxwell
"A man's reaction to his appetites and impulses when they are roused gives the measure of that man's character. In these reactions are revealed the man's power to govern or his forced servility to yield."David Oman McKay
"There is [a] spiritual strength derived from the subjecting of the physical appetite to the will of the individual. "He who reigns within himself and rules passions, desires, and fears is more than king." If there were no other virtues in fasting but gaining strength of character, that alone would be sufficient justification for its universal acceptance."David Oman McKay
"Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries."John Albert Michener
"You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him."James D. Miles
"You will be better advised to watch what we do instead of what we say."John D. Mitchell
"A person's treatment of money is the most decisive test of his character, how they make it and how they spend it."James Moffatt
"The most vital test of a man?s character is not how he behaves after success, but how he sustains defeat."Raymond Moley
"It is not only for what we do that we are held responsible, but also for what we do?not do."John Baptiste Moli?re
"Character is what you are in the dark."Dwight L. Moody
"No man can climb out beyond the limitations of his own character."John Lord Morley
Deal honestly and objectively with yourself;intellectual honesty and personal
courage are the hallmarks of great character.
"Character is a subtle thing. Its sources are obscure, its roots delicate and invisible. We know it when we see it and it always commands our admiration, and the absence of it our pity; but it is largely a matter of will." Leo J. Muir
"The real character of a man is found out by his amusements."Jean Iris Murdoch
"Tell me what ticks you off, and I will tell you what makes you tick."Lloyd John Ogilvie
"Character is much easier kept than recovered."Thomas Paine
"Reputation is what men and women think of us; character is what God and angels know of us."Thomas Paine
"Let us do our duty in our shop or our kitchen, in the market, the street, the office, the school, the home, just as faithfully as if we stood in the front rank of some great battle, and knew that victory for mankind depended on our bravery, strength, and skill. When we do that, the humblest of us will be serving in that great army which achieves the welfare of the world."Theodore Parker
"Honor and shame from no condition rise; Act well your part, there all the honor lies." Alexander Pope
"Most women have no characters at all."Alexander Pope
"Passing the veil does not alter a man; it certainly takes him from the eyes of flesh, but the capacity, the intelligence, the thinking powers, are all alive and quick; and if they hear the Gospel they will be glad, and the promises are made to them, and they will rejoice in them."Parley P. Pratt
"Character is made by what you stand for; reputation by what you fall for."Robert Quillen
"Not a day passes over the earth, but men and women of no note do great deeds, speak great words and suffer noble sorrows."Charles Reade
You can get everything money will buy without a lick of character, but
you can't get any of the things money won't buy- happiness ,joy, peace of
mind, winning relationships, etc., without character.
"Sow a Thought, and you reap an Act;
Sow an Act, and you reap a Habit;
Sow a Habit, and you reap a Character;
Sow a Character, and you reap a Destiny." Charles Reade
You can tell a lot about a fellow's character by his way of eating jelly beans."Ronald Wilson Reagan
"Calamity is the test of integrity."Samuel Richardson
"A man never shows his own character so plainly as by his manner of portraying another?s." Jean Paul Richter
"In later life, as in earlier, only a few persons influence the formation of our character; the multitude pass us by like a distant army. One?friend, one teacher, one beloved, one club, one dining table, one work table are the means by which one's nation and the spirit of one's?nation affect the individual."Jean Paul Richter
"Never does a man portray his own character more vividly than in his manner of portraying another."Jean Paul Richter
"The four cornerstones of character on which the structure of this nation was built are: Initiative, Imagination, Individuality and Independence."Edward Vernon Rickenbacker
"The only way to get rid of responsibilities is to discharge them."Walter S. Robertson
"I believe in the sacredness of a promise, that a man's word should be as good as his bond; that character - not wealth or power or position - is of supreme worth." John (Jay) Davison Rockefeller, IV
"Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip." Will Rogers
"The recent action of an eastern state's education department in eliminating from its curriculum all courses dealing in any way with moral ethics, on the pretext of complying with the Constitutional provision for the separation of church and state, is most disturbing. This is a repudiation of all responsibility for the building of character?the true purpose of education."Marion G. Romney
"It is not fair to ask of others what you are unwilling to do yourself."Anna Eleanor Roosevelot
Confidence on the outside begins by living with integrity on the inside.
"Character, in the long run, is the decisive factor in the life of an individual and of nations alike."Theodore Roosevelt
"Character is the foundation stone upon which?one must build to win respect. Just as no?worthy building can be erected on a weak?foundation, so no lasting reputation worthy?of respect can be built on a weak character."R.C. Samsel
"It is easy to be tolerant of the principles of other people if you have none of your own." Herbert Samuel
"Honor has not to be won; it must only not be lost."Arthur Schopenhauerv
"You can tell the character of every man when you see how he receives praise." Lucius Ann?us Seneca
"In thy face I see
The map of honour, truth, and loyalty William Shakespeare
"Men should be what they seem."William Shakespeare
"A persons character is but half formed until after wedlock."C. Simmons
"A certain bygone philosophy - which certainly must have quite forgotten all about the real child - used to speak of the child's nature as a tabula rasa, or 'blank page,' upon which experience and training might write what they pleased. As a matter of fact, the child?s nature at birth, like that of a calf or a chick, is pretty well scribbled over by the experience of its ancestors. It is far from being blank, for as soon as the little organism comes into the world, it begins to do certain things and do them with much zeal and determination, as every one knows who knows real children." Edward O. Sisson
"Abraham Lincoln tells somewhere that as a boy when he met an obscure or ambiguous sentence in his reading it threw him into a sort of rage. The fact is that this was simply a form of instinct for clear thinking which is found in every child and manifests itself abundantly to the perception of the good teacher. Far more important than any particular piece of knowledge, than geography or arithmetic or spelling, is this love of clearness in our mental life and instinctive hatred of confusion and obscurity. Let us learn to know what we know clearly and definitely, and also how we know it.
The great intellectual need of men and women in the outer world is not so much more knowledge as it is better knowledge and better thinking. There is much philosophy in the humorist's remark, "It was never my ignorance that done me up, but the things I know'd that wasn't so." The great enemies of intellectual life are superstition, gullibility, and fallacious reasoning. A mere knowledge of facts, important as that is, is no safeguard against these. A conscious desire and resolve to think clearly is the true remedy.
Our national success will depend largely upon the development of a generation of men and women who have formed a love and habit of clear thinking and who can do their part in solving the problems that confront civilized man today. Edward O. Sisson
"GOOD is good and bad is bad, and nowhere is the difference between good and bad so wide and so fateful as in human character. For character makes destiny in the individual and in the race."Edward O. Sisson
"In one sense the whole process of development consists of the formation of habits; for knowledge itself, and the powers of thought, as well as the higher elements in the will, all depend upon the establishment of fixed ways of reacting to given stimuli. Consequently, the general laws of habituation underlie the whole of education. But the term habit is more commonly restricted to those established reactions that act with little or no participation of consciousness, or, in other words, mechanically or automatically. Such habits as these begin to form very early, and constitute a kind of supporting framework for the higher elements of character. Edward O. Sisson
"Be more concerned with your character than with?your reputation. Your character is?what you really are, while your reputation is?merely what others think you are."John Wooden
"Show me a man who cannot bother to do little things and I'll show you a man who cannot be trusted to do big things." Lawrence Bell
"Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing happened." Winston Churchill
"The time is always right to do what is right." Martin Luther King Jr.
"Begin with praise and honest appreciation. Call attention to people's mistakes indirectly. Talk about your own mistakes before criticizing the other person. Ask questions instead of giving direct orders...Make the fault easy to correct. Make the other person happy about doing what you suggest." Dale Carnegie For tapes click-here
"Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down." Oprah Winfrey
"Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all others." Sir Winston Churchill
"I believe that every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation; every possession, a duty." John D. Rockefeller
"He who wishes to be rich in a day will be hanged in a year." Leonardo da Vinci
"Man is not the sum of what he has but the totality of what he does not yet have, of what he might have." Jean-Paul Sartre
"I have made a ceaseless effort not to ridicule, not to bewail, not to scorn human actions, but to understand." Baruch Spinoza
"If it ever came to a choice between compromising my moral principles and the performance of my duties, I know I'd go with my moral principles."Anonymous
Character is the ability to follow through on a resolution long after the emotion
with which it was made has passed.
"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give." Winston Churchill
"It's good to have money and the things that money can buy, but it's good, too, to make sure you haven't lost the things that money can't buy." George Horace Lorimer
"Before you can inspire with emotion, you must be swamped with it yourself. Before you can move their tears, your own must flow. To convince them, you must yourself believe." Winston Churchill
"Quiet minds cannot be perplexed or frightened, but go on in fortune or misfortune at their own private pace, like a clock during a thunderstorm." Robert Louis Stevenson
"I kept six honest serving men. They taught me all I knew. Their names are What and Why and When and How and Where and Who." Rudyard Kipling
"He that can heroically endure adversity will bear prosperity with equal greatness of soul; for the mind that cannot be dejected by the former is not likely to be transported with the latter." Henry Fielding
"What we think or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence. The only thing of consequence is what we do." John Ruskin
"No man can always be right. So the struggle is to do one's best, to keep the brain and conscience clear, never be swayed by unworthy motives or inconsequential reasons, but to strive to unearth the basic factors involved, then do one's duty." Dwight D. Eisenhower
"He who reigns within himself and rules his passions, desires, and fears is more than a king." John Milton
"You grow up the day you have your first real laugh--at yourself." Ethel Barrymore
"When you have a number of disagreeable duties to perform, always do the most disagreeable first." Josiah Quincy