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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.

A good heart, benevolent feelings, and a balanced mind, lie at the foundation of character. Other things may be deemed fortuitous; they may come and go; but character is that which lives and abides, and is admired long after its possessor has left the earth.

A man may be outwardly successful all his life long, and die hollow and worthless as a puff-ball; and he may be externally defeated all his life long, and die in the royalty of a kingdom established within him. - A man's true estate of power and riches, is to be in himself; not in his dwelling, or position, or external relations, but in his own essential character. - That is the realm, in which he is to live, if he is to live as a Christian man.

A man's character is the reality of himself. - His reputation is the opinion others have formed of him. - Character is in him; - reputation is from other people - that is the substance, this is the shadow.

A Persian carpet or piece of Sheraton makes a distinguished end and bears itself with dignity to the last - as aristocrats before the guillotine. But a Brussels or bit of mid-Victorian will be found to grovel, show its unlovely wounds and scream for pity.

A person's reputation is a mixture of what his friends, enemies, and relatives say behind his back.

Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.

Actions, looks, words, steps, form the alphabet by which you may spell characters: some are mere letters, some contain entire words, lines, pages, which at once decipher the life of a man. One such genuine uninterrupted page may be your key to all the rest; but first be certain that he wrote it all alone, and without thinking of publisher or reader.

Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest. See quote detail

As the sun is best seen at his rising and setting, so men's native dispositions are clearest seen when they are children, and when they are dying.

As there is much beast and some devil in man, so is there some angel and some God in him. The beast and the devil may be conquered, but in this life never destroyed.

As they, who for every slight infirmity take physio to repair their health, do rather impair it; so they, who for every trifle are eager to vindicate their character, do rather weaken it.

Character and personal force are the only investments that are worth anything.

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

Character is a diamond that scratches every other stone.

Character is built out of circumstances. - From exactly the same materials one man builds palaces, while another builds hovels.

Character is destiny.

Character is doing the right thing when nobody's looking. There are too many people who think that the only thing that's right is to get by, and the only thing that's wrong is to get caught.

Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live as well as think.

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


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