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"Reputation is what men and women think of us; character is what God and angels know of us." 
--Thomas Paine

"A person will worship something, have no doubt about that. We may think our tribute is paid in secret in the dark recesses of our hearts, but it will out. That which dominates our imaginations and our thoughts will determine our lives, and our character. Therefore, it behooves us to be careful what we worship, for what we are worshipping we are becoming." 
--Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The most important thing for a young man is to establish credit - a reputation and character." 
--John D. Rockefeller

"The best index to a person's character is (a) how he treats people who can't do him any good, and (b) how he treats people who can't fight back." 
--Abigail Van Buren

"A man's character may be learned from the adjectives which he habitually uses in conversation." 
--Mark Twain

"Excellence is not a singular act, but a habit. You are what you repeatedly do." 
--Shaquille ONeal

"Character is what a man is in the dark." 
--Dwight L. Moody

"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved." 
--Helen Keller

"When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost." 
--Billy Graham

"What a man's mind can create, man's character can control." 
--Thomas A. Edison

"Knowledge will give you power, but character respect." 
--Bruce Lee

"Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain but it takes character and self control to be understanding and forgiving." 
--Dale Carnegie

"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." 
--Charles de Gaulle

"Character, in the long run, is the decisive factor in the life of an individual and of nations alike." 
--Theodore Roosevelt

"The formation of one's character ought to be everyone's chief aim." 
--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


"The right way is not always the popular and easy way. Standing for right when it is unpopular is a true test of moral character." 
--Margaret Chase Smith

"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

"Dreams are the touchstones of our character." 
--Henry David Thoreau

"Winning takes talent, to repeat takes character." 
--John Wooden

"Character may almost be called the most effective means of persuasion." 
--Aristotle

"People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built." 
--Eleanor Roosevelt

"Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing." 
--Abraham Lincoln

"I have no regrets in my life. I think that everything happens to you for a reason. The hard times that you go through build character, making you a much stronger person." 
--Rita Mero

"You've got to learn to survive a defeat. That's when you develop character." 
--Richard M. Nixon

"Character develops itself in the stream of life." 
--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"People do not seem to realize that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character." 
--Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value." 
--Albert Einstein

"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 grieves which we endure help us in our marching onward." 
--Henry Ford

"When you choose your friends, don't be short-changed by choosing personality over character." 
--W. Somerset Maugham

"Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands." 
--Anne Frank

"The highest qualities of character... must be earned." 
--Lyman Abbott

"It is virtue, virtue, which both creates and preserves friendship. On it depends harmony of interest, permanence, fidelity." 
--Cicero

"Football doesn't build character. It eliminates the weak ones." 
--Darrell Royal

"A man has no more character than he can command in a time of crisis." 
--Ralph W. Sockman

"Everyone tries to define this thing called Character. It's not hard. Character is doing what's right when nobody's looking." 
--Anonymous

"Character is determined more by the lack of certain experiences than by those one has had." 
--Friedrich Nietzsche

"Character building begins in our infancy, and continues until death." 
--Eleanor Roosevelt

"Most people say that is it is the intellect which makes a great scientist. They are wrong: it is character." 
--Albert Einstein

"The real ornament of woman is her character, her purity." 
--Mohandas Gandhi

"When we see persons of worth, we should think of equaling them; when we see persons of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves." 
--Confucius

"One can acquire everything in solitude - except character." 
--Stendhal

"A man's character is his fate." 
--Heraclitus

"Life is a quarry, out of which we are to mold and chisel and complete a character." 
--Samuel Butler

"Noble character is best appreciated in those ages in which it can most readily develop." 
--Tacitus

"Character isn't something you were born with and can't change, like your fingerprints. It's something you weren't born with and must take responsibility for forming." 
--Jim Rohn

"A man's true character comes out when he's drunk." 
--Charlie Chaplin

"Good character is more to be praised than outstanding talent. Most talents are, to some extent, a gift. Good character, by contrast, is not given to us. We have to build it, piece by piece -- by thought, choice, courage, and determination." 
--H. Jackson Brown Jr.

"There is nothing in which people more betray their character than in what they laugh at." 
--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"How can we expect a harvest of thought who have not had a seedtime of character?" 
--Henry David Thoreau

"Great ambition is the passion of a great character. Those endowed with it may perform very good or very bad acts. All depends on the principles which direct them." 
--Napoleon Bonaparte

"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

"Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character." 
--Albert Einstein

"I care not what others think of what I do, but I care very much about what I think of what I do! That is character!" 
--Theodore Roosevelt

"Character builds slowly, but it can be torn down within incredible swiftness." 
--Faith Baldwin

"It is the duty of men to judge men only by their actions. Our faculties furnish us with no means of arriving at the motive, the character, the secret self. We call the tree good from its fruits, and the man, from his works." 
--Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Because power corrupts, society's demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases." 
--John Adams

"Character is much easier kept than recovered." 
--Thomas Paine

"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." 
--J.C. Watts

"Only a man's character is the real criterion of worth." 
--Eleanor Roosevelt

"If I take care of my character, my reputation will take care of me." 
--Dwight L. Moody

"Good character is not formed in a week or a month. It is created little by little, day by day. Protracted and patient effort is needed to develop good character." 
--Heraclitus

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