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Character


Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better.
Solomon  (???-931 BC)
"Ecclesiastes", 7:3

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  (535475 BC)

The first and greatest victory is to conquer yourself; to be conquered by yourself is of all things most shameful and vile.
Plato  (427347 BC)

There's a victory, and defeat; the first and best of victories, the lowest and worst of defeats which each man gains or sustains at the hands not of another, but of himself.
Plato  (427347 BC)

Entire ignorance is not so terrible or extreme an evil, and is far from being the greatest of all; too much cleverness and too much learning, accompanied with ill bringing-up, are far more fatal.
Plato  (427347 BC)

Character may almost be called the most effective means of persuasion.
Aristotle  (384322 BC)

A good man would prefer to be defeated than to defeat injustice by evil means.
Sallust  (8634 BC)

You can tell the character of every man when you see how he receives praise.
Seneca  (4 BC AD 65)

Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
Saint Paul  (c. AD 567), Epistle to the Philippians  (2:3)

Character is long-standing habit.
Plutarch  (AD 46120)

What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality.
Plutarch  (AD 46120)

Prosperity is the measure or touchstone of virtue, for it is less difficult to bear misfortune than to remain uncorrupted by pleasure.
Tacitus  (AD 56115)

If you do not get it from yourself, where will you go for it?
"Zenrin-kushu"  (published in 1688),
"Collection of Sayings from the Zen Forest"

Industry, perseverance, and frugality make fortune yield.
Benjamin Franklin  (17061790)

To be thrown upon one's own resources is to be cast into the very lap of fortune: for our faculties then undergo a development and display an energy of which they were previously unsusceptible.
Benjamin Franklin  (17061790)

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  (17321799)

Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire, called conscience.
George Washington  (17321799)

I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection.  "Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.
Thomas Paine  (17371809)

Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow.  The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
Abraham Lincoln  (18091865)

Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds.
George Eliot  (18191880)

What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.  (18411935)

The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity.  The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
Winston Churchill  (18741965)

Most people say that is it is the intellect which makes a great scientist.  They are wrong: it is character.
Albert Einstein  (18791955)

The only real revolution is in the enlightenment of the mind and the improvement of character, the only real emancipation is individual, and the only real revolutionaries are philosophers and saints.
Will Durant  (18851981), "The Lessons of History"


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