Cultivate Character – the real thing

March 16, 2012 by  
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Abraham LincolnCharacter 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 (1809 – 1865), Lincoln’s Own Stories 
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.
Abraham Lincoln (1809 – 1865) 
Everyone has the obligation to ponder well his own specific traits of character. He must also regulate them adequately and not wonder whether someone else’s traits might suit him better. The more definitely his own a man’s character is, the better it fits him.
Cicero (106 BC – 43 BC) 
Without an acquaintance with the rules of propriety, it is impossible for the character to be established.
Confucius (551 BC – 479 BC), The Confucian Analects 
Many a man’s reputation would not know his character if they met on the street.
Elbert Hubbard (1856 – 1915)

People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.
Eleanor Roosevelt (1884 – 1962), My Day 
Forming characters! Whose? Our own or others? Both.
And in that momentous fact lies the peril and responsibility of our existence.
Elihu Burritt 
Personality can open doors, but only character can keep them open.
Elmer G. Letterman 
Francis ThompsonIn attempts to improve your character, know what is in your power and what is beyond it.
Francis Thompson (1859 – 1907) 
A person reveals his character by nothing so clearly as the joke he resents.
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742 – 1799) 
Our character…is an omen of our destiny, and the more integrity we have and keep, the simpler and nobler that destiny is likely to be.
George Santayana (1863 – 1952), “The German Mind: A Philosophical Diagnosis” 
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 (1880 – 1968) 
Of all the properties which belong to honorable men, not one is so highly prized as that of character.
Henry Clay (1777 – 1852) 
A man’s character is his fate.
Heraclitus (540 BC – 480 BC), On the Universe 
People with courage and character always seem sinister to the rest.
Hermann Hesse (1877 – 1962) 
The farther behind I leave the past, the closer I am to forging my own character.
Isabelle Eberhardt 
You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.
James A. Froude (1818 – 1894) 
When the character of a man is not clear to you, look at his friends.
Japanese Proverb  
Men show their characters in nothing more clearly than in what they think laughable.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 – 1832) 
I take it as a man’s duty to restrain himself.
Lois McMaster Bujold, Ethan of Athos, 1986 
One can acquire everything in solitude – except character.
Marie Henri Beyle (1783 – 1842) 
To succeed is nothing, it’s an accident. but to feel no doubts about oneself is something very different: it is character.
Marie Leneru, Oprah Magazine, May 2004 
The character of a man is known from his conversations.
Menander (342 BC – 292 BC) 
I could never think well of a man’s intellectual or moral character, if he was habitually unfaithful to his appointments.
Nathaniel Emmons 
The character of every act depends upon the circumstances in which it is done.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. (1841 – 1935) 
Underneath this flabby exterior is an enormous lack of character.
Oscar Levant (1906 – 1972) 
Nature magically suits a man to his fortunes, by making them the fruit of his character.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 – 1882) 
People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of their character.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 – 1882) 
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