Quotes from the Masters
On Character

"Character is the ability to follow through on a resolution long after the emotion with which it was made has passed." -– Brian Tracy  

"Our character is basically a composite of our habits. Because they are consistent, often unconscious patterns, they constantly, daily, express our character..." -- Stephen Covey  

"Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there." -- John Wooden  

"Character is higher than intellect.  A great soul will be strong to live as well to think." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Adversity is a severe instructor, set over us by one who knows us better than we do ourselves, as he loves us better too. He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper. This conflict with difficulty makes us acquainted with our object, and compels us to consider it in all its relations. It will not suffer us to be superficial." -- Edmund Burke  

"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power." -- Abraham Lincoln  

"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  

"It is with trifles and when he is off guard that a man best reveals his character." -- Arthur Schopenhauer  

"Fame is what you have taken, character is what you give. When to this truth you awaken, then you begin to live." -- Bayard Taylor  

"The depth and strength of a human character are defined by its moral reserves. People reveal themselves completely only when they are thrown out of the customary conditions of their life, for only then do they have to fall back on their reserves." -- Leon Trotsky

"To compose our character is our duty, not to compose books, and to win, not battles and provinces, but order and tranquility in our conduct.  Our great and glorious masterpiece is to live appropriately.  All other things, ruling, hoarding, building, are only little appendages and props, at most." -– Michel Eyquem de Montaign  

"Character is always lost when a high ideal is sacrificed on the alters of conformity and popularity." -– William Arthur Ward  

"If it is not right do not do it; if it is not true do not say it." -- Marcus Aurelius  

"Never give in!  Never, never, never, never give in. Never -- in anything great or small, large or petty -- never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense." -- Winston Churchill

"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

"The measure of a man's character is what he would do if he knew he never would be found out." -- Thomas B. Macaulay  

"The beauty of the soul shines out when a man bears with composure one heavy mischance after another, not because he does not feel them, but because he is a man of high and heroic temper." -- Aristotle


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