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Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving them. Aristotle

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It is not what he had, or even what he does which expresses the worth of a man, but what he is. Henri-Frédéric Amiel

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As a man thinks in his heart, so is he. -- Proverbs 23:7

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It is in the character of very few men to honor without envy a friend who has prospered. Aeschylus

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During my eighty-seven years, I have witnessed a whole succession of technological revolutions. But none of them has done away with the need for character in the individual or the ability to think. Bernard Baruch

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Show me the man you honor, and I will know what kind of a man you are. It shows me what your ideal of manhood is, and what kind of a man you long to be. Thomas Carlyle

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Character is that which reveals moral purpose, exposing the class of things a man chooses or avoids. Aristotle

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The superior man will watch over himself when he is alone. He examines his heart that there may be nothing wrong there, and that he may have no cause of dissatisfaction with himself. Confucius

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The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination, as are intelligence and necessity when unblunted by formal education. Maya Angelou

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Man's character is his fate. Heraclitus

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Wealth stays with us a little moment if at all: only our characters are steadfast, not our gold. Euripides

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You don't get in life what you want; you get in life what you are. Les Brown

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Honor is the inner garment of the Soul; the first thing put on by it with the flesh, and the last it layeth down at its separation from it. Akhenaten

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Integrity has no need of rules. Albert Camus

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Temperance is a tree which as for its root very little contentment, and for its fruit calm and peace. Gautama Buddha

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It is fortunate to be of high birth, but it is no less so to be of such character that people do not care to know whether you are or are not. Jean de La Bruyère

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Be thou incapable of change in that which is right, and men will rely upon thee. Establish unto thyself principles of action; and see that thou ever act according to them. First know that thy principles are just, and then be thou Akhenaten

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Those who cross the sea change only the climate, not their character. Horace

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Temperance is simply a disposition of the mind which binds the passion. Thomas Aquinas

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Men show their character in nothing more clearly than what they think laughable. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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The final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands. Anne Frank

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When we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves. Confucius

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To be fond of learning is near to wisdom; to practice with vigor is near to benevolence; and to be conscious of shame is near to fortitude. He who knows these three things Confucius

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

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No change of circumstances can repair a defect of character. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Talents are best nurtured in solitude. Character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

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Character is victory organized. Napoleon Bonaparte

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It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself. Eleanor Roosevelt

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Character is to man what carbon is to steel. Napoleon Hill

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A man's character is the reality of himself; his reputation, the opinion others have formed about him; character resides in him, reputation in other people; that is the substance, this is the shadow. Henry Ward Beecher

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Characters do not change. Opinions alter, but characters are only developed. Benjamin Disraeli

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Character in a saint means the disposition of Jesus Christ persistently manifested. Oswald Chambers

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I have often thought the best way to define a man's character would be to seek out the particular mental or moral attitude in which, when it comes upon him, he felt himself most deeply and intensely active and alive. At such moments there is a voice inside which speaks and says: This is the real me!. William James

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What you possess in the world will be found at the day of your death to belong to someone else. But what you are will be yours forever. Henry van Dyke

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A character is like an acrostic or Alexandrian stanza; read it forward, backward, or across, it still spells the same thing. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Human improvement is from within outward. James Anthony Froude

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I have only got down on to paper, really, three types of people: the person I think I am, the people who irritate me, and the people I'd like to be. E. M. Forster

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You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one. James Anthony Froude

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Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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That which we call character is a reserved force which acts directly by presence, and without means. It is conceived of as a certain undemonstrable force, a familiar or genius, by whose impulses the man is guided, but whose counsels he cannot impart. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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As fire when thrown into water is cooled down and put out, so also a false accusation when brought against a man of the purest and holiest character, boils over and is at once dissipated, and vanishes and threats of heaven and sea, himself standing unmoved. Cicero

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Be your character what it will, it will be known; and nobody will take it upon your word.

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

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You must look into people, as well as at them.

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Though intelligence is powerless to modify character, it is a dab hand at finding euphemisms for its weaknesses. Quentin Crisp

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Every human being is intended to have a character of his own; to be what no others are, and to do what no other can do. William Ellery Channing

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Weakness of character is the only defect which cannot be amended. François de La Rochefoucauld

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All men are alike in their lower natures; it is in their higher characters that they differ. Christian Nevell Bovee

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Character must be kept bright as well as clean.