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Human improvement is from within outward.

I have tried to teach them to show class, to have pride, and to display character. I think football, winning games, takes care of itself if you do that.

I would like to see a state of society in which every man and woman preferred the old Scottish Sunday to the modern French one. We should then find solid and eternal foundations of character and self-command.

I'm not the heroic type, really. I was beaten up by Quakers.

If I take care of my character, my reputation will take care of itself.

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue, or walk with kings - nor lose the common touch, if neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you, if all men count with you, but none too much: if you can fill the unforgiving minute with sixty seconds' worth of distance run, yours is the earth and everything that's in it, and - which is more - you'll be a man, my son.

If you would create something, you must be something.

In men whom men condemn as ill I find so much of goodness still, In men whom men pronounce divine I find so much of sin and blot I do not dare to draw a line Between the two, where God has not.

In the destiny of every moral being there is an object more worthy of God than happiness. - It is character. - And the grand aim of man's creation is the development of a grand character - and grand character is, by its very nature, the product of probationary discipline.

In this world, a man must either be anvil or hammer

It is not what a man gets, but what a man is, that he should think of. - He should think first of his character, and then of his condition: for if he have the former, he need have no fears about the latter. - Character will draw condition after it. - Circumstances obey principles.

It's not men who limit women, it's not straights who limit gays, it's not whites who limit blacks. What limits people is lack of character. What limits people is that they don't have the fucking nerve or imagination to star in their own movie, let alone direct it. See quote detail

Let us not say, Every man is the architect of his own fortune; but let us say, Every man is the architect of his own character.

Life is a series of experiences, each one of which makes us bigger, even though it is hard to realize this. For the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and griefs which we endure help us in our marching onward.

Make but few explanations. The character that cannot defend itself is not worth vindicating.

Men best show their character in trifles, where they are not on their guard. - It is in insignificant matters, and in the simplest habits, that we often see the boundless egotism which pays no regard to the feelings of others, and denies nothing to itself.

Military leaders aren't made. They are born. To be a good leader, you have to have something in your character to cause people to follow you.

Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.

Never does a man portray his own character more vividly, than in his manner of portraying another.

No amount of ability is of the slightest avail without honor.


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