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The miracle, or the power, that elevates the few is to be found in their industry, application, and perseverance under the promptings of a brave, determined spirit.

The most important thing for a young man is to establish a credit... a reputation, character.

The shortest and surest way to live with honor in the world is to be in reality what we would appear to be; all human virtues increase and strengthen themselves by the practice and experience of them.

The true value of a human being is determined primarily by the measure and the sense in which he has attained to liberation from the self.

The world loves talent but pays off on character.

There is a broad distinction between character and reputation, for one may be destroyed by slander, while the other can never be harmed save by its possessor. Reputation is in no man's keeping. You and I cannot determine what other men shall think and say about us. We can only determine what they ought to think of us and say about us.

There is no single royal road to character - a variety of routes will always need to be used. The development of right character in youth is too important to risk disregarding any promising line of attack.

There is not a man or woman, however poor they may be, but have it in their power, by the grace of God, to leave behind them the grandest thing on earth, character; and their children might rise up after them and thank God that their mother was a pious woman, or their father a pious man.

There is nothing so fatal to character as half finished tasks.

To be worth anything, character must be capable of standing firm upon its feet in the world of daily work, temptation, and trial; and able to bear the wear and tear of actual life. Cloistered virtues do not count for much.

To judge human character rightly a man may sometimes have very small experience provided he has a very large heart.

Too often when conscience tries to speak, the line seems to be busy.

Truthfulness is a cornerstone in character, and if it be not firmly laid in youth, there will ever after be a weak spot in the foundation.

We shall never wander from Christ while we make character the end and aim of all our intellectual discipline; and we shall never misconceive character while we hold fast to Christ, and keep him first in our motto and our hearts.

We want the spirit of America to be efficient; we want American character to be efficient; we want American character to display itself in what I may, perhaps, be allowed to call spiritual efficiency - clear disinterested thinking and fearless action along the right lines of thought.

What others say of me matters little, what I myself say and do matters much.

When duty calls, that is when character counts.

When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; When health is lost, something is lost; When character is lost, all is lost!

Who knows nothing base, Fears nothing known.

You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge one for yourself.


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