Character

Annie Bessant

"Thought creates character."
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Andrew Carnegie
"All honors wounds are self-inflicted."
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Henry Clay
“I would rather be right than President.”
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Samuel Richardson
"Calamity is the test of integrity."
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Martin Luther King Jr.
"The time is always right to do what is right."
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Suzanne Necker
“Fortune does not change men; it unmasks them.”
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Abraham Lincoln
“I'm a slow walker, but I never walk back.”
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Thomas Fuller
“Tis better to suffer wrong than do it.”
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Publilius Syrus
“Take care that no one hates you justly.”
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Laurence Olivier
“Have a very good reason for everything you do.”
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Lou Holtz
"Do right. Do your best. Treat others as you want to be treated."
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Chinese Proverb
"If you stand straight, do not fear a crooked shadow."
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Max Lerner
“When you choose the lesser of two evils, always remember that it is still an evil.”
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Author Unknown
“Conscience is what hurts when everything else feels so good.”
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B.C. Forbes
“The man who has won millions at the cost of his conscience is a failure.”
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Buddha
“It is a man's own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways.”
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Arnold H. Glasow
“Live so that your friends can defend you but never have to.”
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Max Lerner
“When you choose the lesser of two evils, always remember that it is still an evil.”
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Author Unknown
“Conscience is what hurts when everything else feels so good.”
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B.C. Forbes
“The man who has won millions at the cost of his conscience is a failure.”
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Buddha
“It is a man's own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways.”
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Henry Ward Beecher
"One's best success comes after their greatest disappointments."

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Franklin D. Roosevelt
"Repetition does not transform a lie into a truth."
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Mark Twain
"Always do right - this will gratify some and astonish the rest."
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Wayne W. Dyer
"Circumstances do not make a man, they reveal him."
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Who you are speaks so loudly I can't hear what you're saying."\

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Zig Ziglar
“What you do off the job is determining factor in how far you will go on the job.”
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Author Unknown
"Character is a diamond that scratches every other stone."Anonymous
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Zig Ziglar
“Ability can take you the top, but it takes character to keep you there.”
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Author Unknown
"Reputation is what the world thinks a man is; character is what he really is."
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Aristotle
"Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving them."

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Faith Baldwin
"Character builds slowly, but it can be torn down with incredible swiftness."

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Author Unknown
"When I do right, no one remembers. When I do wrong, no one ever forgets."
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Author Unknown
"You can tell what a man is by what he does when he hasn’t anything to do."

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Phillips Brooks
“Character cannot be made except by a steady, long-continued process."
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Samuel Taylor Coleridge
"Our own heart, and not other men's opinions, forms our true honor."
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H. Jackson Browne
"Our character is what we do when we think no one is looking."
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
"If you would not be known to do anything, never do it."
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you."
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Comtesse Diane
“Conscience warns us before it reproaches us.”
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Henry Louis
“Conscience is the inner voice that warns us somebody may be looking.”
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Pablo Casals
“Every wrong seems possible today, and is accepted.  I don't accept it.”
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Abraham Lincoln
“Every man over forty is responsible for his face.”
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Bodie Thoene
“What is right is often forgotten by what is convenient.”
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Robert Freeman
"Character is not made in a crisis it is only exhibited."
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Brian Tracy
“Integrity is the foundation upon which all other values are built.”
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Earle J. Glade
"We are where we are, as we are, because of what we are."
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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
"We are shaped and fashioned by what we love."
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Brian Tracy
“Truthfulness is the main element of character.”
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Dwight L. Moody
"Character is what you are in the dark."
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John Locke
"The discipline of desire is the background of character."
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Karl G. Maeser
"A man without character is like a ship without a rudder.”
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Andre Maurois
“If you create a character, you create a destiny."
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John C. Maxwell
"A big man is one who makes us feel bigger when we are with him."
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John Michener
"Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries."
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John Morley
"No man can climb out beyond the limitations of his own character."

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Jean Iris Murdoch
"The real character of a man is found out by his amusements."
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Thomas Paine
"Character is much easier kept than recovered."
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Robert Quillen
"Character is made by what you stand for; reputation by what you fall for."
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Leonardo da Vinci
"He who wishes to be rich in a day will be hanged in a year."
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Winston Churchill
"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."
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Abraham Lincoln
“I never had a policy; I have just tried to do my very best each and every day.”
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William Shakespeare
“Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.”
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David Star Jordan
“Wisdom is knowing what to do next; virtue is doing it.”
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Lord Jeffrey
"A good name, like good will, is got by many actions and lost by one.”
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German Proverb
“One does evil enough when one does nothing good.”
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French Proverb
“There is no pillow so soft as a clear conscience.”
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Arthur Freed
“Don't try to be different.  Just be good.  To be good is different enough.”
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Author Unknown
“Your life may be the only Bible some people read.”
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Author Unknown
“Do not repeat anything you will not sign your name to.”
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Garrison William Lloyd
“Are right and wrong convertible terms, dependant upon popular opinion?”
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William Safire
“The right to do something does not mean that doing it is right.”
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Albert Einstein
“Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value.”
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Character is higher than intellect.”
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Abraham Lincoln
“When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That's my religion.”
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Henry Ford
“Quality means doing it right when no one is looking.”
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Chinese Proverb
“Laws control the lesser man.  Right conduct controls the greater one.”
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Mark Twain
“A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.”
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Thomas Paine
“My country is the world, and my religion is to do good.”
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Isaac Asimov
“Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what's right.”
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Nathaniel Hawthorne
“A pure hand needs no glove to cover it.”
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Samuel Butler, Erewhon
“Let us be grateful to the mirror for revealing to us our appearance only.”
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Confucius
“To know what is right and not do it is the worst cowardice.”
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Michel de Montaigne
“Not being able to govern events, I govern myself.”
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Davy Crockett
“Be always sure you're right, then go ahead.”
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Red Auerbach
“The only correct actions are those that demand no explanation and no apology.”
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Henry David Thoreau
“Goodness is the only investment that never fails.”
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Bert Murray
“Conscience is that still, small voice that is sometimes too loud for comfort.”
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Thomas Jefferson
"In matters of style swim with the current; In matters of principle, stand like a rock."
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Lord Chesterfield
"Be your character what it will, it will be known; and nobody will take it upon your word."
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Zig Ziglar
“If people like you they'll listen to you, but if they trust you they'll do business with you.”
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Goethe
"There is nothing in which people more betray their character than in what they laugh at."
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Phillips Brooks
"Character may be manifested in the great moments, but it is made in the small ones."
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Hugh B. Brown
"Even as water carves monuments of stone, so do our thoughts shape our character.”
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Brian Tracy
“Be absolutely clear about who you are and what you stand for. Refuse to compromise.”
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John Dewey
"The good man is the man who, no matter how morally unworthy he has been, is moving to become better."
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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
"Talent is nurtured in solitude; character is formed in the stormy billows of the world."
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Joseph Hall
"A reputation once broken may possibly be repaired, but the world will always keep their eyes on the spot where the crack was."
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Katherine Hepburn
"To keep your character intact you cannot stoop to filthy acts. It makes it easier to stoop the next time."

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Oliver Wendell Holmes

"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters, compared to what lies within us."
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Elbert Green Hubbard
"Character is the result of two things: mental attitude and the way we spend our time."
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Ann Landers "
"The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good."
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Abraham Lincoln
"Character is like a tree and reputation its shadow. The shadow is what we think it is; the tree is the real thing."

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

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

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Andre Maurois
"If you create an act, you create a habit. If you create a habit, you create a character.”
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James Moffatt
"A person's treatment of money is the most decisive test of his character, how they make it and how they spend it."

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Brian Tracy
“Deal honestly and objectively with yourself; intellectual honesty and personal courage are the hallmarks of great character.”
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Thomas Paine
"Reputation is what men and women think of us; character is what God and angels know of us."    

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Jean Paul Richter
"A man never shows his own character so plainly as by his manner of portraying another’s."
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Jay Rockefeller
"I believe in the sacredness of a promise, that a man's word should be as good as his bond; that character - not wealth or power or position - is of supreme worth."
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Theodore Roosevelt
"Character, in the long run, is the decisive factor in the life of an individual and of nations alike."

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Herbert Samuel
"It is easy to be tolerant of the principles of other people if you have none of your own."
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Winston Churchill
"Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all others."

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Brian Tracy
“Character is the ability to follow through on a resolution long after the emotion with which it was made has passed.”
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John Ruskin
"What we think or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence. The only thing of consequence is what we do."
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John Milton
"He who reigns within himself and rules his passions, desires, and fears is more than a king."
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Alan Simpson
“If you have integrity, nothing else matters.  If you don't have integrity, nothing else matters.”
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Author Unknown
“Every job is a self-portrait of the person who does it.  Autograph your work with excellence.”
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John Lubbock
“If we are ever in doubt about what to do, it is a good rule to ask ourselves what we shall wish on the morrow that we had done.”
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William Shakespeare
“To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.”
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Charles Evans Hughes
“A man has to live with himself, and he should see to it that he always has good company.”
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Aristotle
“Dignity consists not in possessing honors, but in the consciousness that we deserve them.”
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Rwandan Proverb
“You can out-distance that which is running after you, but not what is running inside you.”
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George Bernard Shaw
“Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world.”
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Mario Cuomo
“Every time I've done something that doesn't feel right, it's ended up not being right.”
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Will Rogers
“Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip.”
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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“It takes less time to do a thing right, than it does to explain why you did it wrong.”

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Japanese Proverb
“The reputation of a thousand years may be determined by the conduct of one hour.”
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Alexander Solzhenitsyn
“The line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between political parties either - but right through every human heart.”
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Logan Pearsall Smith
“Our names are labels, plainly printed on the bottled essence of our past behavior.”
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Mignon McLaughlin
“It's impossible to be loyal to your family, your friends, your country, and your principles, all at the same time.”
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Samuel Taylor Coleridge
“If a man is not rising upwards to be an angel, depend upon it, he is sinking downwards to be a devil.”
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William Faulkner
“Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors.  Try to be better than yourself.”
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Ann Landers
“Don't accept your dog's admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful.”
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Mark Twain
“It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.”
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Wayne W. Dyer
"Your reputation is in the hands of others. That's what a reputation is. You can't control that. The only thing you can control is your character."
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Bruce Barton
"Nothing great has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe something inside them was superior to circumstances."
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Henry Clay
"Of all the properties which belong to honorable men, not one is so highly prized as that of character."
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Abraham Lincoln
"Die when I may, I want it said by those who knew me best that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow."
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Zig Ziglar
“When a company or an individual compromises one time, whether it's on price or principle, the next compromise is right around the corner.”
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Alfred Adler
"Men of genius are admired, men of wealth are envied, men of power are feared; but only men of character are trusted."
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Author Unknown
"Reputation is the shell a man discards when he leaves life for immortality. His character he takes with him."
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Zig Ziglar
The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to his or her commitment to excellence, regardless of his or chosen field of endeavor.
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Aristotle
"To enjoy the things we ought and to hate the things we ought has the greatest bearing on excellence of character." ________________________________________

 

Roger Ward Babson
"In the last analysis, our national future depends upon our national character that is, whether it is spiritually or materially minded."
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Zig Ziglar
“When you exercise your freedom to express yourself at the lowest level, you ultimately condemn yourself to live at that level.”
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Henry Clary
"Of all the properties which belong to honorable men, not one is so highly prized as that of character."
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Zig Ziglar
“If standard of living is your major objective, quality of life almost never improves, but if quality of life is your number one objective, your standard of living almost always improves.”
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Helen Keller
"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved."
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Henry Ward Beecher
"No man can tell whether he is rich or poor by turning to his ledger. It is the heart that makes a man rich. He is rich according to what he is, not according to what he has."
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Helen Douglas
"Character isn't inherited. One builds it daily by the way one thinks and acts, thought by thought, action by action. If one lets fear or hate or anger take possession of the mind, they become self-forged chains."

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Zig Ziglar
“With integrity you have nothing to fear, since you have nothing to hide. With integrity you will do the right thing, so you will have no guilt. With fear and guilt removed you are free to be and do your best.”
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David O. McKay
"A man's reaction to his appetites and impulses when they are roused gives the measure of that man's character. In these reactions are revealed the man's power to govern or his forced servility to yield."

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Dwight D. Eisenhower
"No man can always be right. So the struggle is to do one's best, to keep the brain and conscience clear, never be swayed by unworthy motives or inconsequential reasons, but to strive to unearth the basic factors involved, then do one's duty."
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Helen Keller
"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.
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Henry Ford
"Life is a series of experiences, each one of which makes us bigger, even though sometimes it is hard to realize this. For the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and grief’s which we endure help us in our marching onward."

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Calvin Coolidge
"We do not need more national development, we need more spiritual development. We do not need more intellectual power, we need more spiritual power. We do not need more knowledge, we need more character. We do not need more law, we need more religion.”
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Zig Ziglar
“When I discipline myself to eat properly, live morally, exercise regularly, grow mentally and spiritually, and not put any drugs or alcohol in my body, I have given myself the freedom to be at my best, perform at my best, and reap all the rewards that go along with it.”
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