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Happiness is not the end
Greatness is not
found in possessions, power, position, or prestige. It is
discovered in goodness, humility, service, and character.
that particular mental attitude which makes you
deeply and vitally alive, along with which comes
inner voice which says, "This is the real me,"
and when you have found that attitude, follow it.
would be interesting, be interested;
if you would be pleased, be
if you would be loved, be lovable;
if you would be helped,
are three types of people that all ought to look upon with affection:
those that with affection look at the face of the earth,
that are delighted with rational works of art,
and that look lovingly on little children.
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.
be thyself; and know that we who finds ourselves, lose our misery.
You may be good,
but what are you good for? You've got to be good
for something. You've got to be about some project,
some task that requires you to be humble and obedient to
the universal principles of service. You've got to
live a life of complete and total integrity in order to
give this kind of service. This integrity enables
you to love other people unconditionally, to be
courageous and kind at the same time, because you have
integratedness inside your own soul. -Stephen Covey
We should know what our convictions
are, and stand for them. Upon one's own philosophy,
conscious or unconscious,
depends one's ultimate
interpretation of facts. Therefore it is wise to be as
clear as possible
about one's subjective principals. As we are, so will be
our ultimate truth. -Carl Jung
What we are contributes much more to
our happiness than what we have. . . .
What we are in ourselves, what accompanies
when we are alone, what no one can give us or
away, is obviously more essential
to us than everything we have in the way
of possessions, or even what
we may be
in the eyes of the world. -Arthur Schopenhauer
heart, like the sun, showeth
its greatest countenance in its lowest estate.
Live your life while you have it.
Life is a splendid gift. There is nothing small in it. For the greatest things grow by God's Law
out of the
smallest. But to live your life you must discipline it. You must not fritter it away in "fair purpose, erring act, inconstant will"
but make your thoughts,
your acts, all work to the same end
and that end, not
self but God. That is what we call character.
Character: the grandest thing in the world.
I still remain
convinced that truth, love, peaceableness, meekness, and kindness are
the violence which can master all other violence. The world will be theirs as soon as ever
a sufficient number of people with purity of heart,
with strength, and with perseverance think
and live out the thoughts of love and truth,
of meekness and peaceableness.
Reputation is what men and women think of us;
character is what God and the angels know of us.
The wisest person could ask no more of Fate
Than to be simple, modest, brave, true,
Safe from the many, honored by the few;
To count as naught in world, or church, or state;
But inwardly in secret to be great.
James Russell Lowell
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make the person. -Booker T. Washington
am not bound to win
but I am bound
to be true.
I am not
bound to succeed
but I am bound to live up to
I have. I must stand
that stands right;
stand with them while
right and part with them when
they go wrong. -Abraham
A Time to
When a friend calls to me from the road
And slows his horse to a meaning walk,
I don't stand still and look around
On all the hills I haven't hoed,
And shout from where I am, What is it?
No, not as there is a time to talk.
I thrust my hoe in the mellow ground,
Blade-end up and five feet tall,
And plod: I go up to the stone wall
For a friendly visit.
It is my custom every night, so soon as
the candle is out, to run over the words
and actions of the past day;
and I let nothing escape me, for why should I fear
the sight of my
errors when I can admonish and forgive myself?
I was a little too hot in such a dispute; my opinion
might well have been withheld,
for it gave offense and did no good.
The thing was true; but truths are not
to be spoken at all
times. I would I had held my tongue, for there is no contending,
either with fools or with our superiors. I have done ill, but it
shall be so no more.
Habit is a cable; we weave a thread of it every day, and
at last we cannot break it. -Horace Mann
Integrity is the first
step to true greatness.
People love to praise, but are slow
to practice it.
To maintain it in high places costs self-denial;
in all places it is liable to opposition, but its end is
and the universe will yet do it homage.
difference between people is energy.
A strong will, a
settled purpose, an invincible determination,
accomplish almost anything;
and in this lies the
great people and little people. -Thomas Fuller
There is too little idea of personal
too much of "the world owes me a
forgetting that if the world does owe you a
you must be your own collector. -Theodore N. Vail
If I'm to have a
character that others admire, I need to focus on developing that
character. I need to make decisions that are honorable and
honest. I need to focus on others rather than myself. I
need to be consistent in my dealings with other (while being careful
to avoid what Emerson called "a foolish consistency"). And I must be true
to myself, my God, and others. I should never seek the
admiration of others, but if I develop an honest, loving, caring
character, the admiration will come.
cares one loses when one decides
not to be something
but to be
Your Character is Like an Artist Creating a Sculpture
Could creating your character be likened to an artist
creating a sculpture? I believe that character
is not something that just happens by itself, any more
than a chisel can create a work of art without the
hand of an artist guiding it. In both instances,
a conscious decision for a specific outcome has been
made. A conscious process is at work.
Character is the result of hundreds and hundreds of
choices you make that gradually turn who you are, at
any given moment, into who you want to be. If
that decision-making process is not present, you will
still be somebody. You will still be alive, but may
have a personality rather than a character.
Character is not something you were born with and
can't change like your fingerprint. In fact,
because you weren't born with it, it is something that
you must take responsibility for creating. I
don't believe that adversity by itself builds
character and I certainly don't think that success
erodes it. Character is built by how you respond
to what happens in your life, whether it's winning
every game or losing every game, getting rich or
dealing with hard times.
build character out of certain qualities that you must
create and diligently nurture within yourself, just
like you would plant and water a seed or gather wood
and build a campfire. You've got to look for
those things in your heart and in your gut.
You've got to chisel away in order to find them, just
like chiseling away the rock in order to create the
sculpture that has previously existed only in your
But do you want to know the really amazing thing about
character? If you are sincerely committed to
making yourself into the person you want to be, you'll
not only create those qualities, but you'll
continually strengthen them. And you will
recreate them in abundance even as you are drawing on
them every day of your life. Just like the
burning bush in the biblical book of Exodus, the bush
burned but the flames did not consume it.
Character sustains itself and nurtures itself even as
it is being put to work, tested, and challenged.
And once character is formed, it will serve as a
solid, lasting foundation upon which to build the life
with permission from Jim Rohn's Weekly E-zine.
|The Village Blacksmith
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
a spreading chestnut-tree
The village smithy stands
The smith, a mighty man is he,
With large and sinewy hands;
And the muscles of his brawny arms
Are strong as iron bands.
His hair is crisp, and black, and long,
His face is like the tan;
His brow is wet with honest sweat,
He earns whate'er he can,
And looks the whole world in the face
For he owes not any man.
Week in, week out, from morn till night,
You can hear his bellows blow;
You can hear him swing his heavy sledge,
With measured beat and slow,
Like a sexton ringing the village bell,
When the evening sun is low.
And children coming home from school
Look in the open door;
They love to see the flaming forge,
And hear the bellows roar,
And catch the burning sparks that fly
Like chaff from a threshing-floor.
He goes on Sunday to the church,
And sits among his boys;
He hears the parson pray and preach,
He hears his daughter's voice,
Singing in the village choir,
And it makes his heart rejoice.
It sounds to him like her mother's voice,
Singing in Paradise!
He needs must think of her once more,
How in the grave she lies;
And with his hard, rough hand he wipes
A tear out of his eyes.
Onward through life he goes;
Each morning sees some task begin,
Each evening sees it close;
Something attempted, something done,
Has earned a night's repose.
Thanks, thanks to thee, my worthy friend,
For the lesson thou hast taught!
Thus at the flaming forge of life
Our fortunes must be wrought;
Thus on its sounding anvil shaped
Each burning deed and thought.
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