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Quotes for
the Journey:

Character 2

The final forming of a person's
character lies in his
or her own hands.

Anne Frank


Stand for something.  Don't quest for popularity at the expense of morality and ethics and honesty.       -Howard Cosell

If there is righteousness in the heart there will be beauty in the character.  If there be beauty in the character, there will be harmony in the home.  If there is harmony in the home, there will be order in the nation.  When there is order in the nation, there will be peace in the world.        -unattributed
Pride may be allowed to this or that degree, else we cannot keep up our dignity.  In gluttony there must be eating, in drunkenness there must be drinking:  'tis not the eating, nor 'tis the drinking that is to be blamed.  So with pride.      -John Selden
We are only advancing in life, whose hearts are getting softer, our blood warmer, our brains quicker, and our spirits entering into living peace.      -John Ruskin
The great secret of success is to go through life as a person who never gets used up.  That is possible for those who never argue and strive with people and facts, but in all experience retires upon themselves, and look for the ultimate cause of things in themselves.       -Albert Schweitzer
To keep your character intact you cannot stoop to filthy acts.  It makes it easier to stoop the next time.       -Katherine Hepburn

An inexhaustible good nature is one of the most precious gifts of heaven, spreading itself like oil over the troubled sea of thought, and keeping the wind smooth and equable in the roughest weather.      -Washington Irving
To me, the essence of keeping the soul nourished is obedience to one's conscience.  I don't think that the soul can be nourished unless people have a strong sense of conscience that they have educated and developed and soaked in the universal and timeless principles of integrity and service.  This way, the individual's soul becomes part of the universal soul of service, contribution, and making a difference.       -Stephen R. Covey
An honest reputation is within the reach of all people; they obtain it by social virtues, and by doing their duty.  This kind of reputation, it is true, is neither brilliant nor startling, but it is often the most useful for happiness.        -Charles Pinot Duclos
Taxes are indeed very heavy; but if those laid on by the government were the only ones we had to pay, we might more easily discharge them; but we have many others, and much more grievous ones to some of us.  We are taxed quite as heavily by idleness, three times as much by our pride, and four times as much by our folly; and from these taxes the commissioners cannot easily deliver us by allowing an abatement.        -Benjamin Franklin
One's philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes. . . In the long run, we shape our lives and we shape ourselves.  The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our responsibility.       -Eleanor Roosevelt
We never know how much one loves till we know how much he or she is willing to endure and suffer for us; and it is the suffering element that measures love.  The characters that are great must, of necessity, be characters that shall be willing, patient and strong to endure for others. To hold our nature in the willing service of another is the divine idea of humanity, of the human character.       -Henry Ward Beecher

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There is a spectacle more grand than the sea; it is heaven; there is a spectacle more grand than heaven; it is the conscience.       -Victor Hugo
Self-respect cannot be hunted. It cannot be purchased.  It is never for sale. It cannot be fabricated out of public relations.  It comes to us when we are alone, in quiet moments, in quiet places, when we suddenly realize that, knowing the good, we have done it; knowing the beautiful, we have served it; knowing the truth, we have spoken it.       -Whitney Griswold

Out of our beliefs are born deeds; out of our deeds we form habits; out of our habits grows our character; and on our character we build our destiny.        -Henry Hancock
The best thing to give your enemy is forgiveness; to an opponent, tolerance; to a friend, your heart; to your child, a good example; to your father, deference; to your mother, conduct that will make her proud of you; to yourself, respect; to all people, charity.       -John Balfour
You should remember that though another may have more money, beauty, and brains than you, when it comes to the rarer spiritual values such as charity, self-sacrifice, honor, nobility of heart, you have an equal chance with everyone to be the most beloved and honored of all people.       -Archibald Rutledge
It is more important to understand the ground of your own behavior than to understand the motives of another.
-Dag Hammarskjold
People reveal their character even in the simplest things they do.  Fools do not enter a room, nor leave it, nor sit down, nor rise, nor are they silent, nor do they stand up, like people of sense and understanding.      -Jean de la Bruyere
Eccentricity has always abounded where strength of character has abounded; and the amount of eccentricity in a society has generally been proportional to the amount of genius, mental vigor, and moral courage which it contained.  That so few now dare to be eccentric marks the chief danger of the time.       -John Stuart Mill
If one is called to be a street sweeper, one should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.  One should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great street sweeper who did his or her job well.       -Martin Luther King, Jr.
Every human being is intended to have a character of his or her own; to be what no others are, and to do what no other can do.       -William Ellery Channing
Give us grace and strength to persevere. Give us courage and gaiety and the quiet mind. Spare to us our friends and soften to us our enemies. Give us the strength to encounter that which is to come, that we may be brave in peril, constant in tribulation, temperate in wrath and in all changes of fortune, and down to the gates of death, loyal and loving to one another.       -Robert Louis Stevenson
The people who are worthy of being leaders of others will never complain about the stupidity of their helpers, the ingratitude of human beings, or the inappreciation of the public. They are all a part of the great game of life.  To meet them and overcome them and not go down before them in disgust, discouragement, or defeat, that is the final proof of power.       -William Boetcher
You cannot believe in honor until you have achieved it.  Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world.       -George Bernard Shaw
A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favor rather than silver and gold.       -Proverbs 22:1

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