final forming of a person's
character lies in his
or her own hands.
for something. Don't quest for popularity at the expense
of morality and ethics and honesty.
If there is
righteousness in the heart there will be beauty in the
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.
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:
the eating, nor 'tis the drinking that is to be
blamed. So with pride. -John Selden
We are only advancing in life, whose hearts
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
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
To keep your character
intact you cannot stoop to filthy acts.
It makes it easier to
stoop the next time. -Katherine Hepburn
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.
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
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.
are indeed very heavy; but if those laid on by the
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
are ultimately our
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.
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
of another is the divine idea of humanity, of the
human character. -Henry Ward Beecher
There is a
spectacle more grand
than the sea; it is heaven;
a spectacle more grand than heaven; it is the conscience.
cannot be hunted. It cannot be purchased.
It is never for
sale. It cannot be fabricated out of public relations.
comes to us when we are alone, in quiet moments, in quiet
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.
of our beliefs are born deeds; out of
our deeds we form
habits; out of our habits
grows our character; and on our
we build our destiny. -Henry
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.
should remember that though
another may have more money,
and brains than you, when it comes
to the rarer
spiritual values such as
charity, self-sacrifice, honor,
of heart, you have an equal chance
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.
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,
of sense and understanding.
-Jean de la Bruyere
always abounded where strength of character has abounded;
and the amount of eccentricity in a society has generally
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.
one is called to be a street sweeper, one should
even as Michelangelo painted, or
Beethoven composed music,
or Shakespeare wrote
poetry. One should sweep streets so well
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,
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
The people who are worthy of being
others will never
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.
meet them and overcome them and not go down before them
discouragement, or defeat, that is the final
proof of power. -William Boetcher
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
good name is rather to be chosen than great riches,
loving favor rather than silver and gold.
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