What man actually needs is not a tensionless state but rather the striving and struggling for some goal worthy of him. What he needs is not the discharge of tension at any cost, but the call of a potential meaning waiting to be fulfilled by him.
Sports do not build character. They reveal it.
Most people say that it is the intellect which makes a great scientist. They are wrong: it is character.
Be more concerned with your character than your reputation.
Strength of character means the ability to overcome resentment against others, to hide hurt feelings, and to forgive quickly.
The farther behind I leave the past, the closer I am to forging my own character.
The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.
Our character is basically a composite of our habits.
We can't control the impressions others form about us, and the effort to do so only debases our character.
The formation of one's character ought to be everyone's chief aim.
Everyone has the obligation to ponder well his own specific traits of character. He must also regulate them adequately and not wonder whether someone else's traits might suit him better. The more definitely his own a man's character is, the better it fits him.
Only God Himself fully appreciates the influence of a Christian mother in the molding of character in her children.
One can acquire everything in solitude except character.
Faced with crisis, the man of character falls back upon himself.
Character isn't something you were born with and can't change, like your fingerprints. It's something you weren't born with and must take responsibility for forming.
Character is that which reveals moral purpose, exposing the class of things a man chooses and avoids.
The depth and strength of a human character are defined by its moral reserves. People reveal themselves completely only when they are thrown out of the customary conditions of their life, for only then do they have to fall back on their reserves.
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 grieves which we endure help us in our marching onward.
As nature made every man with a nose and eyes of his own, she gave him a character of his own, too; and yet we, O foolish race! must try our very best to ape some one or two of our neighbors, whose ideas fit us no more than their breeches!
It's really a wonder that I haven't dropped all my ideals, because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart.
A good character is the only guarantee of everlasting, carefree happiness.
Character is the result of two things: mental attitude and the way we spend our time.
Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life.
People with courage and character always seem sinister to the rest.
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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