Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands.
Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don't turn up at all.
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.
Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart.
You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.
Talent is nurtured in solitude; character is formed in the stormy billows of the world.
When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost.
Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
Knowledge will give you power, but character respect.
Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
The measure of a man's real character is what he would do if he knew he would never be found out.
No change of circumstances can repair a defect of character.
Character is higher than intellect... A great soul will be strong to live, as well as strong to think.
The best index to a person's character is how he treats people who can't do him any good, and how he treats people who can't fight back.
Be more concerned with your character than your reputation.
The law of harvest is to reap more than you sow. Sow an act, and you reap a habit. Sow a habit and you reap a character. Sow a character and you reap a destiny.
Character may be manifested in the great moments, but it is made in the small ones.
Character is simply habit long continued.
Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain - and most fools do. But it takes character and self control to be understanding and forgiving.
Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.
Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have - life itself.
The willingness to accept responsibility for one's own life is the source from which self-respect springs.
You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.
We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.
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