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Quotes About Character

"Character is the aim of true education; and science, history, and literature are but means used to accomplish this desired end."

--David O. McKay--

"Whenever you violate a principle (such as honesty, morality, integrity, etc.), you get a short-term gain, but a long-term loss."

"The greatest battles of life are fought out daily in the silent chambers of the soul."

 --David O. McKay--

"Character is not built in an emergency--merely exhibited."

Character is what you are in the dark."

Dwight L. Moody

"You will never have a greater or lesser dominion than that over yourself.  The height of a man's success is gauged by his self-mastery:  the depth of his failure by his self-abandonment.  He who cannot establish dominion over himself will have no dominion over others."

 --Leonardo de Vinci--

"Self-discipline is doing what you know you should do when you don't want to do it."

  --N. Eldon Tanner--

"To say no at the right time, and then stand by it, is the first element of success.  He is the wise man who, for all his life, can keep mind and soul and body clean."

--David Starr Jordan--

A chain is no stronger than its weakest link; 
A brain is no stronger than its weakest think; 
A grain is no stronger than its weakest seed; 
A man is no stronger than his weakest deed.

"The reward for being true to a correct principle is worth whatever it costs, and often the greatest reward is the character development in the person who remains true."

"CHARACTER is much easier kept than recovered."

 --Thomas Paine--

"The greatest reward is not what we receive for our labor,  but what we become by it."

 --John Ruskin--

"We are poor in character when we think getting by is a substitute for doing our best."

 --Marvin J. Ashton, BYU Devotional--

"I had rather do and not promise, than promise and not do."

 --Arthur Warwick--

"Men and Women of Christ are constant, being the same in private as in public.  We cannot keep two sets of books while heaven has but one."

--Elder Neal A. Maxwell--

"Never esteem anything as of advantage to thee that shall make thee break thy word or lose thy self-respect."

--Marcus Aurelius--

"The simple virtues of willingness, readiness, alertness, and courtesy will carry a young man farther than mere smartness."

 --Henry P. Daveson--

"There is no pillow so soft as a clear conscience."

 --French Proverb--

"To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society."

--Theodore Roosevelt--

"To see what is right,  and not to do it,  is a want of courage."


In a letter to John Adams on Oct. 28, 1813, Thomas Jefferson said:

"There is a natural aristocracy among men. The grounds of this are virtue and talents...There is also an artificial aristocracy, founded on wealth and birth, without either virtue or talents."

Book: The Life and Selected Writings of Thomas Jefferson, Quoted in BYU Speeches, 1994-95, p. 113

"It is not the critic who counts, nor the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done better.

"The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat; who strives valiantly; who errs and may fail again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who does know the great enthusiasm, the great devotion; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat."

 --Theodore Roosevelt--

"Character, in the long run, is the decisive factor in the life of an individual and of nations alike."

 --Theodore Roosevelt--