Character Quotes


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Be Yourself----but your Best Self.

"The measure of a man's real character is what he would do if he knew he would never be found out."

-Macaulay (writer)

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"CHARACTER is much easier kept than recovered."

-Thomas Paine-

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"It is my belief that the Lord has held many of you in reserve in the spirit world to come to earth at this particular time when temptations are the greatest and strength of character is most needed."

-Pres. Ezra Taft Benson-

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"All through the ages prophets have looked down through the corridors of time to our day. Billions of the deceased and those yet to be born have their eyes on us. Make no mistake about it...this is a marked generation. There has never been more expected of the faithful in such a short time than there is of us."

-President Ezra Taft Benson-

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"You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge one for yourself."

-James Froud-

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"Character is like a tree and Reputation is like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing."

-Abraham Lincoln-

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"What you dislike in another, take care to correct in yourself."

-Thomas Sprat-

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

-Marvin J. Ashton, BYU Devotional-

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"When the character of a man is not clear to you, look at his friends.                     

~Japanese Proverb~   

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"Be such a man and live such a life that if every man were such as you, and every life a life like yours, this earth would be God"s paradise"

Phillips Brooks

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"I want to live my life so that I can look back and say, 'I"m glad I did," rather than 'I wish I would have.'"

 Kevin M.  Harrison, Priest, Dover Ward  (Church News, May 9, 1998, p. 10

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"If you will show me the songs which a people or a community sing, then I will tell you the character of that community"    

Rudger Clawson, C.R.  4/07:32

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"Character is what you are in the dark."                           

Dwight L. Moody

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"Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you." 

Henry Ward Beecher

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"You can easily judge the character of others by how they treat those who can do nothing for them or to them."                

Malcolm Forbes

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"A good reputation is more valuable than money." 

Publilius Syrus, God's Little Devotional for Graduates, p. 200

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"A man never discloses his own character so clearly as when he describes another's."

Jean Paul Friedrich Richter

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"As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say.  I just watch what they do." 

Andrew Carnegie

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"Be Yourself----but your Best Self."

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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"Character builds slowly, but it can be torn down with incredible swiftness." 

Faith Baldwin

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"Character may be manifested in the great moments, but it is made in the small ones."

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"Choose the reputation you want, then live up to it."

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"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet.  Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved."

Helen Adams Keller (1880-1968), American memoirist, lecturer

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"Character is a victory--not a gift." 

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"Courtesies of a small and trivial character are the ones which strike deepest in the grateful and appreciating heart." 

(Henry Clay {1777-1852}{The Great Compromise} American Politician)

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"Personality has the power to open many doors; but character must keep them open." 

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"Character may be manifested in the great moments, but is is made in the small ones."

"Phillips Brooks (1835-93) American Episcopal Bishop, wrote "O Little Town of Bethlehem"

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"Those who are lifting the world upward and onward are those who encourage more than criticize."

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"We can never really change someone; people must change themselves."    

Stephen R. Covey

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