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Character matters; leadership descends from character.

We are like chameleons, we take our hue and the color of our moral character, from those who are around us.
I could never think well of a man's intellectual or moral character, if he was habitually unfaithful to his appointments.
You can't go around hoping that most people have sterling moral characters. The most you can hope for is that people will pretend that they do.
What the statesman is most anxious to produce is a certain moral character in his fellow citizens, namely a disposition to virtue and the performance of virtuous actions.
Eccentricity has always abounded when and where strength of character has abounded; and the amount of eccentricity in a society has generally been proportional to the amount of genius, mental vigor, and moral courage which it contained.
If it were not somewhat fanciful to suppose that every human excellence is presented, as it were, in one kind of being, we might believe that the whole treasure of morality and order is enshrined in the female character.
I never come back home with the same moral character I went out with; something or other becomes unsettled where I had achieved internal peace; some one or other of the things I had put to flight reappears on the scene.
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.
Character is that which reveals moral purpose, exposing the class of things a man chooses or avoids.
If you create an act, you create a habit. If you create a habit, you create a character. If you create a character, you create a destiny.
Characters do not change. Opinions alter, but characters are only developed.
Character is the basis of happiness and happiness the sanction of character.
What is character but the determination of incident? What is incident but the illustration of character?
When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature.
Thoughts lead on to purposes; purposes go forth in action; actions form habits; habits decide character; and character fixes our destiny.
Our character is basically a composite of our habits. Because they are consistent, often unconcious patterns, they constantly, daily, express our character
I would rather be adorned by beauty of character than jewels. Jewels are the gift of fortune, while character comes from within.
Be more concerned with your character than your reputation. Your character is what you really are while your reputation is merely what others think you are.
Trials, temptations, disappointments -- all these are helps instead of hindrances, if one uses them rightly. They not only test the fiber of character but strengthen it. Every conquering temptation represents a new fund of moral energy. Every trial endured and weathered in the right spirit makes a soul nobler and stronger than it was before.

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